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On Saturday we welcome our friends from Sardis Road, Pontypridd RFC to Eugene Cross Park in the Indigo Premiership Cup, a 14:30pm Kick Off.

Over the last few weeks we have installed a new digital ticketing system at the club where by we urge visiting and supporters who are not season ticket holders to buy their tickets online before the game. 

This allows us to follow local health and safety policies as well as aiding us for covid purposes. I also allow’s ease of entry at the gate.

Supporters who buy tickets online will be sent a e-ticket with a QR code that will be scanned on the gates by our gate staff. We do advise you to turn up a touch earlier.

Buy tickets here https://www.evrfc.co.uk/product-category/match-day-tickets/ 

Go to ticketing link – Select the Pontypridd fixture and then follow the directions given online for payment.

If you have any issues please contact marketing@evrfc.co.uk 

Getting into the spirit of its new European headquarters in South Wales (United Kingdom), SIMBA Chain is now a sponsor of Ebbw Vale’s semi-professional rugby team, the Steelmen. Rugby is Wales’ most popular sport, and Ebbw Vale’s club is among the best teams in the Welsh Premier Division.

 

Last month, the Welsh government announced it is providing financial incentives to the United States-based blockchain company to open a location in Ebbw Vale as part of its Tech Valleys program. In return, SIMBA Chain is creating 26 high-paying jobs. SIMBA Chain closed a $25 million (U.S.) investment in early September, and is hiring across its organization to scale its business across enterprise, government and educational sectors.

 

SIMBA Chain’s Director of U.K. Operations Matthew Shields says the sponsorship reflects the company’s goals for Ebbw Vale. “When this opportunity was presented, we were drawn to the 125-year history of the Steelmen. Rugby is a demanding sport, but with discipline and true fighting spirit, this club always prevails which is exactly what SIMBA has set out to do. We are pleased to support the club and eager to attract people with a passion for blockchain to our team.”

 

Ebbw Vale Rugby Commercial and Marketing Manager Gareth Howells says SIMBA Chain joining its fan base is big news for the club and will raise awareness of the blockchain company across the UK and the Premier Division. “We play teams from across Wales and the U.K., so having SIMBA Chain’s logo on our kit will be great publicity and certainly a win for both.” We would like to thank SIMBA Chain’s CEO Joel Neidig for supporting our club and investing in Ebbw Vale.”

 

SIMBA Chain recently developed a white-label non-fungible token (NFT) marketplace for iconic brands. NFTs are digital assets whose authenticity is certified by blockchain. SIMBA Chain plans to bring NFT marketplaces to U.K. sports leagues. Professional and collegiate teams in the United States are using NFT marketplaces to make digital collectibles – largely videos and photos of popular athletes or big sporting events – available to fans to enhance engagement and create a new revenue stream for teams and leagues.

Merthyr RFC v Ebbw Vale RFC at The Wern.rr

Merthyr 24-26 Ebbw Vale

 

Ebbw got their Indigo Group Welsh Premiership Cup campaign underway with a victory on the road against Merthyr at The Wern on Saturday afternoon.

The Steelmen blew the three-time Welsh Premiership winners out of the water in a fantastic first-half display with a try in the 37th minute from scrum-half Matthew Flanagan and eleven points from the boot of fly-half Lewis K Williams. Leading 3-16 at the break.

However, in the second half, Dale ‘Chief’ McIntosh’s men fought back to take the lead from Ebbw twice before Williams landed a late penalty to secure a vital win.

Tighthead prop Dave Whiting was voted Ebbw Addicts Man of the Match after a monster performance in defence, attack and in set piece.

Head Coach Greg Woods commented; I was really pleased with the performance and the result from Saturday. The first half control and physicality we showed against a side like Merthyr was excellent. We should have scored more points in that 1st half as we always knew Merthyr would fire some shots of their own. It was an intense last 5 mins and it was so pleasing to see Lewis K Williams slot over that last kick. The players spoke a lot in the week about getting the job done for our supporters and that and determination came through in bucket loads. We will regroup again and get ready for another huge encounter this Saturday versus Pontypridd.”.

Ebbw return to Eugene Cross Park this weekend where they will welcome Pontypridd, who also won their opening game of the Welsh Premiership Cup last weekend against Newport. The game marks the return of competitive rugby for Ebbw at home for the first time in 18 months.

Highlights here https://youtu.be/tkCqxeL3nyw

Season Ticket Update

Cup Games are included in 2021/22 season ticket’s 

We would like to thank the supporters who have bought their season tickets online and call for those who haven’t bought theirs yet to do so online. If you buy your ticket online then please cancel your previous standing orders before you purchase your new ticket.

Adult Season Ticket  £125 

Senior Citizen & Student Ticket £70

Vice President £250

Gold Vice President £440

Platinum Vice President £1000

Season tickets are now available to purchase online via the club’s website https://www.evrfc.co.uk/tickets/season-tickets/  you just select your ticket, fill out your details, choose to pay up front or monthly and then postage or collection.

The new system still allows for monthly payments and you will still receive a credit card style ticket. By purchasing your ticket via the club website you will need to cancel your existing standing order first, your monthly payment will then be automatically taken from your card each month when you buy your new ticket.

SEASON TICKET COLLECTION

These will be available to collect from Mark at the clubhouse between 6:30-8:30pm on Tuesday 21st September and Thursday 23rd September, you can also purchase your season ticket on the night if you don’t want to use the online system with cash but our preferred method is online as it makes it easier for the club.

MATCH DAY SEASON TICKET PROCESS 

The new season tickets will now come with a QR code as well as a stripe, the QR code will be scanned on all entry points to all Ebbw Vale home fixtures, this will provide us with an entry system that complies with health and safety regulations along with providing details on who is at the ground should an emergency take place.

On a match day you come to a game as normal, present your ticket at the gate and a member of our entry staff will just scan the QR code and in you go, it’s as simple as that.

Normal Match Day Prices Are:

Adult £12

Concession £8

U16’s Go Free

More details will follow on Match Day Non Season Ticket Entry….

Ebbw Vale RFC welcome Coleg Gwent as a kit sponsor of the club for the 2021-22 season. We are delighted that Coleg Gwent has chosen to support the club once again with us both having strong community and inclusion values. A number of the squad at Ebbw Vale have come via the college and still continue to do so. The College logo will be proudly displayed on the Ebbw Vale match strip as well as other ground and social media advertising.

We also recommend anyone that is looking to further their education to visit https://www.coleggwent.ac.uk/ to find out further information as it is not too late to enrol. 

Coleg Gwent are proud sponsors of Ebbw Vale RFC for the 2021-22 season, sharing a passion for promoting participation and inclusion in sport in the local community. As one of Wales’ top performing colleges, Coleg Gwent has consistently high A Level pass rates and is ranked as the joint top performing college for vocational learning in Wales. However, alongside this, the college is also home to the Coleg Gwent Crosskeys Rugby Academy – the WRU Welsh Colleges and School Champions for 2019-20 – and the first Girls Rugby Academy in Wales, enabling learners to combine their academic studies with improving their skills on the pitch.

Ebbw Vale RFC is located close to Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone, but with five campuses across Gwent (Usk, Ebbw Vale, Crosskeys, Newport and Cwmbran), studying full time, part time and university level qualifications on your doorstep couldn’t be easier. The Coleg Gwent community spans all age-groups, from school-leavers to mature-learners, and with a range of sports-related courses and a variety of other subject areas to explore, there’s something for everyone at the friendly, inclusive and diverse college.

Coleg Gwent proudly promotes extra-curricular inclusion in sport, and they’re proud of their learners continued sporting successes. The college hopes to continue promoting participation, inclusion and access to sport and education in the local area to improve the wellbeing of young people in the community. Coleg Gwent is now looking forward to seeing this exciting new partnership with Ebbw Vale RFC develop over the coming rugby season.

 

Ebbw Vale Side For Merthyr Away

The Steelmen have named their squad to take on the Ironmen this Saturday in the new Indigo Group Premiership Cup at the Wern 2:30pm. We are calling on all the Ebbw Vale addicts to come and get behind the boys and shout them on. It has been a long time without rugby and this should bring an entertaining game.

Lewis Roberts, Ebbw Vale assistant coach said:

After 18 months without competitive rugby, it will be fantastic to see Ebbw Vale RFC take to the field against Merthyr on Saturday afternoon. The players have worked extremely hard throughout pre season and we are looking forward to the challenge ahead within the Indigo Premiership Cup. As always the support of the Ebbw Addicts is greatly appreciated by Players & Staff and it will be great to see you all at The Wern on Saturday supporting the team.

1) Luke Garrett

2) Joe Franchi (c)

3) Dave Whiting

4) Lance Randell

5) Corey Talbot

6) Dan Hill

7) Alex Grey

8) Lewis Young

9) Matthew Flanagan

10) G R Jones

11) Euan Rosser

12) Ethan Phillips

13) Dom Franchi

14) Dafydd Howells

15) Dan Haymond

16) Joel Harries

17) Connor Chapman

18) Rob Sevenoaks

19) Scott Parsons

20) Ethan Doyle

21) Che Hope

22) Lewis K Williams

23) Jordan Thomas

#feelthesteel

 

Season Tickets

Season ticket prices will remain the same price for the 2021-22 season! 

Adult Season Ticket  £125 

Senior Citizen & Student Ticket £70

Vice President £250

Gold Vice President £440

Platinum Vice President £1000

Season tickets are now available to purchase online via the club’s website https://www.evrfc.co.uk/tickets/season-tickets/  you just select your ticket, fill out your details, choose to pay up front or monthly and then postage or collection.

The new system still allows for monthly payments and you will still receive a credit card style ticket. By purchasing your ticket via the club website you will need to cancel your existing standing order.

SEASON TICKET COLLECTION

These will be available to collect from Mark at the clubhouse between 6:30-8:30pm on Thursday 16th September, you can also purchase your season ticket on the night if you don’t want to use the online system with cash but our preferred method is online as it makes it easier for the club.

MATCH DAY SEASON TICKET PROCESS 

The new season tickets will now come with a QR code as well as a stripe, the QR code will be scanned on all entry points to all Ebbw Vale home fixtures, this will provide us with an entry system that complies with health and safety regulations along with providing details on who is at the ground should an emergency take place.

On a match day you come to a game as normal, present your ticket at the gate and a member of our entry staff will just scan the QR code and in you go, it’s as simple as that.

Normal Match Day Prices Are:

Adult £12

Concession £8

U16’s Go Free

More details will follow on Match Day Non Season Ticket Entry….

 

Ebbw Vale Squad Finalised 

There are a few changes to the squad that was assembled during the first Covid lockdown

The following players have left the squad

Second Row Kyle Evans has returned to Ystrad Rhondda after a change of job left him unable to meet the time commitments required to play at Indigo Premiership Level

Former Wales 7’s centre Daffydd Smith found travelling from his Penarth base to Ebbw Vale along with work taking too much of his time, he was released by the club and has since signed for Premiership rivals Cardiff RFC

Winger Aaron Graham has left to look for more regular game time having joined in November 2019

Sam Ireland after 3 years with the Steelmen will continue his return to fitness following injury at a lower level

Addition to the squad see the return of popular second row Lance Randall after a short absence and he will be joined by scrum half Jack Harvey who has signed for the club from Bury St Edmonds with the Bristol based Welshman having impressed the coaching team in pre season training and matches.

Former Ebbw Vale Youth team Hooker Liam Lewis will train with the squad and play for Blaenavon RFC and centre Will Keep who impressed for the Steelmen at Aberavon RFC will play at how home club and train with the Ebbw Vale squad, this allowing both of these young players to continue playing s much rugby as possible

The club also has a few players who are occupying the medical team with Ryan Evans having hamstring issues, Mike Powell suffering with back issues.Hooker Mikhail Blake has had a few minor injury concerns along with work commitments preventing him taking part in pre season matches but is now back in training and has had some recent game time at Brynmawr RFC.  Finally the hugely popular centre and wing Paul King has suffered a knee injury playing  7’s and is unlikely to be able to play for the Steelmen in the coming season

Full Squad as follows

LH Luke Garrett
LH Joel Harriers
TH Robert Severnoakes
TH Dave Whiting
LH Harry Fry – Dragons
TH Adam Williams – Dragons
TH Scott Evans
H Joe Franchi
H Mikhail Blake
H Liam Lewis
H James Benjamin – Dragons
H Connor Chapman – Dragons
SR5 Corey Talbot
SR5 Joe Peard – Dragons
SR4 Lance Randall
6 Dan Hill
6 Scott Parsons
7 Dawid Rubasniak
7 Alex Grey
7 Owen Young
7 Harry Harding
8 Lewis Young
8 Ethan Doyle
8 Ben Moa – Dragons
9 Che Hope – Dragons
9 Matthew Flanagan
9 Scott Gibson
9 Jack Harvey
10 Rhys Jones
10 Lewis K Williams
11 Mike Powell
11 Euan Rosser – Dragons
12 Ethan Phillips
12 Dom Franchi
13 Ryan Evans
13 Lewis Bates – Dragons
14 Carrick McDonough – Dragons 
14 Daffydd Howells
14 Jordan Thomas 
15 Dan Haymond
15 Joe Westwood – Dragons 

Greg Woods has spent 18 months away from coaching and that is why he is convinced both he and his Ebbw Vale side will be ready to rock when the Indigo Group Premiership Cup begins. by WRU

Welsh rugby’s semi-professional level has been decimated by the pandemic, but it will finally return to action on September 18 with a knock-out competition split into east and west pools. “On the whole we’ve had a really good pre-season with four tough games.

“It’s been of a very good standard. The Welsh Premiership is the last thing to come back if you like with the league starting on September 18. We kept the squad active through lockdown and kept the players fit.

“They came in on a voluntary basis through the summer and then we have had eight weeks getting the players ready for contact. We’ve played Brecon, London Scottish, Aberavon and Cardiff Met so we’ve definitely done the hard yards.

“I’m pleased with how we’ve gone against quality opposition. The Cardiff Met game was going fantastically until the floodlights went out! I think it was due to them not being used for 18 months!”

Woods – who has coached in the Welsh Premiership since 2004 and remains one of the league’s best bosses – has made a marquee signing in two-cap former Wales wing Dafydd Howells. Woods added: “The Premiership Cup is split into east and west and we will play under the modified rules because of Covid-19 for the first few games.

“I feel we’ve adapted to that well and we’ve played under those rules for pre-season. Things like only having a scrum for a knock on take a little bit of getting used to.

“We hope to start the Premiership proper on December 18, but this cup competition is going to be a tough 10-week block. “It will be a really tough run of games. We’ve got to be ready for that as a squad because there could be injuries with the players having not played for so long.

“We’ve got a great relationship with the Dragons Academy and an exciting squad. I think we have to look at this as a stand-alone tournament we want to win.

“The last 18 months is the longest period of time rugby has not been played at Eugene Cross Park since the World Wars so I think we’ve to be excited about getting back into action. We want to win, but we also have to balance that with giving young players an opportunity.

“Hooker Conor Chapman was in the Wales Under-20 squad for the Six Nations and is a local lad from the Dragons Academy. Wings Ewen Rosser and Carrick McDonagh both have gas to burn.

“Alex Grey who we signed from Wales Sevens has had a brilliant pre-season and has been superb for us. We had a squad ready for the season which was cancelled due to Covid-19 and we’ve kept 90 per cent of that squad together.

“I’ve been coaching in the Welsh Premiership since 2004 and I’ve never seen as many players out there hungry to play. They have had 18 months of no rugby and they are desperate for action.

“I’ve gone back to the Ebbw Vale of old with a big pack and some big, big boys in the front five. But our team also has to be mobile because we are going to be playing quite a few games on 3G pitches.”

Howells stepped away from professional rugby with the Dragons this summer having also played for the Ospreys. His two Wales caps came in Japan in 2013 and Woods is delighted to have him on board at Eugene Cross Park.

“We had Daf on loan for about 12 games in the past. He decided to step away from professional rugby because his body was struggling and he couldn’t get injury free,” he added.

“He’s focused on his career in his friend’s family business but I think it’s a really good indictment for Ebbw Vale that he’s decided to join us. He’s an outstanding person and leader.

“When he speaks in training the rest of the boys listen. He wants to play every Saturday and every minute and he can play 13, wing or full-back for us which is priceless.

“He already has several tries for us in pre-season.”  

The Leagues, which kick off from Saturday 13 November for all divisions from Championship to Division Three, and December 11 for the Indigo Group Premiership, will be run on a home OR away basis this season.

In Divisions 1 – 3, League winners will be entered into play-offs to determine National Divisional Champions, while in the Championship and Indigo Group Premiership the top four teams will enter Championship or Premiership play-offs to determine the champion of their RESPECTIVE League.

In order to be fair to all during this one-off season as League rugby returns after an 18 month break, there will be no promotion or relegation this season. The Modified Laws currently in place for WRU cup competitions will no longer be in place, providing public health conditions remain favourable.

WRU Community Director Geraint John said: “It’s great to be able to provide clarity for clubs with the release of fixtures for senior men’s Leagues. It takes us another big step forward on our Pathway to Participation and the news will hopefully encourage more players, coaches, referees and other volunteers back to the game after so much upheaval over the past 18 months due to the pandemic.

“Having a full fixture list will also help clubs off-the-field, enabling them to plan events around matches and encourage partners and sponsors to support them in their efforts.”

WRU chair Rob Butcher added, “We are very grateful to volunteers the length and breadth of the country for the hard work they have put in to help us stick to the timeline we set out for the return of rugby as we know it. It’s thanks to those volunteers and everyone within the game that we are currently ahead of that schedule.

“However, while the return of League rugby is almost upon us, we are all still experiencing many of the effects of the pandemic so in order to remain on course, and to keep everyone as safe as possible, it is vitally important to stay vigilant and work within the guidelines and protocols that individual clubs, us as a governing body and the Welsh Government have put in place.”

Ebbw Vale head coach Greg Woods is undaunted by the prospect of taking on defending champions Merthyr on the opening day of action of the Indigo Group Premiership.

“We’re going to the champions and we’re also playing them away in the first game in the cup as well so that will be a good practise run really,” said an excited Woods.

“The league offers us the chance to get back and play against the sides that we wouldn’t have played in the Premiership Cup, so we’re particularly looking forward to playing the likes of Swansea, Bridgend, Aberavon, Carmarthen Quins etc, as it’s been a long time since we would have played them.

“We’ve also got an exciting fixture around Christmas with Newport for the Dragons region which is always a special time in the season so really looking forward to that one as well.”

Fixtures

11-12-2021

Merthyr v Ebbw Vale

18-12-2021

Ebbw Vale v Llandovery

27-12-2021

Ebbw Vale v Newport

03-01-2022

Pontypridd v Ebbw Vale

15-01-2022

Ebbw Vale v Llanelli

29-01-2022

Cardiff v Ebbw Vale

19-02-2022

Ebbw Vale v Carmarthen

05-03-2022

RGC v Ebbw Vale

12-03-2022

Ebbw Vale v Swansea

26-03-2022

Ebbw Vale v Bridgend

02-04-2022

Aberavon v Ebbw Vale