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It's Wales v Italy . . . As Laura McAllister Steps Up Campaign For FIFA Seat

Wales fans are hoping for success at the re-scheduled European Championships later this year, but before then there is another head-to-head. FIFA has an empty seat at the table and there’s a Welsh woman with a formidable background who wants to claim it as a step towards change as Graham Thomas reports. Welsh football may be weighed down with uncertainty at present, but one opportunity close to hand is a chance to get a place around the most powerful table in the sport. Laura McAllister – a former Wales international as well as ex-chair of Sport Wales – is standing for election to the FIFA council and intends to use that platform to further transform the women’s game in both Wales and around the world.

Sol Bamba Will Find PFA Stand With Him, Insists Cardiff City Boss Neil Harris

Neil Harris has backed the PFA to stand by Sol Bamba – just as he insists they stood squarely behind him as he overcame cancer. The Cardiff City manager recovered from testicular cancer, diagnosed when he was just 23, and went on to enjoy a hugely successful playing career before becoming a boss. In a cruel repetition, Bluebirds defender Bamba, 36, is now undergoing chemotherapy for Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, but Harris believes the much-criticised players’ union can offer the same support and backing he was given 20 years ago.

Where There's A Will, There's A Way Back . . . As Wales Prop Taylor Goes From Glass-Washer To Gym Owner

In 2014, Will Taylor started for Wasps in front of 82,000 people against Harlequins at Twickenham.  Three years later he was selling vegetables on the streets of London and collecting empty glasses in his friend's nightclub. They say life’s a rollercoaster but the 29-year-old from Swansea wouldn’t have expected there to be quite as many sharp turns.

Welsh Rugby To Be Given Welsh Government Cash From New Spectator Fund

The Welsh Rugby Union will receive financial support from Welsh government funding, which is set to be confirmed this week. After a devastating year dominated by the Covid-19 pandemic, the WRU’s bank balance has been decimated. It's estimated each Wales home match brings in about £10million and the WRU believe they have lost more than £50m due to Covid-19.

Steve Cooper Says Consistency In A 'Mad' Championship Is Key For Swansea City

Steve Cooper paid tribute to the consistency shown by Swansea City as they tightened their grip on second place in the Championship with a hugely impressive 2-0 victory at Barnsley. Ben Cabango and Jamal Lowe struck in either half at Oakwell as Cooper's side made it six games unbeaten in all competitions.

Cardiff City's Neil Harris Insists Questions Over His Future Are "Pointless" After Fifth Defeat

Neil Harris has insisted questions over his own future as Cardiff City manager are “pointless” despite a fifth successive defeat. The Bluebirds boss was defiant after saying he was proud of his team’s performance in their 2-1 home defeat to Championship leaders Norwich City. Cardiff were thoroughly outplayed by a slick Canaries team who were 2-0 ahead at the break, despite missing five players, including top scorer Teemu Pukki – four of them due to Covid-19.

Josh Sheehan's Red Sees Newport County's Michael Flynn Seeing Red Over Football's Future

Newport County boss Mike Flynn said he feared for football after seeing Wales midfielder Josh Sheehan red-carded in the 0-0 draw with Salford City. The Exiles boss was unhappy with the performance of referee Anthony Backhouse saying his side were also denied a penalty at Rodney Parade.

Wales Told By French: Get Ready . . . The Six Nations Will Go Ahead

Wales and other rival nations to France for this season’s Six Nations should prepare for the tournament and expect that it will definitely go ahead. The message has come from French Rugby Federation president Bernard Laporte who says this season’s Guinness Six Nations Championship “will take place”. The World Rugby vice-chairman also says there will be an expanded coronavirus testing programme for the tournament, while each country will have “a Covid manager”.

New Swansea City Keeper Ben Hamer Was Surplus To Young Thruster, Claim Huddersfield

New Swansea City signing Ben Hamer was allowed to leave Huddersfield in order for young goalkeeper Ryan Schofield to gain a contract, according to the Yorkshire club. Hamer has joined the Swans on an 18-month deal for an undisclosed fee and will provide back-up to Freddie Woodman for the promotion-chasers following a long-term injury to Steven Benda. Hamer, 33, had been first choice at Huddersfield at the start of the season, but lost his place to 21-year-old Schofield in November and the Tykes have suggested the older man was unlikely to win it back.

Cardiff Blue Dragons Hand Wheelchair Rugby League Huge Boost By Launching New Side

Cardiff Blue Dragons have given Wheelchair Rugby League in Wales a huge boost by launching a team to add to their ever-expanding player base in the capital. Players are now being recruited by the club during lockdown in readiness for training to start later in the year.

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Jamie Clarke Will Carry Welsh Flag Into Crucible . . . But With Not Many Behind Him

Llanelli’s Jamie Clarke will make his Betfred World Championship debut this weekend after three stunning qualifying victories in Sheffield. Clarke – ranked 89 in the world – entered the fray at the English Institute of Sport in the second qualifying round, dispatching Birmingham’s Mitchell Mann 6-1, before creating the shock... Read More

Welsh Pairs Go Head-To-Head . . . But Mark Williams' Heart Doesn't Seem In It

Two intriguing all-Welsh battles are in prospect this weekend as the second round of the Betway UK Championship gets underway. Six Welshmen made it through the first round in York this week – and the draw has ensured that at least two of them will take their place in the... Read More

Snookered . . . Wales Now Relies On Golden Oldies As New Boys Fail To Step Up To The Table

Snooker’s second biggest tournament, the Betway UK Championship, starts today (Tuesday) in York, where the Welsh challenge is likely to be carried by very familiar faces. Simon Kendal-Williams examines why the new Welsh baize brigade have failed to march up the rankings. It was 20 years ago this week that... Read More

Jackson Page Writes Biggest Chapter Of His Career With Comeback Victory

Jackson Page claimed the biggest win of his professional career to progress to the second round of the 19.com Northern Ireland Open. The Ebbw Vale teenager looked to be heading out of the second of four Home Nations events when he trailed veteran Barry Pinches 3-1 in their best-of-seven encounter... Read More

Jak Is Back . . . And Part Of The Welsh Challenge At The English Open

No fewer than a dozen Welsh warriors are crossing the border into enemy territory this week, all aiming to bring back the spoils from the 19.com English Open. Leading the charge – as you may expect – is the evergreen Mark Williams, fresh from losing an enthralling China Open final... Read More

Day Dream Turns Into Nightmare As Ryan Crashes Out At The Crucible

Ryan Day’s dreams of becoming world snooker champion have been shattered for another year after suffering a Crucible nightmare. The Welshman looked well set to complete a first-round win over Anthony McGill, having consolidated his 6-3 overnight lead into an 8-5 advantage at the mid-session interval on Thursday. But as... Read More
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