FOLLOWING a vote in the Welsh Rugby Union extraordinary general meeting in June, details have now been released for the new SWALEC League for the 2014-15 season when Penarth RFC will play in Division 2 East.
Included are some of the old foes - Brecon, Fairwater, St.Peters, Gwernyfed, Pontyclun, Wattstown and Porth Harlequins - of the previous season, when Penarth played in Division 3 South East. There are three newcomers - CRC Caerdydd, Abercynon and St Josephs (Cardiff) - in the 12-strong league line-up, which kicks off on September 6.
The squad commenced training earlier this month and all players, old and new, are welcome each Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm for a run.
The club is delighted to announce that former Bridgend and Bedwas coach, Paul Williams, has committed himself for a further season, and he will be helped by two outstanding specialist coaches, David Morgan (for the forwards) and Grant Robson (backs). Morgan, a former Llanelli utility prop, won two Welsh Districts caps against Portugal and Denmark, while Robson doubles up as Cardiff Blues U16s coach.
For the past 18 years the head coach of the legendary talent factory, “The Neath Tertiary College,” nowadays called Neath Port Talbot College, Paul is quietly optimistic, having noted both the numbers and the fitness of those attending the early training sessions.
He said: “The numbers attending trainings have been quite encouraging, and we hope for the first time in many years to run two teams this season.”
Penarth RFC training at Recreation Ground - Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm.