Ashton Hewitt has thanked those who have supported his backing for the Black Lives matter campaign and the revelations over his own experiences of racism in Wales. The Dragons wing – who was called up to train with Wales during this season’s Six Nations – gave a revealing account of his encounters with police as a black rugby player. His interview with the South Wales Argus and other media led to a huge reaction and also provoked debate with fellow former Dragons star Andrew Coombs, who accused protestors in London of violence towards the police.
Robert Jones cherishes each one of his 54 Wales and three British and Irish Lions caps. But the proud son of Trebanos says that Swansea’s 1992 triumph over then World Cup holders Australia means more to him than his victories in a red jersey. The scrum-half played 286 times for the Whites between 1983 and 2002, and was wearing the No.9 shirt when the Wallabies paid a visit to St Helen’s on 4 November 1992. The match will be re-lived on S4C’s Clwb Rygbi, at 6.15pm on Saturday 6 June, and will also be available to watch on S4C Clic and BBC iPlayer after broadcast.
Elite sport is slowly returning. Some, like professional football, are preparing to resume competition, but for most it’s about small steps to resume training. But while some sports get on to their starting blocks, others are still waiting outside the stadium – and there is also a difference between Wales and England, as Sport Wales CEO Brian Davies tells Graham Thomas. Sport Wales acting chief executive Brian Davies insists the country’s top athletes will not get left behind their rivals in the race to be ready again for major competitions. Welsh elite athletes in all sports are still waiting for a green light to resume training as some of the lockdown restrictions start to ease across other parts of the UK.
Canadian centre Stephen Dixon is Cardiff Devils’ third import signing for the 2020-21 Elite League ice hockey season. Dixon followed captain Joey Martin and Joey Haddad in committing to the Devils again and there will be more player announcements over the next few weeks. “I’ve enjoyed my time in Cardiff,” said the man from Halifax in Nova Scotia. “Devils are a quality organisation from top to bottom. We have a great group of guys and great fans.”
It was the game that rescued the career of Shane Williams – Wales v New Zealand in the pool stages of the 2003 World Cup. Before the tournament, it looked as if the player who would go on to become Wales’ greatest try-scorer might not even make the plane. He did – just – as a utility third scrum-half and back-up wing. Tonight, 17 years on, the game is being replayed and re-assessed on S4C where Williams watches the 53-37 defeat for the first time since that day in Sydney . . .
Lauren Price insists she has no concerns about resuming training as she rebuilds towards an appearance at the delayed Tokyo Olympics in 2021. Wales’ amateur world champion is among 12 elite boxers who will return to training in Sheffield next week as the sport becomes the latest to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic. Members of the GB boxing squad have been in lockdown since the abandonment of the Olympic qualifying tournament in London in March when the scale of the health crisis became apparent.
Newport County and other struggling clubs in Leagues One and Two have been told that football must solve their financial crisis – not the government. With the rest of the season already written off and no prospect of any more gate income until August at the earliest, County and other clubs in the lower two divisions have raised the alarm. Calls have been made for a state-backed plan to help English Football League clubs avoid insolvency in the current coronavirus pandemic.
This year should have been the time Aled Davies secured his status as one of the world’s greatest Paralympians. Champion of the world in 2012 and 2016, he was on for the hat-trick of golden triumphs in Tokyo. He’s disappointed, but there are compensations as Graham Thomas reports. Aled Davies insists fatherhood and the joy of seeing his daughter learn to walk will always shine far brighter than any gold medal. The multiple medalist and world champion should be spending this summer preparing for more glory at the Paralympics in Tokyo.
Run 4 Wales chief Matt Newman believes there is a new influx of “lockdown runners” who will help offset the postponement of organised races in Wales. The man behind the hugely successful Cardiff Half Marathon insists the event can still thrive after organisers confirmed it has been postponed for this year. The third biggest running event in the UK – which was scheduled to take place on October 4 - has been put back to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic and it will now go ahead on March 28.
Cardiff Devils have been drawn against Swedish opposition in the Champions Hockey League. Head coach Andrew Lord and his team will face Farjestad Karlstad in a last 32 knockout tie decided over two legs during October with the winners moving forward to face HC Davos or Vienna Capitals in the next round. The Farjestad BK ice hockey team was founded in 1956 and they play out of the Lofbergs Arena.
Nathaniel MG Cup
Christian Edwards described yesterday's Nathaniel MG Cup victory as a 'fairy tale win' after delivering Cardiff Met their first major piece of silverware. Since being promoted into the Welsh Premier League under Edwards, the Archers have lost out in three finals including last season's Nathaniel MG Cup final. Adam Roscrow struck late... Read More
Two goals from Adam Roscrow helped Cardiff Met win their first maiden Nathaniel MG Cup, 2-0, over Cambrian and Clydach in front of a record crowd at Jenner Park. The striker had opened the scoring minutes before half time with a fine solo goal after good work from Chris Baker before... Read More
Cardiff Met are expected to have Adam Roscrow back available as they attempt to end their cup final hoodoo against Cambrian & Clydach. The striker missed last weekend's win at Llandudno but is expected to spearhead Cardiff Met's frontline against the Welsh League side in the Nathaniel MG Cup final at... Read More
Cambrian & Clydach will be heavy underdogs in Saturday night’s Nathaniel MG Cup final with Cardiff Met - but the Rhondda side will have every reason to believe they can spring another upset. Barry Town, Aberystwyth Town and Newtown had all fallen victim to Cambrian & Clydach’s giant killing exploits this... Read More
The FAW/WPL have confirmed this morning that the winners of the Nathaniel MG Cup (League Cup) will be awarded a place in the IRN-BRU Cup competition from the 2019/20 season. In what is described as a 'radical shake-up of the competition', there will also be an increased number of teams participating... Read More
Barry Town's Jenner Park has been announced as the venue for the 27th Nathaniel MG Cup Final between Cardiff Met and Cambrian & Clydach Vale. The final will be played on Saturday 19 January and shown live on S4C, with a 19:30 kick off, it has been confirmed. The first all-south Wales... Read More