Five years after his professional rugby career was cruelly cut short at the age of 18, Harrison Walsh is back in full time sport as a discus thrower. The former Ospreys product is one of nine Welsh athletes named on British Athletics’ Olympic and Paralympic World Class Programme (WCP).
Steve Cooper declined to divulge the roots of his unhappiness with referee Andy Woolmer for fear of getting fined – but he may already have said enough to alert the interest of the FA. The Swansea City manager gave an honest appraisal of the abilities of Woolmer after his side were held 1-1 at home by Sheffield Wednesday. Cooper went as far as revealing that his concern over the official’s appointment for the match had extended to contacting the FA before the game to voice his disapproval of the Northamptonshire referee.
Neil Harris said it was time for change at Cardiff City - but will it be him? The Bluebirds boss had insisted before the game that he did not fear for his job.
Welsh marksman Ben Llewellin will have a quartet of Olympic Skeet titles to shoot for early next year. The 26-year-old has been named in the British Shooting team for three World Cup meeting and the ISSF Championship Grand Prix in Rabat.
Joel Makin will fly to Egypt next month, home of five of the world’s top six male squash players, to compete in the Black Ball Open. It will be the final tournament of what has been a peculiar but breakthrough year for Makin, Wales’ No.1, as he told Graham Thomas. Joel Makin insists his answer to how he has broken into the world’s top 10 squash players is “rather boring”. “Basically, it’s just been hard work,” he says. “It sounds rather boring, but it’s as simple as that.
Former Dragons boss Bernard Jackman has urged the WRU to follow the IRFU’s lead by pumping more money into the four Welsh regions or see them slip further into the abyss. Three of the four professional sides in Wales are privately owned with the WRU normally providing them with payment for the services of their players.
Welsh football fans could return – in small numbers – for the clash between Cardiff City and Swansea City on December 12. There have been no fans in stadia in Wales since March, but the picture could now change in time for the Welsh derby when Neil Harris’s Bluebirds host Steve Cooper’s Swansea City side next month. Meetings are scheduled between the Welsh Government and the football clubs for the early part of next week to discuss opening up football and rugby stadia in Wales on the back of Boris Johnson’s announcement that fans can return in England.
Ray Prosser, who died earlier this week at the age of 93, was more than just a player and a coach. As Peter Jackson recalls, he was a philosopher, educator and sociologist, when he wasn’t driving a bulldozer for a living. Monday, January 20, 1975 – training night at Pontypool RFC in readiness for the next match: home to Glamorgan Wanderers on Saturday. Graham Price rolls up along with everyone else, unmoved at the praise showering over him since the climactic end to his Test debut in Paris a little more than 48 hours earlier.
Wales prop Rhys Carre got the old crooked stick last weekend, hooked even before half-time after Wales had conceded a string of scrum penalties against Ireland. But for Harri Morgan, it’s not props who should be getting hooked it’s the current laws themselves. Take a minute to Google Warren Gatland’s... Read More
There has been talk this week that Wales’ game in Ireland on Friday night is a “must-win” one for Wayne Pivac. Harri Morgan begs to differ. For him, it’s more about “must change” for Pivac who should ditch the suit, bring back the baseball cap, and deliver the revolution he... Read More
No sooner had Bryon Hayward packed his bags and left the Wales coaching set-up, than the double P-word was being thrown around. Player Power had sunk him, according to the armchair experts. But Harri Morgan believes players should all have the power to express themselves, otherwise how can anyone expect... Read More
Defence coach Byron Hayward has paid the price for Wales' poor start under new coach Wayne Pivan and is stepping down from his role. The former Wales U20 and Scarlets coach joined the coaching team in 2019 but has left his role by mutual agreement ahead of the upcoming Autumn Nations... Read More
All Bow To The Mighty And Magnificent Lions . . . But Know Your Place And Don't Expect Much Thanks Or Any Money
The British & Irish Lions is the pinnacle of rugby in this part of the world. Many players and supporters grew up on the legends of the great Lions sides of the 1970's. But the Lions aren't kings of the jungle for nothing. They're greedy, aloof and self-regarding as Steffan... Read More
He's 35, Got Miles On The Clock And 148 Caps, But Alun Wyn Jones Can Still Be Lions Leader, Says Warren Gatland
Warren Gatland insists age will have no impact on Alun Wyn Jones' British and Irish Lions prospects as the race to lead next year's tour to South Africa begins on Saturday. Jones will become the sport's capped player when he leads Wales in the final round of the Six Nations... Read More