Ospreys Rugby: Thomas signs new three-year deal

Ospreys Rugby are delighted to announce that young prop Gareth Thomas has put pen to paper on a new three-year contract, committing to the region until the end of the 2018/19 season. The 22-year old from Newcastle Emlyn moved to the Ospreys two years ago from Carmarthen Quins and has made 18 appearances for the region to date. He made his debut in an LV= Cup clash with Saracens at the Gnoll in November 2014, his PRO12 debut coming two weeks later against Leinster in Dublin. Just a week after that, he featured against Racing Metro in the European Cup. Capped at age-grade level, Thomas was an integral part of a successful Wales U20 squad that reached the Junior World Championship semi-final...

Wayne Evans goes back to the future with Ponty

Pontypridd RFC has commenced its recruitment drive for the 2016 – 2017 season with the signing of experienced scrum half Wayne Evans. Evans became a firm favourite with Ponty fans during a previous stint back in 2005 and now takes a step 'back to the future' as he returns to the club. The Carmarthen product was a member of the Scarlets Academy before transferring to the Blues and linking up with Pontypridd for whom he made twenty-one appearances. A move to the Dragons followed in 2007, with Evans playing a prominent role for the Gwent region for the next seven seasons. Following a two year stint with Coventry in the English National League One, during which time he was elected as club captain,...

Ospreys Rugby set for Leicester double

Old rivals will go head to head in home and away fixtures this August when the Ospreys and Leicester Tigers meet in two pre-season fixtures. The teams will clash at the Liberty Stadium and at Welford Road as part of their preparations for 2016/17. The Ospreylian leg of the double header will come first, with the Tigers visiting the Liberty on the weekend of Saturday 13th August. The exact day and time will be confirmed in June dependent on Swansea City’s fixture list, which will be announced week commencing 13th June. The return fixture will see the Ospreys heading to the East Midlands on Friday, August 26, the final weekend before the new Guinness PRO12 season commences. Kick-off is at 7.45pm. Full ticketing...

Ospreys Rugby: team to play NG Dragons

The Ospreys team to play NG Dragons at Rodney Parade on Friday 1st April 2016, KO 7.05pm, is as follows: 15 Dan Evans 14 Hanno Dirksen 13 Owen Watkin 12 Josh Matavesi 11 Eli Walker 10 Dan Biggar 9 Rhys Webb (Capt) 1 Nicky Smith 2 Scott Baldwin 3 Dmitri Arhip 4 Adam Beard 5 Rynier Bernardo 6 Olly Cracknell 7 Sam Underhill 8 James King REPLACEMENTS 16 Scott Otten 17 Gareth Thomas 18 Aaron Jarvis 19 Dan Lydiate 20 Joe Bearman 21 Brendon Leonard 22 Sam Davies 23 Jeff Hassler Adam Beard makes his first Ospreys start The following players were unavailable for selection due to injury: Tyler Ardron - Knee Lloyd Ashley – Knee Dan Baker - Illness Ashley Beck – Knee Gareth Delve – Ankle Matthew Dwyer – Ankle JJ Engelbrecht – Ankle Ma’afu Fia – Toe Dafydd Howells – Hamstring Paul James - Eye Ben John - Concussion Alun Wyn Jones - Foot Daniel Suter – Knee Justin Tipuric - Concussion Ospreys Head Coach, Steve Tandy, said: “It’s another derby match for us on...

Pontypridd RFC v Neath – match preview

On Saturday 2nd April Pontypridd welcome Neath to Sardis Road for a Principality Premiership match which kicks off at 2:30pm. Pontypridd have dropped down to fourth place in the Premiership with 61 points accumulated, whilst a winless Neath are currently bottom of the table with 9 points. In their last Premiership fixture on Bank Holiday Monday Neath travelled to title contenders Aberavon and suffered a narrow loss by 24pts to 18. Pontypridd’s last league fixture also ended in defeat, by 34pts to 8 against Ebbw Vale at Eugene Cross Park on the 12th March. The last time these two teams played each other was in the reverse fixture back in October of last year at the Gnoll. The final score on that occasion was...

Pontypridd RFC v Merthyr – SWALEC Cup preview

On Saturday 26th March Pontypridd welcome Merthyr to Sardis Road for a SSE SWALEC Cup quarter final tie. The match which is being described as ‘The Valleys’ Cup Final’ will kick off at 2:30pm. Pontypridd progressed through the previous rounds of the cup with a 11pts to 18 away win at Swansea and a 45pts to 14 home win over Bridgend Athletic. Championship side Merthyr won twice on the road, by 0pts to 28 at Narberth then by 14pts to 17 at Llanelli. Merthyr are current Championship leaders having won nineteen of their twenty-one games and set for promotion to the Premiership with a newly recruited squad. Their latest victory was away to Pontypool by13pts to 33. Pontypridd also come into this clash...

Pontypridd RFC v Cardiff – Challenge Cup preview

On Sunday 20th March Pontypridd will welcome Cardiff to Sardis Road for the Foster’s Challenge Cup Semi-Final, the match kicking off at 2:30pm. Pontypridd finished top of the pool 2 table in the competition, with a four points leverage over Cardiff. During the course of the campaign the Valley Commandos completed the double over their city rivals, by 32pts to 16 at home and 30pts to 44 away. Cardiff progressed from the qualifying stage as best runners up of the three pools. After a hugely disappointing result in the Principality Premiership last weekend, going down by 34pts to 8 away to Ebbw Vale, Pontypridd will hope to get back on track in the Challenge Cup Semi Final. Ponty keep the same core...

“The pressure is on” says Evans

Mr. Reliable, Dan Evans, says it’s crucial that the Ospreys start the end of season run-in “with a bang” when the Scarlets visit the Liberty Stadium on Easter Saturday. It’s a must-win game for the Ospreys, currently sitting down in eighth place, two off the Champions Cup qualification slots, and Evans knows that with just five games to play this season, they have to come out on top in the big derby clash. “Every game is massive from here, and there’s no bigger match to start with than the Scarlets” he said. “We know what we’ve got to do over the remaining games and it’s crucial that we start with a bang to really get the momentum rolling. “It’s a big game whenever...