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Welsh Gymnast Gemma Frizelle Makes GB Team For Euros

Gemma Frizelle has been selected to compete for Great Britain at the 2021 Rhythmic European Championships to be staged in Varna, Bulgaria, between 10-13 June. Carmarthen-born Frizelle, who turned 23 last Sunday, was part of Team Wales at the last Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast in 2018 and is a contender for Birmingham next year. Frizelle, who is attached to Llanelli Rhythmic Gymnastics Academy, also competed at the Rhythmic World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, three years ago.

Lauren Price Suffers A Double Dutch Defeat On Ring Return

Lauren Price was narrowly beaten by old rival Nouchka Fontjin on her ring return at the Grand Prix event in Ústí nad Labem in the Czech Republic. The 26-year-old defeat at the hands of the Dutch boxer leaves her with bronze from her second competitive event of 2021.

Ken Owens Wasn't The Fittest And He Wasn't The Strongest . . . But Now He's The Best, Says Adam Jones

Ken Owens was one of 10 Welsh players and four Scarlets to make the British and Irish Lions squad, but there’s no rest for The Sheriff. He’s back in action on Saturday in the Rainbow Cup against the Ospreys, underlining the dedication that will make him the Lions’ Test hooker, says Adam Jones as he tells Graham Thomas. Ken Owens is “nailed on” to become the Lions Test hooker this summer, according to his former Wales front row teammate Adam Jones. Owens was one of four Scarlets and 10 Welsh players named on Thursday in the Lions squad to tour South Africa.

Kyron Duke Happy To Be Back Shot Putting In The Rain As He Eyes Sunnier Skies Ahead

While some may have been eyeing the central heating controls on what seemed like one of the coldest May evenings in living memory, Kyron Duke was delighted to be competing in the driving, icy rain in Cardiff. To be fair, he wasn’t alone. There was a strong turnout for this week’s Run With the Wind event with athletes of all disciplines raring to go after the disruptions of the past year.

Tokyo State Of Emergency Extended As Fears Grow Over Olympic Games

Tokyo’s state of emergency has been extended until the end of May in a bid to tackle rising coronavirus infections, according to reports – placing more doubts over the staging of the delayed Olympic Games. The Japanese capital is due to host the Games in just over two months’ time, with the Paralympic Games to follow. A number of Welsh athletes and para athletes such as Jade Jones, Elinor Barker, Aled Davies, Dan Jervis Alys Thomas, Jacob Draper, Leah Wilkinson, Emily Thomas, Holly Arnold, Chris Grube, Hannah Mills and others are hoping to be in Japan this summer

Jeremiah Azu Finally Has The Wind At His Back . . . And Redemption On His Mind

Two years ago Welsh sprint sensation Jeremiah Azu had European Under-20 gold within his grasp when disaster struck. The Cardiff athlete was just yards from victory in the 100m final when he pulled up sharply, clutching his hamstring in agony. The then 18-year-old's challenge ended in pain and anguish, face down on the Ryavallen Athletics Stadium track in Sweden.

Ten Other Blokes Could Have Captained This Lions Squad, Insists Alun Wyn Jones

Alun Wyn Jones believes the number of captaincy candidates for this summer’s British and Irish Lions’ tour to South Africa reached “probably double figures”. And Jones acclaimed the leadership quality of England lock Maro Itoje, who was widely thought to be his main rival for Lions captaincy duties. Wales skipper Jones will lead the 2021 Lions, adding another gilt-edged entry to a career CV that already includes five Six Nations titles, three Grand Slams and two World Cup semi-final appearances.

Shocked? No . . . I Was Expecting It, Says Swansea City's Morgan Whittaker After Racist Abuse

Morgan Whittaker has admitted he wasn’t surprised to be racially abused on Instagram – he was actually expecting it. The Swansea City striker became the fourth player from the Championship club to be racially abused this season via social media, and it came during the official Football League blackout. Having scored a vital goal in the win over relegation threatened Derby County last weekend, his former club, Whittaker said he was “buzzing”. Then came the horrible realisation that his goal had sparked a terrible reaction.

Rob Page Will Seek Tips From The Wales Boss Who Went Before . . . Chris Coleman

Rob Page plans to pick the brains of Chris Coleman before Wales begin another Euro finals adventure. Caretaker manager Page intends to sound out Coleman for advice, having already drafted in one of the former manager’s assistants, Kit Symons to the cause. Five years ago, Coleman led Wales all the way to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 and Page – who was last month confirmed in charge in the absence of Ryan Giggs – wants to glean the inside track on how Wales can make a similar impact at this year’s delayed tournament.

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Scarlets Prop Pieter Scholtz Lines Up Wasps Move

Pieter Scholtz is being lined up for a move from the Scarlets to Wasps next season. The giant South African prop is considering a move across the border following an impressive first season in Welsh rugby. With the Scarlets having signed Wales squad member WillGriff John from Sale Sharks for... Read More

Dean Ryan Salutes Young Dragons As Scarlets Get Burned In Rainbow Cup

Dean Ryan was delighted with the attacking threat posed by his Dragons side after they put 50 points on the Scarlets to start their Rainbow Cup campaign with a bang. The men from Rodney Parade ran in seven tries against their Llanelli-based opponents with Wales squad members Jonah Holmes and Aaron... Read More

Car Club Leader Rhodri Williams Aiming For Dragons To Lead Drive To The Pot At The Rainbow's End

The Welsh regions return to action this weekend when the new Rainbow Cup tournament kicks off with two Welsh derbies. The Dragons were surging when the Guinness Pro 14 came to an end and captain Rhodri Williams is optimistic their charge can continue as he tells Graham Thomas. Rhodri Williams... Read More

Dwayne Peel Says "Special" Scarlets Bond Was Behind Decision To U-Turn Over Cardiff Blues

Dwayne Peel has spoken of the “special bond” between Scarlets fans and the region after turning his back on Cardiff Blues to return to Llanelli. The former Wales and British & Irish Lions scrum-half Dwayne Peel will go back to his old side as head coach this summer from Irish... Read More

Scarlets Chief Outlines Way Forward For WRU . . . Pay The Regions Their Due And Stick To The Core Business - Rugby

Scarlets chairman Simon Muderack insists the Welsh regions have been short-changed over their supply of players to Wales’ title-winning Six Nations campaign. The region’s chief has called for a re-think into the financial distributions within Welsh rugby and believes only a re-allocation of resources can enable the game to recover... Read More

Scarlets Firm Up Brad Mooar Exit Deal With New Zealand Including Player Exchange

The Scarlets are hoping a new partnership with the New Zealand Rugby Union can help push them into Europe’s rugby elite. The deal is set to involve player exchanges that enable young Welsh talent to sample the most demanding domestic rugby in the world.   When then head coach Brad... Read More
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