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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.

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Wayne Pivac Has Checked Out Of The Honeymoon Suite . . . And Needs To Check His Selections For Twickenham

Three games into the Six Nations and Wales have just one victory to show for their efforts. Robin Davey says the bold ambitions of coach Wayne Pivac are being undermined by his own selection calls and a misfiring team. It’s early days, but for new head coach Wayne Pivac to... Read More

Time To Let The French Have It . . . Unleash Louis Rees-Zammit

Now that Wayne Pivac has his feet under the table – only for the table to be upturned by Ireland -Robin Davey argues it is time for the Wales coach to make some changes. That should mean, he says, a call for teenage wing Louis Rees-Zammit. Welcome to the Wales... Read More

The Seven Nations Is All About Money . . . But It Would Wreck The Lions, Autumn Tests And Domestic Rugby

The Six Nations is on a break week – something that would disappear if reported suggestions of South Africa’s inclusion ever came about. Robin Davey says the damaging knock-on effects outweigh any financial benefits. The plan to bring South Africa into the current Six Nations tournament should be kicked into... Read More

Wayne Pivac Has Missed A Trick . . . The Adventure Should Have Begun Here

Wayne Pivac has named his first Six Nations team to face Italy on Saturday but Robin Davey is underwhelmed by a lack of boldness in a fixture where the risks are at their lowest. When the new Welsh hierarchy took over we were promised greater adventure and added value after... Read More

No More Jokes, No More Pity . . . The Dragons Have Finally Found Their Fire

The Dragons have turned themselves around in recent months in a way that few saw coming, not least the other three Welsh regions who used to regard beating them as something to take for granted. Not any more. Robin Davey looks at the transformation at Rodney Parade. Two wins and... Read More

Introducing Wayne Pivac . . . Rabbit Magician, Strategist, And Bold Six Nations Adventurer

English rugby has always provided Wales with international players over the years, but few coaches have proved as willing to tap into the neighbour’s resources as Wayne Pivac. Good thing, too, argues Robin Davey, who says the new Wales chief deserves applause for his daring approach. Wayne Pivac clearly doesn't... Read More
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