Welsh rugby ambassador and music artist Bronwen Lewis to perform at Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday as Wales Women host France

Bronwen Lewis with Wales Women team

We’re delighted to announce that singer, songwriter Bronwen Lewis will perform her track, ‘POWER’ at Wales’ Guinness Women’s Six Nations fifth round match against France this Sunday. The original song written by Bronwen specially for the Wales squad ahead of their 2024 Guinness Six Nations campaign has become an anthem for the team and this […]

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Sam Vesty: the unfashionable former Tiger leading Saints’ resurgence

One of Premiership’s most vaunted coaches is earning rave reviews for swashbuckling style – to rivals’ dismay

Look back through the archives and it becomes clear what kind of a player Sam Vesty was. “Probably not the most fashionable,” according to his former Leicester head coach Richard Cockerill, but as the Australian Matt O’Connor, who would later occupy the top job at Welford Road, adds: “He understands the game so well that he makes guys around him play ­better rugby.”

Vesty, for his part, saw himself as an attacking fly-half and someone “who likes to put some width on the game” but just as important was a resilience in defence, an unrelenting work ethic: “That is Leicester. If you’re not 100%, you’re nowhere. That is bred in every Leicester player.”

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Make-up of the new elite domestic competition now complete

Cardiff RFC has been awarded the 10th and final place in Welsh rugby’s new Elite Domestic Competition (EDC). Wales’ capital club joined a second phase of the participation application process after the first round saw nine clubs awarded a licence. The news means the full list of clubs taking part in the EDC from season […]

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Owens calls time on playing career

Wales’ most capped hooker, Ken Owens, has today confirmed his retirement from rugby. Speaking about his decision Owens, who started his rugby journey at his beloved Carmarthen Athletic, said; “Reluctantly, I am announcing my retirement from rugby.  Not playing has been challenging but the time is right to follow medical advice and hang up my […]

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‘More than I dreamt of’: Wales and Lions hooker Ken Owens retires due to injury

  • Former Wales captain, 37, failed to recover from back problem
  • ‘We will miss his presence on the pitch and in changing rooms’

Former Wales captain Ken Owens has announced his retirement from the game after failing to recover from a back problem.

The 37-year-old hooker, who also played five Tests for the British and Irish Lions, has been sidelined for almost a year because of the injury, last playing for the Scarlets in April 2023.

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Lions and Royal London announce £3m grant for Unions

The British & Irish Lions Women’s Team Founding Partner, Royal London has announced a £3 million ‘Levelling the Playing Field’ Pathways Funding grant with the Unions of Scotland, Wales, Ireland and England detailing how they will allocate funding received. The UK’s largest mutual pensions and investment provider is allocating these grants to support the elite […]

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Turnbull hangs up boots as he steps into new coaching career

Josh Turnbull has played his last game of professional rugby after agreeing to take up up a coaching position within the Cardiff Rugby academy set-up. Capped 11 times by Wales at senior level, the 36-year-old back row specialist has hung up his boots after making 334 top-level appearances for both Cardiff and the Scarlets over […]

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Warrington’s second-half onslaught knocks St Helens out of Challenge Cup

  • Quarter-final: St Helens 8-31 Warrington
  • George Williams shines as Wolves book place in last four

Warrington Wolves produced a second-half masterclass to set up a Challenge Cup semi-final with Huddersfield Giants, as Sam Burgess’s magnificent start to life as a head coach continued with an impressive victory over St Helens.

Burgess has had a transformative impact since taking charge at Warrington in the off-season. The Wolves sit second in Super League after the opening seven rounds, and they are now just one win away from a trip to Wembley in Burgess’s first season in charge. This was arguably their most accomplished display under the former England superstar, too.

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Defeated again but gutsy Rabbitohs fighting for coach Jason Demetriou, says Cody Walker

  • Souths’ 34-22 defeat by Cronulla anchors them bottom of NRL ladder
  • Coach believes spirited display despite key injuries will save his job

After a gutsy outing that ended in their fifth loss of the season South Sydney players are still fighting for coach Jason Demetriou, says Rabbitohs playmaker Cody Walker.

Torn apart by injuries and left with only one man on the bench for the second half, the Rabbitohs turned in their most spirited performance of the season on Saturday against Cronulla. Despite being down 28-12 after 67 minutes, Souths rallied, scoring twice to cut the lead to six points with five minutes remaining.

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