When Alisha Butchers went over on her ankle in training with Bristol Bears Women last Tuesday, there was no way she could have foreseen the trouble, stress, and financial worries ahead. The 23-year-old Wales international has been forced to raise funds online for the surgery required to fix her ankle after falling foul of a medical insurance loophole. Butchers - who reached her £4,995 GoFundMe target in just five hours on Friday - wants her fellow female players to ensure they do not end up in the same position and liable for thousands of pounds of medical bills due to circumstances outside of their control.
Kris Jones finished an agonising three seconds outside the 2022 Commonwealth Games 10,000m qualifying standard in Newport on Saturday. Competing at the Elite Winter 10k event, Jones smashed his 10,000m personal best of 29.05.66 set in Highgate back in 2017. The Swansea Harrier finished second to Leeds AC athlete Emile Cairess, clocking a time of 28:33.17 - just outside the Birmingham qualifying standard of 28:30.00.
Dean Ryan has admitted he will have mixed feelings if Wales come calling again for his Dragons back row pair of Aaron Wainwright and Ross Moriarty. The dynamic duo were at the heart of the Dragons’ impressive 31-20 victory over the Ospreys in Bridgend that has dented the losers’ Heineken Champions Cup prospects and given Ryan’s men an outside sniff of qualification. It was the Dragons’ first win of 2021 and Wainwright – released for some game time by Wales coach Wayne Pivac – weighed in with a try to add to doubles from Jonah Holmes and Ashton Hewitt to give the visitors a bonus point victory.
Former Wales defender Jazz Richards has signed for Welsh Cymru Premier club Haverfordwest County. The former Swansea City and Cardiff City full-back became a free agent when he was released by the Bluebirds last summer. He looked close to signing for their Championship rivals Sheffield Wednesday last month, but the Owls eventually opted not to pursue a deal.
Steve Cooper has insisted he works for a “classy club” after refusing to get involved in a war of words with Neil Warnock. The clash between the pair happened both during and after Swansea City’s controversial 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough at the Liberty Stadium. Warnock could be heard referencing Cooper’s father Keith during one of several rants during the game in which Boro conceded a 97th minute penalty and also had a goal ruled out for a foul.
No-one kicks sand in the face of Newport County defender Priestley Farquharson. After, how many other players in League Two can boast 63 England caps? County’s new defender Farquharson can do just that, although his international tally hasn’t been built up playing at venues like Wembley, Stade de France or the Principality Stadium.
The Ospreys could take a giant step towards Heineken Champions Cup rugby next season if they can complete the double over regional rivals the Dragons at the Brewery Field tonight. The top three teams in the two Guinness PRO14 Conferences qualify automatically for the top tournament in Europe and Toby Booth’s much-improved side are currently on 31 points with three games to play – the Dragons at home and then Leinster and Glasgow Warriors away. If they can beat the Dragons with a bonus point to reach 36 points then they will be guaranteed third place. If not, they will need to pull some points out of the bag on their final two away trips.
Glamorgan head coach Matthew Maynard is hoping he plays his joker to good effect when the county finally get their season up and running at Somerset today. Kiran Carlson became the county's youngest century-maker at 18 when he hit 119 against Essex at Chelmsford in September 2016. Since then, the... Read More
Robert Croft Has The Left The Building . . . But Glamorgan's Mealy-Mouthed Words Can't Hide Their Failings
Robert Croft has “left his role” as Glamorgan head coach, a misguided piece of subterfuge that Graham Thomas says reflects the drift and failed strategies of a county still falling behind. You can often judge the state of a professional sports set-up by the line peddled when they sack their... Read More
Kiran Carlson Keeps Glamorgan In The Hunt . . . And Whitchurch HS At The Centre Of The Sporting Universe
Kiran Carlson made sure Whitchurch High School remains the centre of the sporting universe as he guided Glamorgan to a crucial victory on Tuesday night. The 20-year-old batsman struck a maiden T20 half century to guide his team to a thrilling four-wicket win against Surrey at The Oval. His innings... Read More
Robert Croft has admitted there will be more dark days ahead for Glamorgan as they pursue their policy of hoping youth players learn on the job in the Specsavers County Championship. The Glamorgan coach insisted there will be no U-turn in strategy in the four-day game that has left the... Read More
Glamorgan captain Michael Horgan has paid tribute to Usman Khawaja as the Australian star bids to become the first in the county’s history to score centuries in his first three appearances. Khawaja struck 126 against Derbyshire – following his 125 against Warwickshire – to become the first Glamorgan player to... Read More
Glamorgan have beaten Gloucestershire by six wickets at Bristol to register a win in the first game of the County Championship season for the first time since 2014, when they beat Surrey at The Oval. Chasing just 83 to win from the final 21 overs of the match, Glamorgan reached... Read More