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.
After The “Flynnasty” It’s Time For Newport County To Create Some Stirring New Memories To Warm Rodney Parade
Seasoned Newport County fans are no strangers to tumult: much of the club’s 111-year history has been defined by it. By contrast, the last few years have been a relative sea of tranquillity, with County looking a comfortable resident in the Football League – something which the late David... Read More
Barry Town United manager Gavin Chesterfield is expecting Sam Bowen to make a big impact at the club this season. The Barry boss handed a debut to Bowen – the son of former Swansea , Birmingham and Cardiff City player Jason Bowen – in last weekend’s goalless draw at home... Read More
Merthyr Town have signed four former Bluebirds players in Jason Bowen, Andy Legg, Scott Young and Danny Gabbidon. The quartet won’t be pulling on the Martyrs’ shirt, but they will be in the MetCoaches Community Stadium for an evening of Bluebirds’ talk. They played getting on for 1,000 appearances in the Cardiff... Read More
The nation will go all a flutter on Saturday with an estimated £150m set to be gambled on the 171st running of the world’s greatest steeplechase race at Aintree. There will be a global audience of 600 million people joining the 70,000 punters expected at the Merseyside course. Katie Walsh, Bryony Frost... Read More
Cardiff City have launched their goal of the month competition for October with nine players in the video battle. Omar Bogle and Anthony Pilkington are both contenders along with Shannon Evans from the Cardiff City women’s team plus a number of young players. Sam Bowen, the son of former Bluebirds and Swans... Read More
Merthyr Town have strengthened their Southern League squad - and could go top of the Premier Division with a win at Dorchester Town. Manager Gavin Williams has added midfield player Jaye Bowen, 21, to his squad as the Martyrs aim to step up their title challenge. They are second, one point behind... Read More