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LIVE BLOG: Elfyn Evans Goes Third At Rally Monza As WRC Title Battle Tightens

Hello......and welcome to Dai Sport's live blog as Dolgellau's Elfyn Evans resumes his bid to become the first Welsh driver to be crowned FIA World Rally Champion.

Rugby Isn't Boring . . . But Watching Lots Of It On TV - That'll Make You Very Dull, Indeed

The debates have raged on during the Autumn Nations Cup. For some, the game has become a snore-fest of kicking, pile-ups, penalties and shapeless set-pieces. For others, these moaners just don’t get the modern game. For Harri Morgan, it all depends on where you sit – and how long you’ve been watching. There is a critical point in the life of a hobby golfer where a decision must be made - continue as a happy hacker or invest the hours into improving. More time spent honing the swing might yield a tad more consistency out on the course, but it will also drive up performance expectation.

Wales Raise More Doubts Over Ryan Giggs' Future As Rob Page Given World Cup Role

Caretaker manager Rob Page will conduct Wales' World Cup draw media duties with uncertainty remaining over the long term future of Ryan Giggs. Page was in interim charge last month as Wales beat the Republic of Ireland and Finland to secure promotion to the top tier of the Nations League and confirm their place in Pot 2 of Monday's World Cup qualifying draw in Switzerland. Giggs was absent for Wales' November games after being arrested on suspicion of assaulting his girlfriend at his Manchester home on November 1.

Josh Adams Can Be Test Lion And Might Just Be The Best Wing In The World, Says Nigel Walker

The countdown to the Lions tour of 2021 has begun with contenders only likely to have six more Test opportunities in which to press their claims. For the wing spots, Josh Adams has a lead on his rivals built up over the past two seasons according to former Wales wing Nigel Walker, who spoke to Graham Thomas. Josh Adams can underline his status as a Lion-in-waiting when he plays his final international of the year this weekend, according to former Wales wing Nigel Walker. Adams will pair up with Louis Rees-Zammit against Italy on Saturday as Wales bid to end their underwhelming Autumn Nations Cup showing with an emphatic win against Italy.

Kieran Hardy . . . The New Wales No.9 With Designs On Being Number One

The Jersey boys will be uniting again tomorrow as three former players of the Channel Islands club – Kieran Hardy, Callum Sheedy and Will Rowlands – prepare to face Italy. Hardy has had a brief taste of Test rugby and now wants to challenge the more established names as James Dodd reports. Kieran Hardy is determined to end Wales’ 2020 campaign by proving he can be first choice scrum-half in 2021. The 25-year-old from Carmarthen made his debut a fortnight ago in Wales’ 18-0 victory over Georgia at Llanelli.

LIVE BLOG: Elfyn Evans Fourth At Rally Monza But Still On Course For WRC Title

Good morning.....and welcome to Dai Sport's live blog as Elfyn Evans bids to become the first Welsh driver to be crowned World Rally Champion. The 31-year-old is lying fourth after Thursday's opening special stage of Rally Monza on Thursday.

Neil Harris Insists Fanless Cardiff City Are "Not Fussed" By Watford Supporters

Neil Harris insists he is “not fussed” by the presence of Watford fans for Cardiff City’s visit to Vicarage Road on Saturday. The Bluebirds manager is more concerned by the continued absence of his own club’s fans from home games which he says is leading to unfairness within the Championship. Fans returned to Football League matches for the first time in 266 days on Wednesday as clubs in tiers one and two welcomed back supporters.

Zoe Backstedt's World Cup CX Campaign Hit By COVID-19 Rules

Zoe Backstedt's chances of claiming another UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup victory this month have been dashed by COVID-19 regulations. Cycling's governing body has cancelled the junior women's races that were scheduled to take place victory in Belgium, in Namur on 20 December and Dendermonde on 27 December.

It's A Case Of Steady Elfyn As Evans Launches WRC Title Bid In Monza

Elfyn Evans admitted he took it steady as he got his bid to be crowned World Rally Champion underway in Monza. Having had a spin in the pre-event shakedown earlier in the morning, the title pacesetter took a cautious approach on SS1 in Monza's F1 circuit.

Diversity Levels In Welsh Sport Described As "Shameful" After New Survey

Former Wales striker Nathan Blake has told sports in Wales to stop talking and start doing something about their lack of diversity. His call comes after an ITV Wales investigation revealed levels of diversity that were described as "shocking" and "shameful" by Race Council Cymru. A survey conducted showed there are only 19 people from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background out of 765 employees across some of Wales' biggest sports governing bodies.

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Michael Flynn v Jurgen Klopp . . . That's The Newport FA Cup Wish List

Liverpool fan Michael Flynn is hoping the FA Cup draw delivers a touchline tango with Jurgen Klopp. Flynn and Newport County’s love affair with the Cup continues after they reached the third round for the four successive season thanks to a 3-0 win over Salford City at Rodney Parade. Now,... Read More

Kwame Thomas Backs Adi Yussuf To Help Bring Cutting Edge To Wrexham

By Terry Phillips Kwame Thomas, a striker of Ghanaian descent, and Tanzanian international Adi Yussuf are together again - and intent on helping Wrexham launch a Vanarama National League promotion challenge. The two men linked up for Solihull Moors two years ago when the English Midlands club finished second, three points behind... Read More

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling - Padraig Wants Newport Half Century To Clinch Wembley Stadium Place

Irish goals ace Padraig Amond is aiming to complete a half century for Newport County this evening and lead them back to Wembley Stadium. Amond, from Carlow in the Republic of Ireland, goes into County’s Leasing.Com Trophy semi-final against Salford City at Rodney Parade having scored 49 goals for the Welsh... Read More

Newport Focus On Fifth Wembley Game In Eight Years

Newport County are firmly focussed on Wembley Stadium. They take on Salford City at home in the leasing.com Challenge Cup semi-final on Tuesday - and the winners will earn a place in the final. The cup clash could be a welcome break from SkyBet League Two football for manager Michael Flynn... Read More

'Flynny Does Cracking Job' For Newport Says Darrell

Darrell Clarke believes his Walsall players are in for a tough time against Newport County at Rodney Parade this evening (Tuesday). Former Salisbury City and Bristol Rovers manager Clarke, who took over from current Wrexham team boss Dean Keates at Walsall, says: “Newport have a really dodgy pitch if seeing it... Read More

Newport County Planning For 'Fab Feb' After Seeing Off Foxes And Moving Closer To Fifth Wembley Visit

Newport County took a century to make their first competitive visit to Wembley Stadium, but now they are within reach of a fifth appearance in eight years. Scott Bennett’s first half winner earned Newport a 1-0 win against Leicester City’s under-21 team a place in the leasing.com Trophy semi-finals against Salford... Read More
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