Neath Rugby News


Neath Rugby is delighted to announce a new commercial partner of the club in CSO Heating LTD.
CSO Heating LTD will be sponsoring Leon Ward as well as advertise in our match day programme.

Gareth Howells, Commercial manager of Neath Rugby said; we are delighted to welcome Chris from CSO Heating as a partner of the club and if any of our supporters need their heating checked out please get in touch with Chris.

“CSO Heating LTD are proud to be involved with sponsoring Neath Rugby and would like to thank them for the opportunity to do so.
Neath Rugby is a special club which plays a big part in the community so this a great opportunity for us to be able to connect with local people and businesses.”


Neath Rugby have added to their squad with the signing of ex Ospreys and Dragon’s number eight Ieuan Jones from Bargoed RFC. The 6’3’’, 16 stone, 25 year old backrower played thirty two times for the Dragons before a loan spell at the Ospreys saw him make six appearances in the 2014/15 season. Since then he’s had two seasons with Cross Keys and last season went back to Bargoed where he played his junior rugby.

Ieuan, a Gwent valley’s product came through the Dragons Academy picking up honours for Wales U18s and was part of the Wales U20s team that lost to England in the final of the Junior World Cup in 2013.

Neath Rugby Team Manager, Martyn Morris commented on the new signing ‘We’d signed most of the squad needed for the forthcoming season so were pleasantly surprised with the availability of a player of Ieuan’s quality. Once I met up with him it was clear we had to find a space in our squad as he ticked so many boxes for us. He’s a big carrier, Tredegar tough, athletic and gets through a lot of work so pretty much in the mould of a Neath backrower. He knows a couple of boys in the squad so he’s fitted in seamlessly.’

Ieaun commented on joining up with Neath ‘When I met up with Martyn, Neath were already up and running with pre-season and I was impressed with the professional feel of the Club and the rugby programme that Lyn, Paul and Lewis have put in place. I’m still only 25 years old so I still want to be in an environment and a rugby programme where I’m learning, developing and challenging at the top end of the league. Pre-season has been tough so far, training three times a week but I can see the hard work going in will undoubtedly pay off once the season starts. I can’t wait to put on the famous Welsh All Black jersey and get to work.’


Neath Rugby is delighted to announce a significant sponsorship agreement with Environmental Waste Controls. The deal will see the Environmental Waste Controls logo on the back of the famous Neath Rugby shirt and branding around the famous Gnoll ground. The deal is a two year agreement and we cannot wait to promote the EWC brand via the Welsh All Blacks in the Welsh Premiership this season.

Gareth Howells, Commercial manager of Neath Rugby said; we are delighted to welcome EWC as a partner of Neath Rugby as we share a passion for rugby and business and would like to thank the directors for their support of Neath Rugby.

Sarah Kennedy from Environmental Waste Controls Ltd commented; we are delighted to have signed this agreement with Neath Rugby ‘The Welsh All Blacks’ a historic rugby side as we look to grow our brand in Wales. We wish Neath rugby all the best for the season and cannot wait to shout on the boys.

About Environmental Waste Controls

Multiple award winning waste and recycling management company Environmental Waste Controls provide a sophisticated and cost-effective waste recycling management system making best use of compaction and reduction for all clients in the Private and Public sectors. Environmental Waste Controls’ customer focused waste management business model bases itself on genuine transparency with a fixed price waste management programme and most importantly it is bespoke to our clients’ requirements.

Environmental Waste Controls has a strong commitment to customers and the community with an excellent track record in protecting and enhancing the environment. Our objectives are to reduce your landfill cost, waste and keep to pre-arranged promises. With an achieved level of overall waste recycling of over 65% Environmental Waste Control strives to increase this recycling target at every opportunity.

Environmental Waste Controls offer a wide range of different products and services, which include recycling, commercial waste disposal, engineering, welding, fabrications, waste compactors, balers, containers, grinding systems, maintenance contracts, reconditioning stock, installation, civic amenity site management (HWRC), online waste reporting, waste transfer stations, waste collection and removal.



The Neath Rugby supporters have chosen the home strip for next season from a choice of four as presented by Samurai our new kit suppliers. The winning design was all black with a big Maltese cross in keeping with the more traditional Neath rugby jerseys of the fabled Neath glory years. The shorts and socks will also be all black.

Neath Rugby Chairman, Mike Cuddy, commented on the supporters choice ‘I didn’t get involved in the vote but really wanted the all black kit to win as I’ve had first hand experience of how it adds to the ethos and identity of this great Club. Everybody knows next season is a pivotal one with four or five teams going to be relegated. In sporting terms we are going to war and we need our iconic all black armour to strengthen us as a Club and ensure we are fighting at the top of the league. I can’t wait to see the boys run out at the Gnoll in it.’

The Itinerary for Supporters Day on Saturday 7th July 2018

11:00 Team Fitness and Skills session at the Gnoll open to supporters to watch
12:00 Doors open

Bouncy castle and stocks and sponges for the little ones and big kids

Refreshments available from Claire’s Kitchen
Season tickets on sale and ask questions about memberships

13:00 Supporters input into kit design with Samurai and Neath representatives
13:30 Question and Answer session with supporters / players / coaches
14:00 Meet the players and management

15:00 England v Sweden World Cup Football on TV’s

16:00 Neil Diamond Tribute act Peter Jones in the clubhouse

18:00 Evening Concludes but bar is still open!!

See you all tomorrow!



Samurai Sportswear named as the new kit suppliers to Neath Rugby in 3 year partnership

Neath Rugby are delighted to announce a three year kit supply agreement with Samurai Sportswear, which will see Samurai create custom-made match-kit as well as a specially designed range of training gear, perfect for on and off the field.


Along with their extensive knowledge of unique custom teamwear, Samurai Sportswear will be supplying Neath with the ICONIX™ test match jersey. This shirt has been specifically developed with Samurai’s elite rugby clubs to allow players at all levels to perform to the best of their ability, a performance advantage. The club will be able to benefit from Samurai’s bespoke training kit and leisurewear, making sure that everyone involved looks and feels their best in Samurai’s top quality fits and fabrics.

The team will wear the ICONIX™ test match jersey which is the exact same specification that many of our elite teams wear week in and week out. The design of the new ICONIX™ test match jersey will be determined by the Neath supporters from a choice of four designs at the supporter’s day at the Gnoll on Saturday 7th July, starting at 12 noon. Replicas will be available to buy by supporters through a club shop that Samurai will stock and manage for the club.

Will Thomas, General Manager for Neath Rugby, commented: “As a Club we want to make a statement with our kit in terms of its performance on the pitch, ability for supporters to purchase, to look good and to work with a global brand. These all add positively to the team’s performance and the image we portray as a professional business. Samurai presented to us an extremely attractive proposal that will ensure we achieve all of these and at an incredible price. I worked with Samurai in Hong Kong and they delivered an excellent product and an even better service. We know we didn’t deliver to our supporters last season on the replica kit front, this will now be rectified.”

Samurai Sportswear’s Sales Director, Mike Pells stated: “Samurai have been waiting for the right opportunity in Wales to deliver an effective partnership and increase our brand awareness within the country. We are well aware that Neath have had some challenging times over the last few seasons but we’ve worked with Will and Lyn before and know they are capable of returning Neath to their former glory. Also the Principality Premiership is heading for an exciting season with four teams being relegated and all the Premiership action now being screened on BBC Wales, Samurai want to be involved in a Country where everyone is so passionate about Rugby.’

Statement From Neath Rugby Regarding Lyn Jones

Our supporters will likely have read yesterday’s piece in Wales Online linking Lyn Jones to the Russian Head Coach position. Lyn visited Russia last week for the interview and kept the Club informed of his intentions. In light of this and the fact that Lyn would likely be a very strong candidate we made tentative approaches to potential replacements in the last week.

To be clear Lyn has not been appointed into the position as Russian Head Coach but it is clear from the Russian federation’s statement that he is their preferred candidate. Neath Rugby will thus now move forward a pace in the search for a replacement and in the interim Lyn will remain as Head Coach and will be taking training this week.

We would like to reassure Neath Rugby supporters that no stone will be left unturned in finding a suitable replacement that will drive our on field performance in this pivotal season. We are close to finalising our exciting new squad with further announcements in the next week. We are also mindful of our Premiership ‘A’ Licence requirements that require us to have a WRU Level 4 Head Coach.

Finally, all at Neath wish Lyn the best if he does take up the role as Russia Head Coach leading into the 2019 World Cup. While we are disappointed that he may be leaving Neath, he is clearly an international level Coach and we’ve no doubt he will do a great job.

We will keep supporters notified of any developments as appropriate, including on the Neath Supporter Day, Saturday July 7th at the Gnoll.


Neath outside-half Iwan Evans has been selected for the Wales Sevens squad and will be in Paris this weekend for the latest round of the World Grand Prix Series.

Iwan has been with Neath since emerging from youth rugby with Ystradgynlais RFC and has established himself as a regular at The Gnoll usually at outside-half and occasionally at centre.

In May, Iwan travelled to Moscow with the Wales Sevens and obviously impressed – the best wishes of all at Neath RFC go to Iwan.


Neath RFC will be holding a pre-season supporters day on Saturday 7th July, starting at midday. As the players will train in the morning of that day there will be an opportunity to meet this years squad and get to know them over a beer and a burger.

Also on the day we will be introducing our new kit suppliers who will be doing a presentation on the new range of kit they will be selling and how you can purchase it through an online club shop, which they will be managing the whole process of. Even more exciting is they will be presenting three Neath playing kit designs and supporters can vote on the day to choose which kit design will go into production for this season. The new kit suppliers spent a day recently at the Gnoll looking at the array of Neath squad photos on the clubhouse wall. They were really impressed by the iconic kits that the Neath teams have worn over the decades and thus they will be presenting a 70s design, an 80s design and a modern design for supporters to choose from.

There will be a presentation from the coaches and management about the progress of pre-season training with an opportunity to ask the players, coaches and management any questions about the forthcoming season.

We are looking to make it a very family orientated day so stay tuned for details of what else there will be putting on to make it a great day out for the family. If you have any suggestions of what you’d like as entertainment for the family on the day yourself please email our new representative on the Neath Operations Team, Gerald Morris on

Finally there will be the opportunity to buy season tickets on the day as it will still be in the early bird offer period. We are just in the process of updating the administration documents and payment mechanisms for the season tickets and then the full details will be announced.

Please save the date, Saturday 7th July from midday. It’s going to be an action packed day with plenty to entertain the whole family.


The Neath squad returned to pre-season training this week before every other Premiership Club to ensure they are sufficiently prepared for the upcoming pivotal season.

Supporters can be prepared too by purchasing a great value early bird season ticket which are now on sale. Although we are still awaiting final confirmation from the WRU, it is expected the Premiership will return to a normal season structure of playing every team home and away with 15 home games and 15 away games.

With a standard early bird season ticket price being frozen at £99, this means our loyal supporters can attend every home league game for £6.60 which is incredible value for what is looking likely to be an action packed season.

Season Tickets are priced at:

Early Bird  £99
Early Bird Concession  £89

Full Price £110
Full Price Concession  £100


Neath supporters can also buy a Neath Patrons’ Membership which is separate to the ground entry season ticket and excellent value for money offering the below package.

This is a hospitality membership only, season ticket is not included*

* Those without a season ticket using the patrons membership will be required to purchase a match day ticket to watch the game on the day.

The patrons membership includes:

A Two course meal at each home game

Welsh cakes at half time

Tea & coffee at half time

10% off drinks at the bar for the year

Pre match activities such as Q&A, Quiz, Guess the score

Patrons’ Memberships are priced at:
Early Bird £130
Early Bird Concession £120

Full Price £150
Full Price Concession £140

The early bird offer for both will end on July 31st.

Both season ticket application forms and Neath patron application forms can either be downloaded from the website or picked up from the clubhouse or the barbers in town – Mike Pickering or Mike Howells. You can pay online through the website or pay with cash or cheque by returning the forms and payment in a sealed envelope to the clubhouse. You can also send cheques in the post with the completed forms to the club address as detailed on the form.

Neath RFC General Manager, Will Thomas commented ‘there are very few Premiership Clubs where you can now buy a season ticket for under £100. As a Club we however realised that we didn’t deliver on the pitch last season and it was unanimously felt that to reward supporters for their loyalty we would freeze the early bird price from last season. There is clearly going to be a season filled with drama with four or five teams being relegated and while we hope to be well away from that it will undoubtedly impact on the league as a whole in terms of the excitement. There’s no better place to watch the action than at the Gnoll.’

MRS. GWLADYS MORT – Funeral Arrangements

The funeral of Mrs. Gwladys Mort will be held at Margam Crematorium on Monday 2nd July at 2.30pm.

Family flowers only please, donations in lieu, if so desired, to Dementia UK c/o

Les Davies Independent Funeral Directors,
Main Road, Cadoxton, Neath, SA10 8AP.
Tel 01639 642945.


Neath rugby supporters will be saddened to learn that Mrs. Gwladys Mort passed away this morning after a long illness.

“Mrs. Mort” as she was popularly known to players and supporters alike was a well-known figure at The Gnoll where she had watched rugby since the War.

Her husband Harold was a former chairman of the Supporters Club until his death but Mrs. Mort carried on watching her beloved Blacks along with her son Keith who is a great support to visiting officials at The Gnoll.

The family were well known to generations of players and Brian Thomas used to joke that the thing that worried him most about Neath losing was bumping into Mrs. Mort in town the following week as she would always tell him in no uncertain terms where the team had gone wrong and, even in the aftermath of the Blacks completing a Championship and Cup double, was quick to point out “they’ll never be as good as the old ones” !

Due to declining health, Mrs. Mort has been absent for the last couple of seasons and Neath supporters will join in mourning the passing of Neath’s “leading lady” and a real stalwart follower.