It has already been dubbed “Mission Impossible” but Wales captain Dafydd Jenkins insists he would not bother getting on the plane if he thought he could not be a winner in Ireland this weekend. The statistics alone make intimidating reading for Wales as they journey to Dublin for the third round of the Six Nations on Saturday.
Ethan Horvath has hailed the influence of Ole Gunnar Solskjær on his career after joining the Manchester United legend's former club Cardiff City. Solskjær handed Horvath his senior football debut at Molde in 2015 - with the American going on to become the Norwegian club's first choice shot-stopper.
Joe Allen’s future at Swansea City looks uncertain after head coach Luke Williams admitted he didn’t know if the former Wales star would be offered a new contract. Allen has only made one start this season in the Championship – last week’s 2-1 home defeat at Ipswich Town – as injuries have disrupted his campaign.
Nick Tompkins insists Wales are not afraid of double Grand Slam-seeking Ireland. In fact, the Saracens centre is convinced Wales can go to the Aviva Stadium and “take a scalp” to get their Six Nations campaign back on track. After two agonising defeats to Scotland, by a point, and England, by two points at Twickenham, Tompkins believes the youngsters around him can step up to the plate and cause an upset.
Wales will relish the challenge of facing an Ireland side they haven’t beaten in Dublin in the Six Nations since 2012, according to Gareth Thomas. The Wales prop is preparing to go head-to head with Tadhg Furlong in a critical front row battle at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday against hosts who have won their last 10 Championship matches.
Wales skipper Dafydd Jenkins has already notched one win over an Irish side with Exeter Chiefs against Munster in the Champions Cup this season. Now he is eyeing up an even bigger upset than toppling the URC champions with his young Welsh side in Dublin in this weekend’s third round of the Six Nations.
Erol Bulut refuses to accept that Cardiff City are in a relegation fight - despite their alarming slide down the Championship table. Having been firmly in the play-off mix earlier on in the season, Cardiff are now closer to the relegation zone than the top six.
Warren Gatland fears Welsh rugby is going to duck the essential changes he insists are needed to close the gulf between Wales and Ireland. The Wales coach says he is “not 100 per cent convinced” that regional rugby will undergo the proper reset he feels it requires. Gatland admitted “it has probably felt sometimes like you are in a sinking ship and you are trying to plug the holes a little bit”.
Jill McIntosh is confident Cardiff Dragons can build on their hugely encouraging Netball Super League opener when they host Manchester Thunder at the House of Sport on Friday night. Dragons fought back bravely to earn a thrilling 48-48 draw with Saracens Mavericks as all 10 teams got the season underway at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham.
Wales will travel to play Slovakia on June 9 for what they hope will be a warm-up friendly ahead of Euro 2024. The venue has yet to be confirmed, but the Football Association of Wales says the match will take place in either Bratislava or Trnava five days before Euro 2024 gets underway.
Rising Cardiff star Ben Thomas has paid tribute to Gethin Jenkins after picking up the Best Newcomer title at the Principality Premiership awards. The 20-year-old has come under the direction of Jenkins at the Arms Park, following the move of the former Wales prop into coaching under Cardiff head coach... Read More
Friday night’s play-off clash between Llanelli and Pontypool has brought plenty of sympathy for the losers as Pooler were yet again denied promotion to the Welsh Premiership following a 27-16 defeat. But as Paul Jones reports, this was a game with so much to lose for two of the most... Read More
Magnificent Merthyr made it seven trophies in six incredible seasons as they became only the third side in the 29-year history of the WRU Premiership to complete a hat-trick of titles, thanks to a 28-24 win at home to RGC 1404 on Friday night. Only Neath (2005-08) and Pontypridd (2012-15)... Read More
Merthyr may appear to be strolling towards a hat-trick of Principality Premiership titles but Cardiff and Pontypridd still believe they can trip them up. The chasing pair both have to win tonight and then hope the Ironmen lose in order to still have a chance of overtaking them at the... Read More
Cross Your Fingers For Cross Keys . . . Underneath The National Team, Welsh Rugby Looks Seriously Unwell
A week ago, Robin Davey suggested there was plenty to be alarmed about in Welsh rugby when it came to the dysfunctional Premiership. Now, the sirens have started wailing with the news that Cross Keys do not even have enough money to finish the season. And they are far from... Read More
First they made it bigger, then they made it smaller. Now, the constant tinkering and down-grading could mean Welsh rugby’s Premiership disappears altogether, warns Robin Davey. Welsh rugby’s Premiership . . . it sounds elite, special, as if care would be taken over it. But the truth is that it’s... Read More