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Geraint Thomas Starts The Climb To The Tour De France . . . And Says The Legs Are Moving Nicely

Geraint Thomas Starts The Climb To The Tour De France . . . And Says The Legs Are Moving Nicely
Geraint Thomas believes his return to the road is nicely paced as the countdown starts to the Tour de France at the end of the month. The Team Ineos rider raced for the first time competitively when he finished 24th in a bunched sprint at the end of the opening stage of the Tour de l’Ain in Ceyzériat, France on Friday. The Welsh 2018 Tour de France winner has happy with his display and will look for further progress in the remainder of the tour which continues on Saturday with a stage in the Jura mountains that includes five categorized climbs.

Jenny Nesbitt And Clara Evans Lead Welsh Hopes For Podium Places

Welsh athletes will be looking to continue their successful return to action when they travel to Lancashire for this evening's prestigious Podium 5K event. Leading a strong Welsh contingent in the women’s field will be Jenny Nesbitt and Clara Evans. The Cardiff Athletics clubmates will be looking to follow up their excellent wins in Lisburn last weekend.

Frostbite, Everest, Antarctica . . . None Of It Terrified Richard Parks As Much As Being Broke

Former Wales star turned adventurer Richard Parks knows all about survival – and he believes keeping heads above water is all anyone in rugby can do at present. As the professional end of the game in Wales prepares to return in a fortnight, the man now renowned for toughing things out in a hostile environment reckons it’s going to take a huge effort to avoid the dangerous currents within the sport he used to play. After weeks of talks over pay cuts, the united front shown by the regional players collapsed when those at the Scarlets did their own deal by signing new contracts – leaving the Welsh Rugby Players Association looking weak and ineffective.

The Unsung Hero Returns . . . Canadian Forward Commits To Cardiff Devils For New Elite League Ice Hockey Season

Canadian forward Mike McNamee has committed to Cardiff Devils for the 2020-21 Elite League season. McNamee is the 10th player to re-sign for the Devils for the new campaign and the sixth import. “Mike is such a versatile player, highly skilled, great defensively and also has so much offensive talent,” said club managing director Todd Kelman. 

How Daredevil David Llewellin Eventually Ruled The Welsh International Rally

With rallying currently still stuck in a ditch as other sports in Wales start to resume, past glories are all that’s on offer. So, the perfect excuse to hear from Wales’ swashbuckling former British Rally champion David Llewellin, who tells Paul Evans of his infamous highs and lows chasing the Welsh International Rally title. High speed impatience to score victory on his home Welsh International Rally undoubtedly delayed David Llewellin from lifting the winners’ trophy. The most spectacular of these, beyond limits misdemeanours, came in 1986, when he crashed his Metro 6R4 not once, but twice.

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.

Gareth Edwards

I Found A Seam And Flossed My Way Through . . . The Rest Is History

Gareth Edwards, Phil Bennett, Scott Gibbs and Justin Tipuric are the final four doing battle to be declared scorer of Wales’ greatest try. The awesome foursome have made it through to the semi-finals of the Welsh Rugby Union’s online challenge to find the nation’s favourite score. The top 16 have... Read More

Max's 10 Factory Should Have Been A Number Nine Mine

Think of a number that sums up the best of Welsh rugby players throughout history and most people plump for 10. Max Boyce would be among them. But Owen Morgan reckons that just doesn’t add up. Max Boyce got it wrong! Instead of celebrating the mythical Welsh outside-half factory almost... Read More

A Dramatic Start! . . . And The Rest Of The Match Wasn't Bad, Either

It’s probably the most repeated try in rugby history. But ‘what happened next?’ as they say. Harri Morgan – born some time towards the end of the following decade – decided to watch the entire Seventies classic of the Barbarians v the All Blacks as the next part of mission... Read More

This Weekend 42 Years Ago, Two Welsh Legends Bowed Out At The Top

Missing rugby, already? Don’t worry. If there’s nothing happening on the pitches right now, there’s still plenty to look back on – like 42 years ago this week when Wales won the Grand Slam by beating France 16-7 in Cardiff. Phil Bennett scored two tries, Gareth Edwards called the shots,... Read More

Talking A Good Game . . . Why Wales Women Are Mastering The Mother Tongue

Language has always been important in sport. Major, multinational football clubs often mean dressing room conversations in different tongues, while national sides bond around something more singular. Wales’ women’s team recently announced many of their players would be brushing up on their Welsh language skills as they seek to gain... Read More

It May Have Been Brutal On The Black Mountain But These Are Heady Days For Welsh Cycling

Three hours before the first riders in the OVO Energy Women’s Tour were due at the summit of the Black Mountain in Carmarthenshire, the mini gazebo and trestle table were set up and ready for action. Members of the Ammanford Triathlon and Cycling Club were offering free hot drinks and... Read More
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