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Wales Boss Rhian Wilkinson Calls For More Injury Research After Losing Elise Hughes

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Wales boss Rhian Wilkinson has welcomed the “science” to understand why so many female footballers suffer anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries after losing Elise Hughes for the rest of the UEFA Euro 2025 qualifying campaign. Hughes was top Crystal Palace scorer with 16 goals in 21 games as the Eagles secured promotion to the Women’s Super League by winning the Championship title.

Gareth Bale Says New Real Madrid Hero Jude Bellingham Can Be World’s Best

Jude Bellingham Real Madrid
Former Wales talisman Gareth Bale believes Jude Bellingham would be in a strong position to win the Ballon d’Or by inspiring England to Euro 2024 glory. No Englishman has won the honour as best player in the world since Michael Owen’s success in 2001, but Bellingham’s remarkable impact at Bale’s former club Real Madrid has put him top of the contenders alongside club colleague Vinicius Junior.

David Iles Is All Smiles After Deri Bury Hirwaun

Mid District Cup Final - Div 5 Hirwaun RFC v Deri RFC Mandatory Credit ©ReplayImages/Mike Jones 1
Those were the words of Deri coach David Iles after watching his side add the Worthington’s Mid District Division Five Cup to make it a league and cup double and cap a tremendous season. Tom Elliott was the star of the show with a 30-point personal haul to steer his side to a comfortable 40-12 victory over Hirwaun in their final showdown at Sardis Road.

James Ledger Focused On Paris Paralympics And GB Glory

James Ledger
James Ledger has gone from someone who worried sport might not be for him, to an athlete aiming to be wearing a GB vest at the Paris Paralympics this summer. The transformation for the 100m sprinter - who is visually impaired - has not been without hard work and the occasional road block, but he would recommend it to anyone.

Wattstown Are Kings Of The Rhondda After Cup Triumph Over Penygraig

Mid District Cup Final - Div 3 Penygraig RFC v Wattstown RFC 1
Wattstown bagged the Rhondda derby bragging rights as they defeated 14-man Penygraig, 41-13, to lift the Worthington’s Mid District Division Three Cup at Sardis Road. Penygraig had won both league meetings between the rival clubs in Division Three East Central this season, but this time it was the Ducks who came out on top.

Countdown To Paris – 100 Days To Go To The Paralympic Games For David Smith

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DAVID Smith admits it will be a tough task to become a triple individual Paralympic champion, but believes he is on track with 100 days to go to Paris. Great Britain’s three-time gold medal winner – he also picked up a team gold at his first Games in Beijing in 2008 – will be chasing a hat-trick of successive individual BC1 titles at the Games in France this summer.

Ferndale The Formidable Earn Epic Double With Win Over Tonyrefail

Tonyrefail RFC v Ferndale RFC
Ferndale ended their season by picking up another piece of silverware as they defeated Tonyrefail in their Rhondda derby at Sardis Road to lift the Worthington’s Mid District Division Four Cup. The two sides had both beaten each other once in Division Four East Central this season, where Tonyrefail finished second and earned promotion while Ferndale finished third.

Mason Crane Praised After Lifting Glamorgan Close To Unlikely Win

Mason Crane Glamorgan cricket
Glamorgan coach Grant Bradburn believes his team can take much from their narrow home Vitality County Championship defeat to Middlesex. The visitors secured a two-wicket victory at Sophia Gardens with Mark Stoneman top-scoring in a win that came right down to the last few overs on the fourth day.

Anna Hursey Finds Top Form On The Road To Paris Olympics

Anna Hursey table tennis
Anna Hursey believes she produced some of the best form of her career to qualify for the table tennis women’s singles at this year’s Olympic Games. The teenager became the first Great Britain player to book a place for Paris and will also become the first Welsh player to play at an Olympics after coming through the European singles qualification tournament in Sarajevo at the weekend.

Rob Edwards Admits Relegated Luton Missed Wales Star Tom Lockyer

Rob Edwards Luton
Rob Edwards admitted the doubters were right about Luton after they were relegated from the Premier League following a final-day 4-2 defeat to Fulham at Kenilworth Road. Adama Traore opened the scoring for the Cottagers with Raul Jimenez on target twice and Harry Wilson rounding things off midway through the second half. Carlton Morris (penalty) and Alfie Doughty scored to make it 1-1 and 2-3, but the visitors had too much.

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The Day Wales World Cup Fans Went To France . . . Just As Their Team Were Landing In Cardiff

Martyn Williams insists his infamous flatlining failure against Fiji 16 years ago will not be repeated when Wales begin their World Cup campaign. It will be the same opponents in the same nation when Jac Morgan and Dewi Lake’s co-captained squad start their Pool C campaign next week in Bordeaux.... Read More

Wales Used To Be Innovative . . . But Now It's France Who Have All The Tricks Up Their Sleeve

In Warren Gatland’s first tenure with Wales, he was innovative and progressive. He utilised the rule of 60 caps, employed Shaun Edwards as defence coach, located training camps in Poland and Switzerland, oversaw 45-minute training sessions, built a cryotherapy programme, captured Paul Stridgeon as head of physical performance, and made... Read More

Warren Gatland . . . The Rail Signaller Killing Time With Wales Who Already Seems To Have Hit The Buffers

Three games into the Six Nations and three defeats for Warren Gatland in his second spell as Wales coach. Is this really the same man who left on such a high and with such credit in the bank three years ago? Daniel Parker says the figure in the big red... Read More

I'm Not Shaun Edwards 2 And I'll Do It My Way . . . Vows Wales' New Defence Man Mike Forshaw

Wales defence coach Mike Forshaw acknowledged the impact Shaun Edwards has made on him but insists he will do the job his own way. Forshaw’s fellow Wiganer enjoyed sustained success with Wales in the same role that Forshaw now has. The current France defence specialist played a key part in... Read More

As Wayne Pivac moves close to the brink, here’s six candidates to be Wales’ next coach

By Graham Thomas Wayne Pivac is a former copper, so he knows the law. And the law is this: There is only one thing that protects a national rugby or football coach through the tough times - results. A coach can be the shrewdest man-manager, he can schmooze the media, or play a... Read More

Gethin Jenkins Looking To Avenge Last Year’s Six Nations Defeat For Wales By Stopping The French Grand Slam Bandwagon

By Haydn Evans Wales defence coach Gethin Jenkins is relatively new to the international coaching scene, having only been in the job 17 months. This weekend he’s tasked with stopping Grand Slam chasing France, and their golden generation of talent including Toulouse duo Antione Dupont and Romain Ntamack. In Wales’ game against Les... Read More
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