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Pro14 TV Deal Thrown Into Doubt As Premier Sports Slash Costs

Pro14 TV Deal Thrown Into Doubt As Premier Sports Slash Costs
The TV contract for the Guinness Pro14 looks likely to change hands again next year after current right holders Premier Sports cancelled their existing deal with production company Sunset+Vine. With the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic hitting organisations on and off the field, subscription service Premier Sports has opted to take its production of the tournament in-house. That suggests they will struggle to hold onto the TV rights when their three-year deal ends with a number of other broadcasters including Sky Sports, S4C, ITV, Channel 4 and the BBC considering their options for when the sport returns and the bidding begins.

Bermuda Boomer Dafydd James Was Wanted By Welsh Premiership Club At Age Of 43

Bermuda Boomer Dafydd James Was Wanted By Welsh Premiership Club At Age Of 43
Dafydd James has revealed he was offered a contract to play for Pontypridd in the Welsh Premiership two years ago at the age of 43. The former Wales and Lions star had just played in a testimonial game for Ponty stalwart Dafydd Lockyer and had been named man-of-the-match, playing for a Lockyer Select XV against the Sardis Road current first team XV. James – who also figures in the World Rugby Classic from Bermuda to be shown on S4C on Monday night – was forced to retire from full-time professional rugby in 2009 because of a neck injury.

It's All About "Heart And Soul" . . . Steve Cooper Looks Ahead At Swansea City v Cardiff City Run-In

It’s All About “Heart And Soul” . . . Steve Cooper Looks Ahead At Swansea City v Cardiff City Run-In
Steve Cooper insists “heart and soul” will decide the Championship play-off race involving his Swansea City side and rivals Cardiff. The Swans head coach was left defeated but not demoralised by his club’s 1-0 home defeat to Leeds United on Sunday – a contest settled by former Swan Pablo Hernandez’s last-gasp winner. Cooper admitted it was a missed opportunity – his team would have gone above Cardiff and into sixth place had they held on for the draw – but thinks the outcome will not be settled by ability alone or the fact they only have a few days’ rest before facing Nottingham Forest on Wednesday.

No Coach, No Training Partner, No Physio . . . But Melissa Courtney-Bryant Had An Idea - Her Husband

No Coach, No Training Partner, No Physio  . . . But Melissa Courtney-Bryant Had An Idea – Her Husband
This should have been the month Melissa Courtney-Bryant was competing at her first Olympic Games in Tokyo. Instead, she has had to test her resilience and ingenuity as she looks ahead to the re-scheduled Games in 12 months’ time as she told Jenny Nesbitt. The past four months have been challenging for us all, but what has it been like for elite athletes? For Melissa Courtney-Bryant, everything was seemingly going to plan. As January rolled into February, the Welsh middle distance runner returned from a stint at high altitude training in the running mecca of Iten, Kenya.

Wales 20, England 19 . . . That's Positive Drug Tests In Rugby, By The Way

When Jesse Patton of Ystalyfera RFC became the latest Welsh rugby player to be banned for steroid use it helped give Wales an unwanted victory over England. There have now been more positive drugs cases in Wales (registered players – 83,000) in the last seven years, than in England (registered players 382,000) as Paul Jones reports. Welsh rugby was back in the dock last week after bans on three more players found guilty of drug taking were announced by UK Anti-Doping. It took the number of players currently serving UKAD bans in Wales to eight. That compares to 13 in England, one in Scotland, eight in Rugby League and six in UK Athletics.

Conor Gallagher Aims To Elbow Leeds United Aside With Swansea . . . To Give Frank Lampard A Nudge

Conor Gallagher Aims To Elbow Leeds United Aside With Swansea To Give Frank Lampard A Nudge
Conor Gallagher wants to show Frank Lampard he’s ready to be Chelsea’s next cab off the rank by steering Swansea City towards the Premier League. The 20-year-old – on loan at the Liberty Stadium from Stamford Bridge - has been in impressive form lately as the Swans have moved to the cusp of the play-off spots. A point or more at home to Leeds United today would be enough to nudge the club into sixth place, above Cardiff City, and will be another opportunity for Gallagher to show Chelsea manager Lampard that he is ready for the Premier League – either for his parent club or for another 12 months in Wales.

New Welsh Football Shake Up Leaves Clubs Checking Their Maps

The latest stage of the Football Association of Wales’ pyramid restructure was met with mixed reaction after the new third tier was officially unveiled. A statement released by the FAW confirmed the alignment of the still yet-to-be-named league that will serve as a feeder league to the Cymru North and Cymru South and will sit above the new Tier 4 regional leagues. A total of 64 teams were selected from a hopeful pool of 75 clubs, who satisfied Tier 3 requirements. Among those to miss out completely are former Welsh League champions Aberdare Town, who must now compete in Tier 4, despite earning a certificate.

Sam's The Man As Jardine Happy To Be A Devil Again

Cardiff Devils have confirmed a fifth player signing for the 2020-21 Elite League ice hockey season. Defenceman Sam Jardine, a former Toronto Marlies player, returns for his second season as a Devil after putting up six goals and 14 assists for 20 points in 63 games last season. He led the Devils and finished second in the entire Elite League in plus/minus with a +24 rating.

Neil Harris Frustrated By "Naive" Referee As Cardiff City Tripped Up By "Clever" Aleksandar Mitrovic

Neil Harris Frustrated By “Naive” Referee As Cardiff City Tripped Up By “Clever” Aleksandar Mitrovic

Linton Lewis . . . Lawyer, Politician, Businessman, Musician . . . And Welsh Club Cricket Legend

With cricket finally back – and the West Indies playing England in the first Test of the summer in Southampton – it seems a good time to remember Ammanford’s Caribbean king, Linton Lewis. Owen Morgan tells the tale of one of Welsh cricket’s most remarkable success stories. The names trip easily off the tongue. They are pronounced as if spoken by someone born and bred in the area. Myddynfych . . . Pantyffynnon . . . Tirydail. They are place names that would not come naturally to anyone unfamiliar with the Carmarthenshire town of Ammanford.

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Giorgio Chinaglia: The Kairdiff Kid Who Played With Pele, Partied With Sinatra . . . And Was Linked To The Mafia

Giorgio Chinaglia played for Italy at the World Cup and alongside Pele and Franz Beckenbauer at the New York Cosmos - not bad for a Cardiff schoolboy shown the door by Swansea Town. Twm Owen traces his steps from Cardiff to socialising with Sinatra and allegations of involvement with the... Read More

Bluebirds Striker Third Player To Leave Club This Month

Striker Gary Madine is the latest player to leave Cardiff City.  Gateshead-born Madine, a 29-year-old former Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United player agreed to end his contract by mutual consent 27 appearance over the last two years, nine off those this season. The 6ft 3ins Madine, who failed to score for City, ... Read More

Ben's Debut Goal Hands Swans Victory In Derby Clash

Swansea City 1, Cardiff City 0 Neil Warnock left Swansea a beaten man. It was the first time in seven visits he had suffered that experience. The Bluebirds manager had a good record in West Wales with one win and five draws in six visits, but he was left down and out... Read More

Former Bluebirds' Winger Returns On Martyrs' Mission

Welshman Ben Swallow, a former Cardiff City trainee, has rejoined Merthyr Town and is set to play in their opening pre-season fixture against Swansea City on Saturday. The match against young Swans will be played at Merthyr’s MetCoaches Stadium (3pm) Left-winger Swallow, aged 29, spent seven years in the Bluebirds Academy, while... Read More

Swans, Bluebirds To Meet For First Time In Five Years

The Swans and the Bluebirds meet for the first time in five years in the opening Welsh derby of the Championship season at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday, October 26. The return fixture in Cardiff is set for Saturday, January 11 though either could be moved for television purposes. New manager Steve... Read More

Martyrs Still Pressing For Southern Premier Play-Offs

Merthyr Town are still clinging to an outside chance of earning a play-off spot as they prepare to entertain the Swans at the MetCoaches Community Stadium on Saturday (3pm). They are 11 points behind fifth-placed Poole Town with a game in hand and are at home to EvoStik Southern League Premier... Read More
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