Neath Rugby News


Neath’s “early bird” Season Ticket sales have boomed this year with the numbers up by 15% on the same stage last summer.

The “early bird” window has now closed but you can still book your ticket to watch the Welsh All Blacks in action over 15 Principality Premiership games as Season Tickets are still available at the “normal” prices of £110 (full) and £100 (over-65’s).

Application Forms are available from the Neath Clubhouse, Mike Howells and Mike Pickering’s barbers or you can download here:

Those who have bought Season Tickets might also like to avail themselves of a Hospitality Ticket which at £100 covers all 15 Premiership games too:

Season Ticket Collection
Season Tickets will be available for collection purchase from The Gnoll on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 7.00pm and 8.00pm :-

Tuesday, August 21
Thursday, August 23
Tuesday August 28
Thursday August 30
Tuesday September 4
Thursday September 6

There will also be a short window for collection or cash/cheque purchase prior to the Pontypool game next Saturday between 1.00pm and 2.00pm INSIDE THE TURNSTILES at the ramp to the First Aid post as the Town end of the Main Grandtsand. Please note that there will be strictly no issues after 2.00pm



Bargoed and Neath served up an entertaining pre-season warm-up which will have done both teams a power of good.

Neath supporters need not be too despondent about the result because the All Blacks went into the game missing virtually an entire back division as well as a couple of key forwards due to holidays and injury-niggles.

For a pre-season affair, there was a lot of good rugby on offer. Neath edged the first half through tries by prop Ben Uphill, lock Ryan Bean and full back Ed Howley who converted all three. The Blacks’ powerful scrummage was the feature of the first period which the visitors ended 21-14 to the good.

The Blacks changed their entire pack at half-time and made changes behind and, despite a fourth Neath try by flanker Lloyd Evans which Howley again goaled, Bargoed had the better of the second period and deserved to take the spoils through the greater physicality of their backs against what was by then a makeshift Neath division although it took a suspiciously off-side-looking try to finally tilt it their way.

Several players impressed for Neath who will hope to welcome back Mike Evans, Richard Smith, Gavin Evans, Aaron Bramwell, Scott Gibson and Keelan Marney against Pontypool next week although Luke Garrett and Ieuan Jones will still be away.


Ed Howley, Ashley Evans, Mike Evans, James Roberts, Alec Jenkins, A.N.Other, A.N.Other, Iwan Evans, Dan Guarneri, Chris Morgans, Scott Gibson, Ben Uphill, Luke Garrett, Liam Tobias, Ryan Thomas, Tyla Murvai, Garin Lloyd, Sion Crocker, Darren Hughes, Rhys Jones, Ryan Bean, Scott Andrews (captain), Jon Barley, Elis Hopkins, Jordan Collier, Leon Ward, Aled Cockwell, Lloyd Evans, Ceri White, Scott Hicks


Neath Rugby’s “away” shirt for 2018/19 will be in Teal as requested by our passionate supporters.

There will be sponsors logos on the shirt and we have also incorporated our mascot ‘The Bull’ into the design.

#CmonTheBlacks #NeathNeathNeath


Building on the start of a new season we welcome another new sponsor to the Neath Rugby family in Rhondda based NB Builders merchants.

Gareth Howells, Commercial manager of Neath Rugby said; we are delighted to welcome NB Builders merchants as a commercial partner of Neath Rugby and I would like to thank Nigel for his support of the Welsh All Blacks.

Nigel Berbillion Managing Director said

“NB Builders Merchants wish Neath RFC’s Players, Supporters and all involved all the best for the 2018/2019 season ahead.

Although we are based in the Rhondda, We support a lot of local Rugby & Football Teams & it gives me great pleasure in sponsoring Neath RFC”. As a player myself (well some time ago now) & while agreeing the sponsorship deal with Neath’s Commercial Manager Gareth Howells & at the time the departure of coach Lyn Jones who I played alongside for Treorchy RFC they appointed my old coach Simon King & a fellow team mate (Caerphilly RFC) Paul Williams both great blokes and Neath RFC haven’t gone wrong in appointing them both. I think they both still owe me a few pints from years gone by.

NB Builders Merchants are a family run business with my son Sam, brother Andrew, friends Big Phill & Pinney are all mad rugby supporters and cant wait to catch a game this season.

NB builders merchants are suppliers and installers of Artificial Grass at wholesale prices & Indian sandstone slabs and we cover all of South Wales.

Please check us out at


Neath Rugby is delighted to announce Ammanford based One Stop Check to the Neath commercial family.

Gareth Howells, Commercial manager of Neath Rugby said; we are delighted to welcome One Stop Check as a commercial partner of Neath Rugby a company who are big supporters of Neath Rugby as season ticket holders who are keen to promote and associate their business alongside the Welsh All blacks and support our players and fans too.

Phil Richards Managing Director of one stop check said; I’m so proud to sponsor such a proud and passionate club as Neath Rugby for the new season. I think there are some great times to come on and off the pitch wishing all at Neath the best for this coming season. All at one stop check are looking forward to building a great relationship with the supporters, players and commercial partners over the season and will be offering special rates for players and supporters.

Roll on the season Cmon the welsh all blacks.

More on One Stop Check here:


Neath rugby supporters will be saddened to hear of the passing of Roy (“Sprint”) Jones.

Breconian Roy first linked with Neath in the old “professional club” days when taking an athletics session at Court Herbert.

Watching Neath train, he observed, “I can put a yard of pace on every one of your players.” And, over the course of the next few seasons he did just that working with coaches Lyn Jones and Rowland Phillips.

Roy worked with many of Neath’s finest players either on supplementary fitness sessions or helping them get back to full fitness after injury. He became a great mate of kit-man Roy Evans and, to differentiate between them, Roy Jones became known as “Roy Sprint” and was a popular figure at The Gnoll.

Former Neath captain Paul Jones said, “Roy was a true gent respected by all who worked with him. RIP Roy, it was a pleasure working with you.”

Neath secretary Mike Price said, “Roy was an invaluable addition to our back-room team and he contributed to many of the Club’s triumphs at the time. He was a good man and will be missed by many of us at The Gnoll,”


The schedule for televised Principality Premiership fixtures up to the New Year has been released – and an exciting prospect it is with 15 of the 16 clubs featuring in “live” broadcasts on Friday evenings (BBC2 Wales) and Saturday afternoons (S4C) as well as over the festive period.

NEATH figure three times, all on BBC2 Wales : the away game at Llandovery (Friday, October 19), the home game against Llanelli (Friday, December 7), then the big Boxing Day derby at Aberavon.

The full list is :-

BBC Wales – Fridays

Sept 7 Ebbw Vale v Aberavon
Sept 14 Bridgend v Swansea
Sept 21 Pontypridd v RGC
Sept 28 RGC v Merthyr
Oct 5 Newport v Aberavon
Oct 12 Bedwas v Cardiff
Oct 26 Ebbw Vale v Merthyr
Nov 9 Cardiff v RGC
Nov 16 Pontypridd v Llandovery
Nov 23 Ebbw Vale v Carmarthen
Nov 30 Cardiff v Swansea
Dec 14 Merthyr v Cardiff

BBC Wales – Festive Period

Dec 26 ABERAVON v NEATH (2.30pm)
Jan 1 Cardiff v Pontypridd (2.30pm)

S4C – Saturdays

Oct 6 Llandovery v RGC
Oct 13 Ebbw Vale v Cross Keys
Oct 20 Pontypridd v Ebbw Vale
Dec 8 RGC v Cross Keys
Dec 15 Pontypridd Bedwas


Following consultation and feedback with the supporters about the match day hospitality, we have restructured the pricing and are providing a bit more detail on the hospitality experience. Hospitality can now be bought in four different packages, and will cover all of the following:

• Pre-match 2 course hot meal.
• Followed by tea and coffee and welsh cakes.
• We will have a speaker at each game and also access to the coaches and players for their post match thoughts. We are aiming to get ex Neath players to each game for hospitality to do a Q&A. (This is our aim not a commitment at this stage)
• Guess the score.
• Quiz.
• All in the surroundings of the soon to be refurbished hospitality suite with superb views of the pitch to watch the players warming up. You are welcome to watch the whole game from the lounge if you wish or if your partner wishes to. * 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.
• 10% off all drinks bought in the clubhouse throughout the season.

We’ve also looked at the cost of hospitality at the other Premiership Clubs as our aim is to provide the best value for money hospitality in the league and make it flexible and accessible to everyone. We believe we’ve achieved this and we are giving the hospitality lounge a much needed refurbish to start the new season off.

Firstly you can pay as you go one match at a time, picking and choosing when you wan to book hospitality to suit your circumstances. This will cost £12.50 per individual match and must be booked as soon as possible by ringing the Club House.

For those that just want to try hospitality for the first five matches you can buy the first five matches for £50. This equates to £10 a match, a total saving of £12.50 against the full price option. If you like it you can continue buying bundles of five or ten matches.

Next you can buy a bundle of the first ten matches for £80. This equates to an incredible £8 a match, a total saving of £45 against the full price option.

Finally you can buy a season long hospitality package of all fifteen home games for £100. This equates to a value busting £6.67 per game, a total saving of £87.45 against the full price option. No other hospitality package in the Premiership comes close to this level of value.

All packages can be purchased through the website (via link below) or completing the forms in the clubhouse.

Neath Rugby
Hospitality Package

First 5 Matches           £50.00
First 10 Matches         £80.00
All 15 Matches               £100.00
Individual Matches     £12.50


Over the next month and a half we are refurbishing the hospitality lounge with a new carpet, a paint refresh and new blinds. It’s going to be a new hospitality experience to go with a new team on the pitch. We hope you try it out.


Neath Rugby are pleased to announce that we have agreed a new three year lease with Keith and Tracy Hatherall to run the Neath club house. The new terms will put the rugby club and the club house on a stronger and more sustainable footing.
As part of the new deal Keith and Tracy will return to running the clubhouse on a day to day basis having set up and established Charlie’s bar and restaurant in Neath town centre for the past 12 months.

Neath RFC General Manager, Will Thomas, commented on the new deal ‘The previous relationship between the rugby and the clubhouse had become a bit stale and clearly needed an injection of energy. It probably wasn’t working properly for either party. What’s integral to get it back working again will be having Keith and Tracy managing the club house day to day. They’ve clearly made a great success at Charlies and we look forward to them transferring their energies back to Neath Rugby.

As part of the shake up we have reviewed the hospitality packages for the forthcoming season and we will be re-launching the hospitality experience with exciting refurbishment news in the next couple of days.