Rob Page has paid tribute to Gary Speed on the 10th anniversary of his former teammate’s death – crediting him with sparking the revival in Welsh international football. As current caretaker manager Page now looks ahead to a World Cup play-off semi-final at home to Austria in March, but he has also spoken of his gratitude to Speed for planting the seeds of success during his time in charge of the national team. Saturday marks exactly 10 years since Speed was found dead at his home in Chester on November 27, 2011, aged 42.
Gemma Grainger praised her team for their professionalism in overcoming awful conditions to hammer Greece 5-0 and keep their World Cup qualification dream on track. The Wales manager was full of admiration for the way her players stuck to their task at Parc y Scarlets where a howling gale, rain, hail and snow failed to deflect them. Two goals for the impressive Ceri Holland and others for skipper Sophie Ingle, Kayleigh Green and Natasha Harding demonstrated Wales’ superiority and put them in good heart ahead of their clash with Group I leaders France on Tuesday.
It’s a big weekend for Welsh boxing as Jay Harris fights in Cardiff on Friday night, looking to get another world title shot, and Gavin Gwynne returns to the ring in Swansea. The “Merthyr Mexican” has undergone a significant career switch as he looks to defend his Commonwealth title, as he tells Tom Prosser. Welsh lightweight Gavin Gwynne has locked away his carpentry bag as he feels he still has all the tools to thrive as a professional boxer. Until the beginning of the year, the Merthyr Tydfil fighter was combing his sporting career with working on building sites as a carpenter.
Cardiff and the Scarlets are trying to return to Wales from South Africa after the country was added to the UK Government’s travel red list. The Scarlets were set to face the Sharks in Durban on Saturday, with Cardiff also due to feature in the United Rugby Championship against the Lions in Johannesburg on Sunday. Irish province Munster and Italian club Zebre Parma are also in South Africa ahead of fixtures against the Bulls and Stormers respectively, and all four sides are due to play a second round of matches in the country next weekend.
By Tom Prosser Swansea boxer Jay Harris is excited to start a new chapter in the light-flyweight division as he looks to get back into the world title mix by securing victory in Cardiff on Friday evening. Harris, who challenged for the WBC world flyweight title in 2020, will take on unbeaten Mexican Hector Gabriel Flores for a WBA ranking title at the Vale Sports Arena. "I'm really excited to be fighting back in Wales. I haven't fought there since 2019 and I'm looking forward to a home crowd,” said Harris, who is a former Commonwealth and European champion.
By Tom Prosser The Cardiff City fans still haven’t been able to cheer a first half goal so far this season and manager Steve Morison says he “doesn’t really understand” the fans negativity during their 1-0 defeat at home to Hull. The Cardiff fans voiced their frustration at the end of both halves and were disappointed that their side couldn’t kick on from their recent back-to-back victories. "I don't really understand it, if I'm honest," said Morison.
Russell Martin has praised his Swansea City players for their patience and dominance after a near 900-pass runaround of Barnsley at Oakwell. The Swans made 899 completed passes in their 2-0 victory on Wednesday night, even though they managed only three shots on target. Martin made no apologies for the lack of firepower in a dominant first-half where the home side chased the ball, but the visitors failed to have a strike at goal.
He’s only gone and done it again! Back in 2007, Phil Bennett’s marvellous try against Scotland at Murrayfield won the BBC Wales vote for the best Welsh try in the Five or Six Nations and now it has come out on top once more in the Welsh Rugby Union’s ‘Greatest... Read More
Robert Jones cherishes each one of his 54 Wales and three British and Irish Lions caps. But the proud son of Trebanos says that Swansea’s 1992 triumph over then World Cup holders Australia means more to him than his victories in a red jersey. The scrum-half played 286 times for... Read More
Gareth Edwards, Phil Bennett, Scott Gibbs and Justin Tipuric are the final four doing battle to be declared scorer of Wales’ greatest try. The awesome foursome have made it through to the semi-finals of the Welsh Rugby Union’s online challenge to find the nation’s favourite score. The top 16 have... Read More
April 11, 1999 is a date that has been immortalised in the annals of Welsh rugby history. Playing at ‘home’ at Wembley, Scott Gibbs scored one of the most celebrated tries ever scored by a Wales player, as they denied England the Grand Slam in the last ever Five Nations... Read More
The build-up, the noise, the fury and the banality that precedes every Wales v England game has already begun. It was ever thus. Though misty-eyed nostalgia can sometimes obscure the truth of this fixture when you look back. Dai Sport guest columnist Stephen Bale – former rugby correspondent at The... Read More
Rob Howley has urged Wales to add to the abundant history of their surroundings in Rome this weekend by creating some of their own. The Wales assistant coach wants his team to provide more ruin for the Italians by building on the unbeaten run that has taken the visitors to... Read More