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.
Welsh Cycling Goes From Strength To Strength . . . As James Ball And Matthew Rotherham Win Wales' First Gold Medal In Birmingham
LONDON - Comments from James BALL (WAL) after winning his country’s first gold medal of the Games, in the para-cycling men’s tandem B sprint at Lee Valley VeloPark on Sunday. James Ball (WAL) - gold On winning: "It’s hard to put into words. We knew we had it in us - convincing ourselves... Read More
Georgia Davies and Daniel Jervis must wait to see if their Olympic dream will be realised after neither was able to book their place at the British selection trials in London. Two-time Olympian Davies finished inside the Olympic consideration time in the final of the women’s 100m backstroke on Thursday... Read More
Baker Boy Charlie Hulson's Tokyo Olympic Dream Has Gone Up in Smoke . . . But He's Cooking On Gas For Birmingham And Paris
Charlie Hulson has spoken of his bitter disappointment at having to withdraw from next Friday's Olympic Marathon Trial in London. The Welshman was targeting the Olympic qualifying time and a place on the plane to Tokyo as part of the Great Britain squad. But a serious stress fracture suffered while... Read More
The return to action for some Welsh athletes continues this weekend at the European Indoor Championships selection trials. The events to be staged in Manchester, Loughborough and London have been organised following the cancellation of the British Indoor Championships, which should have been taking place this weekend in Glasgow. In... Read More
Brett Morse seemed to have it all – a world class ranking as an athlete, a successful modelling career, two doting daughters . . . but then came mental health problems that, as he tells Owen Morgan, turned his world upside down with days spent on his sofa instead of... Read More
Cardiff student Jake Smith booked an automatic place in the Great Britain team for the World Half Marathon Championships with a brilliant run at the Vitality Big Half in London on St David's Day. Bermuda-born Smith, who has spoken of the possibility of running for Wales in future, finished third... Read More