Richard Morgan

Richard Morgan has written 15 posts for ITV Wales blog

Two games down – five points gained – what next for Wales in Rugby World Cup

With two Pool matches down and two to go in the Rugby World Cup, our sports correspondent Richard Morgan looks at how Wales have performed so far, and what may lie ahead… One win and one defeat, five match points, one foot in the quarter-finals. Numbers that would have pleased most Wales supporters before rugby’s … Continue reading

The Lions that roared – rugby in 1971

Back in 1971, Lions tours were arduous affairs – three-and-a-half months away from home, in a world without today’s modern communications. Unsurprisingly, not every player fancied going. “To be honest, I could have done with a summer off,” remembers Barry John, who’d helped Wales to a Grand Slam that season and suffered plenty of physical … Continue reading

Dream team; Wales vs Barbarians

As Warren Gatland gets ready to name his squad for the game against the Barbarians, our sports correspondent Richard Morgan ponders who’ll be in and who’ll be out… With just four games left for players to prove themselves ahead of the World Cup squad announcement, next month’s game against the baa-baas is much more important … Continue reading

Swansea and Cardiff guaranteed play-off spots

With both our Championship sides now guaranteed play-off places at least, our sports correspondent Richard Morgan ponders the prospects of Cardiff and Swansea as they close in on the promised land of the Premier League. There’ve seldom been finishes to the season as exciting as this one, with both Cardiff and Swansea in with a … Continue reading

Shanklin retires

As Tom Shanklin retires from rugby, our Sports Correspondent Richard Morgan remembers the career of a player who was a byword for consistency… The statistics say it all: 70 Wales caps and 20 international tries; two Grand Slams; a Lions tour to New Zealand. And had ‘Shanks’ not spent so much time on the sidelines … Continue reading

Dragons appoint Darren Edwards as head coach

After another difficult year for the Dragons, will the appointment of new coach Darren Edwards improve things at Rodney Parade, asks our sports correspondent Richard Morgan? Ever since regional rugby began, the Dragons have been Welsh rugby’s Cinderella team. Lacking a rich benefactor to subsidise them, they are the only one of the four to … Continue reading

Player Welfare in Rugby

As rugby takes an increasing toll on players’ bodies, our sports correspondent Richard Morgan reports on how the WRPA are helping players plan for life after they hang up their boots… They say rugby’s getting tougher. And a glance at the bare statistics shows just how true that is. According to the Welsh professional rugby … Continue reading

Six Nations: Wales v Ireland

Despite two wins from three Six Nations games, Wales’ match against Ireland on Saturday is the real acid test of their progress, says ITV Wales Sports Correspondent Richard Morgan. Ireland may be our Celtic cousins, but they’re also one of our biggest bogey teams. In the last ten encounters between the teams, the men in … Continue reading

Six Nations: are Wales good enough to win the tournament?

The shock omission of flanker Martyn Williams was the main talking point from Monday’s Six Nations squad announcement. But, as the countdown to Wales v England continues, our sports correspondent Richard Morgan asks: can this squad challenge for silverware in the Six Nations and beyond? He may be called the ‘nugget’, but being a golden … Continue reading

Heineken Cup 2011: Welsh regions’ preview for January 14-16

The Heineken Cup returns this weekend. But as the pool stages reach their climax, ITV Wales Sports Correspondent Richard Morgan looks at the prospects of our four regions As we move into the final pair of pool games only two Welsh regions are still in contention to reach the last eight of the Heineken Cup. … Continue reading

Wales’ rugby Autumn Tests preview

Our sport correspondent Richard Morgan looks ahead to Wales’ four Autumn tests. Who will be named in the squad and what chances does the team actually have of beating the finest teams the Southern Hemisphere has to offer? So, with another Autumn series round the corner, who might be the surprise faces in the Wales … Continue reading

Glamorgan relieved the three Pakistan cricketers will not play against England in Twenty20 in Cardiff

Glamorgan’s chief executive has said it is a relief the three players involved in the spot-fixing scandal will not play for Pakistan in their Twenty20 match with England at the Swalec Stadium on Sunday. Alan Hamer believes this morning’s announcement will help in ticket sales ahead of the match. Pakistan team manager Yawar Saeed confirmed … Continue reading

A giant maize maze to celebrate the Ryder Cup

A giant maze has been carved into the Welsh countryside to celebrate the Ryder Cup coming to Wales. The maze – made out of maize – is becoming a tourist attraction at the Heatherton Country Sports Park near Tenby, Pembrokeshire. In previous years the park has made portrait mazes of sporting and showbiz celebrities including … Continue reading

Newport County missing three key players for Darlington match

Newport County will be missing three key players for tomorrow’s Blue Square Conference Premier opener at Darlington. Striker Sam Foley, midfielder Wayne Turk and new signing Lee Baker are all injured. Watch ITV Wales’ interview with Newport manager Dean Holdsworth Another new signing Tony Taggart is suspended for the game. Captain Gary Warren, though, has … Continue reading

Wales midfielder Simon Davies retires from international football

Wales midfielder Simon Davies has retired from international football. The 30-year-old Fulham midfielder scored six goals in the 58 games he played for his country. Watch Richard Morgan’s interview with Wales and Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley The Football Association of Wales said Davies made the decision as he wants to focus on club football. Davies has been … Continue reading

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