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Dyma RGC



Saturday December 29, 2018
KO 2:30 p.m.

Zip World

Zip World, Parc Eirias, Colwyn Bay

Match day sponsor

Principality SP Energy Networks

Your Team. Your Region. Your Voice. Eich Tim. Eich Rhanbarth. Eich Llais




We are now in our third year of the Premiership, and although we were faced by some doubters and sceptics, we have earned our place in the competition that seeks to find the best Club in Wales.

There have been a number of challenges and hurdles along the journey, but we have successfully navigated our way through the minefields and remained fastened to our values and approached everything with a positive attitude. This is now our third season in the Premiership, and some might say that this is potentially our most challenging season in the league. Not only are we challenged on the rugby front, with relegation and promotion being reinstated to the competition, fixtures are being swapped and changed, meaning we have very little consistency and continuity to our preparation and match days. 

Next season we face further challenges, and with that, a lot of change, and now is the time to focus on the future and plan for every scenario. 

On top of the list for the 2019/20 season will be finance, structure and resources for the RGC senior team and the North Wales Academy which includes our U15s, U16s, U18s, Women and U18s girls’ teams. There is also the outstanding matter of the U23/A Team Celtic Cup – should North Wales be included? In my opinion, the answer is yes; if we have a great Academy churning out and producing talented North Wales rugby players, they need the opportunity to progress and represent the region at the next best level available, instead of packing their bags and heading south to further their rugby career.

There is a serious momentum and appetite for top quality rugby in North Wales, so why not think big and set the bar high? 

There are undoubtedly a number of twists and turns yet to come in 2019, we are in a good position, but the focus now needs to be on making sure that RGC and the North Wales Development Region is in a great place. 

To get there, you need great people, and I’m pleased to say we have great people in abundance. I’d like to say thank you to all the staff, coaches, management, players, volunteers, supporters, sponsors, partners and anyone else involved in bringing rugby to life in North Wales. 

Thank you all for your continued support.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Enjoy the match.




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On The Mark

Welcome back to Stadiwm Zip World, and we hope to bring you some festive cheer, especially with two home games over the Christmas period.

With the game versus Neath being postponed, it gave us an unusual free weekend, and a chance for the players to get some recovery time in.  We were looking to make a few changes and bring a few boys in for that game, so in many ways it was unfortunate for them, as I am sure they were looking to put their hand up for a regular starting place.

Looking back at the year, we didn’t really start this current season particularly well, as we played well in parts, but errors at crucial times let us down.  It us up to us to make Stadiwm Zip World a difficult place for visiting teams to play at, and return it to Fortress Eirias.  At the start of the year we went on a good home run and actually only lost to Merthyr. Of course we have lost experience in the squad, and we have not been as consistent in our performances, and when you add that teams are giving more this year, then it all adds to the results.  Last season we won some tight games, including that last kick Botica winner against Bridgend, and this season a few tight games haven’t gone our way, but then you look at our away form.  Winning at Pontypridd, Llandovery and getting a result at St Helen’s, when last season we drew against Swansea.

The boys have been worked hard over the past 6 weeks knowing the fact Christmas was coming, and hopefully the conditioning work will sling-shot us through the festive period.  Really we will only train once from the Swansea to the Bridgend game, so hopefully the work will do us well, whilst making sure we are also ready for January.

I have said to the boys this is a chance to get some momentum, as on the horizon we have games against Merthyr, Pontypridd and Llandovery.

As always thank you for all the support, as we wish you all a happy Christmas and hopefully an even better New Year.




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Dyddiadur Daf

Dyddiadur Daf

Croeso cynnes iawn i chi gyd ac mae’n pleser pur cael croesawu yn gyntaf chwaraewyr, swyddogion a chefnogwyr Abertawe ac yna chwaraewyr, swyddogion a chefnogwyr Penybont ar Ogwr sy’n ymweld a Stadiwm Zipworld dros yr ŵyl Nadolig.

Wrth gyfrannu at y rhaglen pob gêm cartref, daw tri cwestiwn i fy meddwl.  Yn gyntaf, paham y mae’r cynnwys bron o hyd yr un fath?  Fel arfer yn ystyrlon, yn aml yn rhoi gwybodaeth, ond byth bron yn dadleuol.  Yn ail, faint o bobl sy mewn gwirionedd yn darllen yr erthyglau, heblaw am edrych ar y negeseuon, y tîmoedd, proffil y chwaraewyr, y lluniau a’r hysbysebion?  Ond faint, cyn dechrae’r gêm neu ar y siwrne adre sy’n darllen y rhaglen yn ei chrynswth?  Yn trydydd, ar ba bwnc y byddwn i’n ysgrifennu?  Yn naturiol, dim ond i’r cwestiwn olaf y gallaf gynnig ateb pendant y prynhawn ‘ma

Ein gwrthwynebwyr dros yr ŵyl Nadolig yw Abetawe a Penybont, dau o fawrion y gêm sy wedi mwynhau hanes disglair.  Ffurfiwyd Abertawe yn 1872 ac mae nhw wedi bod yn Pencampwyr 14 o weithiau, y tro diwethaf yn 2000/2001 ac mae nhw wedi ennill y Cwpan Cenedlaethol ar 3 achlysur, y tro diwethaf yn 1999.  Dros y flynyddoedd mae’r Crysau Gwynion wedi cynhyrchu nifer o chwaraewyr rhyngwladol gan gynnwys Dewi Bebb, Mervyn Davies, Robert Jones, Scott Gibbs a Gavin Henson.  Yn 1935, daeth Abertawe yn y clwb cyntaf erioed i guro y 3 cerwi Hemissffer y De pan curon nhw Seland Newydd ar ôl curo Awstralia yn 1908 a De Africa yn 1912.  

Ffurfiwyd Penybont yn 1878 ac mae nhw wedi bod yn Pencampwyr ar 5 achlysur, y tro diwethaf yn 2003 ac mae nhw wedi ennill y Cwpan Cenedlaethol 3 o weithiau, y tro olaf yn 2015.  Yn 1981 curodd Penybont Awstralia ac yn ystod yr wythdegau curon nhw Gorllewin Samoa a XV Cymru ond collon nhw i Tonga yn 1997.  Dros y flynyddoedd mae’r clwb wedi cynhyrchu nifer o chwaraewyr rhyngwladol gan gynnwys John Devereux, Steve Fenwick, Rob Howley, Gareth Thomas a J.P.R Williams. 

Rydyn ni yn gorffen y flwyddyn gyda dau gêm cartref ac mae’n bwysig bod ni yn cymrud mantais o hyn yn enwedig bod ni yn dechrau’r flwyddyn newydd gyda gêm cwpan i ffwrdd i Gasnewydd ac yna gêm i ffwrdd i Glyn Ebwy ac yna gêm cartref yn erbyn Pontypridd, tri tîm sy ar hyn o bryd yn uwch na ni yn y tabl.  Mae pawb yn cydnabod bod e’n bwysig i ni gael momentwm wrth i ni mynd mewn i 2019 felly mae’r bois yn awyddus iawn i chwarae’n dda a gorffen y flwyddyn gyda buddugoliaethau.

Unwaith eto diolch diffuant i holl staff Stadiwm Zipworld am eu waith wrth paratoi’r maes a’r chyfleusterau.

Os ydych yn darllen hwn cyn y gêm yn erbyn Abertawe, ga’i dymuno Nadolig Llawen i chi ac os wyt yn darllen hwn cyn y gêm yn erbyn Penybont, dymunwn Blwyddyn Newydd Da i chi gyd.

Mwynhewch y prynhawn a siwrne saff adre i chi yn dilyn y gêm.


Cyd-reolwr y Tîm


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Today’s mascot is Josh Bracegirdle, who is 13 years old today (22/12). He goes to Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen & plays for Clwb Rygbi Caernarfon U13’s. His favourite player is Rhys Webb (international) & Andrew Williams RGC. “Cos I like his style of play and he’s from Caernarfon”!

If your child would like to be a mascot for the upcoming season then please email

And hopefully they will be a “lucky” mascot when they lead out the team in the Principality Premiership.


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Question of RGC

We asked the players and staff the big question… What’s your favourite Christmas film?

Sam Jons

Die Hard

Harri Evans

Bad Santa

Andrew Williams


Oran (physio)

Home Alone 2

Rhys Williams

The Holiday

Tom Hughes

Home Alone 2

Danny Cross

The Holiday

Dion Jones

Home Alone

Efan Jones


Sam Rogers


Dan Owen

Home Alone 2

Cam Davies

Home Alone 2

Aron Evans


Mark Jones

Four Christmases

George Roberts

Polar Express

Billy McBryde

Love Actually


National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Tim Grey


Evan Yardley



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From the Physio Room

Oran Elphinstone Davis

As the winter nights come in, and the weather begins to get colder and wetter, the warm and dry medical room of RGC begins to fill up! Some may think it’s due to the cold weather when we train (and why Dion likes to find a reason not to train), but it is a general trend that injuries increase in November/December during the season. This is down to a few things; maybe the change in weather makes pitches more slippery and cause a greater chance of injury. But a main reason is just that the players have had a long run of games since the start of the season, without much time to rest and to recharge the batteries.

As Mark has mentioned a few times this season, we have had more injuries than we could do with, but all coaches want all players to be fit and healthy all season! And, unfortunately, this is not doable, unless you have a magic sponge or so many players that you can rotate the squad regularly. At RGC we have a relatively small squad, and I still haven’t found that magic sponge! Sometimes luck just isn’t with you, and this was the case for Rhys Williams. He had a great pre-season and started off the fittest he has been probably since joining RGC, and an unlucky fall against Cardiff led to an operation and some time watching from the side line – but he will be back in the New Year making those runs we all love to see, even if he runs out of steam before the try line. 

The Medical Team, along with Gaz’s S&C gang, keep a close eye on the players during the week, to make sure we are not over-training players, as the long run of games starts to take its toll. We adapt some sessions to involve more recovery, and so far, we have done a good job in preventing the ‘preventable’ injuries like muscle strains and overuse injuries. So the large part of our injuries are from contact, which, in rugby, is very difficult to avoid, and a large part is luck in not getting an injury through contact.

As I said earlier, there are a few injuries currently in the squad; Rhys Williams and Aron Evans won’t be back on the pitch until the New Year. But the rest of the squad will hopefully be fighting fit for the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s fixtures! Updates will continue to come out of the medical room when we see it appropriate, but hopefully it will be warm, dry and relatively quiet for the rest of the season in there!

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Year of Rugby

Biggest win

vs Cardiff away 64:21 2nd April

Least points conceded in a game

vs Neath 66:3 10th Feb

Most points conceded

vs Carmarthen Quins 35:22 20th October

One draw

vs Carmarthen 20:20 17th Feb

Longest unbeaten run

3 wins and a draw - Feb/March

Longest losing run

3 games – April/May

Statman Sam’s Stat Corner (Season so far) 363 points scored

Top try scorer

Sam Jones - 6

Most tackles

Tim Grey - 98

Most turnovers

Tim Grey - 22

Most cleanouts

Bryn Jones - 279

And here is our photographer Alan Skeates’ top 5 shots of the season so far

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RGC 50 Swansea 21

24th Feb 2018

It was RGC who started the game at a high tempo, when Tiaan Loots smashed his way over the line for the opening try on 3 minutes. Jacob Botica added the conversion. Dion Jones was next to score minutes later, as it looked as though RGC would race away with the game.

Credit to Swansea who took control of the game and began to play some good heads-up rugby. Adam Claypole grabbed their first try with a superb breakaway run with the conversion.

The game began to turn, and Swansea were the team asking the questions before they took the lead, with Jay Williams’ try and Owen Howe’s conversion.

It got worse for RGC when they collected try number 3, when the power of Mitch Walsh got over the line. Howe added the extra-points.

Swansea have always been a test for RGC over the years, and it was looking like another of those games with the Gogs letting Swansea back into the game. Credit to the All Whites as they took full advantage of RGC mistakes in a 15 minute period.

RGC needed to get back in the game and claim some ball, and they controlled the last 5 minutes of the half with some good multi-phase play. Tiaan Loots was makings some good inroads with trademark ball-carrying. He was making hard yards and taking tacklers with him, which was setting up the play for more attacks.

Dion Jones sparked an attack with a great break, but was tackled when the overlap to Iolo Evans looked on.

Just before the break RGC picked up a try when Andrew Williams ran over the whitewash and the Botica conversion closed the gap to 2 points.

RGC were more positive at the start of the 2nd half, with some good carries from Curtis Reynolds and Robin Williams getting some gainline yards. Ianto Parri was also claiming the high balls with ease, and the winger was able to run the ball back with pace on a few occasions.

They were working the ball well and, on the 50th minute, the ball was spun to Iolo Evans for the winger to get the try. The boot of Botica hit the conversion.

That try seemed to settle both players and supporters, and the Gogs began to play some good attacking rugby which was epitomised by a fine Tom Hughes try. Conversion from Botica.

Howe had a penalty chance, but it went wide from the halfway line.

Swansea managed an attack when Rhys Williams took his chance with an interception and ran the length of the field, before Tom Hughes made a recovery tackle.

Efan Jones was making himself known to the Swansea players when he came on with a couple of big tackles. As much as RGC will be credited for the try-scoring performance, the fact that they nilled Swansea in the 2nd half should also be noted. RGC were able to play most of the rugby in the Swansea half and were not really tested in defence, due to clever game management.

Hughes again proved a good attacking outlet, when he collected a kick and then put his boot through the ball for a good kick and chase, turning the Swansea attack onto the backfoot.

Botica edged the scoreboard on with a penalty, before Andrew Williams showed great fitness to race over for his 2nd try. Extras from Botica.

On the 79th minute, RGC reached the 50 point mark when winger Rhys Williams sprinted down the line to score, and the in-form boot of Botica hit the conversion.

RGC 47 Bridgend 14

30th December 2017

Three tries in the last quarter gave RGC a comfortable score-line against a Ravens outfit which had run them close in two previous meetings this season and perhaps Saturday’s game should have been sealed far earlier.

Both sides started in a fairly error-strewn fashion, but RGC took the lead with a penalty from Jacob Botica.

The visitors had a spell in the RGC half, and were camped near the whitewash for a long period. The home defence was working hard to keep them out and put tackles in at every opportunity to force the turnovers. Dion Jones put in a good 60-yard kick and chase to relive some pressure and take the wind out of the Bridgend attacks.

Tiaan Loots was first to cross the line, but the referee pulled play back for a knock-on.

As the half went on, RGC started to build some good phases and control the ball better, with Tom Hughes and Robin Williams both making inroads through the Ravens’ defence.

That pressure resulted in the opening try after Botica fed a ball to Loots, and the centre ran a superb line to race over for the score. Botica added the extras.

The home side continued to play the game in the Bridgend half, Botica landing another penalty.

On a number of occasions when Bridgend were given penalties they opted to kick to touch and try their luck with a lineout and driving maul.

On the third time of asking, they put pressure on the RGC line and got the try from Gareth Harvey, Ryan Evans converting.

The visitors’ tails were up, and they looked for another score before the break, but RGC dug deep, especially when Afon Bagshaw tackled winger Mike Powell into touch when the break was on.

A crucial score did arrive on the half-time whistle, to the delight of the home crowd. After the pack rumbled over, Henri Williams popped up with the ball and the try. Botica hit the conversion to make it 20-7.

After the break, the game went through a dour stage, the only real highlight a drive from RGC that was held up on the line.

Dion Jones was again working hard at the breakdown, and another turnover eased the pressure on the RGC line.

Botica smashed over another penalty to keep the scoreboard ticking, before the visitors picked up a second try, this time from Joseph Gatt, with Evans hitting the conversion.

RGC then sprung to life and immediately kept hold of the ball and worked it through the hands. Loots was tackled close to the line, before replacement scrum-half Evan Jones dived over for his first try of the season. Botica had a simple conversion for 30-14.

As the clock ticked over the 60-minute mark, the game opened up, and RGC took full advantage of the space.

Robin Williams sprinted over from the halfway line to clinch the bonus point, before Dion Jones grabbed a brace of tries to end the game in style

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Academy Update

Academy Update

from Performance Manager Josh Leach

For RGC Academy, this past week has been the final week of training in the lead-up till Christmas, and has included a battery of physical testing, as a means of measuring their physical development since we last measured back in August and October. In addition to this, on the Friday and Saturday of last week, those players invited to attend the next stage of the Wales U18 Selection process travelled to Cardiff for training camps at Sardis Road and the National Centre of Excellence.

Our Under 16s have been training weekly since their pre-season block of games in order to further develop their skills and athleticism, and appear to have made some very good progress. This can be a challenging time of year for our U16s, who are also preparing for their GCSE mock exams, but it is pleasing to see that their commitment to both their academics and rugby has been excellent.

At the end of this week, all the Academy and Regional Age Grade players will have a two-week break from rugby, having trained and played week in, week out since August; they are no doubt looking forward to a freshening-up period over Christmas. In the New Year, both U18 and U16 Regional Age Grade programmes kick off on 3rd January, as they begin preparations for the second round of games in February. Dates of these fixtures are below:

RGC U18s

27th January - RGC v Blues (H)

3rd February - RGC v Blues (A)

10th February - RGC v Scarlets (H)

17th February - RGC v Ospreys (A)

24th February - RGC v Dragons (H)

RGC U16s

3rd February - RGC v Scarlets West (H)

10th February - RGC v Blues North (A)

17th February - RGC v Ospreys East (A)

24th February - RGC v Ospreys West (H)


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2019 Fixture Changes

Two home games have been moved for Scrum V Broadcast

Pontypridd - 18th January 2019 7:10pm KO

Carmarthen - 1st March 2019 7.10pm KO



Aberavon v Ebbw Vale

Bargoed v Newport

Bedwas v Merthyr

Bridgend v Neath

Cardiff v Llandovery

Cross Keys v Carmarthen Quins

Llanelli v Pontypridd

RGC v Swansea


Aberavon v Neath

Bedwas v Ebbw Vale

Carmarthen Quins v Llandovery

Bargoed v Merthyr

Cross Keys v Newport

Llanelli v Swansea

RGC v Bridgend




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League Table

Merthyr 15 12 0 3 61
Pontypridd 15 12 0 3 59
Cardiff 15 11 0 4 54
Ebbw Vale 15 11 0 4 51
Aberavon 14 10 0 4 46
Newport 15 10 0 5 45
Llandovery 15 9 0 6 45
Llandovery 15 9 0 6 45
RGC 14 8 0 6 43
Carmarthen 15 7 0 8 38
Swansea 14 5 0 9 27
Llanelli 15 4 1 10 24
Cross Keys 14 3 1 10 23
Bedwas 14 4 0 10 22
Bridgend 13 4 0 9 22
Bargoed 14 3 0 11 17
Neath 13 1 0 12 9
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2018 has again been another fantastic year for the development of the game across North Wales.

It’s been great to see the growth of our girls’ game. Our 3 cluster sites have grown into 9 sites across the Region. It’s also been fantastic to see the "Game On" women’s league grow from strength to strength. This has set up a good platform for our RGC women’s team to again have another successful season.

This year we also had the opportunity to expand our school club hub programme to 14 sites across the region. This is ensuring that more children than ever can engage with our game in a variation of formats.

Alongside the Hub programme, we are seeing real growth in our inclusive formats of the game. All Hubs and WRU staff are fully trained to deliver sessions to children and adults with a range of disabilities. We have just seen the Newtown Dragons mixed ability team come back to life. We have also seen the launch of the new mixed ability team in Colwyn Bay, Stingrays.

The new Rhyl RGC inclusive rugby club has also just launched and is showing great signs that our game of rugby is truly for everyone! 

This year we have seen our partnership with the Urdd go from strength to strength. We have seen more children than ever taking part in beach rugby, and we have just appointed our first WRU/Urdd apprentice in Wales women and RGC Women player, Gwenllian Price.

This summer, clubs in RGC South embraced seasonal repositioning, trialling a variation of the traditional season. 

Some big changes have occurred in 2018 with the amalgamation of the District Youth and Junior Committee to become the New U19 Game Management Group. This has brought about some fantastic positive outcomes, especially in terms of U17 transition events, Cup competitions and re-structuring the Youth league. Massive thanks to all the volunteers who work in the GMG and clubs across North Wales.

Finally, and importantly, I’m very lucky to work with a fantastic team of people in Allan James, Dai Higgs, Dai Roberts, Rachel Taylor and Tim Hoare. Massive thank you for all your hard work and dedication this year and for creating SMILES on faces!

Marc Roberts

Regional Participation Manager

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Today’s Visitors

The Ravens have had mixed form this season, picking up early wins against Swansea and Neath, before losing to Ebbw Vale, Pontypridd and Merthyr in a tough run of fixtures.  A win against Llandovery arrived, before another dip in form with 5 defeats in a row. 

They did win against Aberavon, and they will be hoping they can continue the form into 2019.

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Principality Premiership Round-Up

League Leaders Merthyr came unstuck at home to an in-form Cardiff, who sit in 3rd place. Wales U20s centre Max Llewellyn and Ben Thomas both scored tries and played their part in another 2 scores in the 34-28 win.  Merthyr were 15 nil down, before Justin Jones and Arran Pincher brought them back in the game, but Llewellyn was the star of the show with a superb score that really sealed the win.

Pontypridd put the pressure on Merthyr after an impressive 54-17 win over Bedwas.  They ran in 8 tries from Cameron Lewis, Liam Belcher (2), Chris Dicomidis, Dale Stuckey, Lewis Williams, Alex Webber and a penalty try.

Ebbw Vale grabbed a win against Llanelli, but it was a close game until flanker Lloyd Evans scored in the 70th minute. Toby Fricker was the man of the match, and the winger opened the scoring for the Steelmen before he claimed a 2nd try later on. Llanelli got back in the game with a Jonny Lewis try, but it wasn’t enough in the 20-7 result.

It was a mudfest at Church Bank, with the Llandovery pack coming out on-top against Bargoed. The game was littered with 4 yellow cards in the opening half, with it being a 13-a-side game at one point. Maynard and Prosser swapped penalty kicks, and the game ended 21-11.

Newport recorded the double over Carmarthen with an impressive win under difficult conditions; Dan Preece and Chay Smith were on the scoresheet, before Quins scored a late try to make the score 22-15.

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Supporters Club

Away coach

Our next supporters coach is booked in for the Cup game against Newport on 5 January. The coach is being paid for by the Supporters Club to thank all of our loyal travellers. Seats are reserved for those who have travelled with us before, and we’ve sent an email out to all of those people.


The raffle is back on again this week, and it’s a big one. Bring some change along to the game against Swansea and grab a raffle ticket for your chance to win a voucher for the new RGC home shirt from X Blades!

Player of the Month

Our Player of the Month award for November goes to Efan Jones. Very well-deserved after some incredible performances. Efan will be presented with his personalised Mugby at the game on 29 December. Thanks as always go to Mumph at for kindly sponsoring the award for our Player of the Month. Check out his website for some fantastic products and offers.

Obble hats

After some delays and circumstances out of our control we’re pleased to say that our Supporters Club Obble hats have now arrived for those who have already ordered them. Pick yours up in the fan zone on Saturday.

If you haven’t reserved yours, then place your order with us on Saturday, or email to get your hands on one from our next delivery in January.


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Don’t Tell The McBryde

Don’t Tell The McBryde

Every programme we ask Billy for a confession

Today’s - Sometimes I shave my legs

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RGC Remembers

We catch up with former RGC player Ross Davies

Years at RGC

1 year - 2016/2017


Tighthead Prop

Best game

Cup Semi at Sardis Rd v Merthyr

Funniest clean story - Was living in Rhos on Sea with Shaun O’Rourke and early on in the season Jed was staying with us for a while, one night at about 2am, me, Rourkey, and probably the whole street, got woken up by the biggest bang - sounded like a bomb went off! We both simultaneously ran from our rooms to the living room to be greeted by a naked and angry Jed laid in this very precarious position on his back and wedged in his bed frame, arms and legs dangling like a dead ant! The big bang was an out-for-the-count Jed falling through and breaking his bed, hence the name Jed the Bed was born!! Was hilarious, and the Bed - so often the butt of the boys’ jokes - didn’t hear the end of it for the rest of the season! 

Best memory - the Cup Final at the Stadium v Pontypridd and getting to walk out of the tunnel with my 2 kids as mascots; it was my second Cup Final after winning it with Neath in 2008, but this was a bit sweeter because, back then, Neath were like Merthyr are now, and so were expected to win everything, whereas I think it would be fair to say, with the QF v Llandovery, SF v Merthyr and Final v Pontypridd route we had, we were probably viewed as rank outsiders. Also in my first final I didn’t have kids, so had to walk out on my own!! 

What does my time at RGC mean to me? I was really happy to have at least played a little part in making history with winning the Cup, and I didn’t realise it at the time, but looking back, it was probably one of the most enjoyable seasons of playing rugby I’ve had; there just seemed to be an almost perfect blend of a great group of boys, who were all roughly the same age and best friends off the pitch, and so when it got hard, you knew they were willing to go the extra mile for you, same as you would for them, a fantastic support staff, combined with what I think even now after being away for 2 years, the best coaching team in Mark and Phil, in the whole of the WP. All of this combined won us the Cup, got us to the League SF and had us score more tries v Wales than Tonga and Samoa combined, when they went on tour. It was an unbelievable season and one I thoroughly enjoyed. It meant a great deal to me, but I can only imagine how much it meant to the fantastic supporters and staff, who have been there since the start. 

Favourite song on the bus trips - Will Bryan used to pick some absolutely horrendous music that I didn’t have much time for - haha - but when he did the decent thing and let someone else be DJ there were some very good tunes played - Country Roads by John Denver was one that stood out - all the boys would join in, usually led by Andy Wills.

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Players Selection Box…Set

During the season we will be asking the players for their 5 favourite box sets

Dion Jones selects his

Game of Thrones

Peaky Blinders




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Principality Premiership

Fixtures 2018/2019

Home Games in Bold

01 September 2018

Neath RFC | 1st Team


Principality Premiership 

08 September 2018

Swansea | 1st Team


Principality Premiership

15 September 2018

Ebbw Vale | 1st Team


Principality Premiership 

21 September 2018

Pontypridd | 1st Team


Principality Premiership 

28 September 2018

Merthyr | 1st Team


Principality Premiership 

06 October 2018

Llandovery | 1st Team


Principality Premiership 

13 October 2018

Newport | 1st Team


Principality Premiership

20 October  2017

Carmarthen | 1st Team


Principality Premiership 

27 October 2018

Bargoed | 1st Team


Principality Premiership 

9 November 2018

Cardiff | 1st Team


Principality Premiership 

16 November 2018

Bedwas| 1st Team


Principality Premiership 

24 November 2018

Llanelli RFC | 1st Team 


Principality Premiership 

1 December 2018

Aberavon | 1st Team


Principality Premiership 

8 December 2018

Cross Keys | 1st Team


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15 December 2018

Neath | 1st Team


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22 December 2018

Swansea | 1st Team Home


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29 December 2018

Bridgend | 1st Team


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5th January 2019




12 January 2019

Ebbw Vale RFC | 1st Team


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18th January 2019



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02 February 2019

Merthyr | 1st Team


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8 February 2019

Llandovery | 1st Team


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16 February 2019

Newport | 1st Team


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1 March 2019

Carmarthen | 1st Team


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8 March 2019

Bargoed | 1st Team


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23  March 2019

Cardiff | 1st Team


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30 March 2019

Bedwas | 1st Team


Principality Premiership

06 April 2019

Llanelli | 1st Team


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13 April 2019

Aberavon | 1st Team


Principality Premiership

20 April 2019

Bridgend | 1st Team


Principality Premiership

04 May 2019

Cross Keys | 1st Team


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