Paul O’Connell believes the legacy of influential former captain Johnny Sexton lives on among Ireland’s 2024 Guinness Six Nations squad. The reigning Grand Slam champions have made a strong start to the post-Sexton era by bouncing back from Rugby World Cup disappointment with successive championship wins over France and Italy.
Luke Hawker has revealed the commitment required to play international hockey was behind his decision to retire from the international game. The current Wales captain announced he was stepping away from the international stage after 12 years and 126 caps for his country.
Elfyn Evans ended a challenging Rally Sweden on a high by scoring a strong haul of points towards the World Rally Championship after setting the pace on the final day and claiming second overall. The Welsh driver moved into second in the standings for Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team and stands just three points behind Thierry Neuville who was fourth in Sweden.
Tom Lockyer said he “literally died” after his heart stopped for two minutes and 40 seconds during his harrowing on-pitch cardiac arrest. The 29-year-old Welsh star, speaking at length for the first time since he collapsed in the 59th minute of the Luton Town’s abandoned Premier League game against Bournemouth on December 16, admitted it is “out of his hands” if he will ever play again.
Piers Copeland produced the most spectacular finish of the day to snatch a brilliant gold medal in the 1500m at the Microplus UK Athletics Indoor Championships on Sunday. The Pontypridd Roadents AC man was tucked in behind Callum Elson, of Cambridge and Coleridge AC, and Adam Fogg, of Coventry Godiva AC, for the majority of the race.
Ospreys coach Toby Booth paid a glowing tribute to his match-winning “quarterback” Dan Edwards following the dramatic 19-17 victory over Ulster Rugby in Swansea. Fly-half Edwards landed a 30-metre drop goal in the 80th minute to snatch the spoils and was then engulfed by his delirious team-mates.
Comebacks were the order of the day in the senior races at the 119th Welsh Cross Country Championships in Brecon on Saturday. Senior men’s winner Matt Willis was competing at the championships for the first time in five years after a series of injuries halted his career as one of Britain’s most promising triathletes and endurance runners. While former Commonwealth Games marathon runner Caryl Edwards won her first Welsh Cross Country title for six years.
Cardiff City manager Erol Bulut has admitted morale in his squad is fragile after their latest setback. The Bluebirds were hammered 4-1 at Norwich City to make it three defeats in a row and six in their last seven games. It is a run that has seen Bulut’s team fall from play-off contention to the edge of the relegation scrap - just eight points above the drop zone with 14 matches still to play.
Keiron Assiratti wants to show Wales can add some bite to their bark in Dublin next week. So far, Wales have threatened but not delivered after two defeats in the opening rounds of the Six Nations. Now, Assiratti is ready for big dogs Ireland after time spent mulling over his future with his pet sausage dog, Pixie.
Angry Luke Williams has hit out at his Swansea City players for being “too scared” to take the initiative when they draw level with opponents. Williams was reflecting on his players’ response after they drew level at 1-1 with Ipswich Town on Saturday, before eventually losing 2-1. It’s a defeat that leaves the head coach still searching for a home win, with just one victory achieved in seven league matches since he took over.
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