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12 Days of Christmas 12

🎢 It’s Christmaaaaaaaas! 🎢

It’s the last day of our “12 Days of Christmas” success stories and today we are celebrating a success that was 3 years in the making; being crowned Welsh Champions 2019.

πŸŽ„ After forming the open-age mens team in 2017 our goal had always been to win the Welsh Premier and become Welsh Champions. After 2 seasons building we finally achieved that goal this season.

The season got off to a flying start with with a 34-20 win at home against Torfaen Tigers.

Jackson Huntley bagged the first try of the campaign with Chris Harris, Max Hendy, Tom Hale (2) and Wayne Harrison (2) all getting over the whitewash too. You know it’s going to be a good year when Wayne Harrison doubles his overall try tally in just the first match.

Next up was another home fixture, this time against Cardiff Blue Dragons.

This was the Outlaws largest ever win with the lads grabbing a total of 14 tries between them. Rhod Garland, Tom Hale, Thomas Harrison (2), Mark Addis, Chris Harris, Mark Jones, Taine Hendy, Dafydd Smith, Tyler Wasley (2), Kev James, Jackson Huntley and Lee Griffiths all got over.

Sadly things were back to normal for Wayne Harrison who didn’t even get within 10 meters of the whitewash.

Chris Harris did break the clubs record of conversions in a single match with 10.

The lads were on the road for the first time the following week to take on old rivals the Bridgend Blue Bulls. Games between the Bulls and the Outlaws always seem to be very close affairs with a few fireworks and this match was no different.

Bridgend put in a brilliant performance to beat the Outlaws. Consolation tries that day came from Tyler Wasley and Chris Harris.

After his shock of scoring two tries on the opening weekend, Wayne Harrison had needed to take a bit of time off and didn’t take to the field in this clash.

The lads were on the road again the following week for the return fixture with Torfaen Tigers.

Kev James put in a great performance at Loose Forward and grabbed a hat-trick of tries. Tom Hale (2), Michael Herbert, Jackson Huntley and James Allen (2) also got on the score sheet.

Wayne Harrison missed this one too as he was on the media circuit giving interviews about his two tries in the first round.

Back at Sardis Road it was the return fixture with Bridgend Blue Bulls and the lads were keen to pick up the win after losing out previously.

Another close affair between these two but the Outlaws came out on top. Tries were scored by Jonah Huntley, Mark Addis, Thomas Hale, Jordan Williams, Ria Turare, Thomas Hopkins (2) and Thomas Harrison.

Despite only just turning 18, Thomas Harrison had now broken his dad’s (Wayne Harrison) career total tries.

As we headed in to July the Outlaws were scheduled to play the Valley Cougars but after the match initially being postponed it was eventually cancelled as the Cougars dropped out of the league.

For the final game of the regular season the lads were away to Cardiff Blue Dragons.

It was tries galore again for the Outlaws with the lads getting over 10 times. They came from Michael Herbert (2), Thomas Hopkins, Mark Jones, Morgan Cross and a club record 4 from Kev James putting him right back in contention for Top Try Scorer of 2019.

At the end of the regular season the boys were top with 5 wins from 6

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This set us up for a semi-final match at home against Cardiff Blue Dragons. Despite having run in two record results against them in the regular season the lads knew it wasn’t a guarantee as Cardiff are a well coached outfit and have a lot of experience at knock-out rugby.

In the end it was another big win for the Outlaws with 13 tries being scored. Jonah Huntley (2), Rhod Garland, Tyler Wasley (2), Tom Hale, Chris Harris, Mark Jones (2), Kev James, Max Hendy, Richie Lewis and Andrew Prouse all got over.

This took us in to the final and a home fixture against Bridgend Blue Bulls. With it being one a piece between these sides in the regular season and the matches always being tight, there was a lot of nerves going in to finals day.

This was a close fought contest right up until the end but the Outlaws won out and claimed the 17th Welsh Grand Final. Scorers that day were Tom Hale, Lee Griffiths, Thomas Hopkins, Max Hendy, Richie Lewis, Kev James and Jackson Huntley.

Top Try Scorer for the season was veteran utility player Kev James who had played at Loose Forward throughout the season. Tom Hale was the most consistent scorer but just came up short in the final tally

PlayerTries
Kev James9
Tom Hale7
Chris Harris4
Jackson Huntley4
Thomas Hopkins4

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12 Days of Christmas 11

Only 2 stories left in this countdown to Christmas. Today it’s all about infrastructure.

πŸŽ„ Back in November we announced the club would be leaving Sardis Road, home of Pontypridd RFC. We’d had three brilliant years there but the dream had always been to find a ground of our own.

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Our old home at Sardis Road

After many months of hard work the Outlaws had finally found a place we could move to and call our own; Glyncoch Sports Bar. The Clubhouse up at Glyncoch had been build for Glyncoch RFC back in the 80s but with the unfortunate demise of the Rugby Club, the facilities were now sat vacant.

Our new home at Glyncoch

Work has already begun to put our mark on the clubhouse as we’ve started painting it up in Outlaws colours.

Buzz Allen hard at work
Getting the facilities back in good order
Club legend Corey Phillips. Better with a ball than a hammer
Renowned bin-dipper Pasty Griffiths

There’s a lot of work to do up at the club but it’ll all be complete by the start of the season. We are ecstatic to be the first community club in Wales with our own clubhouse and see this as a base from which to continue to grow the club. We have big plans for match days now so keep following us on social media to hear about what we have in store for Glyncoch.

12 Days of Christmas 10

Just 3 days left until Christmas and in today’s “12 Days of Christmas” success story we are going to take a peek behind the scenes and have a look at all the people who work tirelessly to keep the Outlaws running.

πŸŽ„ The first person who deserves a mention is Leon Green. Leon founded the club back in 2015 to give young lads in the Rhondda the opportunity to play Rugby League. The club and all involved will forever be grateful that he had the vision to build something for us to inherit.

A young Leon Green and an even younger Cobi.

Next up it has to be our late Chairman, Clive Batchelor. Clive joined the Outlaws in 2017 and brought with him a vision for the future development of the club. It was Clive who established the culture of the club by instilling in it his values of integrity, respect and decency. His passion for Rugby League and his sheer hard work meant he put in place the foundations needed to allow the club to grow and flourish. The move to our own clubhouse, the introduction of a Woman’s team, the introduction of new age-grades and our eventual triumph as Welsh Champions all came off the back of those foundations. Sadly, Clive passed away suddenly in 2018. To honour him, the club renamed the Player of the Season award to the “Clive Batchelor Award”. This will ensure his legacy and everything he did for the club is never forgotten.

Clive Batchelor (1964-2018)

James ‘Buzz’ Allen also joined the club alongside Clive Batchelor. Buzz had played Rugby League for many years and was a former Wales Dragonhearts international. He worked alongside Clive and Gareth (who we’ll talk about shortly) to establish the new open-age men’s team. Buzz was appointed Head Coach which could well have been the hardest job in Rugby League at the time. He had only a few months to recruit players and then get them organised in to a team that could compete in the Welsh Premier. The task was especially difficult as the majority of the new players had never played Rugby League before so a lot of time was spent just teaching the basics. Over the past 3 seasons Buzz has taken that team from an horrific defeat at the hands of the then reigning champions Valley Cougars in our first ever match to being Welsh Champions themselves.

But Buzz isn’t just a coach. He’s involved in every aspect of the club from organising sponsorship, playing kit, building up the new teams, organising functions, etc. You name it, Buzz will have been involved in it. He also takes on many different coaching roles with Wales Rugby League and was assistant coach this year for the historic first test for Wales Women.

He’s even been known to throw his boots back on when needed!

Buzz Allen in action for the Outlaws

Gareth Keirle joined the club at the same time as Clive and Buzz and has been an ever-present since. He was instrumental in getting the mens team up and running. Gareth has brought to the club a ‘just get it done’ attitude which has permeated throughout. He has been involved in all aspects of the club ever since his arrival and helps out with every aspect both behind the scenes and on match days. Many of you will know Gareth over the last two seasons as our in-match announcer and resident DJ who calls the teams and scores out during games as well as entertaining the fans with a bit of Tom Jones at half time. When not running around ensuring everything is running smoothly, he occasionally pulls his boots on to play for the mens team.

Gareth Keirle celebrating our 2019 success

David ‘Dai’ Albertelli joined the club in 2017 as a player before also taking up responsibilities behind the scenes. He took over Team Manager responsibilities in 2018 and has been key to the continued growth of the club as he ensures all aspects of the running of the club are professional and properly organised. Dai fulfills many roles within the Outlaws; everything from player, team manager, physio, coach and general dogs body. He is also extremely active within Wales Rugby League doing many roles with different age-grades, Wales Women, Wales Students and Origin. Without Dai its hard to imagine how everything would have come together to ensure we were crowned Welsh Champions 2019.

Dai Albertelli getting involved for the Outlaws

Wayne Harrison is another player who has also taken on many back room roles. He is very involved in coaching throughout the club and works with all the teams from the men down to the U12s. He also a very active member of the management committee at the club and helps ensure things continue to progress. He recently won a Sport RCT volunteer of the month award from Rhondda Cynon Taf council in recognition of the hard work he puts in at the Outlaws and his Union Club (Glyfach Goch RFC).

Wayne Harrison scoring a rare try

Corey Phillips is another player who takes on many responsibilities behind the scenes. When he isn’t lacing up his boots at number nine you can guarantee he’s working hard to grow the club. He was instrumental in getting the U12s up and running and played a major part in their training and development last year. He’s usually the first person to turn up when needed and the last to leave. His zest for life and good humour ensure he’s a favourite character within the club.

Corey Philips, a massive hooker in every sense.

Andy Reeves starting coming to watch the Outlaws when we first started and is now actively involved with the club. As well as being a primary sponsor he also helps out at all the training sessions and works the gate on match days.

Andy Reeves, the Outlaws Enforcer

Jamie Langmead fits volunteering at the club around his busy life as one of her majesty’s constabulary. Jamie has always helped out at the club and has covered multiple roles. He is currently our Women’s Team Manager and head of Player Welfare.

Jamie Langmead, celebrating an Outlaws victory

Caroline Howard is one of our newer volunteers and has been a huge help in running match days this season by running the gate and selling programmes.

Louise Isaac is both a player with our Women’s team and our men’s team physio. She has a great work ethic which sets a good example to the rest of the club.

Louise Isaac, player and physio

Bryan & Andrea Griffiths haven’t missed a game since the club started and they follow us both home and away. With the move up to the new club house, Bryan has been helping get everything ready and is looking to take up a role on the Management Committee in the new year.

Bryan Griffiths
Andrea Griffiths

Ieuan ‘Pasty’ Griffiths embodies everything that is great about our club. He never misses a match, training session or meeting and is the first to put his hand up and volunteer when something is needed. As well as being a great player in the pack he also gets actively involved in coaching and is taking up the role of U14 Team Manager in the new year. Outside the club, if he isn’t playing he’s refereeing for Wales Rugby League at everything from kids to internationals.

Ieuan Griffiths in his ‘sturdier’ days

Shaun Watton is a stalwart of the men’s team who has recently taken up a mentoring role within the club focusing specifically on the new Women’s team. Having gone from relative new comer in Rugby League to representative honours with Wales Dragonhearts in just 3 years he will set an example example to the Women about what can be achieved through hard work.

Shaun Watton, Outlaws powerhouse

Tom Hale is another stalwart who has been a player with the mens team from the very beginning. He is always early on match days to assist the staff with getting things organised and has a real passion for the club. He too will be taking up a mentoring position with the Women’s team in the new year. Tom has a great knowledge of the game and can adapt to any position so will make a great teacher for the Women.

Tom Hale, Outlaws utility back with fast feet

Rhodri Garland is another player who has been with the mens team since the beginning. Over the last couple of seasons he also become a primary shirt sponsor to help ensure the financial stability of the club and lends the club the PA equipment for home matches which allows us to have an announcer and provide entertainment. Outside of the club, Rhod has recently been called up for the WRU Wales Deaf squad which is something everyone at the club is extremely proud of.

Rhod Garland, Outlaws Ever-Present

Tom Harrison joined the club as a player in the open-age team whilst still only 17. Whilst not much older (at 18) he is already showing excellent leadership skills and is increasing his knowledge of Rugby League by getting involved in training of the junior grades.

Tom Harrison, pocket rocket

Ieuan Harrison is our resident photographer for match days and has a great skill at really capturing the emotion of the game in his photographs as well as the action.

Ieuan Harrison, Photographer

12 Days of Christmas 9

There’s just 4 days left in our countdown to Christmas and today we are focusing on the future of Rugby League in Wales by looking at the up and coming young stars.

πŸŽ„ The future of Rugby League looks bright with some really talented young stars coming up through the age grades. Today we are looking at the U19 Wales team and the Outlaws involvement with it.

Wales U19 played England Lions U19 on Saturday 16th September 2017 at the Centre for Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach. Despite the club only being around a short time we had 5 players selected for that match.

Wales U19 Squad 2017

Unfortunately Wales lost 42-24 that day to a very strong English side. A highlight for us though was seeing our young men’s first team centre, Nye Walker getting in for a try.

2018 saw the U19s head out to Serbia to take part in the RLEF European Youth Championships. Wales eventually finished 3rd in the competition.

Wales U19 Squad 2018

They beat Ukraine by a record breaking 90-0 in the opening match in which Nye Walker again got over for a try. The following game saw them come up against the English Lions and they lost 48-6. They won the final game against Scotland 42-18 with both Macauley Harris and Cobi Green getting over for a try.

You can see the full match of that historic 90-0 victory over Ukraine here:

Wales U19 played the English Lions again later in 2018, this time at Manchester Regional Arena. Again the English proved too strong with Wales going down 44-6.

In 2019 Wales U19 played 4 matches, winning 2 against Ireland (both home and away) and losing two to England Lions and England Academy.

Since 2017 we’ve had 6 Outlaws players be selected for U19s (in alphabetical order):

Cobi Green – Ton Pentre
Macauley Harris – Pontypridd
Matthew Morgan – Tonypandy
Morgan Cross – Merthyr Tydfil
Nye Walker – Pontypridd
Taine Hendy – Tonypandy

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12 Days of Christmas 8

The greatest thing about being involved with Rugby League in Wales is the amount of opportunity available to players to represent Wales. On day 8 of the “12 Days of Christmas” success stories we are looking at Wales Students and the Outlaws involvement.

πŸŽ„ The clubs first involvement with Wales Students came in 2018 when the Student Four Nations competition was hosted at Sardis Road, Pontypridd.

The competition saw England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales go head to head to be crowned Four Nations Champions. The games took place over the 17th to 22nd June.

In the Wales squad we had 2 former players picking up caps:

  • Macauley Harris
  • Matthew Morgan

We also had a lot of involvement in an off-field capacity. As well as organising the Sardis Road venue we had Outlaws Team Manager, David ‘Dai’ Albertelli appointed as the Wales team manager.

Men’s team Prop Ieuan Griffiths was a touch judge for the competition and one of our club photographers, Chris Powell captured snaps for the competition. Last but by no means least; James ‘Buzz’ Allen was an official ball boy for the competition and his performance was described as ‘not that bad considering’.

It wasn’t a bad competition for Wales overall as they picked up a win against Ireland but England took the championship.

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The following year Dai Albertelli was back as team manager and we saw an increase in the number of Outlaws selected to 4:

  • Cobi Green
  • Macauley Harris
  • Mathew Morgan
  • Max Hendy

This year the competition was at the University of Edinburgh from the 22nd to 30th June.

The results went largely the same way as the previous year with Wales getting a single win against Ireland and England being crowned Champions

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You can catch all the action from that win against Ireland in 2019 here:

12 Days of Christmas 6

Today marks the half way point in our countdown to Christmas and our “12 Days of Christmas” success stories. Today we’ve decided to celebrate the clubs involvement in the razzmatazz of the Commonwealth Championships.

πŸŽ„ The 2018 Rugby League Commonwealth Nines Championship took place in Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia on February 23rd and 24th.

It was an under 23s competition made up of 8 teams:

  • Australia
  • England
  • Fiji
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Samoa
  • Scotland
  • Tonga
  • Wales

The first bit of good news in the run up to the competition was that our very own David ‘Dai’ Albertelli had been selected as both Team Manager and Physio for the Welsh side.

This was quickly followed by more good news; 3 of the 15 man playing squad were Outlaws.

NameOutlaws Heritage Number
Aneurin ‘Nye’ Walker4
Cobi Green26
Macaulay Harris42

With four Outlaws involved, this meant 20% of the players and staff out there representing Wales in the competition came from our club. This is an amazing achievement for such a fledgling club.

The group stage of the competition didn’t go according to plan for the boys in red. They lost to Australia, Fiji and Scotland.

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However, in the play-offs the team managed to lift the whole nation by pulling off an amazing result, beating England 10-8.

Wales then went in to the final match. This time a 5th place playoff with Scotland. Unfortunately the lads were narrowly defeated 16-10 and ended the competition in 6th place. πŸŽ„

12 Days of Christmas 5

Christmas is coming up fast. We are already on to day 5 of our “12 Days of Christmas” success stories where each day we give you another bit of history about our club and the things we are most proud of.

πŸŽ„ Today we will be taking a look at the men who have picked up representative honours with the Dragonhearts.

Wales Dragonhearts are the amateur national side which is made up from the best players in the community game in both south and north Wales.

In 2017 we had our first cap when Mark ‘Blobby’ Jones was selected to play against Germany. The Germans were a formidable side which included none-other than former Leeds Rhino’s and current Hull KR centre Jimmy Keinhorst. Wales narrowly lost that game 34-38.

Mark ‘Blobby’ Jones
Jimmy Keinhorst

In 2018, Mark ‘Blobby’ Jones was once again selected to play for the Dragonhearts. This time he was joined by three other Outlaws; Corey Phillips, Max Hendy and Ieuan ‘Pasty’ Griffiths.

They weren’t the only Outlaws representing Wales in that Dragonhearts series. Our Head Coach, James ‘Buzz’ Allen was assistant coach.

The Dragonhearts played a 3 game series that year. Firstly they played London & South East in the English capital (losing 32-24) before flying out to Serbia to take on the Serbian national side (losing 22-20) and then a Serbian League select XIII (winning 50-4)

Left to Right: Max Hendy, James Allen, Corey Phillips, Ieuan Griffiths

In 2019 another two Outlaws players picked up their first caps for the Dragonhearts; Shaun Watton & Jonah Huntley.

This time the boys took on the Southern England Lionhearts (winning 26-20), Lithuania (winning 58-0), England Community Lions U23 (losing 68-0) and Malta (winning 34-18). The Malta team featured renowned journeyman Jarrod Sammut who at the time was playing for Wigan Warriors. πŸŽ„

Shaun Watton and Jonah Huntley
Jarrod Sammut

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It’s the 3rd day of our countdown to Christmas and our “12 Days of Christmas” success stories. This time its one of our players who has gone up north to ply his trade in the Rugby League heartlands:

πŸŽ„ When the club was founded in 2015, one of the first players signed up was a young lad from Ton Pentre; Cobi Green.

Cobi Green highlighted

There are a few other well known faces in that team photo above but we’ll be talking about them more at a later date. For now, its all about Cobi.

Cobi continued to play with the Outlaws right up to senior level where he was awarded heritage number 26. In his time at the Outlaws he picked up representational honours for Wales at junior grade.

Far right – Cobi Green representing Wales

In 2017 Cobi went north to the Rugby League heartlands to study at University which was the end of his time at the Outlaws but the start of an amazing career as he was picked up by Bradford Bulls academy.

In 2018 he represented his country at U23s in the Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Cobi Green highlighted

Whilst at the Bulls he had a brief loan period with League 1 outfit Coventry Bears.

At the start of this year he represented Wales in the Student Four Nations in Edinburgh before picking up his first Men’s cap for Wales when he played against England in the 9s World Cup in Australia.

Photo courtesy of Wales Rugby League

And his career continues to progress. He’s just been named in the newly reformed Bradford Bulls Reserve Side.

Image courtesy of Bradford Bulls

What an amazing journey for a lad from Ton Pentre. Everyone at the club is immensely proud of our association with him and we hope other young Rhondda boys and girls see his story and realise that through hard work and dedication, a career in Rugby League is a possibility. πŸŽ„

If you want to know more about the opportunities available in the Rhondda to play the great game, you can email the club at info@rhonddaoutlaws.co.uk, contact us on Twitter here or message us on facebook here

12 Days of Christmas 2

Its the second day of our “12 Days of Christmas” success stories. This time it’s the kids getting a mention:

πŸŽ„ Today we are celebrating the launch of our under 12s team.

Ever since the Outlaws formed the goal has always been to provide playing opportunities for everyone in our community. The launch of the under 12s was our first step in expanding our club to meet this goal.

The under 12s played their first season in 2019 with their very first match being against Cardiff Blue Dragons at Sardis Road, Pontypridd on 19th May.

The Outlaws took the spoils that day beating Cardiff 50 points to 6 with Rhys Conquer netting the first two tries for the Outlaws. Other scorers that day for the Outlaws were:

  • Logan Whyman
  • Rhodri Hex
  • Joey Williams
  • Jacob Kyle
  • Oliver Bayliss
  • Daniel Palin

Joey Williams capped off a great day for the Outlaws by kicking 7 conversions.

Overall it was an amazing first season for the boys with them finishing 6th in the league:

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The future of this club is looking great thanks to the commitment we are seeing from these boys. In just 5 years time we might be seeing them pick up heritage numbers for the senior mens team. πŸŽ„

12 Days of Christmas 1

There’s twelve days until Christmas so to get you in the festive spirit we are going to be sharing one of our success stories each night right up to Christmas eve.

πŸŽ„ First up it’s the story of one of our young stars.

Nye Walker (heritage number 4) from Pontypridd started his Rugby League journey at the Outlaws and was an ever present in our debut season before stepping up in to the professional ranks with West Wales Raiders the following season in 2018.

He’s held in high regard in the club because he’s an inspiration to other young players and shows there’s a clear pathway in Wales from the amateur to the professional game.

He’s one of a hand full of our former players who’ve moved up to the professional ranks. Perhaps we’ll see more of them as we count down to Christmas Eve! πŸŽ„

Check back tomorrow for day 2 of our ’12 days of Christmas’ success stories.

Challenge Cup Fixture Confirmed

Our first ever Challenge Cup game has now been confirmed with Barrow Island. We will be playing them at their Ratings Lane Ground on Saturday 11th January 2019.

Barrow Island ARLFC formed in 1935 and have have been playing competitive Rugby League ever since. After winning the Cumbria Cup in 1989-90 they were entered in to the Challenge Cup for the first time. They narrowly lost that first game against Thatto Heath from St Helens.

In 1994 they were back in the Challenge Cup and this time made it all the way to the 3rd round (beating Moorend and Walney Central) before being beaten by the professional Hunslet club.

In 1995 they returned once again to the Challenge Cup and again made it through to the 3rd round (beating Norland and West Hull). This time they were knocked out by the professional Ryedale York team.

That wasn’t their last foray in to the Challenge Cup and they entered a couple more times with the last time being in 2005.

Barrow Island are a club with a long history and a lot of experience in the Challenge Cup so we are expecting a real challenge when we make the 290 mile journey up to Cumbria. However, we wont be phased by this. As we say in the Rhondda; “Hwy Clod Na Golud”

For more information on our opponents you can catch them:

On facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BarrowIslandARLFC/

On twitter: https://twitter.com/BarrowIslandARL

Or on their website: https://www.pitchero.com/clubs/barrowisland/

New Clubhouse Taking Shape

The committee and several of the players have been up Glyncoch today to do the prep work ready for the upcoming paint job.We’ve cleaned out the referees room, the showers, the physio room and the changing rooms. Head Coach Buzz Allen has been channelling his inner ‘Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen’ and come up with the colour scheme (imaginatively the same as our club colours).We are also preparing our new pitch side advertising hoardings so if you are interested in getting one for your company, drop us a message.We’ll post updates as the work continues and we look forward to inviting you up to see it for our grand unveiling.

Outlaws Moving To New Home

Over the past three seasons the Outlaws have been using Sardis Road as guests of Pontypridd RFC and although the facilities there are fantastic, we have always had a plan to find a more permanent home and establish our own club house.

The Outlaws Management Committee has been working tirelessly for the past few months and are now pleased to announce we will be moving in to our own club house at Glyncoch in time for the 2020 season.

Over the next few months we will be working with our sponsor ‘A Reeves Decorating Services’ to get the club house ready for next season. This will involve branding the club house in the Outlaws colours, ensuring we have our memorabilia and team photos adorning the walls and getting the facilities all set up to give the Outlaws a real professional feel in their new home.

We look forward to sharing images with you as the work progresses.

Countdown to the Challenge Cup

Barrow Island vs Rhondda Outlaws

The countdown to the Challenge Cup has begun. The Outlaws have qualified to enter the first round of the Challenge Cup after being crowned Welsh champions 2019.

The draw will be made in November so keep following us here, on Facebook or Twitter to get live updates when the draw is made.

There is currently a hot debate raging in the squad about whether we’d rather get a home draw so we can extend some good old fashioned Rhondda hospitality to our opponents or whether we’d rather get the away draw so we can head up north to the Rugby League heartlands and show them what the Outlaws are all about. We’ll just have to wait until the draw to see what the ‘fickle finger of fate’ has in store for us.

The Challenge Cup is Rugby League’s most historic and prestigious competition and is the only knock-out tournament of its kind to include teams from all levels of the sport.

It is an eight month long competition that starts out featuring many grassroots clubs and climaxes with a spectacular final at Wembley Stadium, London which not only attracts fans from both competing finalists but the whole Rugby League community.

Since the first final in 1897, which saw Batley beat St Helens 10-3 in front of nearly 13,500 people in Leeds, the competition has grown from strength to strength.

In 1929 the final was played at Wembley Stadium for the first time in an effort to grow the appeal of the sport outside of the traditional northern heartland. A healthy crowd of 41,500 turned up to see that first London final and witness Wigan claim their second cup victory after a 13-2 victory over Dewsbury.

Since 1929, Wembley has hosted the majority of cup finals and Rugby League’s annual pilgrimage to the national stadium is now seen as one of the biggest dates on the British sporting calendar.

The Challenge Cup is also responsible for producing Rugby League’s biggest ever crowd in the UK. In 1954, a cup final replay between Warrington and Halifax attracted a jaw dropping 102,569 people, all crammed into Bradford’s Odsal stadium to see The Wire victorious 8-4.

Wigan are the cup’s most successful side lifting the famous silver trophy on the most occasions. This is partly due to their record eight consecutive cup final victories between 1988 and 1995, a feat that remains one of UK sport’s greatest ever cup runs.

Despite this success, Wigan were also victims of one of the competition’s greatest ever giant killings when, in 1998, they were beaten by an unfancied Sheffield Eagles side.

In 2007 the final returned to Wembley having gone on the road to Murrayfield, the Millennium Stadium and Twickenham for seven years whilst the stadium was being redeveloped. Although St Helens were resounding winners under the new Wembley arch, it was memorable for the fact that their opponents, the Catalans Dragons, were the first ever French team to reach the final in the competition’s history.

Outlaws Renew Partnership with Cyber Cymru

The Outlaws are delighted to announce we have renewed our partnership with Cyber Cymru for another 12 months.

Cyber Cymru will be the premier sponsor for the mens team for the 2020 season. The company has been a great partner of the club and has sponsored us since 2015 and has been the mens team’s premier sponsor since their inception in 2017.

Steve Bartlett, Managing Director of CyberCymru Ltd said:

CyberCymru Ltd was born in the Rhondda and has always looked to establish close ties with the local community through active engagement and sponsorship of junior rugby union and more recently sponsorship of the Outlaws.

The way the Outlaws conduct themselves both on and off the field brings a lot of positive exposure for our company and we are therefore hopeful that this partnership can continue for many years to come.

New Heritage Numbers Issued

The Outlaws have issued nine new heritage numbers for the 2019 season.

Heritage numbers are awarded sequentially to every man who has pulled on the jersey for the men’s team since our very first senior men’s game against the Valley Cougars back in 2017.

https://www.rhonddaoutlaws.co.uk/heritage-numbers/

The nine new inductee’s are:

Heritage NumberName
52Brandon Sarginson
53Jordan Williams
54Thomas Harrison
55Tyler Wasley
56Grant Davies
57Jonah Huntley
58Ria Turare
59Gareth Keirle
60Adam Parry

You men have cemented your names in to the Outlaw’s and Wales Rugby League history books. Thank you brothers. Hwy Clod Na Golud.

Outlaws Coach Named ‘Sport RCT’ Volunteer of the Month

Congratulations to Outlaws coach Wayne Harrison on being named Sport RCT’s volunteer of the month.

The award recognises Wayne’s contribution to both the Outlaws and Gilfach Goch RFC.

Wayne is currently involved in coaching every single side at the Outlaws and has even returned early from a family holiday to ensure he’s there on match days.

A source close to the club said “Despite his advanced years, Wayne is active at all levels of the club and his enjoy, enthusiasm and dedication epitomises all that is great about the Outlaws”

Full details are available on Sport RCT’s facebook page: