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Premier League Chief Tells EFL Clubs: Don't Call Us . . . We'll Call You

Premier League Chief Tells EFL Clubs: Don’t Call Us . . . We’ll Call You
Cash-starved football clubs beneath the Premier League hoping for some financial help from the top flight have been told: Don’t hold your breath. The bleak warning not to expect much help from the moneyed clubs at the top of the food chain has come from Premier League chief executive Richard Masters. Newport County and other clubs in League Two have been running on empty since the lockdown in March, while even Championship clubs such as Cardiff City and Swansea City have been left contemplating very tough times ahead.

Connah's Quay Nomads . . . New Title, Sharper Rivalry . . . And Now Their Carlos Tevez Moment

Last week, Connah’s Quay Nomads were crowned new Welsh champions thanks to their performances on the field. Now, argues Matthew Burgess, they are quickly starting to behave like champions, off the field, too. If ever Andy Morrison’s Connah’s Quay side wanted to make a statement of intent following their first ever league title, the signing of Aeron Edwards direct from rivals The New Saints certainly did the trick. Just a week after being awarded the Cymru Premier title, the Nomads declared the off-season open - bolstering their already strong squad whilst simultaneously depleting their closest rivals in the process.

United Legend Ryan Giggs Wants To Model Wales On . . . Liverpool

United Legend Ryan Giggs Wants To Model Wales On . . . Liverpool
Ryan Giggs has said he wants Wales to try and play in a similar style to runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool when international football resumes. The Wales manager has been forced to revise all his plans for 2020 with the postponement of the European Championship finals and the scrapping of all his team’s warm-up fixtures for the tournament. But with football due to return behind closed doors on June 17, Giggs is turning his attention to the lead-in to next summer and the evolving playing style he would like his young team to develop.

The Night England Came To Pick Up The Grand Slam . . . And Left With Nothing But Bruises

The Night England Came To Pick Up The Grand Slam . . . And Left With Nothing But Bruises
It’s seven years since Wales inflicted their record winning margin over England – the 30-3 hammering that moved Andy Farrell to declare the visitors’ dressing room was the quietest he had ever known. Richard Hibbard was in the noisiest, as he recalls to Graham Thomas ahead of tonight’s re-showing on S4C. Richard Hibbard recalls looking up at the clock at what he thought was the midway point of the first half of Wales v England, the Six Nations title decider in 2013. It said 12 minutes had gone.

Cheesey Come, Cheesey Go . . . Matt Bush Is Spreading The Love For Welsh Cheddar

Jonah And The Dragons . . . The Lockdown Story Behind The Wales Wing's Move From Leicester

Jonah And The Dragons . . . The Lockdown Story Behind The Wales Wing’s Move From Leicester
New Dragons recruit Jonah Holmes knows better than most the risks that rugby players will face when they are permitted to go back to training after lockdown. The Wales international can’t wait to meet up with his new team mates at Rodney Parade after securing a move from Leicester, but returning to a safe environment is the key after seeing what happened to his brother is critical. A doctor working on the front line of the NHS in the intensive care unit at Royal Bolton Hospital, Raphael Holmes was struck down with pneumonia and forced to self-isolate for two weeks. That forced his brother, Jonah, to also go into lockdown.

Celtic Dragons Fans Given Option To Donate Their Ticket Cash

The Celtic Dragons have encouraged their fans to donate their ticket money to the club, rather than seek refunds following the cancellation of the Vitality Netball Superleague season. The club state the cash would go towards attempting to secure the continuation of top level netball in Wales. In a statement on their website following the decision by England Netball – the Superleague owners – to end the 2020 competition, the Cardiff-based Dragons say supporters can either claim refunds or make a donation to the franchise by not claiming.

Olympic Rower Vicky Thornley Vows To Ride Again . . . At Home

Vicky Thornley has vowed to keep fit on her static bike at home after the road crash in which she suffered a broken elbow. The Welsh rower was hurt in an accident while out cycling last week and needed surgery on her right arm. Thornley, who is preparing for her third Olympic Games appearance in next year’s postponed event, was out on her bike near Reading with training partner Richard Egington when she hit the tarmac.

Aled Davies Will Fly At Sarries, Says Mark McCall

Aled Davies Will Fly At Sarries, Says Mark McCall
Aled Davies can take his rugby to new heights according to his new boss at Saracens, Mark McCall. The Wales scrum-half has left the Ospreys to join the London club, even though they have just been relegated from the Gallagher Premiership. The move will mean a halt to Davies’s Wales career as he was won 20 caps – 40 less than the 60 required to be eligible for national selection if a player is based outside of the four Welsh regions.

Let Fans Take Over The Clubs In Post-Pandemic Future . . . Or Else They'll Die

Let Fans Take Over The Clubs In Post-Pandemic Future . . . Or Else They’ll Die
Fans in both football and rugby should be helping run their sports, according to a report from a leading think tank. Both sports should seek the influence of supporters groups in plotting the way ahead for a sustainable and responsible future, according to Onward and their new publication. The report, called A Sporting Chance, focuses on how professional football below Premier League level, cricket and the two codes of rugby are coping during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Wayne Pivac Left Disappointed As Wales' Summer Tour Is Scrapped

Wayne Pivac has admitted his disappointment after Wales’ summer tour to New Zealand and Japan was officially called off. The decision was taken by World Rugby after talks with host Unions in the face of insurmountable problems caused by measures taken to counter the coronavirus pandemic. The Welsh Rugby Union... Read More

Inactive And Powerless, Welsh Regions Stare Into £40m Abyss

The four Welsh rugby regions fear their £120m Guinness Pro14 windfall from private equity company CVC may now slip through their fingers. The cash injection – which would have given the Scarlets, the Ospreys, the Dragons and the Cardiff Blues around £10m each – is now under severe threat due... Read More

Ryan Jones Is Running 100 Miles . . . On The Road To Nowhere

Ryan Jones admits he will be riding into the unknown this weekend – even though he won’t be leaving the discomfort of his own living room. The former Wales rugby captain – now the Welsh Rugby Union’s performance director – has already run a full 26-mile marathon in his back... Read More

Time For The WRU To Follow World Rugby And Hold Leaders To Account

As World Rugby continues to press ahead with electing a new chairman, vice-chair and executive members, the Welsh Rugby Union has so far kept elections to its own governing body on hold. Tom Jenkins says it’s time they moved the campaigning online so that future leadership of the game in... Read More

Farewell, "Nutty" - The Incomparable Leighton Davies, A Welsh Coaching Legend

Tributes have been pouring in for one of the unsung heroes of Welsh rugby, Leighton Davies, the former head coach and long standing PE lecturer at Cardiff College of Education who has died, aged 83. Rob Cole outlines Davies’s influence in Wales. One of the most influential and important coaches... Read More

Ospreys' Training Base Given Over As Another Field Hospital

The Ospreys’ training base at Llandarcy Academy of Sport is to be transformed into a field hospital in a bid to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Work has already started at Llandarcy - which is part of the Neath Port Talbot College Group of Colleges - and will be completed... Read More
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