club news

Monmouth RFC Awards Evening 2015
The Monmouth RFC Awards Evening was held at the Rugby Club on the 30th May. A superb curry, complimentary wine and beer were enjoyed by 90 players, members and guests. BBC Scrum V commentator, Phil Steele, compéred the evening and provided excellent entertainment for what was undoubtedly one of the most successful Monmouth RFC Awards Evenings for some time.

The Awards were presented by Monmothian Ivor Berry. Ivor is a former distinguished player at the Club, having been a part of the 1964 Welsh Triple Crown Squad and having played for Newport, Pontypool and Ebbw Vale before returning to play for his hometown Club.

A special Award was given to MRFC President Rex Tabb, who has recently undergone a double knee replacement surgery at 82 years of age – all were delighted to see Rex in full cheer at the event.

Andrew Scourfield won the coveted Clubman of the Year Award, voted for by his peers, for his outstanding work at the Club this season. Kevin Pancho Pritchard was awarded a special Lotto Grand Master Cup, following his stalwart efforts with the Monmouth RFC lottery this year.

A new Award, the Chairman’s Award, was won by Club Treasurer Gabby Hilu for his outstanding administrative and supporting work throughout the Club this season.

Captain Sam Harding and Coach Andrew Davies were presented with commemorative hip flasks to mark their hard work throughout the season. William Copley and Luke Hunter won awards for Best Tour Player and Top Tourist respectively.




1st XV winners

Player of the Year - Michael Griffiths
Players Player - Dan White.
Most Promising - Dean Bartlett

Druids

Player of the Year - Kester Mobs-Morgan
Players Player - Nathan Cocker.
Most Promising - Kris Gordon
Druids Colours were presented to Kris Gordon and Nathan Cocker.

Youth

Player of the Year - Tom Hawkins.
Players Player - Will Korb.
Most Promising - Josh Lebon
Services to Youth - Harry Miles
Coaches Award - James Pardoe

Youth Colours were awarded to Harry Miles, Tom Hawkins, Will Korb, Jacob Pickens, Cameron Browne. Gwent Youth were awarded to Pete Saran, Will Korb, Tom Hawkins, Josh Lawerence, Charlie Rodgers.

Monmouth RFC enjoy a day training with Cross Keys RFC

THREE boys from Monmouth Rugby Football Club saw their hard work rewarded last Wednesday (22nd July) at a prestigous awards evening.

Held at Pontypool Rugby Football Club, the event closed the Pontypool and District Rugby Union season, and district caps and medals were presented to the young players.

Mattie Cotton, Nikolaj Spooner and Joseph Henry were all recognised from the Monmouth club, all having enjoyed a successful season.

Mattie and Nikolaj did the double, winning Man of the Match awards for both the A and B teams at a recent event, with Nikolaj picking up a further six such awards during the season.

This helped see him finish the year with both the Players’ Player of the Season award and the coaches’ award for the Most Improved Player of the Season.

Nikolaj and Mattie were picked to play for the county too while Mattie collected the Coaches’ Player of the Year award and was picked as vice-captain at the district club next year.

The pair also travelled to Italy recently, on tour with the club as part of the district side that won every game to win the tournament – including beating Benetton Treviso in the final.

Chairman of Monmouth Young Rugby, Jonathan Henry, said: "Mattie, Nikolaj and Joseph have had an awesome season at both Monmouth RFC and with District Rugby at Pontypool. From their humble
beginnings at Monmouth Rugby Club some five years ago, these three boys have shown a real passion and desire for rugby and are truly deserved winners of their district caps.
We wish them every success in their future rugby endeavours. I am sure their parents are looking forward to a rest from driving them all over south Wales this season!"

Congratulations to Monmouth RFC Youth players Pete Saran, Youth Team Captain Tom Hawkins, Will Korb and Charlie Rogers who all represented Gwent District Youth against Caerphilly District Youth recently. Well done gentlemen. Thank you to Cedric Steele, Andrew Davies and Andy Tabb for doing such a wonderful job of looking after the MRFC Youth team this season. Well done to Andrew and Andy for their great work in Managing and Coaching the Gwent District Youth.

Pictured left to right – Andrew Davies, Pete Saran, Tom Hawkins, Will Korb, Charlie Rogers, Andy Tabb

Congratulations also to Cameron Watson-Boycott who represented Wales Students this season. Cameron has played rugby through all age groups at Monmouth RFC and was youth team captain for the 2012/13 season. Cameron is currently studying Medicine in Cardiff with his friend Hallam Amos.

Cameron, Hallam and friends following Cameron’s Welsh Students 1st Cap.

Congratulations to Hallam for securing a dual contract with Wales this season. We look forward to many more Welsh caps for both players in the future. Both Hallam and Cameron are excellent ambassadors for Wales, Monmouth RFC and the game of rugby.

Well done boys! Keep up the great work.

Watkins and Gunn Solicitors, who have offices in Pontypool, Newport and
Cardiff are proud Sponsors of the new Monmouth RFC pre-match training shirts this season. The new pre-match T-shirts were distributed to over 350 players and managers and coaches throughout the club and will be worn over the course of three seasons.

Sophie Hughes - Partner at Watkins and Gunn - commented as follows:-
‘We are delighted to have been able to continue our sponsorship of Monmouth RFC. Being local to the area, both of my sons have enjoyed and benefitted from playing for the Club in different age groups. The game of rugby brings out the best in individuals in terms of team work and camaraderie and we are delighted to have been able to support Lloyd and the Team in developing fantastic community based Club, where young men can develop their skills and grow in stature in a nurturing environment.’

Lloyd Davies, Chairman of Monmouth RFC commented:-
‘The team at Watkins and Gunn have been enormously supportive over the course of the last 5 years. We are delighted to be able to announce their latest commitment to sponsoring the pre-match training shirts. The commitment made by Watkins and Gunn and our other sponsors have allowed us to develop the Club facilities and the coaching infrastructure and helped us to plan and build for the future.’

In the event that you are interested in sponsoring Monmouth RFC, please
contact us.

www.monmouthrfc.com Telephone: +44 (0)1600 712309 Email: info@monmouthrfc.com copyright Monmouth RFC 2017