Dwayne Peel will have to break his contract with Cardiff Blues and could face his prospective employers in court, unless a compensation deal can be agreed that allows him to work at the Scarlets. The former Wales scrum-half is at the centre of a messy battle between the two Welsh regions after signing a deal with one, but wanting to now join the other. Currently still coaching at Ulster, Peel’s future has been thrown into uncertainty with the Scarlets interested in bringing their former star back to Llanelli and plucking him from the clutches of the Blues.
Swansea City have been told they got away with robbery at Stoke City due to weak officials who awarded Andre Ayew’s controversial late penalty. The accusation came from Stoke manager Michael O’Neil who was furious with referee David Webb for the decision in the fourth minute of added time. The penalty handed the Swans a 2-1 win at the Bet365 Stadium, a victory which head coach Steve Cooper felt was deserved for their positive approach, despite the hotly-disputed decision to award the spot kick.
Steve Cooper insists the wheels aren’t coming off Swansea City’s drive for promotion despite conceding more goals in their last three games than in the previous nine. Cooper’s side head to Stoke City tonight - a club he says have spent lavishly - hoping to return to the defensive solidity that saw them concede a mere 15 goals in 28 games. But four goals at Huddersfield and a further three at home last weekend against Bristol City caused them to lose two of their last three games and slip to fourth place.
Jordan Hart was just edged out in a close battle in her first competition of the year in Basel. The 26-year-old from Haverfordwest was beaten 21-19, 21-14 by Israel's Ksenia Polikarpova at the Yonex Swiss Open.
Stephen Varney will be the Welshman aiming to run Wayne Pivac’s Grand Slam bandwagon off the road in Rome next week. Varney has already beaten Wales at U18 and Under 20 level and now the Welsh-speaking teenager is hoping to make it a hat-trick by helping Italy halt the Welsh march to a potential 13th Grand Slam. The Carmarthen-born scrum half - who learned his rugby at Crymych RFC - has already won five senior caps for the Azzurri and made his first start for the senior Italian side against Wales at Parc Y Scarlets in the Autumn Nations Cup.
Owen Smith will travel to Poland aiming to take care of some "unfinished business" in a Great Britain vest. The Cardiff Athletics star is part of the GB 4x400m squad for the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Torun where he hopes to put past disappointments behind him.
Welsh coach Leigh Jones is heading back to the UK to take up a newly-created role of general manager of rugby at Leicester Tigers. The former Ebbw Vale, Dragons and Wales forwards coach, who is currently general manager of rugby performance with the Hong Kong Rugby Union, will take-up his new post at the English Premiership club on May 1. He led the Wales A programme under Graham Henry and went on to become a senior member of the Japanese support team at the 2015 Rugby World Cup alongside the now England head coach Eddie Jones and Leicester head coach Steve Borthwick.
Michael Flynn has told his Newport County players they need to improve the quality of their football if they are to stay in the hunt for promotion from League Two. The County manager saw his team lose 1-0 at Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday night, a defeat that leaves then outside of the play-off places in eighth place in the table. Flynn could have pointed to a penalty claim late on when Mickey Demetriou's long ball forward into the penalty area struck the arm of defender Calum MacDonald.
Mick McCarthy has expressed his fears over left Joe Bennett's injury that overshadowed a stunning 4-0 victory over Derby County. The left-back looks set to miss the rest of City's season after he let out an agonising shriek as fell to the ground in a heap just past the half-hour mark.
Wales play Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday and go there as firm underdogs for the first time in years. The Scots are doing things differently to Wales, says Harri Morgan – showing both patience and pragmatism missing within the WRU. In the wake of Scotland’s first victory at Twickenham since 1983,... Read More
Dan Lydiate has heralded the resurgence of the Ospreys and the region’s signing of Wales prop Tomas Francis. Under the guidance of head coach Toby Booth, the Swansea-based region have improved steadily over the course of a season hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. Over Christmas the Ospreys won two... Read More
Ospreys coach Toby Booth believes Wales prop Tomas Francis can be the rock on which they rebuild their reputation. The region have confirmed the signing of Francis from Exeter Chiefs for next season after Francis opted to leave the European champions in order to continue his Wales career. After twice... Read More
The Ospreys are ready to sign Wales prop Tomas Francis from Exeter, who look unlikely to be able to offer him a club and country base next season. Francis has often pledged his loyalty to the Chiefs, who are the current European champions and have become the strongest side in... Read More
Tomas Francis will hope to become the 12th Welshman to lift the Heineken Champions Cup as Exeter Chiefs stand on the brink of European glory. Victory at Ashton Gate against a star studded Racing 92 side will cap a remarkable rise from the amateur depth of English club rugby to European... Read More
The full toll of Wales’ World Cup effort is only just becoming apparent with Exeter Chiefs prop Tomas Francis being the latest big name to go under the knife. The tight-head specialist has been ruled out for up to four months because of his dislocated shoulder as he joins Jonathan... Read More