Category: Neath Rugby News

ADVANCE NOTICE – Neath v London Welsh / Wales v England / Entertainment

A big day for rugby fans will be Saturday 17th August!

The day kicks off with the Neath v London Welsh match at 12.00 noon (Admission £5).

We will be showing Wales v England (Principality Stadium; (2:15pm), live on our big screen.

A two course meal will be available and served from around 1.00pm onwards, prior to the international match.
Cost will be £10 per person and tickets will be available shortly to reserve your seat(s).

To round the day off, the band, THIS RIVER will be playing in the Sports Bar from 5pm

More news / details to follow when available…………

SEASON TICKET NEWS (2019-20)

STANDARD SEASON TICKET – £80
Admission to 13 Championship Fixtures

GOLD SEASON TICKET – £110
Admission to 13 Championship Fixtures plus entry into the draw for 2 tickets for Wales’
home 6N Games (note – payment for tickets will be required in advance)

STANDARD HOSPITALITY – £ 175
Admission to 13 Championship Fixtures with Pre-Match Hospitality

PLATINUM HOSPITALITY – £205
Admission to 13 Championship Fixtures with Pre-Match Hospitality plus entry into the draw
for 2 tickets for Wales’ home 6N Games

PAYMENT METHODS:

BY CHEQUE
Download this  APPLICATION FORM  – complete and attach cheque to your Application Form & return to Neath Rugby Ltd, Gnoll Park Road, Neath SA11 3BU

BY CARD
Download this  APPLICATION FORM  – complete and take to the Clubhouse with your card – please keep till receipt as proof of purchase when collecting your Season Ticket

APPLICATION FORMS will be available at The Clubhouse from Thursday 18th July onwards…….

NEATH REAL ALE & CIDER FESTIVAL 2019

Looking forward to Saturday and Neath RFC becoming part of the amazing Neath Real Ale and cider Festival.

Drop on by get your card stamped and enjoy our barbeque delights and live music.

NEATH RFC – GAINING THE WILL

The strong-running Mountain Ash product WILL HOLLEY who played 4 games for Neath last season has joined the Welsh All Blacks from Bridgend.

All his outings – 2 starts and two off the bench – came at centre but he is a versatile performer and can play at full back and wing as well while he is a more than handy goal-kicker too.

The powerfully-built 21 year old will be a useful addition to the Blacks behind the scrum as they prepare for the new season and his direct running has already delighted Gnoll supporters.

SUPPORTER SPOTLIGHT – GUESS WHO?

Q – Guess who this mystery guardsman is?

 

 

 

A – The Guardsman above is Neath Supporter Extraordinaire – DAI OVERD

The photo was taken during Dai’s National Service for The Welsh Guards, outside St James’s Palace, London

 

 

POLICEMAN WINGER ON THE GNOLL BEAT

Winger Sion Summers, a Barry-based South Wales Policeman, will be on the beat at The Gnoll when the new season starts.

Originally from Aberystwyth, Sion made four appearances for Newport last season and is very keen to make an impression at The Gnoll after spending most of last season with the fine Ystrad Rhondda side which finished second in the Championship.

He is already impressing in training with his new colleagues as the Blacks step up their fitness preparations in readiness for the new season. Welcome aboard, Sion !

KEIRAN BECOMES A SENIOR PRO

Neath centre Keiran Williams has signed his first senior full time professional contract with the Ospreys.

The 22 year old has made 4 senior appearances for the region and, since emerging via the Glynneath club, he has appeared 42 times for Neath and played a starring role for Wales Under-20’s..

A Neath spokesman said, “We are delighted for Keiran as he undoubtedly has the talent to make it to the top and he has never shirked anything while at The Gnoll. We wish him every success and, while we hope he has many opportunities at regional level, we also hope that we have not seen the last of him in a Neath shirt.”

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

NEATH SIGN YOUNG FLANKER

Neath have signed young back row forward Jon Hill from Newcastle Emlyn. The 19 year old played in the final game of last season at Cardiff and impressed sufficiently to earn a chance at The Gnoll.

Jon graduated via the Crymych Youth side that was coached by Neath legend Kevin Phillips and was recommended too by former Blacks flanker Adrian Varney and played his first season of senior rugby last year with Newcastle Emlyn.

He is already setting a keen pace in training and the Blacks are delighted to welcome him aboard.

Photos courtesy of Gethin Vobe and Newcastle Emlyn RFC.

OSPREYS SET FOR GNOLL RETURN

The Ospreys will return to the scene of their first-ever competitive fixture – and first league title win – next month when they kick-start their 2019/20 preparations at the home of Neath RFC.

The historic Gnoll ground will host the Region’s first pre-season fixture, on Friday 30th August, KO 7.30pm, the first time that the Ospreys have played against Hartpury RFC from the Greene King IPA Championship.

It will be the first time that the Ospreys have played a senior fixture at the Gnoll since a crowd of more than 4,000 turned up to watch a young Maro Itoje lead Saracens to a 21-9 win in an LV-Cup tie in November 2014 – although age-grade and development fixtures have been played there regularly since.

A great way to end the summer and kick-off the new campaign, the game is included in a full-season membership. Tickets are now available to buy at www.ospreysrugby.com/buytickets priced at just £10 for adults and £8 for concessions. All U16s are FREE.

The fixture marks a welcome return to a familiar old venue, one which played joint home to the Ospreys for the first two years of our existence, prior to the opening of the Liberty Stadium in 2005.

The Gnoll hosted the Ospreys’ opening Celtic League game, the first competitive game for the Region, in September 2003. A crowd of 4,250 was present that evening to see the home team secure a 41-30 win over Ulster.

The Ospreys clinched a first ever Celtic League title with a 29-12 win over Edinburgh at the Gnoll in March 2005, the last competitive fixture played by the team in Neath prior to the move to the Liberty that autumn.

Seating is unreserved on a first come, first served basis for this game, which is sure to prove a memorable occasion as the Ospreys return to famous old ground.

TATA BACK ROWERS HEAD TO THE GNOLL

Neath have boosted their back row resources with the capture of Tata Steel pairing David Griggs and Scott Malone.

David Griggs is already known to Gnoll supporters after appearing on permit in 2017/18 and he has also played for Aberavon. Aside from the normal hard-grafting work in the back row, the 26 year old is a proven try-scorer who should flourish in the Neath pack.

27 year old Llanharan product Scott Malone captained the Steel side last year and, like his colleague, is recognised as one of the most effective operators in the Championship.

Both players have plenty of experience behind them but are at an age where their best years are still to come and their knowledge of the Division will be hugely beneficial.