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Lydia Hall Urges Golf's Male Multi-Millionaires To Join Justin Rose . . . And Back The Women's Game

Lydia Hall Urges Golf’s Male Multi-Millionaires To Join Justin Rose . . . And Back The Women’s Game
The first golf Major since lockdown begins today in San Francisco when players tee off at the US PGA. It’s another sporting instance where the men’s game is further down the road to recovery than the women’s – a discrepancy that Wales’ Lydia Hall finds all too familiar, as Graham Thomas reports. Lydia Hall flies back into the UK at the start of August – as determined to be high on the leaderboard at the Ladies Scottish Open as she is to help shake up women’s golf. After six months spent in Australia – four more than intended because of lockdown amid the global pandemic – the current Welsh No.3 has had plenty of time to assess her sport and its injustices.

Joker Jonny Aims To Be Part Of The Wales Pack Again Next Summer . . . By Coming Up Trumps With Charlton

Joker Jonny Aims To Be Part Of The Wales Pack Again Next Summer
Jonny Williams is hoping his one-year contract extension with Charlton Athletic can trigger more glory at the delayed European Championship finals next summer. The Wales midfielder – who was Chris Coleman’s occasional joker in the pack for the national team four years ago – has opted to extend his time with his current club. The 26-year-old was unable to stop Charlton going straight back down from the Sky Bet Championship last month – a year after he helped the Addicks into the second tier with promotion via the League One play-offs.

Sam Moore's Turn To Fill Large Nick Williams-Shaped Hole For Cardiff Blues

Sam Moore’s Turn To Fill Large Nick Williams-Shaped Hole For Cardiff Blues
Can newcomer Sam Moore make the same impact as Nick Williams? The son of former Wales lock Steve Moore certainly has big boots to fill. Moore has been impressing everyone in training at Cardiff Blues since joining from Sale Sharks and turning his attentions away from representing England to playing for the land of his father, uncle and the city where he was born. A knee injury helped to take him off Eddie Jones' radar and now he will get the chance of a new beginning in a Blues shirt.

Welsh Hockey Goes The Boot Room Route With Danny Newcombe Keen To Fill Zak Jones' Big Shoes

Danny Newcombe has been handed the job of leading Welsh hockey into next year’s European Championships after being named as the new head coach following Zak Jones’ move into the team GB set-up. Hockey Wales have adopted the tried and trusted football ‘boot room’ policy of promoting from within in the wake of Jones’ departure. Newcombe has worked alongside Jones as his assistant for the past two years and has been working within the Welsh hockey coaching network for almost a decade.

Scott Ruscoe Is Building A New New Saints . . . With Ryan Astles As The Cornerstone

Scott Ruscoe Is Building A New New Saints . . . With Ryan Astles As The Cornerstone
Scott Ruscoe will lead The New Saints side into their latest European campaign in three weeks' time, quietly encouraged by his summer transfer activity. With last season's disappointment and off-field wrangling behind them, Ruscoe has been able to focus entirely on preparing his team for what will be his fourth season in charge. His recruitment has seen three senior players come into the fold: in defence, midfield and attack.

Vote Rhondda Netball . . . For More Taylar Moores And Other Super Heroes Without Capes

Rhondda Netball are calling on supporters to back their bid for a share of £1m as they aim to develop more role models and leaders within their organisation. Having already become a regional winner, the Valleys netball charity – one of the largest female sports participation programmes in Wales – need online votes to win the top cash prizes on offer. Rhondda Netball have already made the shortlist to win a share of Persimmon Homes’ Building Futures £1million pot, supporting under-18s across the UK.

Mike Flynn Starts The Newport County Rebuild With Scot Bennett As Foundation

Mike Flynn Starts The Newport County Rebuild With Scot Bennett As Foundation
Newport County manager Michael Flynn believes he has taken an important step in rebuilding his squad for the new season, having re-signed defender Scot Bennett. Having already seen Jamille Matt slip through his fingers when the striker moved to League Two rivals Forest Green Rovers, Flynn was determined to secure Bennett as the first keystone to his reconstruction job following the shutdown of last season. There remains a great deal of re-shaping for the County manager to do before the new campaign, but he views the retention of Bennett – who seemed destined to leave after the running down of his previous contract – as crucial to those plans.

"Awestruck" Jamie Clarke Thought He Was Going Home . . . Or, Maybe Not

“Awestruck” Jamie Clarke Thought He Was Going Home . . . Or, Maybe Not
Jamie Clarke has confessed he thought he would be going home after round one of the Betfred World Championship. The world No. 89 from Llanelli – the lowest ranking player in the tournament in Sheffield – is instead preparing a second round match on Friday after beating world number four Mark Allen, 10-8. Clarke produced a superb display on Tuesday night but admitted: “I haven’t looked at the draw. I just looked at Mark Allen and thought, I’m going home.

Racer Morris Puts Brave Face On Wasted Trip To Italy

You’ve waited five months for racing to restart, you fly to Italy for the Covid-19 delayed opening round of the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup and then one of your team-mates crashes the car before you get the chance to drive it. The situation doesn’t bare thinking about, does it?

Engines Off As Welsh Government Pulls Plug On Motor Racing Return At Pembrey Circuit

The Welsh Assembly Government has today pulled the plug on what was going to be the long awaited return of motor racing at Pembrey Circuit – even though this weekend’s now postponed BTRDA Rallycross Championship event was going to be run behind closed doors.

European Challenge Cup

Scarlets And Dragons Put Into European Hibernation

The Dragons and Scarlets will have to wait to discover if and when they can play their European Challenge Cup quarter-finals after EPCR decided to postpone this season’s knock-out matches. In a statement from CEO Vincent Gaillard on Tuesday, EPCR said they had taken the step because of an unprecedented situation... Read More

Rhys Webb v Gareth Davies In Knockout Contest . . . If Toulon Say 'Oui'

Wales’ rival scrum-halves Gareth Davies and Rhys Webb could get a European showdown after the Six Nations – providing Toulon play ball. The pair have been drawn together in the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup after the Scarlets and Toulon both made it through to the last eight. Webb’s... Read More

Jack Roberts . . . Was A Tiger, Then A Blue, But Now A Knight Seeking Redemption

As Cardiff Blues host Leicester Tigers tonight in the European Challenge Cup, former Blues and Tigers centre Jack Roberts is hoping to put his injury nightmare behind him as he aims to make his return to action in the coming weeks. After two injury ravaged seasons at the Arms Park, 27-year-old... Read More

Allen Clarke Says Ospreys Can Swim In The Pool Of Death

The Ospreys will have to plunge straight into a pool of death next season as they re-enter the Heineken Champions Cup. The Swansea region – who are back in the top tier tournament – have been drawn in pool that appears about as tough as it can get as they... Read More

Figures Show Most Rugby Fans Still Giving The Bum's Rush To Watching Europe's Elite

As anticipated, the Champions League final attracted massive interest with an estimated 60,000 ticketless fans making their way to Madrid last week where Liverpool beat Tottenham. In rugby, though, as Robin Davey notes, few fans are buying battered old cars to drive to Grenoble to watch the Dragons. It’s not... Read More

Welsh Regions Continue Into The Fog . . . But Don't Expect It To Clear Any Time Soon

The European failure by the Welsh regions has provoked much debate about the way Welsh rugby is organised. Robin Davey believes the debate at least shows passions still run high, but believes major change is unlikely. More than 15 years on and arguments still rage about the merits or otherwise... Read More
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