Category: Wales

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.

Wales StudentsIreland Students
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Wales StudentsScotland Students
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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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Wales StudentsScotland Students
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Wales StudentsIreland Students
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You can catch all the action from that win against Ireland in 2019 here:

12 Days of Christmas 7

The Women are taking centre stage again on day 7 of our “12 Days of Christmas” success stories. This time we are celebrating the Women who picked up caps in the first ever Wales Women’s matches.

πŸŽ„ When the Outlaws first looked at trying to form a Women’s team the expectation was that it would take a few years to build. But as soon as the final whistle blew on that first game against Cardiff Blue Dragons it was apparent that there was enough talented Women in Wales to put together a national side.

The first ever Women’s Origin game was played on 25th August 2019 between East and West Wales with East winning 32-6. The Origin was used as a selection trial for the inaugural Wales Women side and a 23-woman squad was announced.

Shortly afterwards the first 2 international matches were announced.

The first one was Wales Women vs GB Teachers Women.

The following Outlaws were named in the 23-woman squad for the GB Teachers clash:

NameOutlaws Heritage Number
Stacey Wright1
Joeann McGuire8
Rhian Stephens9
Ffion Owen12
Zoe Lewis13
Shaunni Davies21
Sara Prosser24
Megan Oaten25
Karla Benjamin26

This game was never going to be an easy affair with a large number of the GB Teachers players playing in the Super League and Championship. Wales led 6-4 at half time but the vastly more experienced Teachers side run riot in the second half eventually winning 30-6.

You can watch the full match here:

The second match took place on Saturday 16th November 2019.

For the second match, Wales travelled up to St Helens to take on the England Lions Women. The following Outlaws were selected for the 19-woman squad:

NameOutlaws Heritage Number
Stacey Wright1
Joeann McGuire8
Rhian Stephens9
Zoe Lewis13
Shaunni Davies21
Megan Oaten25
Karla Benjamin26

This was a real close match with Wales eventually being triumphant and beating the English 24-20.

Zoe Lewis became the first ever Outlaw to score for Wales when she grabbed a try just after half time. Shaunni Davies then grabbed a brace of tries to become the Outlaws top international points scorer.

You can catch all the action from that match here:

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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

Cobi Green Set To Make Club History

Former Outlaw and current Bradford Bulls half-back Cobi Green is set to make club history by being the first player, past or present, to gain a men’s international cap for Rugby League having been named in John Kear’s Wales squad for the 9s World Cup in Australia later this month.

Although this will be the first time an Outlaw has picked up a men’s international cap, the club has a great history of nurturing talent who have gone on to pick up representative honours with Wales or broken in to the ranks of the professionals.

Amongst the list of past and current players to have been capped for Wales after playing for the Outlaws are:

NameRepresentative HonoursHeritage Number
Nye WalkerWales U19
Wales U23
4
Ieuan GriffithsWales Dragonhearts12
Corey PhillipsWales Dragonhearts19
Morgan CrossWales U1921
Taine HendyWales U16
Wales U19
22
Cobi GreenWales U16
Wales U19
Wales U23
Wales Students
26
Max HendyWales Students
Wales Dragonhearts
28
Mark JonesWales Dragonhearts30
Macaulay HarrisWales U16
Wales U19
Wales Students
42

Looking to the future we potentially have another nine Outlaws to add to the list thanks to the sterling efforts of the Outlaw’s Women who have been named in the squad for the upcoming Wales v England match.

We’ve also seen four of our heritage players go on to play professionally:

NameProfessional ClubHeritage Number
Nye WalkerWest Wales Raiders4
Taine HendyWest Wales Raiders22
Cobi GreenBradford Bulls
Coventry Bears
26
Macaulay HarrisWest Wales Raiders42

If you fancy following in their footsteps and pulling on the famous Welsh jersey, get in touch with the club via info@rhonddaoutlaws.co.uk or Facebook and we’ll give you all the details on the pathway from community Rugby League to international honours or the professional game.