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Tuesday the third of February saw MRFC welcome into Wales the "Doing it for Heroes" team as they neared the end of their epic walk from the City of London to Cardiff with the Gilbert Match Ball for the opening fixture of the RBS 6 Nations Series between Wales and England.

Picture credit Des Pugh

Help for Heroes supporters, players from young rugby, Senior First Team Captain, Sam Harding, Club Chairmen Lloyd Davies and Jonathan Henry along with senior club officials and proud parents ensured a warm reception as the team carried the Gilbert Match Ball across the threshold into Monmouth Rugby Club.

Being the first rugby club that the team would encounter as they walked into Wales, MRFC felt it only fitting that they opened their doors to host a fund raising event for a charity which has very emotive ties to the club given their many military connections through players ,families and those who have fallen in conflicts defending our country.

The "Doing it for Heroes" team on the night comprised Chief Petty Officers from the Royal Navy Andy "Gibbo" Gibbs and Tyrone "Ty" Stock along with Colour Sergeant Royal Marines Andy "Crofty" Crofts.

Picture credit Des Pugh

Selfies galore were taken by those in attendance who were more than happy to make a contribution to the Help for Heroes charity in return for a photograph holding the Gilbert Match Ball.

An amazing opportunity for the young rugby stars of the future to participate in such an inspirational event whilst supporting such a worthwhile cause.

On Saturday 2nd August, Premiership Division Club Crosskeys and First Division Club Blackwood, attended a three-way training session with Monmouth RFC on Chippenham Playing Fields in Monmouth.
 
Coaching sessions were undertaken by Crosskeys coaches Gregg Woods and Aled Jones who both provided coaching Master Classes on Saturday. Over 50 players participated in the training session, with a series of ten-a-side matches being played between the respective sides, with all sides acquitting themselves extremely well.

A possible new player?

A great evening followed, with X Factor performances at Monmouth Rugby Club, which rivalled the very best performances that were seen during the last night of the Monmouth Music Festival! 
 
Lloyd Davies, Chairman at Monmouth RFC commented as follows:-
 
“It was wonderful to welcome players and coaches from Crosskeys and Blackwood RFC to Monmouth for what was a fantastic coaching session and a great day. We have enjoyed fantastic support from the Head Coaches at both clubs, in both a coaching capacity and in their roles with the WRU.

A possible new player?

Nigel Way (Head Coach at Blackwood RFC) has helped us to qualify over 14 Level 2 Coaches at Monmouth over the course of the last few years and has also helped to establish Monmouth Comprehensive School as a WRU Training Centre during that time.

Greg Woods (Head Coach at Crosskeys RFC) has helped us enormously in his role as WRU Player Development Manager for the Dragons region. Greg has provided us with assistance and support in securing funding for the refurbishment of the clubhouse and our new floodlights and is also working hard with both the Comprehensive School and the Boys School in securing Rugby Officers for the schools in conjunction with the WRU and Monmouth RFC.

The help that we have received from Nicola Davies and Claire Thomas at the WRU has also been fantastic and we were delighted to receive our Facilities Grant Award from the WRU last week. The WRU funding helped us to create the wonderful new function room at the club that is available and open to all members of the public to use.”

Club Secretary, Andrew Davies receiving Facilities Grant Award from Nicula Davies WRU

Four players from Monmouth represented Crawshays on Wednesday 22nd January against one of the best rugby playing schools in Wales, Llandovery
College.

Pictured from left to right Rory Hammond, Jordan Southway, Max
Davies and Trafford Squires represented a strong Crawshays Wales XV and
helped them to secure a 14 - 0 victory in the 85th anniversary fixture
between the two sides. Rory Hammmond scored a scintillating try from 55
meters out, beating 7 players in the process.

Lloyd Davies, Chairman Monmouth RFC commented:

"It is great to see these young guys getting the opportunity to play such
a great standard of rugby and for their ability as rugby players to be
recognised by the Crawshays selectors. Three of the four Monmothians
selected have not represented their Region as yet, although I am sure that
the Dragons will want to have a close look at all four after their
performances against a very strong Llandovery College side on Wednesday."

Throughout the course of 2013 Monmouth RFC Clubhouse underwent extensive refurbishment. The upstairs lounge and dining area has been fully refurbished in order to cater for parties and social events for members of the public as well as for players and members of the Club. The area will house between 60 and 100 individuals at any given time and is a fantastic venue for anyone interested in hosting parties or social events in the Monmouth area.

The area consists of a new bar which was installed by Chairman Bar Fitters, with a wonderful Galaxy Granite work surface which was provided by Mandarin Stone. A charcoal grey carpet provided by Abbie Carpets provides a very sophisticated look to the area. The Clubhouse has been painted from top to bottom with the assistance of Andy Lovering and Sunshine Painting Decorating.

The renovation works were undertaken by local contractor Ali Hawkins with support from Dan Tucker and his team from Thomas Brown Electricals and the kind sponsorship of Pete Windows at County Builders.

The renovation project was overseen by local architect and Club empresario Byron Hapgood. Byron was supported by the renovation sub committee consisting of committee members Sam Harding (Club Captain) Andrew Schofield, Lloyd Davies and Andrew Lewis of House Proud Property Services.

Lloyd Davies of Monmouth RFC commented as follows,
“I would like to say thank you to everyone who made a contribution towards this project. Managing expectations within the Club was difficult at times but we have ended up with a fantastic environment which will stand the Club in good stead financially going forward.

“We are a family orientated community based club and we very much want to engage with the greater Monmouth community. Members of the general public and other sports clubs and associations are welcome to come along and use the facilities as mush as possible. Please don’t be shy. We look forward to hearing from you.”

In the event that you are hosting a party or event and you are looking for a location in Monmouth, please do not hesitate to contact Monmouth RFC Events Coordinator – Emma Henry – telephone 07842 311638 - 01600 860083 or via events@monmouthrfc.com.

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