Category: Neath Rugby News

NEATH SIGN HOOKER JAKE LEWIS

Neath have signed highly-rated former Tondu and Tata Steel hooker Jake Lewis (pictured left).

The 24 year old appeared on permit in 2016/17 but now returns to challenge regular Sion Crocker (pictured right).

With 153 games under his belt, Sion Crocker is an established figure at The Gnoll and one of the most respected hookers on the club circuit – and Jake’s pedigree is guaranteed as Sion is his uncle !

LUKE GRIFFITHS JOINS NEATH

Swansea utility back Luke Griffiths has signed for Neath as the All Blacks’ preparations for the new season step up a gear.

The 23 year old who lives in Margam started out with Kenfig Hill and has also played for Trebanos.

He contributed 20 points when Swansea beat Neath 25-12 at St. Helen’s last season and his pin-point goal-kicking will be a valuable asset to the Blacks.

Photo courtesy of DragonTales Photography and @swansearfc

STEFFAN JONES SIGNS FOR NEATH

A strong pool of front rowers is essential for the Championship campaign and Neath’s strength in this department has been supplemented by the recruitment of tight head STEFFAN JONES who comes in from Llangennech after showing promise in away games at Bedwas and Newport last season.

Unfortunately, he injured ankle ligaments at Rodney Parade and his season was ended but now he will join Ifan James, Gareth Wyn Lloyd, Liam Tobias and Ben Uphill in a formidable quintet of props with forwards coach Andrew Howell promising plenty of hard-scrummaging practice ahead of the season’s start.

MATT PEARCE BACK AT THE GNOLL

Neath have re-signed centre MATTHEW PEARCE who missed last season as he was completing his degree at Bristol University.

Matthew is currently building back his fitness by getting a few overs under his belt for Neath Cricket Club where he has been a regular performer since junior days.

In rugby terms, Neath certainly missed the 21 year old’s strength and direct running in midfield last season and, with a half-century of appearances for the Club already in the bag, he will add invaluable Premiership experience to what should be a strong area next season.

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

SWANSEA FIXTURE DATE CHANGE


Neath’s pre-season game against Swansea has been brought forward 24 hours and will now kick off at The Gnoll at 7.15pm on Thursday, August 29th, 2019.

SPECSAVERS CUP


Neath are drawn to play Trebanos at The Gnoll on Saturday 14th September.

Full draw as follows:

Aberavon v Bargoed
Beddau v Bridgend
Cardiff Met v Ystrad Rhondda
Cross Keys v Glamorgan Wanderers
Ebbw Vale v Narberth
Llandovery v Ystalyfera
Maesteg Quins v Llanelli
Merthyr v Pontypridd
Newport v Carmarthen
Neath v Trebanos
Pontypool v Swansea
RGC v Cardiff
Tata Steel v Bedwas