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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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Martyrs Snap Up John Hartson For Big Night

Merthyr Town have signed former Wales, Celtic and Arsenal striker John Hartson - for one night only. The Martyrs are hosting an evening with Hartson at their MetCoaches Stadium at the end of October, although the exact date is yet top be confirmed. Merthyr have also invited former club players Kevin Rodgers,... Read More

Warnock's Warning For Teenager Dominic Seven Years Ago - And Now He's Hoping To Make Newport Deby

London-born Dominic Poleon, Newport County’s deadline day signing from Crawley Town, could make his Exiles’ debut against Port Vale at Rodney Parade on Saturday (3pm). Poleon, aged 26, was highly-rated by Leeds United manager Neil Warnock when the young striker was at Elland Road between 2012 and 2014, although the current... Read More

Padraig And Ryan Hit The Mark Against 10-man Rovers

Forest Green Rovers 0, Newport County 2 Bristol-born goalkeeper Joe Wollacott had an afternoon to forget at the New Lawn in Gloucestershire. The 22-year-old, signed on a season-long loan from Bristol City, has kept four clean sheets for Forest Green Rovers this season, but dropped a big clanger to gift Newport County... Read More

Newport Boss Michael Flynn Says Hammers Blow Will Not Touch League Form

Michael Flynn insists there will be no Cup hangover this time following Newport County’s exit from the Carabao Cup. County’s hopes of another giant-killing chapter to add to their illustrious recent history were swiftly ended by West Ham on Tuesday night when the Premier league club won 2-0 at Rodney... Read More

Newport To Play Secret Card Against West Ham . . . The Wilfried Bony Factor

The shadow of Wilfried Bony can help knock West Ham out of the Carabao Cup tonight, according to Newport County goalkeeper Nick Townsend. Former Swansea City, Manchester City and Ivory Coast striker Bony has been training at Rodney Parade for the past three weeks, although manager Michael Flynn has always... Read More

Newport, Swans And Bluebirds Drawn At Home In Cup

Newport County have drawn against Premier League West Ham United in the Carabao Cup second round. The Exiles won a penalty shootout 4-1 at Gillingham’s Priestfield Stadium after a 2-2 draw  Josh Sheehan, Padraig Amond, Micky Demetriou and Tristan Abrahams scored penalties for County. They will now focus on Saturday’s League Two home... Read More
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