Pat Lam insists his Bristol Bears have plenty of good reasons to finally get stuck into the Scarlets this weekend – about 300,000 of them. The English club’s head coach reckons the cancellation of their home fixture against the Welsh region in December cost Bristol around £300,000. Lam acknowledges the 28-0 walkover victory in the Heineken Champions Cup occurred through no fault of the Scarlets – who were hit by Covid and isolation problems after their infamous trip to South Africa – but says their automatic four-tries-to-nil victory came at a cost.
Former Wales hooker Richard Hibbard has announced his retirement from rugby. Hibbard played 38 Wales internationals and three Tests for the Lions on the 2013 successful tour of Australia. The 38-year-old made his Wales debut against Argentina in 2006 and the last of his Tests came nine years later at home to Ireland. “I’m sad to say my body has finally said enough is enough,” said Hibbard. “What a ride it’s been. I’ve been lucky enough to do everything I’ve wanted, and more, in this great game.”
Two home wins from reaching the World Cup finals, seven games without a defeat, and 30,000-plus fervent fans ready to roar in Cardiff come March. These are unprecedented times for the Welsh men's national football side. A squad that boasts experience and yet youthful exuberance, that's laced with proven quality but also potential, that excites in attack and yet is resolute when needs must.
Newport County goalkeeper Tom King could be about to enter football’s record books after his incredible goal at Cheltenham. King scored directly from a goal-kick in the 1-1 draw at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium on Tuesday night – an estimated 95-metre yard effort that could smash the current record held by... Read More
Fred Davies . . . The Cardiff City Goalkeeper Who Used A Bluebirds Hat-Trick To Launch Managerial Success
Fred Davies - who died last week at the age of 81 - was a former Cardiff City goalkeeper, who claimed a notable hat-trick for the club. He also crossed the great divide to join the coaching staff at Swansea City, but then enjoyed success as a manager in his... Read More
Cardiff City's Alex Smithies . . . On Keeping Clean Sheets And A Strong Mind As The Goalmouth Stays Empty
Alex Smithies has gone 10 weeks without conceding a goal but these are still testing times for goalkeepers – locked down with nothing to keep at bay except their own frustrations - as the Cardiff City keeper told Graham Thomas. Like all goalkeepers, Cardiff City’s Alex Smithies is used to... Read More
City First Team Trio Joe, Curtis And Omar Called Up for Bluebirds' Development Team Against Millwall
Professional Under-23 Development League Cardiff City 2, Millwall 1 Goalkeeper Joe Day, Curtis Nelson and Omar Bogle were first team players named in Cardiff City’s under-23 starting line-up against Kevin Nugent’s Millwall. Former Bluebirds centre-forward is an Academy coach at Millwall and was in charge of their team at the Cardiff Sports Campus. Day,... Read More
Teenage Swansea City goalkeeper Scott Reed helped out Merthyr Town in their 3-1 EvoStik Southern League defeat against Poole Town in Dorset. The Martyrs were left without a goalkeeper when Lewis Webb was injured during their home defeat against Dorchester Town with outfield player Cavan Williams taking over. Defender Matthew Harris and... Read More
Cardiff City have signed Spanish midfield player Victor Camarasa on a season-long loan from Real Betis. Manager Neil Warnock has been working to strengthen his squad ahead of Cardiff’s opening Premier League match on Saturday and he badly needed extra competition in central midfield. The 24-year-old came through Valencia’s academy before joining... Read More