Elfyn Evans kicked up clouds the fine dust – or “fesh-fesh” as it’s called in Kenya – to finish second on the Safari Rally and help his Toyota team score a crushing 1-2-3-4 finish on the toughest round of the FIA World Rally Championship. Evans had set fastest time on both passes of the Soysambu stage that opened Saturday’s loop to keep himself within 16 seconds of team-mate Kalle Rovanperä, but lost time – and ultimately the chance of victory – on the day’s final two wet and muddy stages because of an issue cleaning the windscreen.
Wales coach Wayne Pivac admits his men are on a mission to restore lost pride when they face the daunting challenge of South Africa this week. The tourists will meet the world champions with faces still red after Wales’ 22-21 defeat to Italy in their last match of the Six Nations. “I hope we are going to be a lot better than our last game,” pledged Pivac.
Gareth Bale has told Los Angeles FC he will see them soon in a message posted as it was announced the Wales captain is joining the Major League Soccer club. After weeks of speculation – that included the always seemingly unlikely idea that he might move from Real Madrid to play in the Championship for Cardiff City – Bale has opted to play in the United States as he prepares to lead Wales into the World Cup in Qatar later this year. The five-time Champions League winner is soon to be a free agent and is looking for a new club ahead of playing for Wales at the World Cup , which starts in November.
Jeremiah Azu says he wants to change British sprinting forever after winning the Muller UK Athletics Championships 100m title in the fastest time ever run by a Welshman. Cardiff's reigning under-23 champion blasted to a remarkable wind-assisted time of 9.90 to win the final in impressive style.
Glamorgan’s Colin Ingram admitted his team were disappointed at losing a seven-over bash against Somerset which leaves the Welsh county as outsiders to make the T20 Blast knockout stages. Glamorgan were denied a win in their final home match of the season in a hectic, rain-affected fixture. The match was reduced to just seven overs a side, with Glamorgan losing by 16 runs.
Hannah Brier became Wales's fastest woman in history with a blistering 100m run at the Muller UK Athletics Championships in Manchester on Friday night. The Swansea Harrier had previously jointly held the Welsh record of 11.39 with Sallyane Short and Elaine O'Neill.
As the soft, summer rain fell, barely three miles from where Phil Bennett helped Llanelli famously beat New Zealand 9-3 at Stradey Park 50 years ago, family, friends, players past and present, coaches and rugby supporters gathered at Parc y Scarlets to honour his legacy. Bennett was described as “a great gentleman and a great rugby player” as giants of the sport from Wales and beyond united in tribute to him at a remembrance service at the stadium. Bennett, who died earlier this month after a long illness at the age of 73, captained Wales and the British and Irish Lions.
EvoStik Southern League
Half the Merthyr team that were mothballed by the club’s board have since moved on to other clubs – with four of them moving to Redditch United. The club’s board decided two weeks ago they were unable to take part in this season’s Southern League Premier South campaign due to... Read More
Welshman Ben Swallow, a former Cardiff City trainee, has rejoined Merthyr Town and is set to play in their opening pre-season fixture against Swansea City on Saturday. The match against young Swans will be played at Merthyr’s MetCoaches Stadium (3pm) Left-winger Swallow, aged 29, spent seven years in the Bluebirds Academy, while... Read More
Merthyr Town 1, Walton Casuals 2 There were wild celebrations at Merthyr Town after the final EvoStik Southern League match of the season. More than 350 spectators watched the Martyrs slip up at their MetCoaches Community Stadium home - and that sent Casuals players, management and fans into raptures. The Surrey club won... Read More
Merthyr Town have signed four former Bluebirds players in Jason Bowen, Andy Legg, Scott Young and Danny Gabbidon. The quartet won’t be pulling on the Martyrs’ shirt, but they will be in the MetCoaches Community Stadium for an evening of Bluebirds’ talk. They played getting on for 1,000 appearances in the Cardiff... Read More
Beaconsfield Town 1, Merthyr Town 1 Ian Traylor took his Merthyr Town goals tally for the season to 24 when he scored at Beaconsfield Town. The former Hirwaun, Pontypridd Town and Cwmaman Institute striker has netted 180 goals in total during eight seasons with the Martyrs. ‘Traylz’ netted after 42 minutes to put... Read More
Ian Traylor, Merthyr Town’s leading scorer with 22 goals this season, is gunning for Hampshire club Hartley Wintney. ‘Traylz’ has netted a total of 178 goals for the Martyrs and would love to take that tally past the 200 mark. It won’t be this season, but former Hirwaun and Pontypridd Town striker... Read More