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.
Welsh female athletes are still waiting to hear from World Athletics who say their transgender policy is still a work in progress. Its stance follows claims made by British shot-putter that the governing body’s preferred option would “screw” female athletes. The global organisation is consulting with member federations over its preferred option for a new policy.
Former Swansea City manager Paul Clement has lost his job at Everton in the fall-out from Frank Lampard’s sacking. Clement – who was Swansea manager throughout 2017 – was assistant to Lampard, but has left the club along with the rest of the former England star’s backroom team of Joe Edwards, Chris Jones and Ashley Cole. Everton, who are now searching for their seventh manager in the last seven years, had been the latest port of call for Clement, who was sacked by the Swans five years ago.
Warren Gatland believes there is a need for discussion on Wales’ 60-cap selection rule amid uncertainty surrounding the futures of several players. The policy was established in 2017, with players who subsequently signed contracts to ply their trade outside Wales deemed ineligible for Test selection unless they have won at 60 caps or more. And the situation is now magnified due to a recruitment freeze affecting Wales’ four professional regions of Cardiff, Ospreys, Dragons and Scarlets.
Warren Gatland believes there is a need for discussion on Wales’ 60-cap selection rule amid uncertainty surrounding the futures of several players. The policy was established in 2017, with players who subsequently signed contracts to ply their trade outside Wales deemed ineligible for Test selection unless they have won at... Read More
IT's A Race Against Time . . . But Gloucester Head Coach George Skivington Doubts Louis Rees Zammit Will Appear Before The Six Nations
By David Williams Gloucester boss George Skivington does not expect injured Wales star Louis Rees-Zammit to play for the club again before this season’s Guinness Six Nations Championship kicks off. The 21-year-old wing is facing a race against time to be fit for Wales’ Six Nations opener – and first game with... Read More
Warren Gatland Faces A Race Against Time To Prepare His Side To Face Ireland . . . But Insists The Hard Work Begins Now
By Paul Jones Warren Gatland insists it’s a good thing that he will collide head-on with the best team in the world when his second stint as Wales coach begins in just 51 days. Under the re-fashioned Gatland era, Wales kick off their Six Nations campaign against Ireland in Cardiff on February... Read More
Alisha Butchers Says Wales Have Responded To Carrying Pressure . . . And There Is More To Come In TikTok Women’s Six Nations
Alisha Butchers insists there is a lot more to come from Wales after their stunning opening victory in the first round of the TikTok Women’s Six Nations. Butchers was named player of the match after his side’s dramatic 27-19 comeback victory over Ireland in Dublin, which has given Wales instant... Read More
Elinor Snowsill Insists Wales Can Deal With Irish World Cup Backlash As TikTok Women's Six Nations Looms
Wales Women outside-half Elinor Snowsill is expecting a backlash from Ireland in this Saturday’s TikTok Women’s Six Nations opener but is confident Wales are up to the task. Ioan Cunningham’s side travel to Dublin to face an Ireland side hurting at missing out on World Cup qualification. Snowsill expects a... Read More
"Clunky" Wales Misfired In Dublin . . . But Scotland At Home Could Be Just The Game To Get Them Back In Gear
Wales have taken plenty of flak since their opening Six Nations defeat against Ireland. Tomas Marks pinpoints those on-field failings, but suggests it could be Wales finding the fault lines when it comes to the game with Scotland in round two. Wales versus Ireland in the opening round went just as... Read More