Wales winger Sorba Thomas has swapped a relegation fight with Huddersfield for a promotion chase with Blackburn Rovers after being told he had fallen down the pecking order with the Terriers. Thomas – who went to the World Cup with Wales only two months ago – was told his chances were going to be limited at Huddersfield after they brought in some new additions. The club are languishing in the Championship relegation zone, three points adrift of Cardiff City who are in 21st place.
New attack coach Alex King says Wales are determined to play an entertaining brand which is rooted deep in the country’s DNA. King joined up with the rest of Warren Gatland’s coaching staff on Monday, with the New Zealander having chosen the former England fly-half to replace Stephen Jones as attack coach. The 47-year-old has little time to get his messages and methods across ahead of the Guinness Six Nations opener against Ireland on February 4, but King is confident that he can do so to mark Gatland’s Wales return with a winning start.
Welsh female athletes are still waiting to hear from World Athletics who say their transgender policy is still a work in progress. Its stance follows claims made by British shot-putter that the governing body’s preferred option would “screw” female athletes. The global organisation is consulting with member federations over its preferred option for a new policy.
Former Swansea City manager Paul Clement has lost his job at Everton in the fall-out from Frank Lampard’s sacking. Clement – who was Swansea manager throughout 2017 – was assistant to Lampard, but has left the club along with the rest of the former England star’s backroom team of Joe Edwards, Chris Jones and Ashley Cole. Everton, who are now searching for their seventh manager in the last seven years, had been the latest port of call for Clement, who was sacked by the Swans five years ago.
Warren Gatland believes there is a need for discussion on Wales’ 60-cap selection rule amid uncertainty surrounding the futures of several players. The policy was established in 2017, with players who subsequently signed contracts to ply their trade outside Wales deemed ineligible for Test selection unless they have won at 60 caps or more. And the situation is now magnified due to a recruitment freeze affecting Wales’ four professional regions of Cardiff, Ospreys, Dragons and Scarlets.
Steve Phillips Faces Calls To Resign . . . As The Welsh Rugby Union Is Once Again Plunged Into Crisis Over Sexism Allegations
By David Williams Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) chief executive Steve Phillips is facing calls to resign and the governing body’s sponsors have also demanded action in the wake of serious sexism allegations. It was revealed last March that Charlotte Wathan had made a series of damning accusations against her old employers. Among them... Read More
Former employees of Welsh rugby’s governing body have accused the organisation of a “toxic culture” of sexism. Two women have said they considered suicide after suffering alleged sexism and bullying within the organisation. One woman claimed she went as far as to write a manual for her husband on what... Read More
Gatland Admits Shock At A World Cup Reunion With Eddie Jones. . . But Hopes To Get Wales Firing In The Six Nations
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By Rob Carbon Newly appointed WRU chairman Ieuan Evans has set out his priorities for his first year in office in a New Year’s message to all Welsh rugby clubs. Top of the agenda is to turn a verbal agreement between the governing body and the regions into a workable and fully... Read More
The Pressure On Dwayne Peel Is Mounting Says Former Scarlets Captain . . . As Dragons Bid To Pile On New Year Misery
By Harry Corish Former Scotland and Scarlets captain John Barclay has admitted he sees no quick fixes for Dwayne Peel. Scarlets head coach Peel is under pressure after just one solitary league victory all season. They host the Dragons on New Year's Day - in a United Rugby Championship clash which is live... Read More
Stephen Jones and Gethin Jenkins Are The First Casualties . . . As Warren Gatland Begins To Shape His New Coaching Team
By Rob Carbon Warren Gatland has sacked two of Wales greatest ever players from his coaching team as he bids to re-shape the fortunes of the Welsh team in the 2023 Six Nations and World Cup. Stephen Jones and Gethin Jenkins, who both played under Gatland for both Wales and the British... Read More