LAST AND NEXT GAMES
See you for the friendlies in August!
REL enjoyed the European finals, but was prompted to consider the roles of money and loyalty in the modern professional game in France and beyond.
All the time refs!
Congratulations to local referees Steve Nash and Simon Beard who have been 'promoted' with effect from the 2013-14 season. Steve is now able to referee at Championship level and Simon has also moved up in the leagues. The help they give to the club, both pre-season and during it, is much appreciated. Well done, and thanks from all at EVRFC.
Head Coach Jason Strange has announced three more players who have re-signed to Ebbw Vale RFC for 2013-14. Although he missed pre-season and the early part of the season proper, Gareth Williams had a fantastic impact once he regained fitness. Jason said, "Gareth has a great mentality and a tremendous work ethic, as everyone saw in some massive performances in the second half of the season. I know he's looking forward to a big pre-season this time around, ready to meet the new season head on."
Dan Haymond, who accumulated 174 points in the league this season, will be a Steelman for the third year. Jason said, "Dan had another very good season, developing his game really well and scoring a lot of points for us! His versatility is a big plus, as he showed at outside half and, towards the end of the season, full back."
Rhys Clark, who joined Ebbw Vale from Penallta last summer, is another staying at Eugene Cross Park for the coming campaign. "Rhys is a young forward with tremendous potential. He is technically excellent and has shown really good development throughout his first season with us," said Jason.
These announcements add to the list of playerswho have already re-signed: Damien Hudd, Ross Jones, Mathew Williams, Jonny Bowen, Robert Sevenoaks, Ashley Sweet, Cameron Regan, Ronny Kynes, Spencer Gibson, Dai Jones, Josh Lewis and Wes Cunliffe, and there's more to come!
Use it or lose it
Ebbw Vale RFC is backing Blaenau Gwent AM Alun Davies's campaign to keep open the Minor Injuries Unit at Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan in Ebbw Vale. The unit, which is part of the £60million hospital at The Works site, is not being fully utilised by the community and is under review by Aneurin Bevan Health Board.
Mr Davies is campaigning to raise the profile of the unit, highlighting the treatment people can receive there, as well as calling for a 24-hour pharmacy and GP service to be based there.
"The investment in the new Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan and the services that it provides are valued and appreciated by people throughout Blaenau Gwent. These facilities bring world-class health services to the heart of our communities.
"I'm urging the ABHB to maintain the investment in the minor injuries unit and keep the facility open.
"All too often many people in Blaenau Gwent do not know the unit even exists and continue to travel to Nevill Hall, Abergavenny for treatment. I believe that, working together with ABHB, we can raise awareness of the unit and help people to understand the services it provides."
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