club news

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Left to Right – Lloyd Davies, Byron Hapgood, Robert Jones, Eddie Butler

The good and the great of Monmouth RFC attended at the Blake Theatre on Friday 22nd January for a pre Six Nations Celebrity Dinner. The Dinner was a fundraiser for the new community based WRU/MRFC Rugby Hub Schools Officer Initiative, which sees Club Rugby Officers being deployed into the schools, to assist with the development of the game within both the Monmouth Comprehensive School and the Boys School, and to encourage children to play rugby.

The event was a huge success with a number of excellent auction items, including the Wales v England match ball from 2015, with auctioneer Bill Evans making a great success of the evening.

Monmouth RFC Life Membership was awarded to longstanding servant of the Club - Byron Hapgood. Byron has served at the club for over 40 years, as a player, coach, Chairman and has represented the Club committee in every senior position. Byron played an instrumental role in extending and renovating the existing clubhouse and the Sports Association Pavilion and has played a key part in running the Club over many years.

Club Trustee and Life Member, Wyn Hughes, paid tribute to fellow Trustee Byron with a glowing accolade of his hard work and total commitment to the Club. Byron is the 17th Life Member to have been appointed since 1960, when records began at the Club.

International rugby commentator and Monmothian, Eddie Butler, was awarded an Honorary Membership of Monmouth RFC, in recognition of his services to Monmouth Rugby. A former pupil at Monmouth Boys School and Monmouth RFC player, Eddie enjoyed an illustrious career with Pontypool and Wales. In recent years he has become the voice of international rugby commentary, complementing his writing skills as a journalist and author.

Both Byron and Eddie gave entertaining and enlightening speeches after being presented with their awards by Chairman, Lloyd Davies.

The evening was capped off with an excellent speech from Robert Jones, former Welsh International and British Lion, who also had the audience in stiches.

Chairman of Monmouth RFC, Lloyd Davies, commented as follows: -

“It was great to be a part of such a wonderful evening. The evening was a fundraiser for the Monmouth Rugby School Hub Officer Role and it was great to see Matt Penny and Jon Bevan and the teachers at the event. The WRU have been hugely supportive and provided us with some fantastic auction items to help fund the project. We are very much trying to build a community Club in Monmouth, where children and young individuals are able to take full advantage of our wonderful sport.

“It was a privilege to present these awards to Byron and Eddie. These are two incredible individuals, who have helped to shape the world of Monmouth Rugby over very many years. Everyone had a fantastic evening and it was wonderful to see so many old faces coming back into the Club and enjoying each other’s company once again. We look forward to hosting the next event in the not too distant future”.

In the event that you are interested in getting involved or becoming a member at Monmouth RFC, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Monmouth Rugby Club enjoyed a barnstorming weekend last weekend.

Monmouth 1st XV notched up a record breaking 123 points to nil victory over Tredegar RFC at home at the Sports Ground. This is the biggest ever points victory in the Clubs 142 year history.

New MRFC Rugby Ambassadors, Welsh International and Newport Gwent Dragon, Hallam Amos, and Cardiff Students and Welsh Students International, Cameron Watson-Boycott, attended at the Club on Remembrance Sunday to meet the 300 plus young rugby players from Monmouth and Gwernyfed RFC.

All of the young players observed a two minute silence at 11 o’clock on Remembrance Sunday, whilst lining up 10 metres apart in the middle of Chippenham Playing Fields. A Monmouth Young Rugby photo followed before the rugby began.

All of the young rugby players had the opportunity to meet Hallam and Cameron at the Monmouth RFC Clubhouse, where the pair signed rugby balls and other memorabilia for their young fans. The Monmouth RFC Rugby Ambassadors have been tasked with assisting the new MRFC Rugby Schools Officers in developing rugby within the Monmouth area.

Monmouth RFC Chairman, Lloyd Davies, commented:-

“What a weekend for Monmouth RFC! Our past players and sponsors watched the 1stXV achieve a record points victory on Saturday. On Sunday it was wonderful to see the children show such discipline on Remembrance Sunday and have such fun in meeting Hallam and Cameron - it was absolutely fantastic - a great weekend!

We very much look forward to seeing the progress that Hallam and Cameron, along with Andrew Davies and Dan White, our Schools Rugby Officers, can make in developing rugby both within the Schools and the Club – they certainly brought an excitement to proceedings on Sunday.

We have worked hard to ensure that we have great clubhouse facilities, the best kit and the best coaching in the area so that we are able to effectively develop the game and engage with children, parents and families alike. Everyone is welcome – please come along and join in the fun.”

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A lucky lottery winner won over £6,000 in May by taking part in the Monmouth
RFC Lottery. The lucky ticket was sold at The Royal Oak on the Hereford Road
in Monmouth. The winner wishes to remain anonymous.

Over the course of the last 12 months, the Monmouth RFC Lottery has paid out
over £12,000 in prize money with two huge payments of £4,000 and £6,000
respectively. Lottery tickets can be obtained via the Rugby Club, The Royal
Oak etc.

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Kevin Pancho Pritchard - Monmouth RFC Lotto Grandmaster - and guests from The Royal Oak Public House.

Monmouth RFC and the Welsh Rugby Union are delighted to announce the appointment of Lee Byrne and Andrew Davies as their new Schools Rugby Officers.

Andrew and Lee will be looking to develop rugby and promote Monmouth RFC in both the Haberdashers Boys School and Monmouth Comprehensive School and their associated Primary Schools over the course of the next three years. Monmouth Girls School may also benefit as they look to establish a ladies rugby team within the town.

The appointment is a part of the Welsh Rugby Union School Club Hub initiative to place Rugby Officers within all Welsh Schools, to further promote the development of the sport.

Greg Woods, WRU Regional Rugby Manager – NG-Dragons commented:
"We are delighted that this appointment has been facilitated between the Schools and Monmouth RFC. These are two excellent candidates, who we are confident will help to further develop rugby union within the Monmouth community and the Club. We are delighted to have played a part in facilitating this excellent initiative".

Lloyd Davies, Chairman of Monmouth RFC commented:-
"We are absolutely delighted to have been able to appoint Lee and Andrew to these community development roles. Lee is a seasoned Welsh International having won 46 caps and represented the British Lions. He brings a plethora of rugby experience with him, having recently retired as captain of the Newport Gwent Dragons.

"Andrew has played for Monmouth RFC for over 25 years and is an integral part of the Rugby Club and a key personality within the Monmouth rugby community. Andrew has a wealth of experience in relation to coaching young rugby players and a clear understanding of the need to develop young rugby players within our community.

These appointments enable us to encourage and develop young rugby players to play the sport and to enjoy the excellent facilities available at Monmouth RFC. We want to develop a rugby playing family within Monmouth, which encompasses players, coaches, teachers and parents from all Schools within the greater Monmouthshire area.

Both Lee and Andrew will be working within the Schools on a daily basis and will be working closely with Matt Penny and John Bevan from the Comprehensive School and the Boys School. We will be organising coaching CPD and other rugby related training sessions to engage with teachers and coaches within a greater rugby environment. Their roles will also involve them in coaching the Monmouth RFC 1st XV and Young Rugby Teams, with particular reference to the Under 12s, 14s, 15s and Under 16s and the Youth team at the Club.

If you are interest in getting involved with Monmouth RFC, please do not hesitate to contact us. All new players are most welcome.

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