chairman's welcome

Chairman's Welcome

Welcome to Monmouth RFC and our 143rd season!

Last season saw the installation of new floodlights on the Chippy and completion of the refurbishment of our fantastic new Club house. The club was also voted Best Community Club at the WRU District A Awards – winning the award out of 78 clubs in our district!! Thank you to everyone at the club for their incredible hard work in recent seasons and in making Monmouth RFC the club that it is today.

Our focus now turns to playing success on the field. The appointment of Craig Everett as our new WRU – MRFC Rugby Officer, senior coach and player, heralds the start of a new era for the club. We qualified 12 new coaches at a WRU course held at the Club last season. We will be running monthly CPD events, involving all MRFC and School coaches, from the start of this season, as we look establish a “Monmouth Rugby Community” within the town.

Our objective for the 1st XV, the Druids and the Youth team this season will be to win their respective leagues and to enjoy good cup runs. We are recruiting players and working hard with our existing players who understand the need for total commitment and want to be successful and the best they can be on the field of play.

We will continue to develop rugby playing “Warriors and Gentlemen”, both at senior level and through our highly successful Young Rugby section.

Our Club Ambassadors - Hallam Amos had a great season for Wales and the Dragons last season and former Youth team captain - Cameron Watson Boycott won a host of caps for Wales Students. Our Youth team and Young Rugby players continued to inspire, with several District Caps and a pile of silverware being won throughout the course of the season.

Our sponsors came up trumps once again with 95% renewing their three year sponsorship deals to reinvest in our family orientated, community based club. This season will see us play in new playing shirts and we will distribute new rain jackets for players, coaches and administrators as they pay their membership subscriptions. In all, over 3000 items of kit have been distributed over the last four seasons, as a result of the incredible support of our sponsors. The players and coaches look fantastic and the new kit highlights the professional organisation that we aspire to be.

The highlight of last season was undoubtedly the privilege of hosting the Wales under 20s Six Nations Grand Slam Champions at a pre-World Cup training camp at Monmouth RFC. Being hosts was a huge accolade to the progress that we have made as a club in recent seasons. A massive thank you to Emma and Jonathan Henry, the volunteers that helped throughout the camp and those parents of our young rugby players who hosted the players in their homes and helped to make the event such a resounding success.

I would like to thank all club volunteers for their incredible hard work over the course of the last 12 months. We are always looking to get more people involved in helping to run the Club – please don’t be shy in coming forward – it is great fun and highly rewarding.

The next 12 months promise to be an exciting time for the Club, as we look to take matters forward into our 143rd season.

Lloyd Davies
Club Chairman Telephone: +44 (0)1600 712309 Email: copyright Monmouth RFC 2017