Cup QF draw

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Ebbw will play Merthyr at Eugene Cross Park in the quarterfinals of the National Cup. The draw in full is:

Cross Keys RFC v Pontypool RFC
RGC1404 v Llandovery RFC
Ebbw Vale RFC v Merthyr RFC
Carmarthen RFC v Pontypridd RFC

Ties will be played on the weekend of March 4th, with our game kicking off ar 2:30pm on the 4th.

The Addicts will be running a bus to Carmarthen Quins on Friday.
The bus will leave the rugby club at 5.30pm. There are still a number of seats available.

Seats can be booked by:
Phone: 07766490358

Also deposits of £40 for RGC trip should be paid asap.
There are still places left on the trip.
Fur further information use the contact details above.

It was with great sadness that we heard of the recent sudden and untimely passing of Paul Sturdy, Vice President and ex-committee member.
Paul served formally on the committee at Ebbw Vale RFC in the early ‘noughties’ and was a passionate supporter for over 20 years. He was also actively involved supporting his son’s coaching career along with watching and helping his twin daughters’ play rugby, most recently with the Jesters.
A generous man, Paul was at a rugby fundraiser with family and friends the day before he died and donations to Velindre in Paul’s memory are welcomed by the family.
The funeral will be at St David’s Church, Beaufort on Monday 20th February at 11:30am with burial then at Cefn Golau Cemetery. Mourners are asked to wear red rugby jerseys or other red items.
Our thoughts are with Paul’s wife, Vicky, and their children Stacey, Luke, Scott, Rhian and Alex.

The club was deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden death of former player and current serving Police Officer Mark Dicks at the tragically young age of 53.

Mark, known to all as Dicksy was a native of Rassau and joined the Steelmen following advice from his work colleague at Marine Colliery and Ebbw Vale stalwart Malcolm Sibthorpe after starting his senior career at the RTB club. Dicksy was a great performer in the 2nd row and only left his hometown club when he joined South Wales Police, switching to the star studded police team that contained many current Welsh internationals.

Dicksy also spent several seasons in a very strong Pontypridd team where he alternated between the second and back rows. He dropped down from what was then known as First Class Rugby and joined Merthyr where he now lived and captained the club as they climbed the leagues. He ended his career as a player coach at Dowlais RFC after which he switched all of his attention to motocross, a major love for Dicksy from a young age

Dicksy was an imposing figure, as gentle off the field as he was tough on it with a wonderful sense of humour, often self deprecating, and could be relied upon to provide some fun at anytime.

As someone who knew him very well from the age of 4, he was a wonderful person to grow up with and a great friend to many, myself included and in the last few days many Dicksy stories have come back to me and they have all, without fail, made me smile.

Our deepest condolences and thoughts are with his wife and family.

As a mark of respect a minute silence will be held prior to this Saturday’s Bedwas game


Jon Jones