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Pro14 TV Deal Thrown Into Doubt As Premier Sports Slash Costs

Pro14 TV Deal Thrown Into Doubt As Premier Sports Slash Costs
The TV contract for the Guinness Pro14 looks likely to change hands again next year after current right holders Premier Sports cancelled their existing deal with production company Sunset+Vine. With the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic hitting organisations on and off the field, subscription service Premier Sports has opted to take its production of the tournament in-house. That suggests they will struggle to hold onto the TV rights when their three-year deal ends with a number of other broadcasters including Sky Sports, S4C, ITV, Channel 4 and the BBC considering their options for when the sport returns and the bidding begins.

Bermuda Boomer Dafydd James Was Wanted By Welsh Premiership Club At Age Of 43

Bermuda Boomer Dafydd James Was Wanted By Welsh Premiership Club At Age Of 43
Dafydd James has revealed he was offered a contract to play for Pontypridd in the Welsh Premiership two years ago at the age of 43. The former Wales and Lions star had just played in a testimonial game for Ponty stalwart Dafydd Lockyer and had been named man-of-the-match, playing for a Lockyer Select XV against the Sardis Road current first team XV. James – who also figures in the World Rugby Classic from Bermuda to be shown on S4C on Monday night – was forced to retire from full-time professional rugby in 2009 because of a neck injury.

It's All About "Heart And Soul" . . . Steve Cooper Looks Ahead At Swansea City v Cardiff City Run-In

It’s All About “Heart And Soul” . . . Steve Cooper Looks Ahead At Swansea City v Cardiff City Run-In
Steve Cooper insists “heart and soul” will decide the Championship play-off race involving his Swansea City side and rivals Cardiff. The Swans head coach was left defeated but not demoralised by his club’s 1-0 home defeat to Leeds United on Sunday – a contest settled by former Swan Pablo Hernandez’s last-gasp winner. Cooper admitted it was a missed opportunity – his team would have gone above Cardiff and into sixth place had they held on for the draw – but thinks the outcome will not be settled by ability alone or the fact they only have a few days’ rest before facing Nottingham Forest on Wednesday.

No Coach, No Training Partner, No Physio . . . But Melissa Courtney-Bryant Had An Idea - Her Husband

No Coach, No Training Partner, No Physio  . . . But Melissa Courtney-Bryant Had An Idea – Her Husband
This should have been the month Melissa Courtney-Bryant was competing at her first Olympic Games in Tokyo. Instead, she has had to test her resilience and ingenuity as she looks ahead to the re-scheduled Games in 12 months’ time as she told Jenny Nesbitt. The past four months have been challenging for us all, but what has it been like for elite athletes? For Melissa Courtney-Bryant, everything was seemingly going to plan. As January rolled into February, the Welsh middle distance runner returned from a stint at high altitude training in the running mecca of Iten, Kenya.

Wales 20, England 19 . . . That's Positive Drug Tests In Rugby, By The Way

When Jesse Patton of Ystalyfera RFC became the latest Welsh rugby player to be banned for steroid use it helped give Wales an unwanted victory over England. There have now been more positive drugs cases in Wales (registered players – 83,000) in the last seven years, than in England (registered players 382,000) as Paul Jones reports. Welsh rugby was back in the dock last week after bans on three more players found guilty of drug taking were announced by UK Anti-Doping. It took the number of players currently serving UKAD bans in Wales to eight. That compares to 13 in England, one in Scotland, eight in Rugby League and six in UK Athletics.

Conor Gallagher Aims To Elbow Leeds United Aside With Swansea . . . To Give Frank Lampard A Nudge

Conor Gallagher Aims To Elbow Leeds United Aside With Swansea To Give Frank Lampard A Nudge
Conor Gallagher wants to show Frank Lampard he’s ready to be Chelsea’s next cab off the rank by steering Swansea City towards the Premier League. The 20-year-old – on loan at the Liberty Stadium from Stamford Bridge - has been in impressive form lately as the Swans have moved to the cusp of the play-off spots. A point or more at home to Leeds United today would be enough to nudge the club into sixth place, above Cardiff City, and will be another opportunity for Gallagher to show Chelsea manager Lampard that he is ready for the Premier League – either for his parent club or for another 12 months in Wales.

New Welsh Football Shake Up Leaves Clubs Checking Their Maps

The latest stage of the Football Association of Wales’ pyramid restructure was met with mixed reaction after the new third tier was officially unveiled. A statement released by the FAW confirmed the alignment of the still yet-to-be-named league that will serve as a feeder league to the Cymru North and Cymru South and will sit above the new Tier 4 regional leagues. A total of 64 teams were selected from a hopeful pool of 75 clubs, who satisfied Tier 3 requirements. Among those to miss out completely are former Welsh League champions Aberdare Town, who must now compete in Tier 4, despite earning a certificate.

Sam's The Man As Jardine Happy To Be A Devil Again

Cardiff Devils have confirmed a fifth player signing for the 2020-21 Elite League ice hockey season. Defenceman Sam Jardine, a former Toronto Marlies player, returns for his second season as a Devil after putting up six goals and 14 assists for 20 points in 63 games last season. He led the Devils and finished second in the entire Elite League in plus/minus with a +24 rating.

Neil Harris Frustrated By "Naive" Referee As Cardiff City Tripped Up By "Clever" Aleksandar Mitrovic

Neil Harris Frustrated By “Naive” Referee As Cardiff City Tripped Up By “Clever” Aleksandar Mitrovic

Linton Lewis . . . Lawyer, Politician, Businessman, Musician . . . And Welsh Club Cricket Legend

With cricket finally back – and the West Indies playing England in the first Test of the summer in Southampton – it seems a good time to remember Ammanford’s Caribbean king, Linton Lewis. Owen Morgan tells the tale of one of Welsh cricket’s most remarkable success stories. The names trip easily off the tongue. They are pronounced as if spoken by someone born and bred in the area. Myddynfych . . . Pantyffynnon . . . Tirydail. They are place names that would not come naturally to anyone unfamiliar with the Carmarthenshire town of Ammanford.

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Matt Finish Keeps Newport County Second, While Tom Is King Of The League Two Clean Sheets

Newport County 1, Port Vale 0 Goalkeeper Tom King is playing a major role in Newport County’s bid got sustain a promotion challenge in SkyBet League Two. Former Millwall goalkeeper King became County’s first choice after Joe Day was snapped up by Cardiff City - and he has proved a major success. Plymouth-born... Read More

Flynn Delight Over 'Coup' Signing Of Geordie Defender

Michael Flynn is ecstatic about his newest Newport County player. The Exiles manager has signed Geordie defender Daniel Leadbitter on a two-year contract. "Daniel is a big signing for us,” says Flynn. “It is a big coup for us.  “He is extremely fit and quick. We have beaten off competition for Daniel... Read More

Cobblers! Newport Rocked By Joe's Magnificent Strike

Michael Flynn admits Newport County’s League Two play-off dream is fading, saying: “You won’t get in the play-offs with away form as bad as ours.” The Exiles suffered a 12th away defeat of the season, losing 1-0 at Northampton Town after a magnificent 88th minute goal by substitute Joe Powell. County are... Read More

Cobblers Manager Keith Curle: "Beware Exiles Backlash"

Northampton Town manager Keith Curle has warned his players: “Beware the Newport backlash.” Experienced Curle, a 55-year-old Bristol-born former England international, lost his job at Carlisle last season following a draw against Newport County and was appointed Cobblers’ manager last October. “Newport on their day can compete above this level which they... Read More

Newport County Back On Track And Flynn Staying

Michael Flynn was in a good mood after Newport County’s 3-1 home win against Northampton Town at Rodney Parade. The victory means County are fourth in League Two, level on points with third-placed Colchester, and can now focus on Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup tie against Wrexham away (8pm). "We were excellent,” said... Read More

Newport V Cobblers: Shock For Ex-Bluebirds Defender

Northampton Town, who make the midweek trip to South Wales on Tuesday, have been rocked by the retirement of a former Bluebirds defender. The Cobblers, who take on Newport County at Rodney Parade, are still coming to terms with thews that Leon Barnett has been advised to stop playing because of... Read More
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