When Alisha Butchers went over on her ankle in training with Bristol Bears Women last Tuesday, there was no way she could have foreseen the trouble, stress, and financial worries ahead. The 23-year-old Wales international has been forced to raise funds online for the surgery required to fix her ankle after falling foul of a medical insurance loophole. Butchers - who reached her £4,995 GoFundMe target in just five hours on Friday - wants her fellow female players to ensure they do not end up in the same position and liable for thousands of pounds of medical bills due to circumstances outside of their control.
Kris Jones finished an agonising three seconds outside the 2022 Commonwealth Games 10,000m qualifying standard in Newport on Saturday. Competing at the Elite Winter 10k event, Jones smashed his 10,000m personal best of 29.05.66 set in Highgate back in 2017. The Swansea Harrier finished second to Leeds AC athlete Emile Cairess, clocking a time of 28:33.17 - just outside the Birmingham qualifying standard of 28:30.00.
Dean Ryan has admitted he will have mixed feelings if Wales come calling again for his Dragons back row pair of Aaron Wainwright and Ross Moriarty. The dynamic duo were at the heart of the Dragons’ impressive 31-20 victory over the Ospreys in Bridgend that has dented the losers’ Heineken Champions Cup prospects and given Ryan’s men an outside sniff of qualification. It was the Dragons’ first win of 2021 and Wainwright – released for some game time by Wales coach Wayne Pivac – weighed in with a try to add to doubles from Jonah Holmes and Ashton Hewitt to give the visitors a bonus point victory.
Former Wales defender Jazz Richards has signed for Welsh Cymru Premier club Haverfordwest County. The former Swansea City and Cardiff City full-back became a free agent when he was released by the Bluebirds last summer. He looked close to signing for their Championship rivals Sheffield Wednesday last month, but the Owls eventually opted not to pursue a deal.
Steve Cooper has insisted he works for a “classy club” after refusing to get involved in a war of words with Neil Warnock. The clash between the pair happened both during and after Swansea City’s controversial 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough at the Liberty Stadium. Warnock could be heard referencing Cooper’s father Keith during one of several rants during the game in which Boro conceded a 97th minute penalty and also had a goal ruled out for a foul.
No-one kicks sand in the face of Newport County defender Priestley Farquharson. After, how many other players in League Two can boast 63 England caps? County’s new defender Farquharson can do just that, although his international tally hasn’t been built up playing at venues like Wembley, Stade de France or the Principality Stadium.
The Ospreys could take a giant step towards Heineken Champions Cup rugby next season if they can complete the double over regional rivals the Dragons at the Brewery Field tonight. The top three teams in the two Guinness PRO14 Conferences qualify automatically for the top tournament in Europe and Toby Booth’s much-improved side are currently on 31 points with three games to play – the Dragons at home and then Leinster and Glasgow Warriors away. If they can beat the Dragons with a bonus point to reach 36 points then they will be guaranteed third place. If not, they will need to pull some points out of the bag on their final two away trips.
Pole vaulter Sally Peake won a bronze medal at the Muller British Athletics Championships on Saturday and promptly announced it would probably be the last time she competes at the Alexander Stadium event. Peake, who won a silver medal for Wales at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, made the announcement shortly... Read More
Welsh Athletics will this month launch a hunt for a new Head of Coaching and Performance after Scott Simpson announced his departure from the top role. Having overseen the preparations for two Commonwealth Games, in Glasgow in 2014 and Gold Coast earlier this year, Simpson is moving to a new... Read More
Cardiff AAC women's team celebrated the club's 50th anniversary in fine style on Saturday as they got their UK Women's Athletics League First Division season off to a winning start. There was a celebratory atmosphere in the air as the club hosted the women's fixture along with a men's British... Read More
With the Commonwealth Games poised to begin in Australia, Owen Morgan salutes the Welsh competitors who all put a shift in even before they get to the track, pool, or stadium. The athletic exploits of working class comic book hero Alf Tupper thrilled and enthralled generations of youngsters throughout the... Read More
Bethan Davies proved she is on course for a medal shot at the Commonwealth Games in two months’ time as she smashed another British record to strike gold over 5K at the British Indoor Championships on Sunday. The Cardiff race walker, who had joined in the 10th anniversary celebrations of parkrun... Read More
Cardiff sprinter Sam Gordon saved the best until last as he rounded off a thrilling afternoon's action at the National Indoor Athletics Centre in Cardiff with a record-breaking win in the men's 60metre sprint. The final event of the Welsh Indoor Athletics Championships on Saturday saw Gordon lining up against... Read More