Dewi Lake has been tipped as the Wales hooker of the future but only if he improves his throwing in at the line-out. The former Wales Under 20s captain has been in red hot form for the Ospreys recently with his dynamic ball-carrying and raw physicality catching the eye, despite their struggles in the Guinness Pro 14. In the absence of veteran hooker Ken Owens, both Ryan Elias and Elliot Dee have struggled to fully convince for Wales in this autumn’s Nations Cup.
Jamie Lewis can end a difficult year on a high after producing a superb display to qualify for the World Championships. The Carmarthen darter took tie out of the PDC Tour this year for personal reasons but has bagged one of the final six spots along with fellow Welshman Nick Kenny.
Neil Harris fears Wales' football league clubs will be left behind both on and off the field if they will not be allowed to have fans at home matches like clubs in England. Wales first minister Mark Drakeford had announced the country will return to lockdown starting on Friday with the situation to be reviewed on December 17.
Jess Fishlock reckons Wales' next generation of footballers can be the best yet - and she wants to be part of it. The 33-year-old is set to win her 120th cap when Wales end their UEFA Women's Euro2022 qualifying campaign against Belarus at Newport's Rodney Parade on Tuesday (KO 7.10pm).
Scott Quinnell believes Wales rediscovered some of their doggedness against England last weekend – but reckons they still lack bite. The former Wales and Lions No.8 was encouraged by aspects of the 24-13 defeat in Llanelli, but argues there is a soft streak running through Wayne Pivac’s team that needs to be hardened up. “Sometimes I look at Wales and I think everybody is just a bit too nice,” said Quinnell.
Sheyi Ojo believes Cardiff City can use their emphatic 4-0 victory over Luton as the launch pad to get themselves back into the race for promotion. The Liverpool loan player scored the last of the Bluebirds’ goals in a re-freshened line-up who have lifted the club to 14th place in the Championship table to ease some of the pressure on manager Neil Harris. There is still a seven point gap between Cardiff and the play-off places, and 10 points between Harris’s side and the automatic promotion spots, but Ojo – whose team host Huddersfield in another home match on Tuesday - says: “We want to get promoted. That’s the reason we’re all fighting.
Gerwyn Price saw his hopes of winning the Ladbrokes Players Championships Finals dashed after a 11-8 semi-final defeat to defending champ Michael van Gerwen. The 35-year-old looked to have a good chance of avenging last year's defeat in the final to the Dutch darter after taking an 8-6 lead at Coventry's Ricoh Arena.
Connor Roberts earned a shiner, a winning goal, and the praise of his manager after his courage paved the way for victory at Nottingham Forest. The Wales full-back scored with a superb header – bravely climbing over far taller Sammy Ameobi in the 43rd minute – as the Swans went fourth in table with their first triumph at the City Ground in nine meetings since a 2006 League One triumph. Roberts celebrated from a prone position on the ground then needed lengthy treatment before recovering from a bang in the face and head coach Steve Cooper said: “I thought Connor’s goal epitomised the performance.
Wales try-scorer Johnny Williams has told fans not to go nut but stay patient as they rebuild under head coach Wayne Pivac. The Scarlets centre impressed in only his second Test match appearance in the 24-13 defeat to England at Parc y Scarlets.
Liverpool fan Michael Flynn is hoping the FA Cup draw delivers a touchline tango with Jurgen Klopp. Flynn and Newport County’s love affair with the Cup continues after they reached the third round for the four successive season thanks to a 3-0 win over Salford City at Rodney Parade. Now, Flynn - a self-confessed Liverpool nut - will be dreaming of a draw against Klopp’s men in the next round.
Wrexham are expected to appoint their former midfielder Bryan Hughes as their third manager of a troubled season after Graham Barrow’s decision to step down. Barrow resigned on Tuesday night just six weeks after taking charge of the National League club following the departure of Sam Ricketts to Shrewsbury. His... Read More
Wrexham have suffered four successive defeats and badly need to start gaining momentum in 2019. They crashed out go the Buildbase FA Trophy, losing 1-0 against Vanarama National League promotion rivals Leyton Orient at the Racecourse. The visitors from London had a player sent off, but held on to secure a place... Read More
Former Leicester City and Everton striker Mike Newell, who won a Premier League champions medal with Blackburn Rovers in 1994-94, is elated after joining Wrexham AFC. Newell is assistant to newly-appointed manager Graham Barrow, who has accepted the post vacated by Sam Ricketts when he moved to Shrewsbury Town. The Dragons, fourth... Read More
Graham Barrow has been confirmed as the new manager of Wrexham after initially insisting he would not take the job. Barrow has been in caretaker charge at the Racecourse Ground since stepping up from assistant when former boss Sam Ricketts left to join Shrewsbury Town. Barrow maintained he was only... Read More
Wrexham have given a new contract to current caretaker manager Graham Barlow – even though he insists he has no intention of becoming their permanent boss. Instead, Barlow – who stepped into the void after the departure of Sam Ricketts for Shrewsbury this week – will remain as assistant manager,... Read More