Ebbw Vale RFC are excited to announce the signing of exciting back Ryan Davies from Gwernyfed RFC.
Ryan is an exciting talent with plenty of pace who can cover wing of fullback. When we played Cardiff away this year Ryan was at the heart of the Cardiff attack and showed plenty of pace on the wing.
Ryan commented on signing for Ebbw Vale,
I am really excited for the season ahead with Ebbw Vale. I’m looking forward to getting stuck into preseason and then get a good start to the league. It will be nice to see some new faces and have a fresh squad and can’t wait to see how the new coaches will develop my game more.
Gwernyfed RFC (home club), Cardiff Blues u16s, Cardiff RFC, Llandovery RFC.
Honours-going from playing division 4 rugby one weekend to making my debut for Cardiff RFC in the Indigo Premiership the weekend after.
We are delighted to announce the signing of Dragons outside half Evan Lloyd who will join the steelmen for the 2022/23 season. Evan is an exciting outside half who has featured regularly for the steelmen in the 21/22 season in the Welsh Premiership. Evan played 10 times last season for the steelmen, racking up a total of 7 conversions, 11 pens a total of 74 points including one try
I really enjoyed the back end of the season with Ebbw Vale playing some regular rugby. I am now looking forward to a new challenge and working with the new coaching team, I want to enjoy my time at this great club and help develop an exciting brand of winning rugby.
Highlights here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmHm9fzTz7o
Date of birth: 6th February 2000
Height: 185cm / 6′ 0”
Weight: 90kg / 14st 2lbs
Honours: Dragons Champions cup, URC, Wales U18/U19’s
Previous Clubs: Blackwood mini & juniors, Dragons Rugby
We are delighted to announce the signing of Ryan Gardner for the 2022/23 season, Ryan joins us from Newport RFC and will add an extra attacking option to the Ebbw Vale backline. In his previous playing sting at the Steelmen, Ryan was the winner of the Premiership Try of the Season award and also tasted cup success at the National Stadium during his time at Brynmawr RFC
Ryan said on signing for the steelmen.
“After spending some time away from Ebbw Vale playing for Brynmawr & Newport RFC, I am excited to be back playing for my local premiership club & look forward to seeing what next season brings to Ebbw Vale”
Clubs represented: Ebbw Vale RFC, Brynmawr RFC, Newport RFC
We are excited to welcome top young prospect Curtis Gregory to Ebbw Vale RFC. Curtis has experience in playing in the Welsh Championship and is keen to work with the coaching staff at the club to develop his game and help Ebbw challenge for honours in 22/23. Curtis joins a club where he has strong fiends and family connections, with school team mates, Ethan Philips, Dawid Rubasniak and Joel Harries members of the Steelmen squad. His father Mark has also played for the club with younger brother Max having developed through the Mini and Junior section and will be a prt of the Steelmen Youth Squad in 2022/23
Curtis had to say on his signing.
My ambition has always been to play Premiership rugby and I was over the moon when Ebbw Vale offered me the opportunity to play for my local club. I have worked with Jason in the past and he is a coach who I have looked up to and am looking forward to being coached by again. I look forward to the challenges ahead and playing in front of the Ebbw supporters
Height: 6ft 4
Honours: 3 x championship winner
Jordan Davies becomes a steelmanWe are delighted to announce that Jordan Davies will be joining the steelmen for the 22/23 season. A local abrasive forward who is keen to learn and develop his game further.Jordan commented on his move to the Ciner Glass stadium.It’s a big move in my career and I can’t wait to get stuck into an exciting challenge when pre-season starts in July.Height : 6ft 7weight : 124kgPosition: Second RowClubs represented: Hafodyrynys, Abertillery and Croesyceiliog
Steelmen Youth Management Team Completed
Ebbw Vale RFC have now completed the management team for the youth and development teams at the club with the recruitment of ex Newbridge & Cardiff centre Richard Brown. Richard will assist Head Coach Mathew Williams with the coaching of the youth & development teams at The Ciner Glass Community Stadium.
Richard has a proven record in developing young players having coached representative age grade rugby and had successful periods with both Newbridge & Crumlin youth
On accepting his new coaching position, Richard commented, ‘I’m hugely excited to be involved and to start to contribute the development of future star Steelmen and looking forward to working with some great rugby people at Ebbw Vale’.
Head of Player & Coach Development, Alun Harries, added, ‘Richard’s appointment is the final piece in a quality management team for the youth & development section of the club. He has the detailed and critical approach to his coaching that the young players will thrive off and will be a great compliment to Chunky’
The full Youth & Development Management Team:
Head Coach: Mathew Williams
Assistant Coaches: Richard Brown & Phil Seward
Support Management: Damien Jenkins, John Prendergast & Andy Wallace
Welcome Andrew Mann
We are delighted to announce that 6ft 3 second row forward Andrew Mann is returning to Ebbw Vale for the 22/23 season. Andrew has a wealth of experience in the Welsh Premiership and is looking forward to playing in front of the Ebbw Addicts
Andrew had this to say on joining Ebbw Vale;
After spending the last 5 seasons away with Newport RFC, I have looked to play closer to home as I have work/family commitments to fulfil with a newborn on the way, really excited to see what the future holds with Ebbw as they’re a very close bunch and play with a lot of heart, looking forward to pulling on the jersey at Eugene and play in front of a very loud crowd 🙂
Weight: 16st 101kg
Pos: Second Row
Honours: Winning the premiership cup with Newport RFC, Coaches Player of the year for Newport 19/20 season.
Clubs: Brynmawr, Blaenavon, Ebbw vale RFC, Newport RFC.
Ebbw Vale RFC is currently looking for a physiotherapist/sports therapist/sports rehab practitioner / osteopath / chiropractor for the upcoming season. The role will start at the beginning of July and you will be available for training & games during the season. Rugby / sport experience desirable
A pitch side trauma qualification is a must and the renumeration for the position will be based on your experience and discussed with the club at your interview.
– Assisting with up keep of the WRU minimum standards criteria
– Managing player injuries, including creating a clinical impression and rehabilitation programmes
– Joint working with club physio, coaches and additional back room staff
– Pitch side cover at games
If you feel you have the correct experience and qualifications then please send your CV ASAP to Saran Wyburn on firstname.lastname@example.org
McDonough signs for the steelmen
Addicts favourite Carrick McDonough has signed for the steelmen for the 22/23 season from the Dragons. The former sprinter and Wales u20s wing is looking forward to getting stuck into pre-season with the boys and learning of Jason and the other coaches to develop his game. Carrick will also continue to work with Wales 7’s in the coming season
I’m very excited to sign for Ebbw Vale this coming season, the club is rebuilding, and I know the 22/23 season is going to be a promising one, the new coaching staff are adding new things to the club and the new boys coming in will make a difference.
Height : 181cm
Weight : 88kg
Honours : Wales 18s, Wales 20s and Wales 7s
Clubs represented: Ebbw Vale, Cross Keys and Bridgend
Jordan Pritchard signs for the Steelmen
We are delighted to announce the signing of experienced tight head prop Jordan Pritchard for the 2022/23 season.
Hailing from Ferndale, Jordan first started his rugby with Rhondda Schools under 15’s, advancing on to the Blues Under 16s, and Ospreys Under 18’s. Jordan has also represented Swansea RFC, Pontypridd and Treorchy RFC as well as Ospreys A.
Speaking to Jordan on signing for Ebbw Vale he said, I am looking forward to new challenges at Ebbw and progressing as a player and can’t wait to start with the squad for pre season.
Position Tight Head Prop
Cardiff Blues U16s
Boys Club of Wales U16s
Bridgend College, Treorchy RFC, Pontypridd RFC, Swansea RFC
We are delighted to announce the signing of exciting young full back Morgan Richards. Morgan has represented Wales at U20’s level as well as the Dragons and most recently Pontypridd RFC in the Welsh Premiership.
On signing for Ebbw Vale, Morgan had the following to say;
The project at Ebbw Vale for next season is something that has really excited me. It is something I want to be apart of, there will be a lot of new faces in the squad so let’s hope we can hit the ground running. I can’t wait to get started.
Height – 6ft
Weight – 91kg
Position – Full Back, Wing
Honours – Wales 16’s, Wales 18’s, Wales 20’s, Dragons.
Clubs Represented – Caldicot RFC (home club), Dragons 16’s, Dragons 18’s, Dragons Celtic Cup, Pontypridd.
Morgan’s Video Highlights https://youtu.be/CLLnsoCwg10
Dan Haymond Appointed Team Manager
After announcing his recent retirement Dan Haymond has accepted the vacant position of Team Manager at the Steelman and will be supported by the long serving Team Administrator Doug Taylor.
Dan had 210 caps for the Steelmen that included 4 title winning seasons, 2 cup semi finals, A fierce competitor and player who always gave 100% every time he pulled on the Steelmen jersey
This completes the off field set up and Chairman Jon Jones had this to say about the appointment of Dan,
When Dan discussed his retirement with Jason and myself, both of us agreed that we wanted to keep Dan involved at the club and the vacant Team Manager’s role was an ideal opportunity. Dan epitomises what has been good about the club over the last 10 years, pride in the badge, skill, heart and honesty. Good people create good environments and we are confident that Dan will continue to play a major part in driving a culture of hard work leading to success
Obviously when I new it was time to hang my boots up it wasn’t a decision I wanted to make, so when Jason told me he still wanted me involved with the club and offered me the team manager’s role it was a no brainer for me.
It will be a strange feeling and it is going to take a bit of time for me to get used to the role but I will give it 100% and do my best for the boys and club. I am hoping having played under Jason for so long and played along side the boys that I can be a good link between the both and can’t wait to get stuck in.
Coaching Team Announcement
Chairman Jon Jones is delighted to announce that the coaching Team appointed in December 2021 will lead the Steelmen into the 2022/23 season having steadied the ship and gained 3 wins in what was a tough and disappointing 2021/22 season
Head Coach Jason Strange will once again be backed up by Forwards Coach Geraint Lewis, Backs Coach Steve Lang, S&C Coach Nicky Strange and Aaron Coundley will continue as scrum coach.
All retained players have left with training plans for the summer prior to recommencement of pre season training at the beginning of July
“Last season gave the coaches an opportunity to look at the squad and the clubs position both on and off the field. It became obvious that it was a big rebuilding job with changes needed. There’s a lot to turnaround which isn’t going to happen overnight but next season’s squad will be increased, improved and stronger.
Its now important we look towards the future by recruiting the right type of characters, working hard in pre season and getting everyone going in the same direction towards a clear goal.
Ebbw Vale RFC YouthAssistant Coach Following the appointment of club stalwart Mathew Williams as Head Coach for the youth team at Ebbw Vale, the club are now recruiting an Assistant Coach to work with Mathew and the youth team and aid the clubs Pathway to Premiership programme. As Assistant Coach you will also work with the senior squad coaches for preparation of the club’s Development XV fixtures Duties will include: – Responsibility for backline play – Assist the Head Coach in team tactics and playing strategy – Enhance player’s core skills – Attend and deliver on youth team and development XV sessions – Attend youth and development XV matches This role will suit an enthusiastic and ambitious coach who wishes to be part of a Premiership club coaching environment, ideally WRU (or other recognised union) Level 2 qualified, or at least be willing to work towards that qualification For more details or to express an interest please contact: Alun Harries Head of Player & Coach Development M: 07932 024408 E: email@example.com
Ebbw Vale RFC are delighted to announce that the following Forwards have been retained for the 2022/23 season. With the coaching group maintaining an experienced core of players plus young forwards who joined during the season who quickly became Addicts favouritesLoose Head Prop’s – Luke Garrett, Joel Harries, Lewis Kinsella Hookers – Joe Franchi, Harry Bee, Mickhal Blake Tight Head – Dave Whiting Second Row – Lance Randall Back Row – Lewis Young, Alex Howes, Joe Thomas, Dawid Rubasniak
Following the well publicised retirements of Steelmen stalwarts Rob Severnoakes and Dan Haymond the club can confirm that the following players are leaving the Ciner Class Community Stadium and all Officials, Coaches and Squad members would like to thank them for the their contribution to the club and wish them the best of luck for the future rugby and work careers,Thank you all and Once a Steelman always a Steelman Corey Talbot Alex Grey Owen Young Rhys Jones Mike Powell Ryan Evans Harry Harding Dan Hill
The season ended last Saturday with the annual awards night at the CiNER GLASS Community Stadium.
Despite a lack of honours for the club this season there were plenty of players looking for individual reward.
The evening kicked off by awarding Evan Lloyd with the top points scorer for Ebbw this season, finishing on 47 points. Karl Offers presenting Evan before announcing that Daf Howells would be the top try scorer for the Steelmen this season, with Daf unable to make the night.
Try of the season came from the ugliest result, away to Newport in the Greg Woods era. Ewan Rosser’s try in the corner nearest the Addicts taking the prize.
The Gareth Howls Captain’s award went to Joe Franchi, but as President Mark Powell said, “What do the Davis Cup, Ryder Cup and Ebbw Vale RFC all have in common? They have non-playing captains,” signifying the unfortunate time Joe has had to take off with injury.
The Addicts’ Most Promising Player was also taken by Evan Lloyd who has been one of the shining lights this season at Eugene Cross.
For the first time in the club’s history the Ivor Evans Clubman award was a tie, going to both Rob Sevenoaks and Dan Haymond, unarguable considering their efforts on and off the pitch. Oaksy also picked up the Dr Gordon Thomas award.
The Denzil Williams Players’ Player of the Year, presented by captain Franchi went to Ethan Phillips whilst the Addicts Player of the Season was Ethan ‘Oggy’ Doyle.
The Clive Burgess Man of Streel award, given to the player who has played the most games in a season for Ebbw went to Dan Hill, who spent most of the evening taking some stick for his sole appearance for those in Black and Amber down the valley.
In fitting fashion to their services for the club, the evening was rounded off with a couple of special presentations, both awarded by the Franchi brothers. Firstly, the boys handed over a collection from the players and their thanks for the kit men, which was proudly accepted by Ron, Doug, Dilwyn and Ash on the night.
Lastly. Oaksy and Dan Haymond were given a special portrait caricature of their time at Ebbw as they both bid farewell to playing duties at the club, but as was announced by Jon Jones, Dan will return as Team manager next season.
List Of Awards
Top Points Scorer – Evan Lloyd
Top Try Scorer – Dafydd Howells
Try Of The Season – Ewan Rosser v Newport
Gareth Howls Captain’s Award – Joe Franchi
Ebbw Addicts Most Promising Player – Evan Lloyd
Ivor Evans Clubman Award – Rob Sevenoaks & Dan Haymond
Dr Gordon Thomas Award – Rob Sevenoaks
Denzil Williams Played Player Of The Year Award – Ethan Phillips
Ebbw Addicts Player Of The Year – Ethan Doyle
Clive Burgess Man Of Steel Award – Dan Hill
New Youth Team Head Coach for The Steelmen
Ebbw Vale RFC are delighted to announce that former player Mathew Williams will take over as Head Coach for the youth team.
Mathew, known in the rugby community as Chunky, played nearly 300 games for Ebbw Vale and was an integral part of the squad’s success in winning leagues and becoming Premiership champions in 2016.
On his appointment Mathew stated, ‘It’s great to be back at the club that was a huge part of my rugby career and to be working with a talented squad of young players, who I hope all go onto having the same success I enjoyed with the club’.
Mathew started his coaching career at his local club Oakdale and Steelmen Head Coach , Jason Strange, is looking forward to supporting him further in his coaching career, ‘Chunky is a very good young coach and it’s great to have in back in the fold. He will also be working with seniors, so that we have that clear route and continuity for young players coming through as part of our Premiership Pathway programme’ .
Any 16-18 year olds wishing to be part of the youth and development programme at Ebbw Vale , please contact Head of Coach & Player Development, Alun Harries on 07932 024408
Are you a 16-18 year old rugby player aiming to play in the highest domestic league in Wales?
Ebbw Vale RFC is offering a bespoke ‘Pathway to Premiership’ programme for aspiring young players.
Joining Ebbw Vale RFC Youth team as the first step you will receive high quality and experienced coaching and support providing access to and sessions with the successful and highly qualified First XV coaches.
The pathway support goes beyond your time in youth rugby as Ebbw Vale RFC will be running a Development XV, coached by the senior coaches and the opportunity for you to wear the Ebbw Vale jersey and push for a semi-pro contract, plus potentially play in New Zealand or Australia for a season as part of your development.
Alun Harries, Head of Player & Coach Development
Mob: 07932 024408
The Ebbw Vale RFC annual club dinner and presentation evening will take place on Saturday 14th May commencing at 6:00pm.
The evening will consist of a Hog Roast which will be served with wedges and salad, along with a vegetarian option. If you have any food allergies please let Andrew or Angharad know when booking.
Cost per person will be £20
To book your place at the club dinner contact Andrew Phillips on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07766490358, or Angharad on 07816153355
The evening is open to over 18s only.
Ebbw ended their season in disappointing form to Bridgend with a 11-7 defeat at home. It was never to be the Steelmen’s day, or should that be night, when a 50:22 attempt from the Ravens was fielded back in play by Jordan Thomas which set up an easy opener for the Ravens.
Despite going in 8-0 down at the break, Ebbw weren’t out of the game and needed some luck. Unfortunately, Evan Lloyd’s cracking kick bounced a foot inside the touchline and remained in play, whereas if it had bounced out, Ebbw would have retained possession about 50 metres up field.
Adding to that bad luck, Ebbw seemed destined to score when Ed Howley’s deliberate knocked on should have seen a penalty try as well as the yellow card that was brandished to the Bridgend winger.
Despite this Ebbw found themselves on the scoresheet when Joe Thomas powered over following some Ebbw pressure, unfortunately it was too little too late and the host couldn’t get another score.
“I was expecting better than that to end the season, but it’s pretty much summed up the past few weeks. Performance was nowhere near good enough, but our problems are obvious, and we can work on those over the summer,” said Jason after the game.
“The messages have been to be consistent, and we made too many errors and no disrespect to Bridgend, but they didn’t have to do a lot to beat us, they did the basics, and it was good enough.
“Now isn’t the time to talk about rugby, but we all understand big changes are needed and a major rebuild is required at the club as we’re not good enough.”
With plenty of faces moving on to other clubs or through retirement the club wishes them all the best, Chippy adding, “The effort has never been in doubt, they’re a great group of boys to work with and it’s never nice to see players leave, but we’re doing it for the betterment of the club.”
Ebbw Vale RFC Youth
Following comments on social media there is a misinterpretation of boys reaching the age where under current rules they will be moving to senior rugby. There are no financial issues at the club at all and the club is about to announce a new coaching structure for the youth team to expand its development even further.