Steve Cooper insists there is no guarantee of a new manager “bounce” when Bristol City visit the Liberty Stadium today. The Robins have appointed Nigel Pearson as their new manager following the sacking of Dean Holden, but in one sense the recovery period has already been sparked as the managerless Robins won 3-1 at Middlesbrough in midweek. Swans head coach Cooper knows the visitors’ caretaker coaches Paul Simpson and Keith Downing – who have both been retained – from his time with England U17s.
The joy of George North’s 100th cap landmark for Wales will be lined with sadness at his boyhood club. The Wales centre will lead his team out against England today, hoping his celebrations for a century of appearances can inspire the delivery of a Six Nations Triple Crown. But his record-breaking milestone has been put into perspective by the death of a member of his first rugby club.
Cardiff City have been blessed with a number of very good goalkeepers over the years, but none, surely, can boast a starting record like Dillon Phillips. The man likely to be in goal for the Bluebirds at Middlesbrough today has given manager Mick McCarthy a welcome selection quandary since Phillips took over from Alex Smithies. When Phillips joined Cardiff from Charlton for an undisclosed fee in the autumn of last year, he had to show considerable patience.
The first crowd-less Wales v England Six Nations match will take place this afternoon – an eerie prospect, even a year on from the disappearance of fans from most of our sporting fixtures. No roars, no shouts and certainly no singing. Rhodri Jeremiah details the power of song at matches between the old rivals. Let’s be honest here, we all love a sing song. Whether it’s in the shower, the pub or even at a rugby international.
A group of Wales’ most promising athletes have been given access to approved training facilities as the sport takes its latest step towards returning towards normality. Until now, access had been limited to a group of 26 athletes who had been given “elite” status by virtue of them receiving the top level of Lottery funding under Welsh Athletics’ Commonwealth Games programme.
Elfyn Evans was fifth after the opening days of the Arctic Rally Finland on Friday. The Dolgellau-born racer was around 16 seconds slower on each off the two passes of the Sarriojärvi test - the second completed in darkness - as Estonia's former world champ Ott Tanak dominated the first day.
Wayne Pivac has praised George North's attitude and appetite as he prepares to win his 100th Wales cap and become a rugby union record-breaker. North will reach a century in Saturday's Guinness Six Nations clash against England at the Principality Stadium. And at 28 years and 320 days, he will eclipse Australia captain Michael Hooper by four weeks as the youngest player to clock up 100 appearances for their country.
Simplicity has been the key to Cardiff City’s revival under Mick McCarthy, according to Wales midfielder Will Vaulks. The Bluebirds will be seeking a seventh consecutive victory when they go to Middlesbrough on Saturday and a meeting with former manager Neil Warnock. When McCarthy replaced Neil Harris, they were 15th in the table and 13 points adrift of sixth place. After taking 20 points from a maximum possible 24, Cardiff now occupy that final play-off position and are 11 points behind the automatic places with 14 matches still to go.
Eddie Jones has told England to pick up their own arousal levels when they face Wales this weekend. But it’s not a case of thinking Welsh fires can melt the mighty iceberg, says Harri Morgan. It’s more about Wales being coldly, clinical themselves. Expect Eddie’s England to arrive in Cardiff brimming with whoop and holler. Each milestone in the game will be celebrated to the hilt. Every high pitched rejoice or northern grunt, designed to nudge up the level on their “arousal-ometer”.
Mick McCarthy has promised to kick butts if his Cardiff City players get carried away after continuing their revival under him with a 2-0 victory at Luton Town. Harry Wilson and Will Vaulks netted with stunning strikes in a four minute spell in the second-half to move City within three... Read More
Josh Murphy says Mick McCarthy has put a smile back on the winger’s face and also revitalised Cardiff City. Murphy had become a bit-part figure under former boss Neil Harris and was linked with a loan move away from the Welsh capital in the January transfer window. But since the... Read More
Connor Roberts intends to extend his scoring streak to keep Swansea City among the leaders in the Championship promotion race. The Swans’ 2-0 win over Luton at the weekend lifted them back to fourth in the table, two points behind leaders Norwich. The Wales full-back scored his second goal in... Read More
Luton manager Nathan Jones accused Swansea City players of helping Matty Pearson get sent off at the Liberty Stadium. The Welsh manager did not argue that Pearson should have been dismissed in what proved a critical moment during the Swans’ 2-0 win at the Liberty Stadium. With 20 minutes left, and Luton... Read More
Swansea City's Steve Cooper Will Keep A Welcome In The Hillside For Nathan Jones . . . Then Wants Revenge
Steve Cooper admits he’s a big admirer of fellow Welsh manager Nathan Jones, but it will be a revenge mission on his mind when Swansea City host Luton Town on Saturday. With Tony Pulis now at Sheffield Wednesday, there are a trio of Welshmen currently plying their trade in the... Read More
Neil Harris insists turning points only become apparent when you’re way down the road. For that reason, the Cardiff City manager is refusing to talk about significant changes in direction for his team – or himself – despite the emphatic nature of their 4-0 victory at home to Luton Town.... Read More