- Whites look forward to new campaign
- Farewell and thanks to some old faces
- More to come as we look to 2018-19
As the dust settles on the 2017-18 campaign, we naturally see a few faces change within the club, and although news of new staff and players will be released in due course, the club would first like to thank and wish good luck to departing staff and players and finalise the squad for the coming season. This will be an ongoing exercise as new arrivals are confirmed.
Rhodri Wells returned for ‘one last season’ after his retirement in 2017 but decided to hang up his boots and jersey for the final time after the last game of the season vs Llandovery in May. Thirteen seasons, 226 appearances and 40 tries later, all at the club would like to say a big thank you to Rhodri for his commitment and dedication to the club and team, along with being an important mentor and advocate for younger players within the squad.
Powerful number 8 Steff Jones retires from the Whites jersey with 120 appearances under his cap. Steff will take up a coaching role with Kenfig Hill RFC next season, whilst finishing the renovations on his new pub, The Old House Inn, Llangynwyd. The club would like to wish Steff all the very best with his coaching career and we hope you will all feel free to renew the acquaintance with Steff at the Old House Inn sometime. It’s apparently one of Wales’ oldest pubs!
Also departing us this season are hooker Tom Ball and back row Jack Perkins. Ball joined us last season following a year with Italian Serie A side Brescia, whilst Jack Perkins has spent the season returning from a nasty leg injury, but still considered one of our own this year. Jack has been gaining valuable game time on permit with various local clubs and we are pleased to see a successful recovery from the injury. Good Luck to Tom and Jack with the next step of their rugby careers!
Behind the scenes, the support that back room staff provide for the team is immense and their work to keep the team in good shape does not go unnoticed by the players and coaches. Unfortunately this season, we say goodbye to our S&C team of Jason Larkman and Ben Dancer after 3 and 4 seasons respectively, and to our physio Katie Davies who, as a keen rugby player herself, will be using her extra time to train and play with her local ladies side.
Within SWRFC, the players are wishing the coaching staff well on their next ventures as they bid farewell Nick Edwards, Alyn Lake and Dafydd Howells. Nick and Alyn have coached and mentored the women’s team since their establishment in 2016, reaching two league champions titles and the double Super Cup achievement and we must pass on all our thanks for their commitment and determination for ensuring the team reached their full potential. Daf, who joined last season as the SWRFC skills coach alongside his playing commitments with the Ospreys, will be moving to play for the Dragons next season and we wish him every success with the region.
Everyone at St Helen's is working hard to bring things together match by match and season by season. This involves all at the club from the management, coaches, players and staff to volunteers and supporters as the club belongs to everyone. This has always been the ethos at Swansea RFC and what makes it such a special club.
With next season set to be a huge season in the clubs’ history, we have plenty of exciting news coming up of new signings, staff appointments and friendly fixtures! Stay tuned across all social channels and the website to be the first to know of our latest news!