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After buying a Monmouth RFC lotto ticket at a local outlet in the town a lucky local, who regularly buys a lotto ticket, scooped in excess of £12,500 of winnings during June. The total pay-out from launch is now in excess of £25,000, demonstrating that the Lotto has established itself as part of daily life in the town.

Behind the headlines, the concept of supporting the Lotto is one of helping Monmouth Rugby Club, a family orientated community based club, the opportunity to re-invest surplus funds back into rugby development in the local area.

The lotto now forms an important part of the essential funding required to replace and upgrade equipment, playing facilities, the training of coaches, first aiders and other key volunteers, helping ensure young people who live in the surrounding area gain access to a safe, enjoyable environment within which to develop their understanding of the game of rugby union and the broader benefits of playing team sport.

The club would like to thank all those individuals who regularly purchase a weekly Lotto ticket, either directly from the club, or one of our partner outlets who have been great supporters of the cause. A massive thank you again to;

The Royal Oak, Kings Fee Spar, Somerset Arms, Green Dragon, Paws Pet Shop, Handyman House and Mccolls in Wyesham and Convey Law in Newport.

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The new Monmouth RFC playing strip was unveiled last weekend. The new playing shirts are reversible so on the one side they are gold and blue and on the other side they are grey and blue, allowing a change of colour of the shirts in the event that there is a colour clash with another team.

Below is a picture of Lloyd Davies – Chairman - Jonathan Henry – Young Rugby Chairman - and Club sponsor Robin Williams from Wild Trail and his son Iestyn who plays for the Under 10s Warriors.

The playing shirts have now been distributed to all 13 teams at Monmouth RFC and they will be worn for the next 3 seasons.

Sponsor Robin Williams commented:-

“Monmouth RFC is a fantastic community based Club which is really family orientated. Both of my boys play for the club and my wife is the Young Rugby Membership Secretary this season. We are heavily involved and thoroughly enjoying the experience. It was a pleasure to sponsor both the track pants and the playing shirts this year. We are undoubtedly one of the best dressed rugby clubs in Wales!”

Chairman Lloyd Davies commented:-

“It is great to have such fantastic sponsors as Robin and Wild Trail on board. We have over 30 sponsors at the Club who have made a massive contribution over the course of the last 3 years, 95% of whom re-signed for a further 3 years this season which proves that we are doing something right and that our sponsors are getting a return for their investment. The new playing shirts were provided by PSM kit suppliers in Cwmbran and they have done a fantastic job in helping us to design and to manufacture the kit and to get it to us on time for the start of the new season. PSM are always very consistent and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mike, Paul and the team for making us look so good!”

For additional information about Monmouth RFC please contact our website at www.monmouthrfc.com.

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Last Saturday saw premiership side Cross Keys play Glamorgan Wanderers at the Wanderers ground in Cardiff.

No fewer than 4 young Monmouthians took part in this pre-season friendly.

Pictured above are Ben John, Owen Hughes, Max Davies and Dan White, all of whom have represented Monmouth RFC during one point in their career with three of the boys having attended at Monmouth Boys School.

Owen Hughes played for 60 minutes and scored a try in the second quarter, with the other boys having a run out for 20 minutes each. The match ended in a victory for Cross Keys by 40 points to 21.

Chairman of Monmouth Rugby Club commented:-

“It was great to see these young men having a run out for such an excellent Club as Cross Keys. The boys equitted themselves well and it is testament to their training both at the Boys School and at the Club over many years that has equipped them for such an opportunity.

We have a great working relationship with Cross Keys RFC. The Keys normally attend for a training camp in Monmouth pre-season at the end of the Music Festival. They normally camp on Chippenham Playing Fields and we all have a good get together and a sing song after the training session.

Greg Woods is the Head Coach at Cross Keys and the Regional Rugby Manager - Dragons Region for the Welsh Rugby Union and has played a significant part in helping Monmouth RFC develop in recent years and I would like to thank him personally for giving these young men the opportunity to show what they care capable of.”

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Friday 1st July saw six young Monmouth rugby players being rewarded for their hard work and commitment to Pontypool and District Schools Rugby at the end of season awards evening.

The evening, held at Pontypool Rugby Club saw all the young players being rewarded with the presentation of district caps and players medals.

Osian Copley and Matthew Cotton, both U11 Sharks at Monmouth along with Finley Sheppard, Harry Fernandez-Ford, Jack Gadd and Tom Stentiford, U10s Griffins all enjoyed a successful season ending in the annual rugby tour to Paese, Italy where for the second season running the Lions won the tournament.

During the season the Lions played a total of 17 games, winning 14, drawing 2 and losing just 1 game, scoring an impressive 530 points with only 280 against them. The Tigers played 9 games, winning 6 and losing 3 with 160 points for and 150 points against.

All the boys were rewarded for their playing, each receiving a district cap and players medal.

Lion's Vice Captain, Matthew Cotton was announced as the top try scorer for the forwards scoring 24 tries during the season. He was also presented with Coaches' player of the year for 2016.
Also playing for the Lions Harry Fernandez-Ford was announced as next years Vice Captain.

Jack Gadd was presented with Coaches Player of the year for the Tigers and Osian Copley was voted as Tiger's Players player of the year.

Matthew Cotton was also presented with his county cap after being selected to play for Gwent Schools Rugby in June 2016.

Commenting on the boys record achiements at District level, Chairman of Young Rugby Jonathan Henry:

"All the boys are to be congratulated on a fantastic season at Monmouth RFC with a record number of players being selected during the season to represent Pontypool & District Schools. Such amazing achievements by all selected is just reward for outstanding effort by these players and huge thanks must go out to all the voluteers coaches who assisted their progress throughout the season. To travel to Italy and win the tournament outright without conceeding a try in the process is an outstanding achievement - Well done boys!"

May I take this opportunity to thank you all for your hard work and commitment in making the Wales Under 20s Rugby World Cup Camp such a resounding success.

A massive thank you to Jon and Emma, without whom it would not have been possible for us to host this event in the manner that we did. Emma did a fantastic job in relation to the catering and looking after everyone as she always does. Jon and the team have worked tirelessly behind the scenes in making sure that everything worked so successfully.

A massive thank you to those of you who hosted the Welsh players in your homes over the last few days. Your words of thanks and gratitude for the privilege of hosting these charming young gentlemen has been wonderful to hear. The feedback from the Welsh players echo your sentiments. They all enjoyed the experience and have thanked you individually for allowing them to be a part of your family over the last few days.

A massive thank you to Greg Woods, Gethin Watts, Aled James and Lewis Roberts and the WRU for providing us with the opportunity and in helping us to make the RWC camp such a success for everyone involved.

The legacy event last night was something very special and an evening that will remain with us for a long time to come. In many ways it encapsulated and rewarded the hard work of our Club volunteers over many years in making the Club what it is today.

Thank you all for a very memorable few days. I know that I speak for everyone at Monmouth RFC when I say that we would be delighted to host such an event again the future, should the opportunity arise.

Please could you send pictures that you have of the event and that you would like to post on the Club website to rbrown@conveylaw.com

More videos of the Rugby World Cup Camp can be found on the WRU website at:-

VIDEO: MONMOUTH RFC HOSTS WALES U20
VIDEO: DAY 2 IN MONMOUTH FOR WALES U20S
VIDEO: Togetherness is key
VIDEO: Monmouth RFC prove perfect hosts

Thank you all.

Yours sincerely,

Lloyd

Lloyd Davies
Chairman
Monmouth RFC

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