Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Point-to-Point season kicks off

The South Wales and Monmouthshire point-to-point season got underway last Saturday with the Brecon & Talybont fixture at sunny Llanfrynach and one person who was there to welcome it in was Joanna Morgan-probably the most famous horsewoman in the world.

Morgan, who used to ride in Welsh point-to-points before leaving her native Wales in 1974 to work for Irish trainer Seamus Mc Grath, has ridden and trained winners all over the world and was the first of her sex to ride at Royal Ascot where she saddled Roca Tumu to win the 2013 Brittannia Handicap.

Welsh champion rider John Mathias bagged a hat-trick with Champagne Benefit (members), Rosies Peacock (men's open) and Desertmore View (restricted).

Champagne Benefit, who is by Beneficial, made it three wins in a row when finishing alone after sole rival Kerry Mganga had been pulled-up, the prolific Rosies Peacock held on by a length to beat Tiger Rag, partnered by Richard Patrick, and Rachel Hooton's Desertmore View, who made all to clock the day's fastest time, had 12 lengths to spare over the favourite Minellacelebration.

Desertmore View, who is trained by Marc Barber, could be aimed at the Dunraven Bowl Novices' Hunter Chase at Chepstow on April 24.

Bridgend builder Roger Willcox had plenty to smile about. Patricktom Boru, which he owns in partnership with his friend Bill Corrigan, won the confined under Evan David and his Lauberhorn, a five times winner last season, took the ladies' open with regular pilot Anna Metekohy in the saddle.


Patricktom Boru, given a good ride by his rider, won by two lengths from Medicinal Compound after the odds-on Harpsy Cord (John Mathias) the early leader had taken a dislike to the open ditch on both circuits. A mistake three from home by Chesnut Annie didn't help her chances in the ladies' open race.

And at one time, when leading four fences from the finish, it looked like Highly Unlikely would go on to win. But by the time the last fence was reached Lauberhorn was back in the lead and went on to score by five lengths.


Chesnut Annie's owner/trainer Beth Roberts had some consolation when taking the first division of the open maiden with her seven-year-old bay mare Kims Quest who, ridden by Darragh Skelly, won by ten lengths from the favourite Milaneen.


Ogmore's Nick Williams landed the second division on Chris Williams's Fire Sale who came home four lengths in front of Tunnel Vision. Fire Sale is trained by former rider Dean Coleman at Amroth in Pembrokeshire.

Winners
Members – Champagne Benefit – John Mathias
Confined – Patricktorn Boru – Evan David
Men’s Open – Rosie’s Peacock – John Mathias
Ladies’ Open – Lauberhorn – Anna Metekohy
Restricted – Desertmore View – John Mathias
Maiden 1st Division – Kim’s Quest – Darragh Skelly
Maiden 2nd Division – Fire Sale – Nick Williams

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Rhiwbina coaches develop their own

Rhiwbina RFC senior coaches Jared Lougher and Gareth Lintern recently delivered another coach the coach masterclass with mini and junior team coaches and managers.


Rhiwbina's Coaches at Masterclass event

The Squirrels through the two senior coaches have put in place a coach development plan to support and develop all coaches at all age groups throughout the club to reach their potential.

The two senior coaches have followed on from their theory workshop on Long Term Athlete Development(LTAD) that was delivered in October, with a practical session which 17 coaches from across the club attended in February at Cadelyn Park.

This time the session was of a practical nature involving the Rhiwbina Under16's squad . The session reinforced the LTAD and physical literacy principles of development, where all coaches were given a live demonstration of coaching sessions suitable to all age groups.

These masterclasses are part of the long term development plan of Rhiwbina RFC to ensure that we have high and consistent levels of caching and player support, ensuring players reach their potential, enjoy the game and develop through the ranks to senior rugby.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

BRECON AND TALYBONT HUNT STEEPLECHASES

With the first of the two Curre & Llangibby point-to-point fixtures abandoned last weekend, this Saturday will see the start of the South Wales and Monmouthshire season with the Brecon & Talybont fixture at picturesque Llanfrynach.

Racing gets under way at 1.p.m. with the members' racewhich should  go to Champagne Benefit. Two prolificpoint-to-pointers expected to face the starter during the afternoon are David Llewellyn's Rosies Peacock and Beth  Roberts's Chesnut Annie.

Rosies Peacock has been entered for the men's open race in which there are ten entries and the winning horse here will qualify for the £7,500  Bonhams Mens Open Point-To-Point Championship Final Hunter Chase to be held at Cheltenham on April 29th.  

The grey Silver Story and Tiger Rag  are two others to consider. The riders of the first three past the post in the ladies' open race will score points for the Aga Lady Riders Total Control Championship and this race could be a duel between Chesnut Annie and Roger Willcox's  Lauberhorn a five times winner last season.

Get It On, a winner under Rules at Chepstow and Ffos Las when trained by Evan Williams, is an interesting entry.

There are 15 entries for the confined and the best of these appear to be Lauberhorn's stable companion Patricktom Boru, The Old Pretender and Golan Way.

The maiden race has been divided  and the ones to watch in division one are Earth Tremor, Kim's Quest and North George while in division two  Millys Delight, Ballet Marbless and Castleorace look the pick.

 

WELSH POINT-TO-POINT MEETINGS 2015

 

Sun 22 February
Curre & Llangibby, HOWICK – Abandoned course waterlogged
Sun 26 April
Tivyside & Carmarthenshire, LYDSTEP
Sat 7 March
Brecon & Talybont, LLANFRYNACH
Sir W.W. Wynn’s, BANGOR-ON-DEE
Sat 2 May
Tredegar Farmers, LOWER MACHEN
Sun 15 March
Curre & Llangibby, HOWICK
Sun 3 May
Radnor & West Hereford, COLD HARBOUR
Sun 22 March
North Ledbury, HEREFORD RACECOURSE*
Mon 4 May
Banwen Miners, LLWYN FARM
Sat 28 March
Glamorgan, YSTRADOWEN
Sat 16 May
Gelligaer Farmers, LOWER MACHEN
Sun 29 March
Flint & Denbigh, BANGOR-ON-DEE
Sun 17 May
Golden Valley, BREDWARDINE, Hay-on-Wye* on the Borders and worth going for the course and scenery alone.
Sat 4 April
Monmouthshire, LLANVAPLEY
Sun 24 May
West Wales Area Club, LYDSTEP
Mon 6 April
South Pembrokeshire, LYDSTEP
Sun 31 May
North Hereford, HEREFORD RACECOURSE*
Sat 11 April
Ystrad Taf Fechan, YSTRADOWEN
Sat 6 June
Pembrokeshire, TRECOED
Sat 18 April
Llangeinor, DUNRAVEN STUD
 
*outside Wales
 


Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Wynne Lloyd Memorial Cup

The annual competition for District Youth XV's is now underway with a couple of games having being played in each Region.
All Wales Sport has listed the competition on the website under Youth Rugby - WRU Trophies - but we need more information to keep it up to date.
If you can help please send the information to info@allwalesport.co.uk

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Website goes from strength to strength

The latest viewing figures for the All Wales Sport website give a clear indication of its growing popularity since it was first launched in January 2011. 
All Wales Sport has become a reliable source of sports data not only on a local level but also on a national level. None of this would be possible however without the continued dedication of our team at All Wales Sport and the support of a whole host of contributors.

The development programme continues unabated and in the last few weeks, a number of  Football leagues, including the Cardiff Combination League, Cardiff & District League, Newport & District League as well as the East Gwent League have been added to the website. This is in addition to the listing of the Wynne Lloyd Memorial Cup competition in the Youth Rugby section.

Looking at the summer sports programme, our plans include the addition of a Rugby League section as well as the inclusion of the Welsh Club Cricket Conference and the Glamorgan & Monmouthshire Cricket League for the first time.

The website continues to offer attractive rates for advertisers from £50 per month. Sponsorship deals for web pages are also available.

If you require more information please contact us on via e-mail to info@allwalessport.co.uk

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

At the ready: South Wales and Monmouthshire point-to-point season gets under way

The South Wales and Monmouthshire point-to-point season gets under way with the first of the two Curre & Llangibby fixtures at Howick near Chepstow on Sunday (First race 12.noon).

There are 116 entries and of the 12 down to run in the men's open, all eyes will be on David Llewellyn's prolific Rosies Peacock who last year could only finish third in this race behind Over The Phone and The Magherally Man.

The main dangers to Rosies Peacock this time appearto be Tiger Rag, Chosen Milan and Schindler's Prince.

Of the 13 entries for the ladies' open race, Roger Willcox's Lauberhorn, a five times winner last season, and who unseated Anna Metokohy in this race last year but made amends by beating Chesnut Annie at the next Curre & Llangibby meetiing, could startfavourite.

However, Get It On, a winner at Chepstow and Ffos Las when trained by Evan Williams, and who acts on good and heavy going could be a real danger.

Another to consider is Minella For Party who also has winning form. There are 22 entries for the restricted and Jeff Bird's High Hatton might prove too good for Definitely Rosie.
Tim Vaughan's Golan Way and David Brace's Bringonthebranston are two to look out for in the confined race. And with 48 down to run in the maiden race, division on the day is likely.Three to watch out here are Sony Road, Eagle Harbour and Earth Tremor.
                                
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Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Mark Jones to leave Scarlets ahead of season end

Scarlets Attack Coach Mark Jones and his West Wales Region will part company before the end of the current playing season by mutual agreement with early release allowing Jones to pursue other career opportunities.
 
The committed former Scarlets and Wales winger who has dedicated more than 17 years service to his club and Region as both player and coach will move on from his current role immediately ahead of the next round of Guinness PRO12 fixtures.
 
As a player Jones made 163 appearances for Llanelli RFC and Scarlets over 12 seasons, scoring 85 tries and achieved 47 caps for Wales including Rugby World Cups in 2003 and 2007 and the Grand Slam winning side of 2008. He played his last season in Scarlets colours in 2009/10 as Captain retiring through injury in August 2010.
 
He then made a seamless and successful transfer into coaching his Region with his ability and commitment to Welsh rugby rewarded with a call up into the Wales national set-up to assist Caretaker Coach Rob Howley during the Autumn Series, as well as the 2013 Six Nations, in which Wales retained their title.

Mark Jones said: "I've had many great years as a Scarlet, both as a player and then as Coach and I leave with fond memories and grateful for all the opportunities I have been given.
 
"All coaches have their own philosophies which makes the game exciting and diverse, and the strong set of values and standards I gained through experience as a Scarlets player over many years have continued to be the foundations of my coaching career.
 
"The Scarlets are developing a new direction and philosophy within the coaching and playing group which differs from my own and we all agree it makes sense that the coaching group are allowed to pursue this new direction without me.
 
"It is time to move on now, it's the right decision for the Region and allows me to spend some quality time with my family and embark on the next chapter in my career. I wish the squad the very best for the rest of the season and especially with their quest to finish in the top six of the Guinness PRO12.
 
"The Scarlets has been the biggest part of my life but I feel that the time is right to further myself, both personally and professionally, and I'm excited by the future and looking forward to the new challenges ahead.”
 
Scarlets Chairman Nigel Short said: "After long discussions, we are all agreed that now is the right for Mark to depart. I would like to thank him for his contribution during his playing and coaching career. Dedication, commitment and professionalism are traits Mark has always displayed as a Scarlet and for that we are truly grateful. He will be an asset to his new employers and we wish him the very best for the future.”
 
Scarlets Head of Rugby Development and Recruitment Gareth Jenkins who has worked with Mark Jones throughout his Scarlets career said: "I'm personally very sorry to see Mark leave the Scarlets, he has been a loyal servant to our Region and a big part of our progression and profile as a rugby group.
 
"His ability as a technical coach is exceptional, and as player he was popular and respected by peers across the game working hard throughout his club and international career and then applying this knowledge and experience in his early coaching career to great effect.
 
"He leaves with all our very best wishes and sincere thanks for all he has done for Scarlets rugby for so many years at every level.”
 

Friday, 30 January 2015

New signing Crosswell gets the nod from Jones

Newport Gwent Dragons flanker Nick Crosswell will make his first appearance for the Men of Gwent on Sunday against Exeter Chiefs in the LV=Cup, KO 14:30.

Crosswell recently signed a contract with the Dragons after leaving New Zealand province the Manawatu Turbos.

The 28-year-old has been training with the Welsh region since his arrival in Wales and is one of twelve changes Dragons management have made to the team that faced Stade Francais in the European Rugby Challenge Cup last weekend.

The back three has one change made to it as fullback Geraint Rhys Jones and wing Tom Prydie are joined by Ashton Hewitt. The centre partnership consists of premiership star Carl Meyer, who joins the Dragons from Ebbw Vale RFC and Dragons stalwart Ashley Smith who takes on the role of skipper. This is Smith's first appearance for the Dragons since recovering from a jaw injury which he sustained whilst playing against Bucharest Wolves in December. Fly half Dorian Jones retains his place from last weekend and is joined in the half backs by scrumhalf Richie Rees.

The front row sees props Lloyd Fairbrother and Dan Way start alongside hooker Hugh Gustafson. The second row has also changed as young guns Matthew Screech and Cory Hill take up the position of lock forwards. The back row is a mixture of youth and experience as flankers Nick Crosswell and James Benjamin are named to play alongside British and Irish lion No.8 Andy Powell.

There are six changes to the replacements bench as Rhys Buckley, Owen Evans, David Young, Joe Davies and Scott Matthews join Luc Jones and Angus O'Brien.

Dragons team to face Exeter Chiefs
Geraint Rhys Jones, Tom Prydie, Carl Meyer, Ashley Smith (c), Ashton Hewitt, Dorian Jones, Richie Rees; Lloyd Fairbrother, Hugh Gustafson, Dan Way, Matthew Screech, Cory Hill, Nick Crosswell, James Benjamin, Andy Powell.

Replacements: Rhys Buckley, Owen Evans, David Young, Joe Davies, Scott Matthews, Luc Jones, Angus O'Brien, Jack Dixon.

Pair make debut as Jenkins captains Blues

James Sheekey and Seb Davies will all make their debuts for Cardiff Blues as the region returns to LV=Cup action away to Wasps at Ricoh Arena on Sunday afternoon ( kick-off 2pm).

The pair are handed first-ever senior outings for the Blues, in a team captained by Ellis Jenkins, that contains a mix of youth and experience.

Wales international Craig Mitchell packs down with Rhys Williams and Tom Davies up front while lock Miles Normandale joins forces with Seb Davies in the second row.

Newcomer James Sheekey joins Macauley Cook and skipper Jenkins in the back row.

Centre Adam Thomas is paired with Garyn Smith, who made his debut earlier in the season, in midfield.

Argentine, Lucas Amorosino is on the wing with Richard Smith and Joaquin Tuculet completing the back three. The half back pairing is Rhys Patchell and Lewis Jones.

The bench contains another potential debut in Flanker, Jordan Viggers who is in line for a first team bow if he comes on at the Ricoh Arena.

Richard Hodges, Elite Performance Pathway Manager at the Blues, said "The game is another chance for players on the fringes of the first team and at Academy standard to step up to the plate and gain exposure to regional rugby.

"It is great to have Ellis involved again to lead the group and help bring up the standards, supplemented by the likes of Macauley Cook, Craig Mitchell, Rhys Williams and Rhys Patchell.

"We have a good core to the squad that allows us to feed the younger players in.

"We have our under 20 boys this week, who will then go off to Under 20s camp on Monday so we want to give them some exposure this week.

"A few players will be making their regional debut this weekend. They are boys who have been in the Blues set up now for four or five years and everything has lent itself to a day like Sunday, which will be a great day for them and their families.

"We are two out of two, if we don't get the win this weekend it will be tough to get through. We have to get the win on Sunday."

Cardiff Blues: 15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Richard Smith, 13 Garyn Smith, 12 Adam Thomas, 11 Lucas Amorosino, 10 Rhys Patchell, 9 Lewis Jones; 1 Thomas Davies, 2 Rhys Williams, 3 Craig Mitchell, 4 Miles Normandale, 5 Seb Davies, 6 Macauley Cook, 7 Ellis Jenkins (c), 8 James Sheekey.

Replacements: 16 Liam Belcher, 17 Brad Thyer, 18 Dillon Lewis, 19 Ben Roach, 20 Jordan Viggers, 21 Tomos Williams, 22 Simon Humberstone, 23 Geraint Walsh

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Swalec League Weekend Review

Kidwelly's Daf Latham in action against Llangennech
Llanharan climbed off the bottom of the Swalec Championship as they upset the form guide to record a much-needed 23-17 win over highflying Pontypool at the Dairyfield.
The Dairymen outscored their visitors two tries to one thanks to efforts from Rhys Morgan and Dafi Davies, while Geraint Llewellyn added the extras to both and fired over three penalties for a personal haul of 13 points.
Pooler had to be content with a losing bonus point- Garin Harris crossed for their only try of the game, while Clayton Gullis landed four penalties.

The weather had wreaked havoc across the league with the top three sides at the start of the day -Bargoed, Swansea and Merthyr - all seeing their games cancelled.
Meanwhile, Cardiff Met capitalised to move up to third in the league thanks to a 28-13 win at Tata Steel.
The Students ran in three touchdowns through Amir Wagli, John Dawe and John Humphreys, while Jacob Chilcott racked up 13 points from the tee.
Glynneath recorded the sixth win of their campaign with the slenderest of 13-12 wins over visitors Bridgend Athletic.
Craig Moses crossed for Glynneath’s only try while centre Jack O’Reilly added the extras and two penalties.
All of Bridgend Athletic's points came in the first half with tries by Ryan Owen and Dan Howells converted by Josh White.
Elsewhere, Newbridge’s dismal season continued as they lost 17-3 at Narberth.
Rhiwbina narrowed Penallta’s lead at the summit of One East thanks to a 21-10 home win over Risca at Caedelyn.
 Rhiwbina's James Malpas on the charge against Risca
In a truncated programme due to the Swalec Plate action, the Squirrels did well to defeat the weather and their opponents to record their tenth win of the season.
The Squirrels had to overcome a ten point deficit to see of their visitors in very difficult conditions.
Risca took an early ten point lead through a try by Nathan Williams, converted by Owen Biddiscombe, who also kicked a penalty.
An inspiring performance by James Malpas for the Squirrels led their fight-back, and it was another star performer Sion Summers who set up Rhiwbina’s first try for Louis Millar, converted by Brett Chatwin.
Josh Davies set up the second Rhiwbina touchdown with a neat chip ahead, which was kicked on by Millar who touched down for his second try, well converted by Charlie Elton.
The second half was a real battle. As the conditions got muddier, it was Malpas who deservedly got the Squirrels’ third try after their pack shunted the Risca scrum backwards from a 5 metre scrum, before Elton kicked the conversion, but try as they could, the fourth bonus try would not come as the determined Risca defence held firm.
In the only other game in the division to get the go ahead, Rumney were 13-10 winners at Blaenavon.
Rumney outscored their hosts two tries to one thanks to efforts from Chris Melton and Lee Bendon, while Danny Clarke struck over a penalty.
Blaenavon picked up a losing bonus point thanks to a Gareth Jones touchdown and five points from the boot of Darren Pearce.
Only two matches survived the freezing conditions in One East Central- Gilfach Goch clinched a 23-14 win at Mountain Ash.
The boot of Ian Davies did the damage for Gowch as the fly half landed three penalties and converted both Dean Evans’ and Nathan Walters’ touchdowns.
Meanwhile, Treorchy moved up to third thanks to a 27-0 victory over Rhydyfelin at the Oval.
Peter Hutchings was at the double for the Zebras while Curtis Hughes also crossed as they claimed maximum points. 
Kidwelly's No. 8 Rich Rees produced an outstanding performance against Llangennech
In One West, leaders Kidwelly  dispatched hosts Llangennech 27-15. 
The Black and Ambers produced a five star showing to see off their hosts- Richard Rees and Robin Davies both grabbed braces for the highfliers while Carwyn Thomas also went over. Steff Marshall added the extras to one.
Llangennech Captian Dan Griffiths in action against Kidwelly
The result sees Llangennech slip 16 points behind the league leaders as they failed to pick up anything from the clash. Chris Strick and Jordan Dunn touched down for the hosts while Chris Moore landed a penalty and a conversion.
Meanwhile, Amman United came within a whisker of clinching just the third win of their season but were ultimately defeated 20-23 by Tenby Unted.
Bonymaen extended their lead at the top of One West Central to eight points as they saw off Cwmllynfell.
Full back Paul Warlow bagged a brace for Bony, while openside flanker Rhys Leonard also went over the whitewash. Richard Cunniffe added one conversion and a penalty from the tee.
The road to the Millennium Stadium continued with the fourth round matches in both the Swalec Plate and the Bowl.
The tie of the last 16 in the Plate saw 2012 winners Penallta entertain 2013 victors Heol y Cyw with the Pitmen coming out on top 46-5 to clinch a quarter-final berth.
Joseph Scrivens was the star performer for the One East leaders as the fly half bagged a brace and also notched up 16 points from the tee. Rhys Fitzgerald was at the double, while Andrew Jenkins and Craig Haines also got their names on the scoresheet.
A Ryan Griffiths touchdown was all the One East Central side could muster.
Meanwhile, in an East v West battle, Swansea outfit Penlan proved that west was best as the second division side caused an upset at One East Central’s Ynysybwl with a 17-13 victory.
Penlan outscored their hosts three tries to two with efforts from Rob Green, Adam Glover and Dafydd Pritchard, while Steven Davies added the extras to one.
In the Swalec Bowl, Ynysddu made sure their name was in the hat for the last 16 as they overcame hosts Caldicot 19-10.
In the all Three East A clash, it was the league leaders Ynysddu that came out on top as they touched down three times thanks to efforts from Beynon Williams, Nathan Diniz and Adam Kidney.
Swansea Uplands eased into the fifth round as they dispatched visitors Penybanc 29-8.
Scrum-half Sam Jones was the hero of the day for the Ups as he racked up a touchdown, two conversions and five penalties for a personal haul of 24 points, while Alex Greenslade also went over.
Elsewhere, Cambrian Welfare edged to a 3-0 win over Dinas Powys in a mud bath, while Colwyn Bay thrashed Harlech 43-12 to bag a last 16 berth.
The wintry weather saw five matches fall victim of freezing and waterlogged pitches.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Ambassador Amy to encourage new women and girl golfers

Ladies European Tour Rookie of the Year Amy Boulden is to help encourage the next generation of female golfers as a Golf Development Wales ambassador for the Women and Girls beginner scheme.
Any club signing up to join the beginner scheme will be in with a chance of winning an exclusive clinic with Boulden, one of the rising stars of European golf.
After coming through the ranks of the Golf Union of Wales system through to the top 20 on the Ladies European Tour, 21-year-old Boulden is hoping to inspire more successful Welsh talent in the future.
The product of Maesdu and Conwy clubs is to take on the new role as she also starts her first full season on the Ladies European Tour.
“I am excited about being the new Women and Girls Ambassador for Golf Development Wales,” said Boulden.
“This is a real honour for me having come through the amateur ranks playing for Wales and now playing professionally on the Ladies European Tour, achieving Rookie of the Year for 2014.
“Golf is a fantastic sport that has enriched my life since playing it from a young age and as part of my role as GDW ambassador sharing this experience is something I am very much looking forward to.
“Golf provides a number of skills to people of all ages including team work, social skills, communication, commitment, movement skills and fitness to name just a few all of which have helped me in personally and professionally.
“I would encourage anyone to take up this great sport and to show my commitment any club that runs a GDW beginner Women or Girls scheme in 2015 will be entered in to a prize draw to win a personal clinic with me at their club.”
Half the golf clubs in Wales run specific female beginner schemes, which shows the huge demand. 60 per cent of those people registered for New2Golf were women last year with several hundred getting involved with clubs.
“We hope that bringing Amy on board will allow us to further promote the scheme and get our clubs running even more beginner scheme’s in 2015,”said GDW Mid and West Wales development officer Stuart Finlay.
“We are delighted to have someone of Amy's growing stature in the game to help push this new scheme. She is the perfect example of someone who came through the Wales amateur teams and is now doing so well at the top level of European ladies golf.
“However this scheme is not just about finding stars of the future, it is also about enjoyment for women and girls of all ages.
“For the clubs there is the benefit of attracting more members through encouraging people to take up a sport for life while also demonstrating the benefits of club membership.”
To learn to play contact your local golf club or log on to the Golf Development Wales website at http://www.golfdevelopmentwales.org/beginner-coaching-schemes/

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Exciting fly half Evans signs senior deal

Highly-rated young fly half Jarrod Evans has pledged his long-term future to Cardiff Blues after signing his first senior contract at the region.

Evans has put pen to paper this week and stepped up from the Blues Academy set-up to join the senior ranks.

Pontypridd born and bred, Evans, 18, came through the mini and junior ranks of his local club before his precocious talents saw him called into the Blues Academy.

The talented playmaker has been capped by Wales and Youth and Under-18 level and made his debut for Pontypridd when aged just 17 in 2013.

Richard Hodges, Elite Performance Pathway Manager at Cardiff Blues, said: "Jarrod has been part of the Blues set-up since he was 14 and has progressed through the Blues North and Under-18s squads.

"He is a talented young player who many fans will remember scoring four tries as Blues Under-18s won the Regional Championship final at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park last season.

"Jarrod has had to recover from two operations this season, but is now coming back into the mix. I'm sure he'll be very keen to push for a place in the LV=Cup squads next month and be part of the Wales Under-20 set-up in the coming years.

"He is the next player off the conveyor belt of talent we are looking to produce at Cardiff Blues and I'm confident Jarrod will play a big part for this region and get even better in the coming years.”

Evans said: "Cardiff Blues gave me the opportunity to come through the system and progress since I was youngster and so I'm delighted to now take the step up to the senior squad.

"It will be great to get back out on the field in the coming weeks and playing some rugby again. For me the hard work starts now and I want to push myself as hard as can and see where I go.

"I want to keep improving and Blues have a lot of talented fly halves like Gareth Anscombe, Rhys Patchell, Gareth Davies and Simon Humberstone who have been great with me. Now it's about learning from them and moving forward.”