Kris Jones finished an agonising three seconds outside the 2022 Commonwealth Games 10,000m qualifying standard in Newport on Saturday. Competing at the Elite Winter 10k event, Jones smashed his 10,000m personal best of 29.05.66 set in Highgate back in 2017. The Swansea Harrier finished second to Leeds AC athlete Emile Cairess, clocking a time of 28:33.17 - just outside the Birmingham qualifying standard of 28:30.00.
Dean Ryan has admitted he will have mixed feelings if Wales come calling again for his Dragons back row pair of Aaron Wainwright and Ross Moriarty. The dynamic duo were at the heart of the Dragons’ impressive 31-20 victory over the Ospreys in Bridgend that has dented the losers’ Heineken Champions Cup prospects and given Ryan’s men an outside sniff of qualification. It was the Dragons’ first win of 2021 and Wainwright – released for some game time by Wales coach Wayne Pivac – weighed in with a try to add to doubles from Jonah Holmes and Ashton Hewitt to give the visitors a bonus point victory.
Former Wales defender Jazz Richards has signed for Welsh Cymru Premier club Haverfordwest County. The former Swansea City and Cardiff City full-back became a free agent when he was released by the Bluebirds last summer. He looked close to signing for their Championship rivals Sheffield Wednesday last month, but the Owls eventually opted not to pursue a deal.
Steve Cooper has insisted he works for a “classy club” after refusing to get involved in a war of words with Neil Warnock. The clash between the pair happened both during and after Swansea City’s controversial 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough at the Liberty Stadium. Warnock could be heard referencing Cooper’s father Keith during one of several rants during the game in which Boro conceded a 97th minute penalty and also had a goal ruled out for a foul.
No-one kicks sand in the face of Newport County defender Priestley Farquharson. After, how many other players in League Two can boast 63 England caps? County’s new defender Farquharson can do just that, although his international tally hasn’t been built up playing at venues like Wembley, Stade de France or the Principality Stadium.
The Ospreys could take a giant step towards Heineken Champions Cup rugby next season if they can complete the double over regional rivals the Dragons at the Brewery Field tonight. The top three teams in the two Guinness PRO14 Conferences qualify automatically for the top tournament in Europe and Toby Booth’s much-improved side are currently on 31 points with three games to play – the Dragons at home and then Leinster and Glasgow Warriors away. If they can beat the Dragons with a bonus point to reach 36 points then they will be guaranteed third place. If not, they will need to pull some points out of the bag on their final two away trips.
Swansea City’s promotion push is being driven along the hard yards by Connor Roberts, the man the fans have nicknamed the Crynant Cafu. Roberts may not yet have hit the heights of the most capped Brazillian player of all time, but his energy levels seem to be sourced from the same type of internal battery pack. The Swans and Wales wing-back is proving the dynamo driving his team’s promotion surge, but it is anything but a stroll in the park.
Vale of Glamorgan
The future of Cardiff Blues is at severe risk after the Welsh side was issued with a statutory demand for non-payment of more than £200,000 in rent for their Cardiff Arms Park home. The Guinness PRO14 side haven’t paid rent to landlords Cardiff Athletic Club for 12 months and, despite... Read More
Mike Cosslett, who has had a 42-year association with Barry Town, can scarcely stop smiling these days. Cossie’s beloved Barry are back in the Welsh Premier League and are competing in Europe with a genuine chance of making progress. United go into their Europa League second leg time against Cliftonville in Belfast... Read More
Teenager Evan Press, Barry Town United’s highly talented defender, celebrated his 19th birthday by making his European debut. Cardiff-born Press, a former Bluebirds and Newport junior, was flawless at the heart of Barry Town’s disciplined and organised Europa League performance against Belfast club Cliftonville. The first leg tie ended 0-0, with the... Read More
Cardiff Blues are set to dump Grand Slam-winning Wales U20 coach Jason Strange and are replacing him as backs coach with former Wales scrum-half Richie Rees. The move comes as part of an on-and-off-field revamp by the region who are also quitting their training base at the Vale of Glamorgan... Read More
Jack's The Lad For Hometown Club Barry Town United, But There's No Sign Of Gavin And Stacey This Time
Welshman Jack Compton is back in Barry - and this time he won’t be working at Gavin and Stacey’s waterfront cafe. Barry-born Compton has signed for JD Sports Welsh Premier League club Barry Town United. He is a second new summer signing for manager Gavin Chesterfield following the arrival of Carmarthen Town... Read More
The New Saints are going goal crazy during their pre-season build-up to European Champions League football. Manager Scott Ruscoe and his TNS players won 6-1 against fellow Welsh Premier League team Barry Town United at Jenner Park, taking their tally to 23 goals scored with two conceded in their first three... Read More