Category: Neath Rugby News


Match report to follow…..

Neath visit Cross Keys on Saturday (kick off 2.30pm) hoping it will be a case of third time lucky after defeats at RGC and Bridgend.

The Welsh All Blacks make a number of changes from last week’s starting line-up. Behind the scrum, Ian Ellis returns on the wing while up front Luke Garrett, Darren Hughes and Ryan Thomas start in the front row. Elis Hopkins returns to the back-row alongside Aled Cockwell. Scott Hicks and Iwan Evans figure on the replacements’ bench.

Neath v Cross Keys (Away)
15 Ed Howley; 14 Ashley Evans, 13 Aaron Bramwell, 12 Gavin Evans, 11 Ian Ellis; 10 Callum Hall, 9 Chris Morgans; 1 Luke Garrett, 2 Darren Hughes, 3 Ryan Thomas; 4 Jon Barley, 5 Scott Andrews (captain); 6 Elis Hopkins, 7 Aled Cockwell, 8 Ieuan Jones
Replacements – 16 Ben Uphill, 17 Sion Crocker, 18 Liam Tobias, 19 Ryan Bean, 20 Scott Hicks, 21 Scott Gibson, 22 Dan Guarneri, 23 Iwan Evans

Referee – Mr. Gareth John (Chepstow)

NEATH RUGBY IS DELIGHTED TO WELCOME DON’T WASTE MONEY AS OFFICIAL ENERGY PARTNER are proud to announce that we have agreed a new 3 year deal to be the official energy partner of Neath Rugby Club. Jonathan Owen Account and Partnership Manager for Don’t waste money added: “It was apparent from the first meeting that this was a club that we wanted to be a part of. The history, the people and the general feeling around the club all made the decision an easy one. As part of us joining the club we have also introduced our commercial partnership which will see the club receive a healthy return, helping to fund future projects that the club identifies.

The commercial partnership allows club supporters to save money on their domestic and business energy through our brokerage service, while simultaneously supporting Neath Rugby Club. Anybody wishing to find out more should contact either Neath’s General Manager Gareth Howells or myself personally on 07988 331686

From all of us at we wish Neath Rugby and all the fans a successful and entertaining season.

Gareth Howells, General Manager Neath Rugby said, we are delighted to partner with Don’t waste money as our official energy partners of the club, after meeting Jonathan and seeing the company plans, rates and passion to partner with us it was a no brainer. We would ask our supporters and commercial partners to speak with Jonathan if you want to save money on your utility bills.

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Neath are away at Cross Keys in the Premiership on Saturday (2.30pm) but there is plenty of action at The Gnoll.

It kicks off on Friday (5.00pm) when Neath Schools U-15’s take on Cynon Valley.

Then on Saturday morning there are two games between Neath Schools Under-11’s and their Merthyr counterparts from 9.30am,

Please come along and support the youngsters.


Neath RFC are sorry to hear of the deaths of two occasional former players earlier in the week – former policeman Derry Moore and once-capped Wales full back Haydn Mainwaring.
Derry rose to the rank of Chief Superintendent in South Wales Police, played prop for Neath Athletic and was a proud member of the Former Players. Being a great friend and neighbour in Dinas Powys of John Huw Williams, he was a regular supporter at Neath’s games at Cardiff in recent seasons.

Haydn Mainwaring played primarily for Swansea and Newport, also for London Welsh, Harlequins, various Services teams – and Neath as well as the Barbarians, his shoulder tackle on Springbok captain Avril Malan helping the Ba-Ba’s become the only team to beat the tourists in 1960/61.

The Neath club’s sympathy go to both the families at this sad time.


We are extremely pleased to announce that Day’s of Neath have become a main sponsor of Neath Rugby for the 2018-19 season.

Day’s have sponsored the legendary ‘Cow Shed’ stand along with the Day’s logo emblazoned on the sleeve of the World famous Neath Rugby shirt.

Paul Evans, Day’s Neath Manager said “We are thrilled to be sponsoring the team for the upcoming season. It is great to be able to support sport in the local community. We look forward to working closely with the club and wish them the best of luck for the season ahead.”

Gareth Howells, Commercial Manager of Neath rugby said; we are delighted to have the support of Day’s as a sponsor of Neath rugby investing further into the local community and supporting the town of Neath’s premier rugby side. We are excited to be working with Paul and the team on some exciting offers for supporters and members and through their sponsorship of the Iconic Cow Shed stand and famous Welsh All Blacks shirt sleeve we will promote the brand across Wales and we thank Paul and Russell Day for their backing of Neath Rugby.

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Pictured: L-R Neath Rugby Commercial Manager- Gareth Howells, Day’s Neath Motorpark Manager – Steve Jenkins, Team Captain -Scott Andrews and Day’s Neath Branch Manager- Paul Evans


South Wales’ largest used car showroom becomes the Principality Premiership team, Neath RFC’s main sponsor for the 2018-19 season.

Neath RFC is a Welsh rugby union club that plays in the Welsh Premier Division and are the feeder club to the Ospreys regional team. The Gnoll is the clubs home grounds and has hosted the club since it was formed in 1871.

Some of the stars that once played for the club include Leigh Halfpenny and James Hook. Neath RFC also hold the world record for the number of points (1,917) and tries (345) accumulated in one season.

The first team’s nickname, ‘The Welsh All Blacks’, comes from the team colours: black with only a white cross pattée as an emblem, which will be maintained in the new kit purchased from the Trade Centre Wales sponsorship.

The high-profile rugby side shares its small home town with the birthplace of Trade Centre Wales, that now has five branches across the country.

A big thank you
Gareth Howells, Commercial Manager at Neath RFC, said: “We are so proud and grateful to be able to partner with a leading business in our community.

“The entire team are so grateful to Trade Centre Wales for lending its support. Our sponsors are important to us and it is an honour to have Trade Centre Wales on board. We are a local team and of course they are rapidly growing but they won’t forget where they came from!

“The first team will run out for the first time this season in their new strip on Saturday 1st September away to RGC 1404. We hope that this is the beginning of a long and successful partnership for both parties.”

Supporting our local roots
Andy Coulthurst, CEO of The Trade Centre Wales, said: “The rapid growth we’ve experienced over the past year has enabled us to work alongside more and more local initiatives across the country, but to be able to work with a team so close to us, and not only geographically is extra special. Lots of us here are Neath supporters through and through so this opportunity is an honour, we wish them all the best for this coming season”.

Category: Sponsorship | Published By: Kristian Last | Date: 11/09/2018


Former Neath and Wales prop Craig Mitchell has signed for RFU Premier side Newcastle Falcons on a three-month deal.

The 15 times capped, 32-year-old prop signed for French club Angouleme during the summer but is now a little closer to home.

Craig’s much-travelled career has taken in Ospreys, Exeter, Blues, Dragons, Bath and Yorkshire Carnegie and all at Neath wish him well on his latest move.


Gareth Howells has been appointed Neath Rugby General Manager from his current role as Commercial Manager.  Gareth replaces Will Thomas who having delivered considerable change to the Club has decided that the role now needs to be delivered full time and from someone who lives in Neath.  With Gareth available to step up now and a number of projects having now been completed with the season just started, the timing of the change works on every front.

Outgoing General Manager, Will Thomas, commented ‘Gareth has done an outstanding job as Commercial Manager.  I don’t think it is any secret that we lost pretty much all our sponsors for a variety of reasons.  Gareth has come on board and within a short space of time recruited a whole new group of sponsors or managed to persuade some existing ones to stay on board.  Usually you might need to recruit one or two new sponsors per season but to recruit new sponsors en masse has been a huge achievement.’

‘It was also clear a couple of months into my role that it needs someone full time to deliver it, so the intention was always to make that change.  Gareth has been undertaking a lot of the work anyway through the summer as he’s based in Neath, so it’s a perfect fit.’

‘I’ll be staying on in an advisory capacity but with Gareth able to undertake the role full time the Club can explore and hopefully deliver new initiatives and events that will put the business in a stronger position.’

‘Aside from Gareth and the sponsorship side of things, a huge amount of change and work has gone on since the end of last season.  I’d like to thank the following volunteers who’ve undertaken this work and put the Club and business in a stronger position than it was in previously.’

  • Club Secretary Mike Price on his all round input into the Club and with his work on the season tickets in particular.
  • Team Manager Martyn Morris. Martyn works tirelessly for Neath Rugby, at a level which makes me astonished that he has a job!! Or a wife and family for that matter.  When he’s not working on Neath Rugby things he’s thinking about it.
  • Keith and Tracey Hatherall. Now they are back at the Club full on, there is no doubt the Club house will thrive and be back as the best in the Premiership.
  • Gerald Morris and Mark Davies with their finger on the pulse of the town and supporters and recent work on the hospitality.
  • Len Kowalski and the supporters club with their continual and essential fund raising and promotion of the Club.
  • Graham Jones who’s taken over all of the work around the WRU A Licence application and maintenance.
  • Colin Chapman our excellent website and social media manager and has single handed migrated to a new and improved website.
  • Dai Shaw, simply a constant ear to talk to and get advice from.

‘Finally thanks to Neath Rugby’s owner Mike Cuddy.  I keep reminding him that he’s not a great communicator so it’s not always apparent how passionate he is about the Club, both emotionally and financially.  He has put in eye watering amounts of his own wealth into the Club and he’s determined to see it successful again.  As is always the case in sport, finance alone is not enough.  Every one at the Club has to continue working together and supporting each other and delivering their roles as best they can, whether as a player, a coach, a supporter or a volunteer and Neath will come out as a winner in this highly critical season.’


We are currently seeking a volunteer to become involved with the club as a graphic designer to help produce graphics for our social media channels such as twitter, Facebook and Instagram, as well as helping to design other match day and event graphics .

This is a voluntary role and would need to start ASAP please contact to discuss further