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Swansea City's Jamie Paterson Insists: I'm No Diver

Jamie Paterson has insisted he is not a diver and he should not have been booked in Swansea City’s 1-0 defeat to Middlesbrough. The Swans midfielder was shown a yellow card for simulation in the first-half of the weekend loss at the Riverside Stadium after tumbling under a challenge from Boro goalkeeper Luke Daniels. But Paterson is adamant that referee Andy Davies made the wrong call and that the Swans should have been awarded a penalty, instead.

Whitchurch High Is At It Again. . . As Welsh Rugby Prospect Christ Tshiunza Craves The Same Success As Gareth Bale, Sam Warburton and Geraint Thomas

By Steffan Thomas   The walls inside Whitchurch High School are already lined with pictures of famous Welsh internationals but they need to find room for another.  Alongside the photographs of the school’s most famous sons – Gareth Bale, Geraint Thomas and Sam Warburton – some space must be found for Christ Tshiunza following his Wales breakthrough in October and the prospect of more Test caps to come in the Six Nations in a couple of months’ time. 

WRU Board Member Liza Burgess To Step Down After Accepting Full-Time Coaching Position

Dragons Lead Chase To Sign New Wales Hooker Bradley Roberts

New Wales cap Bradley Roberts has admitted he has to move to Wales to continue his international career and the Dragons are working to offer him a deal. They face stiff competition from Cardiff, however, in trying to sign the Ulster hooker. Roberts’ contract with the Irish province runs out at the end of the season and the Welsh Rugby Union’s 60 cap selection policy means he will have to join a Welsh side if he is to extend his Test career into a second season.

Cardiff City's Steve Morison Insists Everything Else Was Rosey . . . Apart From Red Card

Steve Morison has claimed Cardiff City delivered a “positive performance” despite another home defeat that has put them back in relegation trouble. The Bluebirds manager insisted there was not much wrong with his team’s display in their 3-2 reverse against Sheffield United, aside from Sean Morrison’s sending off which his namesake said had “killed off” his team’s hopes of a victory. It was Cardiff’s second defeat in three matches and leaves them just one place above the Championship relegation zone, although they have a five-point lead over Peterborough United, who also lost.

Georgia Evans Steps Up For Big Battle Against Her Wales Rivals For Six Nations Spot

Georgia Evans is hoping to gain bragging rights over three of her Welsh international back row rivals when Saracens welcome table-topping Bristol Bears to the StoneX Stadium for the game of the season in the Allianz Premier 15s on Saturday. They won’t come any bigger than the top two unbeaten teams going head-to-head in a match that will hold much appeal for Wales coach Ioan Cunningham. Both teams have won their six league games and only one try bonus-point separates them.

Truckers Lodge In Chepstow Rehearsal Ahead Of Welsh Grand National

Welsh National hopeful Truckers Lodge will appear at Chepstow this weekend in preparation for the big race in the calendar at the same venue at the end of the month. The Paul Nicholls-trained horse heads to Chepstow on Saturday for the Welsh Grand National Trial, live on Sky Sports Racing at 1.22pm. Truckers Lodge was second in the Welsh National in 2019 before going on to win the Midlands National last year,

Home Or Away Wins? Who Cares, Says Cardiff City Boss Steve Morison

Cardiff City manager Steve Morison has claimed no-one cares whether his team win at home or away, so long as the points are gathered. The Bluebirds return to the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday, looking to build on their away victory at Luton Town last week, which gave Morison his third victory since he took over from Mick McCarthy. Two of those three wins have come away from home, with Morison’s home record so far showing one win against Huddersfield, but two defeats – to QPR and Hull City.

Ospreys Offer Players To Scarlets But Want Euro Bosses To Clarify They Won’t Be Cup-tied

British Champion Holly Jones Is Team Building Her Way To Birmingham . . . And More Success For Wales

Last weekend, Holly Jones retained her British title in Guildford. But the Swansea gymnast intends her success in the vault to be a springboard for more achievements and medals in a busy 2022, as she tells Lucy Rees. Holly Jones aims to have two teams behind her when she competes for her country at next year’s Commonwealth Games – Team Wales and Team Jones. Jones – who regained the British senior vault title at the recent British Gymnastics Championships – has a big year ahead that she hopes will include winning a medal in Birmingham.

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Fans Are Back In Wales As Swansea City, Newport County, Wales And Glamorgan Get Green Light

Swansea City and Newport County will be playing their home play-off matches in front of fans for the first time this season. The move has been confirmed by the Welsh Government who have given the green light for both clubs’ ties to be played in front of supporters as pilot... Read More

Welsh Sport United In Dismay At Mark Drakeford's "Illogical" Plan To Put Pubs Before Runners, Swimmers, Gymnasts And Cricketers

Welsh sporting governing bodies have reacted with "disappointment and frustration" at the government's latest "illogical" plans for lifting Covid-19 restrictions. Welsh Athletics, Welsh Cricket, Swim Wales, Welsh Gymnastics and the Welsh Sports Association are five of the organisations calling on First Minister Mark Drakeford to reconsider the timetable for restarting... Read More

We're Going To Go Bust . . . Sports Clubs And Bodies Make Plea To Welsh Government

Wales’ major sporting bodies have written to the Welsh Government urging it to allow fans back into stadiums and prevent the “real risk of bankruptcy for our sports”. The letter to Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford asks him to reconsider the stance during the Covid-19 pandemic that supporters will not be... Read More

Cardiff City, Swansea And Newport County Will Lose Out In Any Fan Lottery, Fears Neil Harris

Neil Harris fears Wales' football league clubs will be left behind both on and off the field if they will not be allowed to have fans at home matches like clubs in England. Wales first minister Mark Drakeford had announced the country will return to lockdown starting on Friday with the... 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

Play-Offs Over . . . But Who Will Now Speak Up For Locked Out Welsh Football Fans?

When will crowds be able to return to watch sport in Wales? From the evidence so far it doesn't seem as if that will be anytime soon. There's a lot of noise but Twm Owen wonders whether much thought has been given to the issue. The prospect of fans returning to... Read More
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