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Several law changes come into effect in the northern hemisphere from August 1st.

  1. Law 20.5 and 20.6 (d) Throwing the ball into the scrumNo signal from Referee. The scrum half must throw the ball in straight, but is allowed to align his shoulder on the middle line of the scrum, therefore allowing him to stand a shoulder width towards his side of the middle line.
  2. Law 20.9 (b) Handling in the scrum – exceptionAllow the No 8 to pick the ball from the feet of the 2nd Rows.
  3. Law 20 Striking after the throw-inOnce the ball touches the ground in the tunnel, any front row player may use either foot to try to win possession of the ball. One player from the team who put the ball in must strike for the ball. Sanction: Free Kick
  4. Amended Law 15.4 (c)The tackler must get up before playing the ball and then can only play from his side of the tackle gate.
  5. Law16:Breakdown Amended Ruck LawA ruck commences when at least one player is on their feet and over the ball which is on the ground (tackled player, tackler). At this point the offside line is created. A player on his feet may use his hands to pick up the ball as long as this is immediate. As soon as an opposition player arrives no hands can be used.
  6. Law 16.4: Other Ruck OffencesA player must not kick the ball out of a ruck. The player can only hook it in a backwards motion. Sanction: Penalty Kick

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It was agreed at the AGM that season ticket prices would rise with effect from season 2017-18 which starts on the weekend of 26th August. The prices will be:

Junior  £15 (no change)
Concession  £70 or £ 6.50 monthly standing order
Adult £125 or £11.00 monthly standing order
Vice president £250 or £22.00 monthly standing order
Gold vice president £440 or £38.00 monthly standing order
Platinum Vice president  £1,000 (no change)

Gate admission will be £12 (£8 concessions).

When membership is bought shares will be issued as follows :-

Concession 10
Adult season 20
VP 145
Gold VP  335

When the tickets are collected those people with existing standing orders will receive a form to enable them to alter it to the new amount. Anyone wanting to create a new standing order can download the form from the website or collect the form when the ticket is purchased.

Visit the season tickets page for more information and ways to pay.

It is with a degree of symmetry that the choice of Head Coach Lee Davies to lead the Steelmen in the new season is entering his seventh season at the club following the record seven years as captain of the departed Damian Hudd.

The immensely popular Ronny Kynes will lead the Steelmen into a new era and will bring to the role his hugely competitive nature, that has been so prominent in the rise of the club since its relegation in 2010. Ronny is the epitome of what the club is about; displaying talent, hard work and pride in the badge that has driven him to go above and beyond the call of duty. Not many people will know that Ronny played the last 6 games of the Premiership Champions’ season with a broken jaw, displaying true steel for the cause. Having recently reached 150 games for the club, and with his scoring exploits leading to the now famous “Catch’n’Kynes” attracting the attention of the rugby press in Wales (although it was actually coined, erhem, by our webmaster), Ronny is looking forward to taking the Steelmen back to the top of the table through leading by example and driving standards off the field, where he has always had a huge influence on the squad, coaches and club officials.

Ronny said that following in the footsteps not only of Damien Hudd, but also Mark Jones, Kingsley Jones, Gareth Howls and Arthur Lewis was ‘awesome’. “This is a very proud moment for me and my family. I just hope I can be even half as successful as Huddy, and I wish him all the best for his new role with Brynmawr.  I’m really looking forward to the challenge of captaincy, and the up-coming season with the boys.”

New skipper – Ronny Kynes


Ebbw Vale RFC are pleased to support the charity Shine Cymru this coming season.

Kate Steele, Shine’s CEO said, “I am thrilled that Ebbw Vale  RFC has chosen to support Shine Cymru this year. Working at grass roots level to build the community and develop opportunities through rugby is key to what the Club does. In many ways this reflects the approach and work that Shine Cymru does through providing support, information and advice across our community of individuals with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus and their families in Wales. The partnership will provide important links and much needed funds to further our work in Blaenau Gwent.”

Shine provides specialist support from before birth and throughout the life of anyone living with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus, as well as to parents, families, carers and professional care staff. Shine enables people to get the best out of life.

Paul ‘Wally’ Walbyoff, a 30 year long supporter this season, and his family have found the support of Shine invaluable. Paul and Liz’s daughter was diagnosed a year ago with Spina Bifida and along with medical help and guidance they’ve also appreciated the opportunity to network with other affected families. Fuller details of EVRFC supported events will be published in due course but in the meantime Paul and his family are raising money this coming weekend with a sponsored walk. Please follow this link for more information and to donate if you are able:

As part of the squad’s preparation for the Principality Premiership season that begins on August 26th, Ebbw Vale are pleased to announce that they will play three pre-season friendly fixtures. The first sees a repeat of last summer when the Steelmen make the short trip to take on the Foxes of Bedlinog, on August 5th.

The following Saturday, August 12th, the journey will be a lot longer, when Ebbw visit Chinnor RFC, based in Thame, Oxfordshire. Chinnor play in English National League 2 South, and missed out on promotion on points difference last season.

The 19th sees Ebbw meet up with old friends at one of Wales’ greatest clubs, Maesteg RFC, featuring surely the most spectacular away journy of all! The Old Parish currently play in Division One West Central and will be keen to give the Steelmen a tough afternoon.