Cardiff Devils have been drawn against Swedish opposition in the Champions Hockey League. Head coach Andrew Lord and his team will face Farjestad Karlstad in a last 32 knockout tie decided over two legs during October with the winners moving forward to face HC Davos or Vienna Capitals in the next round. The Farjestad BK ice hockey team was founded in 1956 and they play out of the Lofbergs Arena.
Gareth Edwards, Phil Bennett, Scott Gibbs and Justin Tipuric are the final four doing battle to be declared scorer of Wales’ greatest try. The awesome foursome have made it through to the semi-finals of the Welsh Rugby Union’s online challenge to find the nation’s favourite score. The top 16 have now been whittled down to a quartet of classic tries, with two from the Seventies against a Nineties icon and a recent gem from this season.
Welsh Athletics has published a document outlining how the governing body plans to get athletes back in action as soon and as safely as possible. Interim chief executive James Williams has reassured the nation’s athletes that the governing body is doing all it can to lift the sport’s lockdown appropriately. Williams said: "Although we're unable to remove the suspension of athletics activity at this time, we wanted to reassure our athletics community in Wales that we are working hard behind the scenes to plan and prepare for a safe return to athletics as soon as we're able.”
The French Top 14 season has been officially abandoned in a move that is likely to cast more uncertainty over any return of the Guinness Pro 14. With the rugby shutdown in France continuing, the game’s rulers announced on Tuesday that they are ending the season as of now. Organisers, the French rugby league (LNR) said no club would be relegated and no team would be promoted from the Pro D2 (second division).
Rallying could return at a famous Welsh forest complex in August – but with social distancing rules likely to prevent co-drivers from taking part. Scheduled to take place at Sweet Lamb, a popular Wales Rally GB stage situated in the stunning rolling hills on the Ceredigion and Powys border, the driver-only time trial on Sunday 9 August will take place behind locked gates and without spectators. There will also be a strict limit on the number of service vans and mechanics allowed on site.
Cardiff City and Swansea City may be preparing for a June 20 return to action, but some of their Championship rivals have cast doubt on the idea with scathing criticism of the EFL. Barnsley, QPR and Luton are leading the critical voices, claiming the resumption has been poorly planned, badly communicated and rushed through. Barnsley have written to the EFL to sound the alarm over the "potential failure of their enterprise" they get ready to play for the first time since mid-March.
Lennie Lawrence will remain a “very valued friend” to Newport County manager Mike Flynn after the club confirmed their assistant was leaving to join Stevenage. Lawrence, 72, has been at Rodney Parade for three years and forged an immediate bond with Flynn as both worked to pull off the great escape of keeping Newport in the Football League in 2017. But the veteran coach has remained based in the south-east of England and has now chosen to join Stevenage as No.2 to manager Alex Revell – with his start date likely to be the beginning of the 2020-21 season.
Swansea City transfer target Lyle Taylor will refuse to play for Charlton when the Championship season resumes on June 20. The Swans, Cardiff City, Charlton and remainder of the 24 second tier clubs are all stepping up their training in readiness for the season resuming in less than three weeks’ time. But Charlton manager Lee Bowyer has revealed that some of his players who are out of contract at the end of June - including Taylor – have said they will not be taking the field for fear of injury.
Tennis players have launched a petition calling for the sport to be “unlocked” following the urgings of the sport’s governing body towards the Welsh government. The petition to allow outdoor tennis in Wales to restart had been signed by over 2,000 people by midday on Sunday. It comes after Tennis Wales - the governing body for the sport in Wales – wrote to First Minister Mark Drakeford to ask for the current restrictions on playing tennis to be lifted.
Wayne Pivac has admitted his disappointment after Wales’ summer tour to New Zealand and Japan was officially called off. The decision was taken by World Rugby after talks with host Unions in the face of insurmountable problems caused by measures taken to counter the coronavirus pandemic. The Welsh Rugby Union... Read More
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Rhys Jones was sprinting towards his third Paralympics when the finishing line was suddenly moved 12 months further down the track. But as he tells Owen Morgan, he’s now managing to adjust to the long haul. Described as a “hopeless case” by doctors when he was just two years old,... Read More
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Great Britain Turn To Barry Ice Hockey Prospect Bayley For World Championships In Estonia During March
Barry-born Bayley Harewood, a 16-year-old former Cardiff Devils junior, has been selected for Great Britain’s under-18 ice hockey squad. Forward Harewood, who has a burning ambition to play NHL hockey in the future, has experience of competing in North America and currently plays senior hockey for Basingstoke Bison. Bayley’s parents, Craig and... Read More