Category: Neath Rugby News

JARRAD REES SIGNS FOR NEATH

Centre Jarrad Rees has joined brother Jordan in signing for Neath ahead of the 2019/20 season.

Jarrad made his debut for Neath at Bridgend on permit from Aberdare just before Christmas and went on to establish himself at centre with a string of consistent performances before an unfortunate wrist injury sidelined him for the last four matches.

Now he is looking forward to staking a claim for a regular spot when the new season gets underway.

Jarrad said, “Signing for such a historical club as Neath is such an honour – something to tell the grand-kids even if I originally came in at one of the most difficult periods the club has faced.

“When Pat Horgan offered me a spot on the squad I couldn’t say no to a great club which is full of potential going forward and I am looking forward to gaining some real knowledge from the senior boys who have been at the top of Welsh club rugby for years.

“Fingers crossed I can give everything I can to get Neath back where they belong and give the fans something back as they really deserve it.”

The Rees brothers have already shown that they have what it takes to become Neath RFC players and more signings will be announced in due course.

CHAMPIONSHIP 2019/20 – COMPOSITION FINALISED

With Pontypool losing the Premiership Play-Off against Llanelli and Glamorgan Wanderers beating Brecon, the composition of next season’s WRU Championship is now finalised :-

Bargoed, Beddau, Bedwas, Cardiff Met, Cross Keys, Glamorgan Wanderers, Maesteg Quins, Narberth, Neath, Pontypool, Tata, Trebanos, Ystalyfera, Ystradrhondda

JORDAN REES LINKS WITH NEATH


Photo courtesy of Len Kowalski of www.lensworkphotography.co.uk @neathtog

Neath are pleased to announce the signing of Jordan Rees who played for the club over the second-half of the season on permit from Abercwmboi.

Versatile Jordan quickly proved himself a favourite with the supporters with his willingness to take the game to the opposition coupled with his sound tackling.

Primarily an outside-half, he also figured at full back and launched a flowing try against Cross Keys from that position.

Jordan said, “Playing for Neath RFC is not only a honour and privilege but very humbling knowing the history and the former players who have represented this great club.

“I really appreciate the welcome I have had from day one, from everyone connected to the Neath family, and I felt a real sense of community from within the club despite difficult circumstances last season

“Despite those circumstances I believe the whole experience brought a real spirit and togetherness which hopefully can give us a swift return to Premiership rugby despite there being some quality teams within the Championship.

“I am very grateful to be asked to represent the club this coming season and, when I am fortunate to be selected, I can promise I will give 100% commitment – a minimum requirement for the loyal Neath RFC supporters.

** Jordan’s brother Jarrad played alongside him in the Neath team. Will he be with the Blacks too ? Keep an eye on this site where further signings will be announced in due course.

PAUL JAMES SELECT XV v CLASSIC LIONS (Saturday 27th July) 2.30 KO

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After MASSIVE interest and hundreds of enquiries surrounding tickets for the Ten21 Testimonial Match on 27th July, we can confirm that formal details will be announced on Tuesday 28th May.

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Ticket Information for Paul James Ten21 Testimonial fixture at the Gnoll on July 27th is below ⬇️👍

NICKY GRIFFITHS SIGNS AGAIN FOR NEATH RFC

Following on from the announcement that Aaron Bramwell has signed on again for 2019/20, Neath RFC are delighted to announce that scrum-half Nicky Griffiths will also be with the Blacks again next season.

Nicky, a proven Premiership performer, has shown his class already this season since coming on board in January and the signing of the top base of the scrum operator is a key piece in the jigsaw which Neath are putting together again.

Nicky said, “It is an honour to sign for a club which is rich in history and tradition.

“I have always felt a connection with Neath RFC as my father (full back Jonathan and known as ‘Jiffy’ before Jonathan Davies came on board) is a former player with fond memories of his time here.

“Whilst I initially arrived to help for a couple of games during a time of struggle, I
instantly recognised and witnessed a community coming together.

“It is more than just rugby and that is why I have signed to contribute what I can to this great club and to help play my part in rebuilding Neath RFC.

“The supporters are amazing and so passionate about the side and our aim must be to get the club back into the Premiership as quickly as we can although there will be a lot of good teams in the Championship next year – and I don’t mean just those going down.”

All good teams have good half-backs – and Neath RFC have one of the best around in Nicky Griffiths.

Further signings will be announced shortly – so keep tuned to this web-site.

NEATH RFC AUCTION

We have our sponsors & fundraising lunch this Friday and as part of our fundraising for the club we have a number of auction items you can bid on via our Twitter @neathrugby or Facebook page: @NeathRugbyFootballClub

ITEMS FOR AUCTION:

Signed Rowland Phillips Grogg

James Hook signed boot x2 (Auctioned Individually)

Gerwyn Price signed PDC darts shirt

Ospreys signed rugby shirt

You bid by sending us a DM with the item you are bidding on, your name and bid amount and contact number.

Winning bids will be notified on Friday afternoon.

Happy BIDDING!

GNOLL SEASON ENDS

The last ball has been kicked and passed at The Gnoll for season 2018/19.

In weather made for willow and leather rather than the oval, the famous ground hosted the Ospreys Junior Finals on Sunday and the glorious conditions brought some splendid rugby to end the season in style.

First up were the Under-12’s and Bridgend Sports took the honours with a 19-5 win over the Valley Ravens (Nantymoel, Ogmore Vale, Pontycymmer and Blaengarw).

Next in action were the Under-13’s and here there was a local victory as Tonmawr triumphed over Tondu in a high-scoring 38-22 try feast.

But the final game produced joy at Under-14’s for Tondu who ran out winners over Maesteg Celtic 24-5.

Congratulations to all the lads and the match officials who between them ensured that there was rugby to match the superb conditions.

Roll on 2019/20 !