By Paul Jones Under-fire Cardiff City boss Mick McCarthy will be hoping to halt an alarming run of six straight Championship defeats, when his side travel to Craven Cottage to face third place Fulham this evening (Wednesday). This is Cardiff’s worst league return since 1985 and the fans are stunned that the veteran boss is yet to receive his marching orders. Former Cardiff players, Bobby Decordova-Reid and Harry Wilson now play their football at Fulham and could inflict further pain on their former club tonight.
Joel Piroe plans to add to his Welsh derby goal with another at home to West Brom on Wednesday night to provide more updates for his next chat with Ruud van Nistelrooy. The Swans’ young Dutch striker – who has already been compared to a rookie Van Nistelrooy – still has one of the greatest Premier League strikers of his generation on speed dial, even though they stopped working together directly when Piroe left PSV Eindhoven this summer. Former Manchester United star Van Nistelrooy is now a coach at the Dutch club where he made his name and took a hand in shaping Piroe’s progress.
By Alex Bywater Cardiff Rugby and Wales full-back Hallam Amos caused a shock last week when he announced he was retiring from professional rugby at the end of the season aged just 27. Amos has been studying to become a doctor alongside his career at the highest end of the sport but will call it quits on his on-the-field career come the summer. Amos won 25 caps for Wales scoring six tries and he featured in two Rugby World Cups in 2015 and 2019 after making his debut against Uruguay in Cardiff in the first of those two tournaments.
Newly appointed Newport County manager James Rowberry could end up working alongside current caretaker boss Wayne Hatswell. County’s dramatic 2-2 draw at home to Carlisle on Tuesday night was the last match in charge for Hatswell, who stepped up after the resignation of Michael Flynn at the start of the month. Flynn’s former assistant is in talks about whether to stay on as Rowberry’s assistant after the Cardiff City coach was confirmed as County’s new boss just before the game.
By Tom Prosser Welsh football star Jess Fishlock says “It’s Heart-breaking to see the abuse aimed at female footballers who are playing purely for their love of the game”- this has led to The Football Association of Wales and the Welsh Government joining forces to tackling online hate towards girls and women. “Trying to put someone down because of something they love, is not big, smart or funny,” explains Fishlock, who is Wales’ most capped footballer. “I always say that people should think about how the person receiving the abuse could be affected before sharing and I’m glad to have worked with my Cymru teammates and the FAW to further educate others on what is and isn’t acceptable online."
Meirion Evans had to admit that you can’t win them all, although it speaks volumes for his driving ability and competitive nature that he feels slightly disappointed to have finished second on a rally in Ireland – beaten only by a former Irish Tarmac rally champion.
European Champions Cup
The Guinness Pro14 is gearing up for a return on August 22 when fixtures are due to resume for the first time March. The Scarlets will host the Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys will face the Dragons but only the Scarlets have a chance of making the play-offs and then... Read More
The Dragons are set to return to European rugby’s elite for the 2020-21 season with a place in the Champions Cup. The region has not been involved in the top level tournament for nine years, but the re-jig of the current Guinness Pro 14 campaign is poised to provide Rodney... Read More
Fancy the Ospreys to actually win a game when they cost Saracens in the European Champions Cup on Saturday afternoon? No? Well, you’re probably not alone. But Peter Jackson has a reminder that history often shapes the most unpredictable outcomes. Saracens will look at the dishevelled state of their next... Read More
Alun Wyn Jones. . . Captain, Leader, Legend . . . And Back From Telling His Bosses Exactly How It Is
As the Ospreys prepare for their ultimate test on Saturday – a clash against mighty Saracens in the European Champions Cup, Harri Morgan has been imagining his own tough examination and the only man in Wales who might be up to the task . . . the returning Alun Wyn... Read More
Liam Williams is on course to become the first Welshman to win the ultimate Triple Crown of Grand Slam, European Champions Cup and domestic league title. The Wales full-back – already a Six Nations winner – scored two tries as his Saracens team thrashed Glasgow 56-27 at the weekend to... Read More
Ken Owens concedes Leinster are as close as a team gets to perfection, but insists the Scarlets will travel to Dublin without fear for Saturday’s Guinness Pro14 final. It is a quick return to the scene of last month’s drubbing at the Aviva Stadium, where the Scarlets came a cropper... Read More