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Summertime . . . And The Winning 'Aint Easy For Welsh Clubs In Europe

Summertime . . . And The Winning ‘Aint Easy For Welsh Clubs In Europe
The draws have been made, the maps have been checked, and now Welsh football clubs are preparing for their summer stint in the sun. Matthew Burgess says the cards – as usual – are not stacked in the Welsh clubs’ favour, but one-game shoot-outs might yet enable the likes of Connah’s Quay and Barry Town United to make their mark. Anticipating how Welsh clubs will fare in European competitions is generally a difficult summer task at the best times, yet the ongoing impact of the coronavirus on Welsh football only serves to muddy the waters further. In football's new normal, all qualifying rounds are to be decided over one game and ties could be hosted at neutral venues - or determined without a ball even being played - should Covid restrictions dictate.

Alun Wyn Jones Is Eager To Start . . . And Impress The New Boss At The Ospreys

Alun Wyn Jones Is Eager To Start . . . And Impress The New Boss
Alun Wyn Jones may be poised to become the most capped rugby player in history – but his first plan is to impress his new boss. The Wales captain is scheduled to pass Richie McCaw’s mark of 148 international caps this autumn, but his more immediate aim is to show new Ospreys coach Toby Booth the true meaning of staying power. Jones has been involved in his 18th senior pre-season routine with the Ospreys in recent days, but his first since Booth became head coach and the former London Irish chief says: “He’s at the start of his career for me.

Connah's Quay Given Home European Clash . . . But Barry Town Face Long Trip

Cymru Premier clubs Connah's Quay and Barry Town have learnt the identity of their respective European opponents later this month. Connah's Quay will face FK Sarajevo at home in what will be the Nomads' first ever UEFA Champions League qualifying tie, while Barry Town have been handed an away draw to Faroe Islanders RSI Runavík in the UEFA Europa League.

Dewi Griffiths Runs Into Eye-Catching Form Ahead of London Marathon

Dewi Griffiths smashed his 5k personal best in a lightning-fast elite men's race at the Podium 5K event on Saturday evening. Cambridge and Coleridge athlete Marc Scott finished first in a new British record time of 13:20 at the event in Barrowford, Lancashire, a mark which was just outside the European record. But it was Griffiths' sixth placed time of 13:43, which caught the eye in the week that it was announced this year's London Marathon would be an elite only race.

Aaron Ramsey Ready To Come In From The Shadows As Andrea Pirlo Takes Charge At Juventus

Aaron Ramsey Ready To Come In From The Shadows As Andrea Pirlo Takes Charge At Juventus
Aaron Ramsey has been offered a route towards more regular starts in Italy after Juventus appointed Andrea Pirlo as their manager following the sacking of Maurizio Sarri. Former Italy and Juve midfielder Pirlo is a stated admirer of Ramsey and the expectation is that the Wales international will now move from being a peripheral influence in Turin to a central performer. Since moving to Italy from Arsenal a year ago, Ramsey has been among Juve’s substitutes more often than he has begun games and has rarely been given an extended run of starts.

Geraint Thomas Starts The Climb To The Tour De France . . . And Says The Legs Are Moving Nicely

Geraint Thomas Starts The Climb To The Tour De France . . . And Says The Legs Are Moving Nicely
Geraint Thomas believes his return to the road is nicely paced as the countdown starts to the Tour de France at the end of the month. The Team Ineos rider raced for the first time competitively when he finished 24th in a bunched sprint at the end of the opening stage of the Tour de l’Ain in Ceyzériat, France on Friday. The Welsh 2018 Tour de France winner has happy with his display and will look for further progress in the remainder of the tour which continues on Saturday with a stage in the Jura mountains that includes five categorized climbs.

Jenny Nesbitt And Clara Evans Lead Welsh Hopes For Podium Places

Welsh athletes will be looking to continue their successful return to action when they travel to Lancashire for this evening's prestigious Podium 5K event. Leading a strong Welsh contingent in the women’s field will be Jenny Nesbitt and Clara Evans. The Cardiff Athletics clubmates will be looking to follow up their excellent wins in Lisburn last weekend.

Frostbite, Everest, Antarctica . . . None Of It Terrified Richard Parks As Much As Being Broke

Former Wales star turned adventurer Richard Parks knows all about survival – and he believes keeping heads above water is all anyone in rugby can do at present. As the professional end of the game in Wales prepares to return in a fortnight, the man now renowned for toughing things out in a hostile environment reckons it’s going to take a huge effort to avoid the dangerous currents within the sport he used to play. After weeks of talks over pay cuts, the united front shown by the regional players collapsed when those at the Scarlets did their own deal by signing new contracts – leaving the Welsh Rugby Players Association looking weak and ineffective.

The Unsung Hero Returns . . . Canadian Forward Commits To Cardiff Devils For New Elite League Ice Hockey Season

Canadian forward Mike McNamee has committed to Cardiff Devils for the 2020-21 Elite League season. McNamee is the 10th player to re-sign for the Devils for the new campaign and the sixth import. “Mike is such a versatile player, highly skilled, great defensively and also has so much offensive talent,” said club managing director Todd Kelman. 

How Daredevil David Llewellin Eventually Ruled The Welsh International Rally

With rallying currently still stuck in a ditch as other sports in Wales start to resume, past glories are all that’s on offer. So, the perfect excuse to hear from Wales’ swashbuckling former British Rally champion David Llewellin, who tells Paul Evans of his infamous highs and lows chasing the Welsh International Rally title. High speed impatience to score victory on his home Welsh International Rally undoubtedly delayed David Llewellin from lifting the winners’ trophy. The most spectacular of these, beyond limits misdemeanours, came in 1986, when he crashed his Metro 6R4 not once, but twice.

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Cardiff City Connections Fuel Wembley Bid For Notts County . . . And Get Neil Warnock's Vote

Former Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock is backing his old club, Notts County, to play-off success at Wembley Stadium - where one former Bluebird and one current loanee are set to play their part. Warnock twice led County to promotion via the play-offs three decades ago and now they take... Read More

Bluebirds' Striker Danny Joins The Martyrs On Loan

Cardiff City striker Danny Williams, aged 21, has joined Southern League Merthyr Town on loan until the end of this season. The former Wales Colleges captain links up with Bluebirds fan Gavin Williams, who is the Martyrs manager. Williams has been with Cardiff for just over a year since being signed from... Read More

Cardiff City Defender Joins Notts County On Loan

Joel Bagan, the 18-year-old left-back who made his Cardiff City first team debut against Reading in the FA Cup, has joined Notts County on loan. Former Bluebirds player and Academy manager Neal Ardley is Vanarama National League County’s manager and he said: “We looked at loads of possibilities for this position. “The players... Read More

Cardiff City Under-23 Coach Andy Legg In Shock Dismissal

Andy Legg has left Cardiff City after the under-23 coach was dismissed and replaced by Cardiff-born Tom Ramasut. Neath-born Legg, aged 53, was on his way before Cardiff’s Professional Development League goalless draw at home to  Charlton Athletic. He shared under-23 coaching duties with Jarrad Harvey last season before taking sole charge... Read More

High Five For Young Bluebirds In Academy Win

Southampton 0, Cardiff City 5 The Bluebirds produced a five-star performance in their under-18 pre-season match against Southampton at Staplewood Campus. The Saints have one of the most acclaimed youth academies in Britain, but their under-18 team could not contain rampant Cardiff City. Isaak Davies (2), Joel Bagan, Ryan Kavanagh and Rubin Colwill... Read More

Manager Neil Warnock's Bluebirds Can Still Beat The Premier Drop - And Win At Burnley Will Prove It

Neil Warnock’s Bluebirds still have hopes of avoiding the drop. They are arguably among six, maybe seven teams, still in danger. Realistically, though, Burnley, Southampton and Brighton are the teams Cardiff will try to chase down. All three could falter if Warnock’s men can earn the wins needed. Huddersfield Town (14 points)... Read More
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