The Dragons’ campaign in Europe this season will be shown live on S4C. The Welsh broadcaster has struck a deal to show live European rugby matches from both the Heineken Champions Cup and EPCR Challenge Cup this season, including matches involving both Cardiff and the Scarlets. In all, they will screen two matches from the Champions Cup group stages, in addition to all four of the Dragons’ matches from the Challenge Cup.
Welsh boxing star Sean McGoldrick is a two-time medal winner at the Commonwealth Games and as the countdown starts to Birmingham 2022 he offers a simple recipe for success, as he tells Tom Prosser. The next edition of the Commonwealth Games is just eight months away and every Welsh hopeful is searching for the right approach towards peaking next July. Bantamweight, McGoldrick, won gold in 2010 in Delhi and backed that up with a bronze in Glasgow four years later.
Gemma Grainger has praised her Wales players for delivering one of the best displays since she took charge, despite their 2-0 defeat to France on Tuesday night. It was a first loss of the Women’s World Cup qualifying campaign for Wales and it leaves them unlikely to finish top of Group I to gain automatic entry to the tournament finals. Even if Wales were to reverse the result when France visit Llanelli next year, Grainger’s side would still be relying on the group leaders to drop points elsewhere if Wales were to end up topping the group.
European rugby bosses are coming under increasing pressure to shift from their hardline stance over fulfilling scheduled fixtures in this season’s tournaments. Much arm-twisting is going on behind the scenes following the chaotic preparations for the Heineken Champions Cup and European Challenge Cup being experienced by Cardiff, the Scarlets, Munster and Zebre. Most of Cardiff’s stranded group in South Africa are hoping to fly back to the UK on Thursday, where they will undergo 10 days of quarantine in a hotel near Heathrow.
By Tom Prosser Cardiff City legend and record appearance holder Phil Dwyer has sadly passed away at the age of 68. Legend is an often overused word in sport but Dwyer well and truly goes down as a Bluebirds great and is one of the most popular players of all-time amongst the Cardiff City faithful. Dwyer was born just a stone’s throw away from Ninian Park in Grangetown and joined the club at the age of 16.
By James Skeldon Dean Ryan has urged his Dragons players to “challenge themselves” ahead of their trip to Glasgow on Saturday. The Dragons have lost five of their six matches so far in the United Rugby Championship and were swatted aside by Edinburgh at the weekend. After an error-ridden first quarter where nothing went right for the home team and an ineffective second half performance, Ryan could only congratulate Edinburgh after the match.
By Carl Field Swansea’s Holly Jones regains British senior vault title at 2021 Women’s Artistic British Championships. A dozen medals, including a clean sweep in the juniors and seven won by four Commonwealth Games contenders, capped a brilliant 2021 Women’s Artistic British Championships for Welsh gymnasts in Guildford over the weekend.
Rhys Patchell has praised Dan Biggar’s bravery and competitive spirit for setting the tone during Wales’ stunning World Cup victory over Australia. It was Patchell who came off the bench to kick 14 points in the hugely significant 29-25 World Cup win in Tokyo, but the Scarlets star revealed it... Read More
Fuming Australia coach Michael Cheika launched a furious attack on rugby chiefs over a crucial decision in Sunday's 29-25 World Cup loss to Wales, saying he was “embarrassed” by the decision to penalise Samu Kerevi while he was carrying the ball. Already angry with rugby's officialdom over the three-match ban handed... Read More
Leigh Halfpenny is still suffering from headaches two-and-a-half months after being concussed by a late tackle playing against Australia. Wales coach Warren Gatland revealed Halfpenny’s continuing symptoms at the launch of the Six Nations, where he admitted the Scarlets full-back would definitely miss the opening two rounds of the tournament.... Read More
So when is a late tackle, not a dangerous or intentional late tackle? When it lays out a player in front of the referee and forces him to miss three months of rugby, obviously. New Zealand referee Ben O'Keeffe, Irish TMO Simon McDowell and Kiwi Citing Commissioner Keith Brown should... Read More
Leigh Halfpenny could have been pole-axed out of the rest of the autumn series – an assault Wales are still fuming over. The Wales full-back is in danger of missing the remaining matches against Tonga and South Africa after being concussed by a late tackle against Australia. Halfpenny is undergoing... Read More
The resurgent Wallabies are hoping they might still be able to bring their top centre pairing, Samu Kerevi and Tevita Kuridrani, to Cardiff with them for next month’s Under Armour Series. Kerevi hasn’t played for four months after undergoing surgery on a ruptured bicep and the Queensland Reds centre isn’t due... Read More