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Squad Update

The club is pleased to announce the arrival of two new players. Prop Dave Whiting has actually already made two impressive appearances from the bench, having signed from Worcester RFC after spending the last few years playing rugby at the top club level in Australia. The 25-year-old is a tight head by preference but is equally adept on the loose head of the scrum and is an imposing figure at 6ft 1” and 130kgs. He is also highly mobile with impressive handling skills and is Wales qualified via his grandfather.

He is joined at the Steelmen by highly experienced outside half Lewis K Williams who has represented Pontypridd, Bridgend and Llanelli in the Premiership. Lewis is best known for his time with Pontypridd where he played 92 games and has been a consistent points scorer and game controller. As befits a player of this pedigree, he possesses a big kicking game and is able to bring fluidity to the back line.

Sadly, two players are leaving the Steelmen due to changing work commitments. Craig Fillier and Carl ‘the Beast” Sully worked hard throughout preseason and impressed coaches and spectators with great attitudes and skills. Craig will combine running a new gym with turning out for Blaina RFC, and Carl will play his rugby at Pill Harriers once he recovers from a shoulder injury. We wish both players well for the future.

Rob Sevenoaks received a three week ban for his red card at Cardiff in the Cup Game at the Arms Park and will be  available to play on December 14th.

Injury Update
There is a lengthy injury list at the moment and here is the latest picture as of Thursday, 28th November:

Sam Ireland – concussion – return to play scheduled for December 7th
Cameron Regan – wrist injury – return to play in 2 to 4 weeks
Luke Garrett – heel injury – return to play in 2 to 4 weeks
Craig Duncan – ankle ligaments – 4 weeks
Ellis Evans – hand injury – 8 weeks
Dai Jones – hand injury – 2 to 4 weeks
Joel Harries – pectoral muscle injury – working hard towards a February return
Owen Young – knee injury – 12 weeks

Our home game with Bridgend will take place on Saturday, 14/12/19 at 2:30pm, which was the date originally scheduled. BBC Wales were going to feature it live on 13/12/19 but those plans have changed.

Anyone who’s recently enjoyed a matchday burger, hot dog or cuppa will be delighted with the following news. The Scruminicious Burger Bar, housed in the refurbished building between the clubhouse and the stand, will be open from next Monday, 7 days a week, 8am til 3pm. Call in for a snack or a drink and support the club!