The final medal has been awarded, the last anthem played, and some of the temporary venues are already being dismantled. The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games is over and it's on to Victoria, Australia in four year's time. Owen Morgan reflects on what he has seen. Birmingham, you were absolutely bostin'! From the weather to the welcome . . . with a huge dollop of world class sport in between.
BIRMINGHAM - Comments from Charlotte CAREY (WAL) and Anna HURSEY (WAL) after they beat WONG Xin Ru (SGP) and ZHOU Jingyi (SGP) in the women's doubles bronze medal match at The NEC on Monday. Charlotte CAREY (WAL) - bronze
BIRMINGHAM - Comments from Ioan CROFT (WAL) after beating Stephen ZIMBA (ZAM) in the men's welterweight gold medal bout on points at The NEC on Sunday. Ioan CROFT (WAL) - gold
BIRMINGHAM - Comments from Gemma FRIZELLE (WAL) after winning gold in the hoop final at Arena Birmingham on Saturday. Gemma FRIZELLE (WAL) - gold On her mum getting emotional as she was interviewed in the crowd after her gold medal performance: “I’m not surprised as she is a very emotional person. She has been through this journey with me so she knows the struggles I have had to go through."
BIRMINGHAM - Comments from Geraint THOMAS (WAL) after taking bronze in the men’s individual time trial at West Park on Thursday. Geraint THOMAS (WAL) - bronze
Warren Gatland has braced his British and Irish Lions for a backlash from South Africa after the tourists seized a 1-0 lead in the series by winning 22-17 at Cape Town Stadium. The Lions trailed 12-3 at half-time but improved dramatically, with Luke Cowan-Dickie beginning the resurgence by finishing a... Read More
Alun Wyn Jones . . . The Immovable Object Gets Ready For Test Number 158 After Fearing Lions Days Were Over
Alun Wyn Jones has admitted he thought his Lions tour was over even before the rest of the squad had reached the airport to fly to South Africa. The captain believed his shoulder dislocation suffered in the pre-tour win over Japan had pulled the curtains on his chances of leading... Read More
The British and Irish Lions have brought forward their team announcement for Saturday’s first Test against South Africa by 24 hours. Warren Gatland will name his starting XV and bench for the Cape Town Stadium showdown on Wednesday morning, with tour captain Alun Wyn Jones expected to lead the side after... Read More
Warren Gatland had admitted the All Blacks caught the Lions on the blindside as New Zealand comfortably won the First Test 30-15 in Auckland. The Lions coach confessed the tourists were expecting a flashing blade, but were unprepared for the heavy bludgeon which came beforehand. The All Blacks matched and then... Read More