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Wales Coach Wayne Pivac Tries To Lock In English-Based Stars For Entire Six Nations

Wayne Pivac is trying to convince English clubs to allow their Welsh international players to stay in his Six Nations camp for the whole tournament. There are six players – Tomas Francis, Will Rowlands, Taulupe Faletau, Dan Biggar, Callum Sheedy and Louis Ress-Zammit - in Wales’ 36-man squad who are based over the border. Rather than allow them to return to their English clubs during the break weekends in the tournament, Pivac wants the half dozen released for the entirety of the Six Nations, to protect the Wales squad amid continued coronavirus concerns.

Swansea City Complete Loan Deal With Aston Villa For Conor Hourihane

Conor Hourihane has agreed to join Swansea City from Aston Villa on loan for the rest of the season. A loan fee and other terms were agreed between the two clubs on Tuesday and Hourihane is due to undergo a medical at the Swans’ training ground. A number of Championship clubs were interested in the 29-year-old midfielder, including Bournemouth who are four points behind second-placed Swansea in the table.

Welsh Gymnastics Star Latalia Bevan Retires At 19

Commonwealth Games silver medallist Latalia Bevan has confirmed her retirement from elite competition. The 19-year-old women’s artistic gymnast from Merthyr Tydfil has called it a day on the back of a stellar competitive career, capped by a stunning silver she brought home for Team Wales from Australia’s Gold Coast in 2018. But there have been plenty of other highlights for St Tydfils Gymnastics Club’s Wales and Great Britain star, who started out in the sport aged six.

Rhys Webb Left Out By Wales Coach Wayne Pivac . . . But Dan Lydiate Returns

Rhys Webb has been left out of the Wales squad for the Six Nations, but coach Wayne Pivac has given a recall to veteran Dan Lydiate. Pivac has resisted calls to bring back another veteran – Bath’s Cardiff Blues-bound outside-half Rhys Priestland – but there are also returns for fly-half Jarrod Evans, wing Hallam Amos and prop Rhodri Jones. Scrum-half Webb, who returned from France to join the Ospreys and revive his Wales career, has lost out to Scarlets youngster Kieran Hardy, as well as established No.9 rivals Gareth Davies and Tomos Williams.

The New King . . . World Record For Longest Goal Set To Go To Newport County Keeper Tom

Newport County goalkeeper Tom King could be about to enter football’s record books after his incredible goal at Cheltenham. King scored directly from a goal-kick in the 1-1 draw at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium on Tuesday night – an estimated 95-metre yard effort that could smash the current record held by Asmir Begovic. Newport’s 25-year-old Wales squad keeper stunned the home side with his mighty effort that bounced once and then – wind-assisted – flew over the head of opposite number Josh Griffiths.

Cardiff City's Neil Harris Happy With Club's Backing....But Knows It's Time To Repay The Faith

Neil Harris is happy with the transfer business Cardiff City have done so far this week - but knows he has to start repaying the backing with wins. Right-back Perry Ng from Crewe and Crawley striker Max Watters have added to his options as the Bluebirds face QPR at home on Wednesday.

Dai Young Insists He Wants Second Time Around With Cardiff Blues To Be More Than A Six-Month Romance

Dai Young has admitted he was left burnt by 16 years of non-stop coaching, but still believes there is enough fuel left in his tank to ignite Cardiff Blues. The new director of rugby at the Arms Park has only been appointed on an interim basis until the end of the season. But after just a week back in his former seat of power, Young has revealed he plans being around for another long haul if things go according to plan.

How Long Before Bigger Clubs Notice The Job Being Done by Swansea City's Steve Cooper?

Swansea City travel to Blackburn Rovers tonight where a sixth victory in their last seven games would further strengthen their position in the Championship’s automatic promotion places. Head coach Steve Cooper is exceeding most expectations, a familiar achievement says Jack Hammett, but one which normally signals the attention of bigger clubs elsewhere.  Like hipsters talking about successful bands, Swansea City fans can also be smug about the managers who started their rise to success in the Liberty Stadium dug-out. “I knew them before they were big”, kind of thing.

Cardiff City Deal Struck For Perry Ng, Say Crewe

Cardiff City have reached an agreement with Crewe over their club captain Perry Ng, according to the League One club. Ng, 24, will become Cardiff’s second signing of the January window for a fee of around £500,000. Ng was withdrawn from the Crewe side that drew 1-1 at Plymouth on Saturday amid speculation over his future, and the defender will now complete a move to join Neil Harris’s squad.

Frustrated Jayne Ludlow Swaps Wales For FIFA As She Bows Out After Two Near Misses

Jayne Ludlow is heading towards a new role with FIFA after ending her spell as manager of Wales. The Football Association of Wales has announced Ludlow has stepped down by “mutual consent” after six years in charge of the national women’s team. Ludlow had been at the helm since October 2014 and became the first manager to lead the side for more than 50 games.

Premier Division

Are You Sitting Comfortably? Merthyr Town Benefit From Brentford's Seating Plan Thanks To A Few Cans Of WD40

Merthyr Town have been given a helping hand by Premier League officials and Brentford FC in a much-needed boost for the Southern League outfit. The Martyrs will receive funding from the Premier League for ground improvements at the MetCoaches Stadium, while the Bees have handed over 200 seats from their... Read More

Taunton Town Test Ahead For Gavin's Martyrs At Home

Merthyr Town faced another daunting test when Taunton Town make the trip from Somerset to South Wales on Tuesday evening (7.45pm). The Martyrs could not stop Chesham United going clear at the top of BetVictor Southern League Premier on Saturday, losing 2-0 away, and now they take on promotion chasing Taunton... Read More

Bluebirds' Fan Gavin Proud Of His Mighty Martyrs

It’s been a difficult season for player-manager Gavin Williams and his Merthyr Town team this season, but they are showing there is plenty of character and spirit at the MetCoaches Stadium. Money for the player budget is tight, although the club is financially stable, and rival teams are able to splash... Read More

Martyrs Face Former Fulham Premier League Midfield Player Wayne At Their MetCoaches Stadium

Former Premier League midfield player Wayne Brown will play against Merthyr Town when Walton Casuals make the trip to South Wales on Saturday. Brown, aged 31, is a new signing for Surrey club Casuals who spent eight years at Fulham FC and made his Premier debut against Manchester United during 2009. He... Read More

Defender Ismail Heads In For Martyrs On His Debut

Former Newport County defender Ismail Yakubu marked his Merthyr Town debut with a headed goal during their 3-2 home win against Hartley Wintney at the MetCoaches Stadium. Gethyn Hill, from a penalty, and Ian Traylor were the other scorers in a win that was more convincing than the scoreline suggests. The Martyrs... Read More

Martyrs Sign Loan Left-Back Rhys Before Harrow Trip

Merthyr Town gave signed exciting left-back Rhys Davies from Hereford FC. Teenager Davies, who joins the Martyrs on a 28-day loan, has played for League One Shrewsbury Town plus Vanarama National League sides Nuneaton Town and Chippenham. “Rhys has a great career in front of him,” says Hereford manager Marc Richards. "He’s a... Read More
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