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Player DeparturesEbbw Vale RFC can now confirm that former International Wing Dafydd Howells will be stepping down from Prem Rugby to return to play for this local club Abercrave RFC after a chance of job that involves a 12 hour 4 on and 4 off shift pattern would severely limit his availability to train and play. Having signed a contract prior to the end of season both player and club are disappointed with the outcome but are in full agreement that this is the right decision for player and club. Chairman Jon Jones commented that Dafydd is making the right decision for his career and family like and we wish him well, he has been a pleasure to work with and will always have a warm welcome at Ebbw Vale, Dafydd has said> ‘Having started a new job recently I have found it hard to commit the time I need to perform at this level. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Ebbw, the direction the club are pushing with new players and coaches is exciting and I really look forward to seeing them achieve great things this year. Thank you to everyone involved for being so supportive last season and good luck for the season ahead’Ethan Doyle

In a further departure from the club back row forward Ethan Doyle who was one of the standout players in a tough year for the Steelmen whether in the back row or second row is returning to former club Old Rednesians which is close to Ethan’s Bristol home. Ethan, affectionately known as Oggie  travels extensively with his work and can no longer give the time commitment that playing in Wales means for him. A firm favourite of the Ebbw Addicts, winning Supporters Player of the Year he will be missed and the club wishes him every success in his playing and work career


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Pre Season Fixtures

Ebbw Vale RFC is pleased to announce the following pre season friendlies that will see the club visit old friends and familiar grounds after a few years of absence

Saturday August 13th 2.30pm v Neath at the GnollSaturday August 20th At Clifton RFC at 2.30 , this will be consist of 40 mins v Clifton and 40 mins v Tonbridge Thursday August 25th v Cross Keys RFC at 7.15pm at Pandy Park


Ebbw Vale Youth Pre-season

An Invite to start your Pathway to Premiership

For any 16-18 year old players willing to become part of a Premiership club, pre-season training will start on Monday July 4th.

Prior to the start of training there will be a ‘Meet the Club’ evening on Thursday 30th June at The Ciner Glass Community Stadium, Eugene Cross Park.

On the evening you will meet and chat with the highly experienced and knowledgeable youth team coaches and management, who will talk about the opportunities with Ebbw Vale RFC, the coaching methods and off field support, the history of the club, its culture and how you can be the next part of it!

The evening will also provide:

  • A tour of the clubhouse
  • A visit to the main ground changing rooms , including the in house gym
  • An opportunity to try on next seasons kit
  • Meet senior squad players

Places are limited! So for further information and to book your place please contact a member of the Management team:

Mathew Williams, Head Coach – 07535 516276

Richard Brown, Assistant Coach – 07972 740388

Phil Seward, Assistant Coach – 07919 403505

Damien Jenkins, Team Management Support – 07713 325093

John Prendergast, Team Management Support – 07842 410710

Andy Wallace, Team Management Support – 07749 850960

Alun Harries, Head of Development – 07932 024408


Ebbw Vale RFC Sign Scimitar Kit Deal

We are delighted to announce a new five-year kit partnership with Scimitar Sportswear, which will begin ahead of the 2022/23 season. 

Ebbw Vale are the second Welsh Premiership side to partner with Scimitar, after Carmarthenshire outfit Llandovery RFC signed a new deal in 2021. 

The 2015/16 Premiership champions have signed a deal which will see Scimitar provide sustainable teamwear, sportswear and leisure options.

The Monmouthshire side, who play at 7000-capacity Eugene Cross Park, have produced notable players over the years including British & Irish Lions Denzil Williams, Arthur Lewis and Dan Lydiate, as well as the current Canada National Team Coach, Kingsley Jones. 

Ebbw Vale Chairman Jon Jones said: “Scimitar are leading the way when it comes to custom sportswear and the quality of the kit is fantastic which I know the players and staff will be excited to wear.

“The fact Scimitar prioritise sustainability is important to us and where possible, we will look to go down this route as we as a club also recognise the importance of recycling.

“We’re very much looking forward to next season and know that we are in very capable hands with Scimitar to help us meet our kit and merchandise needs for all of our teams, from 7-year-olds to senior rugby, alongside an excellent package of accessories that compliments the kit offering superbly.”

Scimitar Director Jon Rew said: “We’re thrilled to be able to support another fantastic Welsh Premiership side and we’re very excited to be able to soon launch the new playing XV shirt for the 2022/23 season.” 

For all the latest from news, results and fixtures from Ebbw Vale RFC, click here. 

To enquire about sportswear or merchandise for your club, email 

Social Media: @evrfc @ScimitarCustom



Ebbw Vale are delighted to announce the signing of Rhys Francis back to the club after a lengthy lay off. Rhys will add experience to the Steelmen front row and can’t wait to start pre season and get stuck in once again.

Height – 6”2

Weight – 106kg

Position – Hooker

Honours – Dragons U20’s, Dragons Academy

Past clubs – Ebbw Vale RFC, UWIC RFC

Rhys had to say;

“ I am really excited to get back playing after injury and help Ebbw Vale in it’s rebuild process. The club has been a massive part of my rugby career since signing here back in 2014 with Jason and Duane. Especially looking forward to hearing and seeing the addicts on the bank on a Saturday afternoon!”


Ebbw Vale are delighted to announce the signing of experienced tight head prop Adam Court for the 2022/23 season. 

Adam had the following to say on joining the Steelmen

It’s a great opportunity for me at a big club like Ebbw vale. I am looking forward to a hard pre season and then getting stuck into the season ahead.

Clubs: Pontyclun RFC,  Beddau RFC, Cardiff RFC and Bridgend RFC

Stats: 6ft

Weight: 125kg

Age: 29

Position: Tight head

Ebbw Vale RFC is excited to welcome Haydn to the steelmen for the coming season. Haydn will offer an attacking option at 10 or 15 as well as being an accomplished goal kicker and add further strength in depth to the squad that is being built.

Hayden’s Highlights

Haydn commented.

Having played against Ebbw Vale on numerous occasions I’ve experienced the great atmosphere that the Ebbw Vale fans create. After talking to Jason about the club’s ambitions it was an easy decision to make. I’m excited for a new challenge and can’t wait to start playing in front of the Ebbw fans.

Height: 6ft

Weight: 86kg

Position: Outside half / full back

Clubs: Newport RFC, Croesyceiliog RFC