Rhys Webb has taken inspiration from football greats Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo after ending more than two years in the international rugby wilderness. Ospreys scrum-half Webb is on course to make his first Wales appearance since November 2020 in next Saturday’s Guinness Six Nations opener against Ireland. Webb, who toured New Zealand with the 2017 British and Irish Lions, featured on just five occasions during Wayne Pivac’s 34-Test reign as Wales head coach.
Dwayne Peel was able to enjoy one of the best victories during his time as head coach at the Scarlets as his side picked up a 37-28 bonus-point win over the Bulls on Friday. Despite having five players away on Wales duty and a number of others ruled out through injury, the Parc y Scarlets faithful saw their side notch a first win over the Bulls in the URC and pick up a fourth try late in the game to take the extra point. It was their fifth win in a row this year in all competitions and moved them ahead of the Dragons in the table.
Sol Bamba insists his new boss at Cardiff City, Sabri Lamouchi, commands respect and has the tactical nous to keep the club in the Championship. Bamba has rejoined the club he enjoyed success with as a player as their new assistant and right-hand man to Frenchman Lamouchi. The pair worked together when Lamouchi was manager of the Ivory Coast national team between 2012 and 2014 and Bamba was a player in that squad alongside former Swansea City star Wilfried Bony.
The Welsh Rugby Players Association has urged the Welsh Rugby Union to take the "strongest possible action" after allegations of sexism and bullying within the organisation. An open letter was sent to WRU chairman Ieuan Evans from the WRPA following a BBC investigation, which featured former WRU employees alleging incidents including racism and homophobia during their time with the organisation. One contributor claimed she had considered suicide as a result of her experiences.
James Botham insists Cardiff have forced their critics to eat their words, having recovered from heavy defeats earlier in the season. It’s a big claim from the Wales international, given that the team have lost three of their four matches played so far this year. But as Cardiff prepare for the toughest assignment in European rugby – a trip to Dublin to face Leinster on Saturday evening in a game that is live on S4C – Botham believes the capital city region have already proved some sceptics wrong and insists there is more to come.
Wales winger Sorba Thomas has swapped a relegation fight with Huddersfield for a promotion chase with Blackburn Rovers after being told he had fallen down the pecking order with the Terriers. Thomas – who went to the World Cup with Wales only two months ago – was told his chances were going to be limited at Huddersfield after they brought in some new additions. The club are languishing in the Championship relegation zone, three points adrift of Cardiff City who are in 21st place.
New attack coach Alex King says Wales are determined to play an entertaining brand which is rooted deep in the country’s DNA. King joined up with the rest of Warren Gatland’s coaching staff on Monday, with the New Zealander having chosen the former England fly-half to replace Stephen Jones as attack coach. The 47-year-old has little time to get his messages and methods across ahead of the Guinness Six Nations opener against Ireland on February 4, but King is confident that he can do so to mark Gatland’s Wales return with a winning start.
Bluebirds midfield player James Waite has left South Wales to sign for Vanarama National League North club Hereford FC. Teenager Waite, a skilled and clever playmaker, has joined the Bulls ahead of Saturday’s home match against Curzon Ashton. While Waite settles in with Hereford, Cardiff City’s under-23 team had their scheduled fixture... Read More
Wrexham hit-man Mike Fondop is dancing his way along the goals trail for his new club. The 24-year-old striker from Cameroon loves to celebrate his goals in style and followed France and Atletico Madrid ace Antoine Griezmann when he netted against Eastleigh away. That took his tally to four goals in five... Read More
Sam Ricketts is intent on securing a major prize for Wrexham in the new Vanarama National League season. The former Welsh international believes the Dragons are among six or seven clubs capable of securing automatic promotion and says: “That has to be our aim. There is no other reason you come... Read More
Wrexham have made it clear they have the intensity and commitment to maintain a Vanarama National League promotion challenge. Their 2-0 win at bottom club Guiseley took the Reds top on goal difference and their next match is against Halifax at home next Saturday. Top scorer Chris Holroyd scored his 13th goal... Read More
Nicky Deverdics’ career is looking up - towards the Football League. The 30-year-old Geordie, who started his career with home city club Newcastle United, says: “Wrexham have a chance of going up, they are in a strong position.” Deverdics gained League Two experience with Barnet and Hartlepool, while he played for Scottish... Read More
Wrexham were close to a ‘perfect away performance’ in their Vanarama National League match at Gateshead. Manager Dean Keates and his players earned a goalless draw and Chris Holroyd was desperately close to heading the winner. “It was a textbook header back across the goal and just bounced wide,” said Keates. “Overall,... Read More