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It's Wales v Italy . . . As Laura McAllister Steps Up Campaign For FIFA Seat

Wales fans are hoping for success at the re-scheduled European Championships later this year, but before then there is another head-to-head. FIFA has an empty seat at the table and there’s a Welsh woman with a formidable background who wants to claim it as a step towards change as Graham Thomas reports. Welsh football may be weighed down with uncertainty at present, but one opportunity close to hand is a chance to get a place around the most powerful table in the sport. Laura McAllister – a former Wales international as well as ex-chair of Sport Wales – is standing for election to the FIFA council and intends to use that platform to further transform the women’s game in both Wales and around the world.

Sol Bamba Will Find PFA Stand With Him, Insists Cardiff City Boss Neil Harris

Neil Harris has backed the PFA to stand by Sol Bamba – just as he insists they stood squarely behind him as he overcame cancer. The Cardiff City manager recovered from testicular cancer, diagnosed when he was just 23, and went on to enjoy a hugely successful playing career before becoming a boss. In a cruel repetition, Bluebirds defender Bamba, 36, is now undergoing chemotherapy for Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, but Harris believes the much-criticised players’ union can offer the same support and backing he was given 20 years ago.

Where There's A Will, There's A Way Back . . . As Wales Prop Taylor Goes From Glass-Washer To Gym Owner

In 2014, Will Taylor started for Wasps in front of 82,000 people against Harlequins at Twickenham.  Three years later he was selling vegetables on the streets of London and collecting empty glasses in his friend's nightclub. They say life’s a rollercoaster but the 29-year-old from Swansea wouldn’t have expected there to be quite as many sharp turns.

Welsh Rugby To Be Given Welsh Government Cash From New Spectator Fund

The Welsh Rugby Union will receive financial support from Welsh government funding, which is set to be confirmed this week. After a devastating year dominated by the Covid-19 pandemic, the WRU’s bank balance has been decimated. It's estimated each Wales home match brings in about £10million and the WRU believe they have lost more than £50m due to Covid-19.

Steve Cooper Says Consistency In A 'Mad' Championship Is Key For Swansea City

Steve Cooper paid tribute to the consistency shown by Swansea City as they tightened their grip on second place in the Championship with a hugely impressive 2-0 victory at Barnsley. Ben Cabango and Jamal Lowe struck in either half at Oakwell as Cooper's side made it six games unbeaten in all competitions.

Cardiff City's Neil Harris Insists Questions Over His Future Are "Pointless" After Fifth Defeat

Neil Harris has insisted questions over his own future as Cardiff City manager are “pointless” despite a fifth successive defeat. The Bluebirds boss was defiant after saying he was proud of his team’s performance in their 2-1 home defeat to Championship leaders Norwich City. Cardiff were thoroughly outplayed by a slick Canaries team who were 2-0 ahead at the break, despite missing five players, including top scorer Teemu Pukki – four of them due to Covid-19.

Josh Sheehan's Red Sees Newport County's Michael Flynn Seeing Red Over Football's Future

Newport County boss Mike Flynn said he feared for football after seeing Wales midfielder Josh Sheehan red-carded in the 0-0 draw with Salford City. The Exiles boss was unhappy with the performance of referee Anthony Backhouse saying his side were also denied a penalty at Rodney Parade.

Wales Told By French: Get Ready . . . The Six Nations Will Go Ahead

Wales and other rival nations to France for this season’s Six Nations should prepare for the tournament and expect that it will definitely go ahead. The message has come from French Rugby Federation president Bernard Laporte who says this season’s Guinness Six Nations Championship “will take place”. The World Rugby vice-chairman also says there will be an expanded coronavirus testing programme for the tournament, while each country will have “a Covid manager”.

New Swansea City Keeper Ben Hamer Was Surplus To Young Thruster, Claim Huddersfield

New Swansea City signing Ben Hamer was allowed to leave Huddersfield in order for young goalkeeper Ryan Schofield to gain a contract, according to the Yorkshire club. Hamer has joined the Swans on an 18-month deal for an undisclosed fee and will provide back-up to Freddie Woodman for the promotion-chasers following a long-term injury to Steven Benda. Hamer, 33, had been first choice at Huddersfield at the start of the season, but lost his place to 21-year-old Schofield in November and the Tykes have suggested the older man was unlikely to win it back.

Cardiff Blue Dragons Hand Wheelchair Rugby League Huge Boost By Launching New Side

Cardiff Blue Dragons have given Wheelchair Rugby League in Wales a huge boost by launching a team to add to their ever-expanding player base in the capital. Players are now being recruited by the club during lockdown in readiness for training to start later in the year.

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Trevor Birch Warns Football Clubs To Get A Grip Or Face Shutdown

Former Swansea City chairman Trevor Birch has warned football clubs to obey the rules over Covid-19 or face another complete shutdown for the game. Birch – now EFL chief executive – has written a letter to all clubs in the Football League, including Cardiff City and Swansea, warning them not... Read More

Jonathan Davies Says Wales Are Paying For Slow Response After Lockdown

Jonathan Davies believes Wales are paying the price for the country’s late return to rugby after lockdown. The Wales and Lions centre – a keystone of Warren Gatland’s successful team for over a decade – is currently part of a national team that has suffered six straight defeats under Wayne... Read More

Welsh Premier League And Wales Women's Teams Facing "Firebreak" Shutdown

Welsh domestic men’s and women’s international football is facing shutdown for a month as a result of the new “firebreak” lockdown imposed by Welsh Government. Fully professional sport – defined as those who earn their living through sport – will be allowed to continue during the new restrictions which come... Read More

It's As Easy As MCB . . . Melissa Courtney-Bryant Hits The Ground Running (Fast) Around Post-Lockdown Europe

During lockdown, Melissa Courtney-Bryant could be seen in videos produced by Sport Wales, showing the nation how to do a proper warm-up routine before home-based exercise. Now, she’s back warming the tracks across Europe with some super-charged performances as she tells Owen Morgan. Melissa Courtney-Bryant is certainly making up for... Read More

From Pool To Lake, To Open Sea . . . How Dan Jervis Has Toned His Body And Freshened His Mind

Dan Jervis went to swimming’s world championships last year and failed to cope with the anxiety of expectation. Now, after lockdown and time spent out of the pool, he tells Graham Thomas he will be a calmer man heading towards next year’s Olympic Games. Dan Jervis is glad to be... Read More

Frostbite, Everest, Antarctica . . . None Of It Terrified Richard Parks As Much As Being Broke

Former Wales star turned adventurer Richard Parks knows all about survival – and he believes keeping heads above water is all anyone in rugby can do at present. As the professional end of the game in Wales prepares to return in a fortnight, the man now renowned for toughing things... Read More
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