Category: Outlaws

12 Days of Christmas 3

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:

TeamPWDLPFPAPTS
Bridgend Blue Bulls U1214100439825333
Torfaen Tigers U121482434230631
Aber Valley Wolves U12 Blue1471637431629
Cynon Valley Cavaliers U121471629830229
Aber Valley Wolves U12 Yellow1470730633228
Rhondda Outlaws U121451828231625
Llanelli Knights U121460833536624
Cardiff Blue Dragons U1214311026440818

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: