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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.

What a fantastic day! The kids enjoyed rugby training in the morning, complete with a bouncy castle and a fete, raising money for Prostate Cancer.

The Vets had a very good run out in the afternoon with lots of famous old faces on the playing field. Monmouth scored more points than Berry Hill and everyone enjoyed a great afternoon without any serious injuries!

After the 1st XV match there was an Auction at which approximately £1,500.00 was raised for Prostate Cancer.

Thanks to everyone for their hard work in organising the event and for coming along and supporting a great cause on a wonderful afternoon.

Next year Monmouth will be hosting the event in Monmouth and hopefully we can live up to the standards that have been set by Berry Hill RFC at this year’s event.



Senior Club Awards

Members of Monmouth RFC enjoyed a memorable Senior Club Awards evening recently, with former Wales International Ian Gough the guest speaker and former Club Chairman and player Tommy Morgan the honoured guest for the evening.

A full turn out enjoyed a splendid three course meal, courtesy of Club Stewardess Emma Henry and her team ahead of the presentation of awards. Young Player of the Year and Falklands Shield winner was Shaun Brosnan, who was also awarded his Colours. Druids awards were given to Luke Whorton, James Pardoe and Morgan Jeffs and colours were awarded to Morgan Jeffs, Tom Wellington, Luke Whorton, James Pardoe, Mark Buffin and Sam Hogan.

The First XV Payer of the Year Award was Zen Szwagrzak, Most Promising Player was Ed White with Amosa Nove winning Players Player of the Year. William Copley veterans awards were presented to Spud Davies & Dickie McLennan in recognition of their commitment and hard work this season. The Chairman’s Cup this year was awarded to Pete Walters and Jeff Scourfield for their incredible rugby correspondence work; Emma and Jon Henry for their excellent Stewardship and MYR roles at the club and Sam Parsons for his hard work and fortitude as Club Captain and top points scorer this season. Kevin Pritchard won the posthumous Clubman of the Year Award.

A Special Recognition Award was given to wing/centre James Smith who embarks on a period of travel - his never say die attitude and fearlessness was praised by his fellow players. Secretary Byron Hapgood received an award for exceptional services to Monmouth RFC and surprised Lloyd Davies with an additional award recognising the Club Chairman for his outstanding efforts in delivering a number of major initiatives and his commitment to the Club during his five seasons as Senior Club Chairman.

The raffle for the evening raised over £500.00 for the Ty Hafan Children’s Hospice. Both Chairman Lloyd Davies and guest speaker Ian Gough trekked the Great Wall of China last month and, together with the other trekkers, have helped to raise over £65,000.00 for the hospice, with over £12,500.00 being raised by Monmouth RFC club members, including Georgia and Jasmine Davies and Jayne Smith.

For anyone who wants to watch the British Lions games, please do come along to the Rugby Club, which is showing the Saturday games live, with breakfast available.

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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!"

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 [email protected].

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