NEATH RUGBY NEWS

ALL WALES VS ENGLAND MATCH TICKETS SOLD

Following a huge demand, all of the club’s Wales vs England tickets have now been allocated.

If you have tried to purchase a ticket and are not notified by Wednesday lunchtime that you have been successful, you will not have been allocated a ticket on this occasion.

Kind regards,

Neath Rugby

TRAVEL NEWS: BEDWAS v NEATH (SATURDAY 23rd February 2019)

Let’s take a lot of support to BEDWAS and back the boys!

Supporters bus to BEDWAS on SATURDAY 23rd February 2019 – leaving Clubhouse at 10.30am for the early Kickoff of 12.00 Midday. The bus will return straight after the game in time for the Wales v England match (4:45pm).

To book YOUR seat on the “FUN BUS” contact Mark Davies on mark_davies715@hotmail.com via Facebook & Twitter or ➡️ 07435612319

RESULT: MERTHYR 47 NEATH 5 – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16th , 2019

MATCH REPORT TO FOLLOW…….

MATCH PREVIEW:

Neath make several changes when they head to table-topping Merthyr on Saturday (kick off 2.30pm).

Behind the scrum, wingers John Lumb (Cardigan) and Matthew Billett (Skewen) come in while Jordan Rees and Liam Roberts (Bedlinog) link up at half-back. Ben Uphill returns to the front row with Gareth Howells in the second row and Academy prospect Joe Grabham gets a start in the back row.

Neath v Merthyr (Away)
15 Aaron Bramwell (captain); 14 John Lumb, 13 Jarrad Rees, 12 Keiran Williams, 11 Matthew Billett; 10 Jordan Rees, 9 Liam Roberts; 1 Ben Uphill, 2 Sion Crocker, 3 Gareth Wyn Lloyd; 4 Scott Davies, 5 Gareth Howells; 6 Alun Jones, 8 Guido Volpi, 7 Joe Grabham

Replacements – 16 Connah Vaughan, 17 Stef Bond, 18 Dyfan Ceredig, 19 Ioan Jones/Lee Evans, 20 Leon Ward, 21 Callum Hall, 22 Sion O’Brien, 23 Gareth Hopkins

Tickets Available for Wales vs England

We have a number of tickets available for Wales vs England at Cardiff ‪on Saturday 23rd February 2019‬.

Tickets are priced at £95 and £100.

Priority will be given to Neath Rugby season ticket holders and Neath Rugby Supporters Club members ‪until 12 noon on Tuesday 19th February‬. Tickets will then go on general sale. Tickets are limited to 2 per person.

Please email contact@neathrugby.wales as soon as possible to apply for tickets providing details of your name, address and telephone number, along with confirmation of whether or not you are a Neath Rugby ST holder or Supporters Club member.

Payment is to be made to Neath Rugby Ltd’s Paypal account, details of which will be provided should your ticket application be successful.

Tickets will be available for collection from Neath Rugby clubhouse ‪on Wednesday 20th‬ and ‪Thursday 21st February from 6pm to 8pm‬.

Alternatively, Royal Mail “Special Delivery Guaranteed” can be provided at an additional cost of £6.50 for tickets purchased by no later than ‪12 noon on Thursday 21st February‬.

Re-Arranged Fixtures

The away fixture at Bedwas has been re-arranged for Saturday, February 23rd, kick off 12 noon. Wales play England at Cardiff that day at tea-time so supporters will have ample time to journey onwards or return home in time for kick off.

The home game against RGC has now been fixed for Friday, March 15th (kick off 7.30pm) while we will travel to Ebbw Vale on Saturday, April 27th (kick off 2.30pm). This means we have a fixture every weekend from now to May 4th at Llanelli.

Neath Former Players’ Christmas Re-Union

Due to the postponement of the RGC game, the Former Players were unable to stage their annual Christmas Re-Union so the “oldies” will gather at the Clubhouse at 12.30pm prior to the home fixture against Llandovery. Please spread the word to any FP’s you might encounter.

MATCH REPORT: NEATH 0 PONTYPRIDD 45 – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8th , 2019

NEATH nil PONTYPRIDD 45
Another brave performance by Neath could not mask the superiority of a Pontypridd team riding high in second place in the table and galvanised by the revelation of financial troubles at Sardis Road.

The Neath team showed bags of courage and might have improved the scoreline but were well beaten by the buoyant visitors who levied tries through winger Alex Webber (2), hooker Rob Jones, Blues full back Ben Jones, lock Shay Smallman, flanker Rhys Shellard and No.8 Alun Lawrence, former Wales outside-half Ceri Sweeney (4) and replacement Diggy Bird adding conversions.

Keiren Williams returned to good effect at centre before being replaced at half-time when it was nil-24 while No.8 Guido Volpi made an impressive debut at No.8 while scrum-half Nicky Griffiths collected the Supporters’ Club Man of the Match award.

NEATH – Aaron Bramwell (captain); Richard Carter, Jarrad Rees, Keiran Williams (Jordan Rees), Alec Jenkins, Callum Hall, Nicky Griffiths (Nathan Griffiths); Gareth Wyn Lloyd (Ben Uphill), Sion Crocker (Connah Vaughan), Tyla Murvai (Kieran Griffiths); Scott Davies (Ioan Jones), Rhys Morgan; Lee Evans (Leon Ward), Guido Volpi, Alun Jones (Joe Grabham)
Referee – Mr. Simon Mills (New Dock Stars)

MATCH PREVIEW:

Young Ospreys No.8 Guido Volpi makes his debut for Neath when they take on Pontypridd at The Gnoll on Friday evening (kick off 7.30pm).

The Argentinian forward, previously with Narbonne, steps up for Neath’s first game since their change of ownership and he is joined in the starting line-up by centre Keiran Williams while Joe Grabham re-appears on the bench.

With James Roberts still on the injured list, an S.O.S. has gone out to Richard Carter, the former Neath and Aberavon wing who now coaches at Resolven, while prop Gareth Wyn Lloyd, a try-scoring replacement against Swansea, starts for the first time.

Neath v Pontypridd (Home)
15 Aaron Bramwell (captain); 14 Richard Carter, 13 Jarrad Rees, 12 Keiran Williams, 11 Alec Jenkins, 10 Callum Hall, 9 Nicky Griffiths, 1 Gareth Wyn Lloyd, 2 Sion Crocker, 3 Tyla Murvai; 4 Scott Davies, 5 Rhys Morgan; 6 Lee Evans, 8 Guido Volpi, 7 Alun Jones

Replacements – 16 Connah Vaughan, 17 Ben Uphill, 18 Keiran Griffiths, 19 Ioan Jones, 20 Leon Ward, 21 Joe Grabham, 22 Nathan Griffiths, 23 Jordan Rees

RGC GAME RE-ARRANGED

Neath’s postponed home Premiership fixture against RGC, postponed from December, has been re-arranged for Friday, March 15th with a 7.30pm kick off.

As announced earlier, the postponed game at Bedwas is now scheduled for Saturday, February 23rd 12 noon kick off) – a date for the Ebbw Vale game postponed last weekend has yet to be confirmed.

HOSPITALITY NEWS: NEATH v PONTYPRIDD – (Friday 8th February 2019)

Neath Rugby hospitality will continue on Friday 8th February 2019 for the PONTYPRIDD fixture at the Gnoll.

The pre-match hospitality will start at 5:30pm comprising of a two course meal.

This is a great opportunity to try the Neath Rugby hospitality experience which will be in place for every home league game. Recent hospitality events have been very successful and arrangements are being made to ensure that this experience continues for all home games. Details of the different hospitality packages for league fixtures can be found here: http://www.neathrugby.wales/hospitality-2018-19/

Matchday hospitality is open to both Neath and Pontypridd supporters.

Entry to hospitality is £10.00 and match entry is £10. The hospitality suite overlooks the pitch so for those of you who wish to watch the whole game from the best view in the Gnoll, you are more than welcome to stay inside…

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

The on field action will then kick off at 7:30pm, as both Neath and Pontypridd will be looking to be competitive in their respective Premiership league campaigns.

It is expected that we will have a big take up for this fixture so please book early by ringing the clubhouse on 01639 643328 or ringing Keith directly on 07741 999220 or Gerald on 07873787414.

Please could HOSPITALITY PACKAGE holders please contact Keith or Gerald to confirm if you are attending to allow us to plan catering requirements.