The man who once bit off more than he could chew in South Africa reckons Wales can take a chunk out of the Springboks this weekend Scott Baldwin has the enviable record of a 66 per cent success rate against the Boks, with two wins and a narrow four-point defeat in three matches against them for Wales. He memorably came off slightly worse against the country’s wildlife in 2017 when he put his hand too close to a lion at Bloemfontein Zoo and ended up needing surgery, but against the country’s rugby players, Baldwin is very much up on the deal with his digits all intact.
A record turnout in the disability event and two Anglesey golfers winning the chance to play at St Andrew’s in the week of the 150th Open Championship were the highlights of the Wales Golf Festival. Dion Lewis and Wyn Thomas of Baron Hill Golf Club won through in the R&A 9-Hole Challenge, with the remarkable prize taking them the to Home of Golf next month to represent Wales in the finals against players from England, Scotland, Ireland Australia and New Zealand.
There have been some seriously dark times in the rich, turbulent history that is Welsh rugby. You only have to recall the countless thrashings by New Zealand - some of which are too painful to remember without feeling embarrassed - but South Africa dished out the worst beating on June 27, 1998. In the last passage of play, replacement Springbok hooker Naka Drotske dropped a pass near the try line, which saved Wales from the humiliation of having 100 points scored against them.
Ospreys head coach Toby Booth insists he is looking forward to his team testing themselves against the best after their daunting draw for next season’s Heineken Champions Cup. The region’s reward for winning the Welsh Shield in the URC is a Heineken Champions Cup draw against French champions Montpellier and English champions Leicester Tigers. The draws for both the Champions Cup and the European Challenge Cup were made in Dublin, venue for both finals on 19 and 20 May next year, and included for the first time five teams from South Africa.
Gemma Grainger insisted Wales had taken some plus points from their draw with New Zealand in Spain, even if they came away with no goals. The Wales manager watched her team draw 0-0 in a friendly in Pinatar in their last game before their crucial World Cup qualifiers in September. Grainger’s squad are continuing preparations ahead of the final two qualifiers against Greece and Slovenia, where victories can guarantee a play-off place for the tournament.
Four Welsh athletes have been named as part of an initial Great Britain team of 64 heading for next month’s World Athletics Championships in Oregon. Melissa Courtney-Bryant, Jeremiah Azu and Joe Brier have joined marathon runner Josh Griffiths, whose selection had already been announced. A further group of athletes have been nominated for selection via a top 32 Road to Oregon qualification position and have been informed.
David Eaton set himself the goal of competing for Wales at the Commonwealth Games when he was 13 years old. It was the summer of 1994 and he was sat in front of the television at his grandparents’ house in North Wales. It was a goal the gymnast would go on to achieve – and a lot more besides.
FAW Youth Cup
The New Saints 2, Cardiff Met University 1 Tomos Williams and James Parry scored the goals for TNS in their FAW Youth Cup semi-final against Cardiff Met University. Saints’ victory earns them a place in the final for the first time and they take on holders Swansea City with the date and... Read More
Craig Bellamy’s young Bluebirds fought out a 1-1 draw against Millwall’s Lions in their Professional Development League under-18 fixture at the Cardiff Sports Campus. This was a clash between the top two teams and leaders Cardiff maintained their three points lead ahead of second placed Millwall. Manager Chris Perry and his team... Read More
Llandudno swept into the FAW Youth Cup quarter-finals thanks to a 4-2 win against Connah’s Quay Nomads away. Their reward in a long trip to play Cardiff Met, who were 6-1 winners at Risca United. The rest of the last eight draw is Cardiff City v Llanelli, TNS v Cefn Druids and... Read More
Teenage German goalkeeper Steven Benda shone for Swansea City in the Welsh Youth Cup final - and now he’s aiming for a trophy double. Benda, 19, was the matchwinner for the young Swans, saving penalties taken by Trystan Jones and Isaac Davies during a shootout at the Liberty Stadium. Now Benda, signed from 1860... Read More
The Welsh Youth Cup final between Cardiff City and Swansea City will be played on Tuesday, May 1. The Football Association have not yet confirmed the venue for this under-19 final, but it looks certain to be a fiercely contested match. The Swans are aiming to win the FAW Youth Cup for... Read More
Craig Bellamy’s six shooters are gunning for gold. ‘Bellers’ and his Cardiff City youth team fired six goals in their FAW Youth Cup semi-final victory - and repeated the feat against Sheffield United. The young Bluebirds defeated Airbus Broughton UK in the under-19 cup and now play Swansea City in the... Read More