SKIPPER RE-ELECTED

On the eve of the season’s opening at Trebanos tomorrow, Neath have confirmed the re-appointment of Aaron Bramwell as captain for 2019/20.

The Cimla-based custodian will be fit to play in the Blacks’ championship-opener at Trebanos on Saturday despite having left the field mid-way through the second-half of Neath’s impressive 23-19 win over Swansea last Thursday.

Coach Pat Horgan said, “It was probably the worst-kept rugby secret in Neath that Aaron would continue as captain. He wears his heart on his sleeve, is Neath through and through and along with the rest of us, is totally committed to putting Neath on the rugby map again, doing excellent work with the Neath Under-15’s team.”

Neath secretary Mike Price said, “Aaron is only the fifth full back since the War to captain Neath. He follows in some famous footsteps as the others were Viv Evans (1947/48), Grahame Hodgson (1964/65), Wynne Davies (1976/77) and Paul Thorburn (1987/88). In that respect, he has a lot to live up to but he has already shown the determination to do so and shares our vision of getting Neath back to the top.”

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