CLWB RYGBI WRECSAM WREXHAM RUGBY CLUB
Bryn Estyn Road, Wrexham, North Wales. LL13 9TY
CLUB NEWS 08-09
Week Ending 12th June 2009
Club players, officials and supporters rounded off their season at a lively Annual Dinner
and Presentation of Awards evening at their clubhouse in
Utility forward Ian Sanger deservedly claimed the top Harry Hollywell Player of the Year Award for his outstanding performances in the pack throughout the season. He emerged as the clubs top points scorer with a haul of ten tries from the 18 games that he played during a challenging season, Wrexham Firsts finishing in 7th place in North Wales Division Two.
The Adrian Hill Players Player of the Year Award went to scrum-half and former captain John Roberts for his hard work and determination. He didnt miss a game and therefore also picked up the Bernard Malley Award that is presented to the player who makes the most appearances during the season.
Newcomer Jason Reano, who became a regular in the second-row, won the trophy for the Most Improved Player and was also presented with a colours tie which is awarded to a player appearing in over 75% of matches for the first time in his career.
The Youth Team almost won the North Wales Youth Division One title, being pipped at the post and forced into a very creditable second place by an outstanding Rhyl Under 19 side. The prestigious Coachs Youth Player Award went to centre Danny Sissons who enjoyed a particularly impressive season and helped Wrexhams emerging players to win 14 of the 21 games that they played.
The Youth Team Players Player Award went to scrum-half Kieran Morris who was always an inspiration to his side. Forward Geraint Jones was a popular winner of the Most Improved Player Award.
The Second Team struggled to compete against stiff opposition in Division Four but won 6 of the 22 games that they played and completed their league season. Prop Rob Thatcher and number eight Keir Harding shared the Pats Coaches Award after a vote by all of the Second XV players. Tom Williams picked up the Captains Player of the Year Award and lock Brendan OMalley collected the Most Improved Player Award.
The Delwyn Griffiths Award, for outstanding service to the club, was presented to Alison Moore while the Frank Chapman Award, which is presented to a club member whose personality and hard work for the club deserve special recognition, went to Youth Team Coach Ian Morris. Club Secretary Gareth Lewis and Fixture Secretary Kevin Davies were made Life Members of the club for their continuing contributions to the progress of the club.
With the season now completed, the club is now seeking to appoint a Head Coach from persons with the ability, experience and vision to drive and promote excellence at senior level with particular responsibility for 1st Team affairs. Those interested in obtaining more information are asked to contact the Club Chairman, Barry Williams, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Week Ending 29th May 2009
Wrexham Rugby Club players and supporters will celebrate the end of the 2008/09 season at an Annual Dinner and Presentation of Awards evening which will take place at their Bryn Estyn Road clubhouse on Friday evening (7.30pm).
Chairman Barry Williams and Fixture Secretary Kevin Davies will help to present awards to the top players and most improved players at each level. The only award to be decided so far is the Bernard Malley Award, presented to the First Team player making the most appearances in a season. That award will go to scrum-half John Roberts who was the only player to feature in all of Wrexhams 21 games this season.
The First XV made a promising start
to the season as they competed with top clubs Bro Ffestiniog and
The Youth Team, however, enjoyed their best season for three decades under coach Ian Morris and finished in second place behind Champions Rhyl in North Wales Division One. Many of the 18 year old players in their successful squad were given the opportunity to play at First Team level during the season and they should feature next September in what is expected to be a rejuvenated senior side.
Wrexham Seconds struggled to compete with some very good teams in North Wales Division Four and ended the season in 8th place, having won only 5 of the 20 games that they played. They will aim for a vast improvement next season when they will be reinforced with a number of the current First Team players who will drop down as former Youth Team players force their way to the top level.
Week Ending 24th April 2009
PREVIEW FOR SATURDAY 25TH APRIL 2009
This Saturday, Wrexham journey to
Outside-half Roger Chadwick is unavailable due to work commitments but flanker Kerry Powell, who made a welcome comeback against Rhyl last Saturday, will be a key inclusion in the back-row. There could be a return on the wing for Llion Morris who played well for the Seconds last week and claimed a try, his first since last October.
Last seasons corresponding game at Bethesda was won by the home side 33-14, but Wrexham gave a good account of themselves and scored tries through flanker Wayne Roberts and scrum-half John Roberts. Wayne Roberts was one of the best performers in the game against Rhyl last week and his power and tackling abilities will be invaluable if Wrexham are to match their free scoring rivals.
WREXHAM YOUTH V RHYL YOUTH
Wrexham Youth will complete a very successful season
with a top of the table game against the newly crowned North Wales Youth Division One
champions, Rhyl, at
Although the title has been decided and Wrexham will finish in second place after leading the Championship for most of the season, there are still issues of local pride to be settled. Wrexham defeated Rhyl by 15-5 at Y Waen in the opening game of the season and will be going all out to complete the double over the champions, who will be seeking to avenge their only reverse.
Week Ending 17th April 2009
WREXHAM PREVIEW FOR SATURDAY 18TH APRIL 2009
RHYL V WREXHAM
Wrexham continue their travels with a visit to Rhyl for what promises to be an evenly matched North Wales Division Two contest, despite Wrexhams recent run of heavy defeats (k.o.2.30pm).
Roger Chadwick will return from a fortnights holiday to provide the vital link between forwards and backs at outside-half, while several leading Youth Team players like scrum-half Kieran Morris, centre Danny Sissons and wing Ashley Dawson will come into the squad to inject some much needed pace.
Wrexham defeated Rhyl by 15-7 in a North Wales
Intermediate Cup game at
WREXHAM SECONDS V PWLLHELI SECONDS
Wrexham Seconds take on Pwllheli Seconds in a bottom
of the table Division Four contest at
Week Ending 10th April 2009
PREVIEW FOR SATURDAY 11TH APRIL 2009
COBRA V WREXHAM
This Saturday, Wrexham travel to Cobra in mid
Mike Jones, who missed last weeks drubbing by Bro Ffestiniog because he was in Ireland guiding the Under 16s to a successful end of season tour, is expected to return at number eight where he will replace the injured Dean Griffiths. Outside-half Jamie Morris returns to the Youth Team for an important Championship game, allowing Richard Lloyd to step up from the Second Team.
Third placed Cobra won the corresponding game at Wrexham by 8-5, thanks to a last minute penalty goal, and Cobra also triumphed by 9-3 on their own ground last season. If that close pattern of games is repeated this time, Wrexham could steal an away win, but they will have to improve their defence and rely on impressive performances from power players Ian Sanger and Wayne Roberts if they are to succeed.
WREXHAM YOUTH V CAERNARFON YOUTH
Wrexham Youth, lying second behind Rhyl in the North Wales Youth Division One Championship, need to defeat bottom club Caernarfon at Bryn Estyn Road on Saturday to hold on to their place as the season heads for its conclusion.
Jamie Morris will return to dictate matters behind
the scrum if he recovers from a sore shoulder. His scrum-half brother Kieran is away on a
skiing holiday but the side should be near full strength with hooker Dave Blackwell and
centre Daniel Sissons returning after their exploits for the North Wales regional side
WREXHAM SECONDS V CAERNARFON SECONDS
Wrexham Seconds entertain Caernarfon Seconds in a
Division Four contest at
Week Ending 3rd April 2009
PREVIEW FOR SATURDAY 4TH APRIL 2009
WREXHAM v BRO FFESTINIOG
This Saturday, Wrexham face their stiffest home test of the season when they take on unbeaten Bro Ffestiniog who are the form side and outstanding leaders of North Wales Division Two (kick-off at 2.30pm).
Wrexham will miss the services of fly-half Roger Chadwick, who is on holiday, and hooker Ben Evans, who is unavailable, but expect to inject some pace by including several leading youth team players in the side. Top try scorer Ian Sanger is hoping to recover from an ear infection to reclaim his place in the pack while Mike Randall is expected to partner Andy Clutton in the centre.
The visitors have been scoring an average of 40 points per game, but Wrexham did well to hold them to a 15-29 scoreline at Blaenau Ffestiniog last November and will try to do even better this time.
RUTHIN 2NDS V WREXHAM 2NDS
Wrexham Seconds visit Ruthin Seconds for a Division Four Championship contest (k.o.2.30pm). Ruthin won last seasons friendly fixture at Cae Ddol by 27-22 and Saturdays match is likely to be just as close for these mid table teams.
WREXHAM YOUTH TEAM
Wrexham Youth Team will enjoy a rest day in
preparation for next weeks crucial home game against Caernarfon in North Wales Youth
Division One. However, the club was overjoyed to learn this week that hooker Dave
Blackwell and centre Danny Sissons have been included in the North Wales Under 20 squad to
Week Ending 27th March 2009
PREVIEW FOR SATURDAY 28TH MARCH 2009
Wrexham, beaten by 6-5 by close rivals Rhos in a North Wales Intermediate Cup semi-final at the new Penycae ground only five weeks ago, return to the same venue on Saturday for a Division Two Championship contest (k.o. 2.30pm).
It will be a special day for Wrexhams long
serving scrum-half John Roberts who will make his 275th senior appearance for
his club. Roberts was an outstanding product of Wrexhams youth development policy
and was a key centre player in the Wrexham based Northern Counties team that represented
North Wales in league competition against
Number eight Mike McLeod, another long serving player, returns to the team after overcoming a long-term leg injury. His height and physical presence will be much needed if Wrexham are to prevail against a side that is always strong in the pack and is aiming to win again on home ground.
Wrexham defeated a hard running Machynlleth side by
28-27 in the last league game and appear to be secure in fourth place in the Championship,
there being no chance this season of catching Bro Ffestiniog and
WREXHAM YOUTH V NANT CONWY YOUTH
Wrexham resume league action on Saturday with a home
game against Nant Conwy Youth in a North Wales Division One contest. Despite their recent
reverse at Mold, Wrexham are still leading the championship by three points from Rhyl who
have two games in hand.
Wrexham drew 8-8 with Nant Conwy at Llanrwst last
December but hope that home advantage will give them the edge this time to maintain the
pressure on their rivals (k.o.2.30pm).
WREXHAM SECONDS V
Wrexham have home
advantage for their mid table clash with
Week Ending 13th March 2009
PREVIEW FOR SATURDAY 14TH MARCH 2009
MOLD YOUTH V WREXHAM YOUTH
Wrexham visit their local rivals Mold on Saturday
for what promises to be an enthralling North Wales Youth League and Cup
double-header. They will kick-off at the early time of 12.00pm so that
afterwards the players and supporters of both sides will be able to watch the televised
Six Nations Championship match from
Wrexham, the current leaders of this seasons
North Wales Division One Championship, will be boosted by the return at scrum-half of
Kieran Morris who had to withdraw from last weeks game at Ruthin due to illness.
Prop Jake Edwards will strengthen the front-row although the visitors will miss the
services of hooker John Morton who suffered a broken collar-bone last Saturday.
Mold are the current league champions but are locked
in fourth place at the moment after suffering a few uncharacteristic defeats earlier this
season, including one at Wrexham. They have the second best scoring average in their
division behind a high scoring Rhyl side, who defeated them in the cup last term, and are
now making up lost ground on the leading group.
Wrexham progressed to the semi-final stage of the cup competition last season but then lost narrowly at home to Nant Conwy who subsequently lost to Rhyl in the final. They are very keen to progress to this seasons final in April but are well aware that Mold will start as favourites on their home midden in this quarter-final and will test them in every department.
Week Ending 6th March 2009
PREVIEW FOIR SATURDAY 7TH MARCH 2009
WREXHAM 1STS V MACHYNLLETH
Wrexham Firsts make a welcome return from recent
travels to their home at
Centre/wing Jonathan Davies looks set for a return to First Team after training hard this week and some good performances for the Seconds. Hooker John Gill, number eight Mike Jones and lock Phil Williams, all missing through unavailability or injury in last months cup defeat at Rhos, are expected to return to the squad. Ashley Wrathall, a hat-trick hero for the Seconds last week, looks set to claim the full-back position.
Wrexham will be keen to make up for a 41-19 drubbing that they received at Machynlleth in October. To do so, they will have to make sure that they start well and dont allow the mid Walians to run away and score 19 points in the first 20 minutes like they did last time.
Machynlleth are in 6th place in Division
Two, two places below Wrexham, and have won only 3 of the 10 matches that they have played
so far. Their most recent game resulted in a narrow 10-12 loss at home to Cobra, so
Wrexham will be hoping that they can get their top try scorers, prop Ian Sanger and wing
Scott Davies, into the action early on to keep the pressure on the visitors.
RUTHIN YOUTH V WREXHAM YOUTH
Wrexham Youth Team, proudly standing at the top of North Wales Youth Division One after their tremendous victory over close rivals Llangefni last week, visit Ruthin for their next league challenge on Saturday. They managed to defeat Ruthin by 20-10 at home last November but will face a stiffer challenge at Cae Ddol in what is always a closely fought local derby game (k.o.2.30pm).
HARLECH V WREXHAM 2NDS
Wrexham Seconds visit second-from-bottom Harlech for
a North Wales Division Four contest on Saturday. Mid table Wrexham defeated the Gwynedd
side by 24-15 when the two clubs met at
Week Ending 27th February 2009
PREVIEW FOR SATURDAY 28TH FEBRUARY 2009
Wrexham Firsts have no game this
Saturday but will be preparing for the visit of Machynlleth in their next North Wales
Division Two encounter at
WREXHAM YOUTH V LLANGEFNI YOUTH
Wrexhams Under 19s take on
their Llangefni counterparts in a top of the table clash in the North Wales Youth Division
One Championship at
Outside-half Jamie Morris, who made a try scoring return to the side last week following a long term injury, is expected to keep his place alongside his brother Kieran at scrum-half. Other dynamic players who could help Wrexham to gain revenge for that rare defeat at Llangefni are centre Danny Sissons, prop David Blackwell and number eight Kenny Simms (k.o.2.30pm).
WREXHAM 2NDS V
Wrexham Seconds are looking forward to
their first home game after being on their travels for five successive league games. They
They should be boosted by the return from First Team duty of lock Wayne Roberts, flanker Dave Morris and centre Peter Dougan, but their top try scorer, number eight Keir Harding, is set to face a late fitness test on a back injury. Wrexham have the worst defensive record in their division and will have to tighten their line considerably to defeat the visitors (k.o.2.30pm).
Week Ending 20th February 2009
PREVIEW FOR SATURDAY 21ST FEBRUARY 2009
RHOS V WREXHAM
Wrexham and Rhos renew their local rivalry when they meet in a semi-final match of the North Wales Intermediate Cup competition at Ponciau Banks this Saturday (k.o.2.30pm).
Following a three week enforced break from rugby, Wrexham expect to name a near full strength side with top try scorer Ian Sanger now fully recovered from a broken finger. Phil Williams, who has made a successful return from a serious hand injury, will slot into the pack at lock or flanker while John Roberts will continue his competitive role at scrum-half.
Wrexham defeated Rhyl by 15-7 to secure their place
in this semi-final while Rhos played well in their quarter-final match at
LLANDUDNO YOUTH V WREXHAM YOUTH
Wrexham Under 19s, currently lying second in North Wales Youth Division One table and only one point behind leaders Rhyl, visit second from bottom Llandudno on Saturday. It will be Wrexhams fifth successive away game and they are hoping that Jamie Morris will have recovered from a troublesome shoulder injury to take his pace in the backs (k.o.2.30pm).
NANT CONWY 2NDS V WREXHAM 2NDS
Wrexham Seconds travel to Nant Conwy Seconds for what will be their fifth successive away game in North Wales Division Four, bad weather postponements having wiped out their programme at home. They hope to build on a recent impressive second-half performance against title contenders Llangefni and will rely on the strength of prop Rob Thatcher and flanker Keir Harding to advance their cause (k.o.2.30pm).
Week Ending 13th February 2009
Snow and ice forced the postponement of Saturday's games. No games are planned for this Saturday due to the huge interest in the Wales v England Six Nations game in Cardiff, with many Wrexham players and supporters travelling south to watch the game. It has been announced that the North Wales Intermediate Cup semi-final game between Rhos and Wrexham will be played at Ponciau Banks on Saturday 21st February (k.o.2.30pm).
Week Ending 6th February 2009
Due to the adverse weather conditions
there will be NO rugby (Senior or Junior) played at
PREVIEW FOR SATURDAY 7TH FEBRUARY 2009
WREXHAM YOUTH V RHYL YOUTH
Wrexham Youth Team, weather permitting, will take centre stage at Bryn Estyn Road on Saturday when they take on their arch rivals Rhyl in a top of the table North Wales Youth Division One contest (k.o.2.30pm).
Rhyl will arrive as Championship leaders, intent on gaining revenge for the only defeat that they have suffered in this years league campaign. That was a 5-15 home reverse inflicted on them by visitors Wrexham on the opening day of the season.
Wrexham, only one point behind the leaders in second place, will have one of their heroes of that impressive win, John Morton, at hooker in the front-row. Kieran Morris is set to hold on to the fly-half position where he has been showing exciting form in the continuing absence of his injured brother Jamie.
There will, however, be late fitness tests for the
recent top try scoring duo of centre Daniel Sissons and prop David Blackwell, who both
picked up niggling injuries in last weeks cup triumph at
WREXHAM 2NDS V CAERNARFON 2NDS
Wrexham Seconds entertain Caernarfon Seconds in a North Wales Division Four contest and will be aiming to get back to winning ways following two heavy away defeats. They finished strongly against winners Llangefni Seconds last week and hope to carry that into their game against the Cofis with prop Rob Thatcher and flanker Keir Harding leading the way (k.o.2.30pm).
Week Ending 30th January 2009
PREVIEW FOR SATURDAY 31ST JANUARY 2009
Wrexham skipper Guy Bingham will make his 75th senior appearance for his club when they take on Welshpool in a North Wales Division Two contest at Maesydre Recreation Ground on Saturday (k.o.2.30pm).
Bingham, a prop forward and cornerstone of a
powerful Wrexham pack that claimed all five tries against
Lock Phil Williams and flanker Gareth Owen, who
volunteered to travel with the Seconds to fulfil a league fixture at Pwllheli last
Saturday, also return to the squad. Wrexham defeated Welshpool by 43-17 at
Wrexham Under 19s visit
LLANGEFNI 2NDS V WREXHAM 2NDS
Wrexham Seconds, demolished at Pwllheli last Saturday, have it all to do when they visit high flying Llangefni Seconds in a North Wales Division Four contest (k.o.2.30pm).
Week Ending 23rd January 2009
PREVIEW FOR SATURDAY 24TH JANUARY 2009
WREXHAM 1STS V
Wrexham Firsts hope to make up for the disappointment of losing by a point to Newtown last week by defeating North Wales Division Two bottom club Bangor when the two sides meet at Bryn Estyn Road on Saturday (k.o.2.30pm).
Regular outside-half Roger Chadwick in still unavailable so it looks certain that Daniel Cheesbrough, who deputised so well for him last week, will retain the No.10 jersey. Top try scorer Ian Sanger broke a finger in last weeks match and is likely to rest for a week, allowing either Wayne Roberts or Phil Williams to claim his place in the second-row.
Llion Morris, with three tries to his credit already this term, returns from holiday to recapture his place on the wing. Otherwise, Wrexham will show few changes from the side that gave a determined display on their last outing but lacked the inspiration to turn pressure into points.
DENBIGH YOUTH V WREXHAM YOUTH
Wrexham Youth, currently in third place in North Wales Youth Division One, visit Denbigh Youth who occupy a fifth place berth. Matches between the two clubs at this level have always been close, Wrexham winning by 5-3 at home last October, and this one should be no exception (k.o.2.30pm).
PWLLHELI 2NDS V WREXHAM 2NDS
Wrexham make the long journey to the
Week Ending 16th January 2009
PREVIEW FOR SATURDAY 17TH JANUARY 2009
Wrexham face stiff opposition on Saturday when they
Wrexham won by 24-18 when the clubs last met at Newtown in September, the lead changing hands no less then five times before the visitors clinched it with a late try by hooker Ben Lambswood. Much has changed in the line-up since then and Lambswood has moved back to the South of England, but Wrexham still have the strength in depth to complete a notable double (k.o.2.30pm).
PWLLHELI YOUTH V WREXHAM YOUTH
Wrexham Youth travel to Pwllheli for a game that they need to win in order to keep up with the top two clubs, Llangefni and Rhyl, in the North Wales Youth Division One Championship. They just managed to defeat Pwllheli by 10-6 last October and are very eager to get back into action following weeks of inactivity due to the recent big freeze (k.o.2.30pm).
ABERGELE V WREXHAM 2NDS
Wrexham Seconds visit Abergele with high hopes of avenging the 22-30 home defeat that they suffered at the hands of the Seasiders at Wrexham last September. Abergele are riding high in second place in North Wales Division Four while Wrexham are stalled in mid table but improving all the time (k.o.2.30pm).
Week Ending 9th January 2009
PREVIEW FOR SATURDAY 10TH JANUARY 2009
There are high hopes at Wrexham Rugby Club that
warmer weather will arrive this weekend and matches will go ahead as planned. All three
scheduled games will take place at
Wrexham Firsts defeated
The Youth Team performed very well to defeat Caernarfon by 12-8 at The Morfa last September. Not many sides win at the Cofis stronghold and Wrexham showed great composure in achieving that success. They havent played for 5 weeks and will therefore be a little rusty, but they have the potential to achieve their first double of the season and maintain their challenge for the Youth Division One Championship (k.o.2.30pm).
Wrexham Seconds take on their old rivals Mold
Seconds who edged the previous contest between the two clubs by 41-35 at
Week Ending 2nd January 2009
PREVIEW FOR SATURDAY 3RD JANUARY 2009
Wrexham will start the New Year in fourth place in
the North Wales Division Two table but with a difficult visit to
Hooker John Gill, who was set to make his 75th
senior appearance in the pre-Christmas game against Rhyl until heavy rain rendered the
pitch unplayable at Wrexham, should achieve his career landmark at
MOLD YOUTH V WREXHAM YOUTH
Wrexham Youth resume their North Wales Youth
Division One campaign with a visit to local rivals Mold for what promises to be to be the
most evenly matched game between the two clubs for decades. The return of flanker Rob
Moore could make a vital difference to the visiting side who achieved a narrow 9-7 victory
over Mold at
LLANGOLLEN V WREXHAM 2NDS
Wrexham Seconds, currently fifth in the North Wales Division Four Championship, visit Llangollen who are one place above them in the league table. Llangollen won by 22-17 in the season opener at Wrexham, former Wrexham player Dave Anderson making a big impact. However, the visitors have recently discovered a vein of good form and should provide a stiff challenge at Dinas Bran (k.o.2.30pm).
Week Ending 12th December
PREVIEW FOR SATURDAY 13TH DECEMBER 2008
WREXHAM V RHYL
This Saturday, Wrexham aim to return to winning ways
when they entertain their old rivals Rhyl in a North Wales Division Two contest at
Hooker John Gill will make his 75th
senior appearance in the front-row while newcomer Mhidi Zaidi, who hails from
Wrexham defeated the Seasiders by 15-7 at the same venue in the North Wales Intermediate Cup competition a month ago and completed a notable double over them in league competition last season. This will be their last game before the Christmas break and they are capable overcoming Rhyl again if they can eliminate some of the mistakes that cost them last weeks match against Cobra.
Wrexham Youth Team, second in the North
Wales Youth Division One Championship, take on leaders Rhyl at
The Seasiders have been unstoppable since then and have averaged 37 points scored per game. Both sides defend well and therefore the result of tomorrows game should be close with whoever wins being top of the table for Christmas (k.o.2.30pm).
Wrexham Seconds travel to
Week Ending 5th December
WREXHAM 1STS V COBRA
Wrexham resume their North Wales Division Two
Championship campaign with what appears to be an evenly matched contest against mid
Lock Mike Jones, who missed the victory over Rhyl in the Intermediate Cup a fortnight ago, is expected to return to bolster the pack with Kerry Powell slotting into the back-row. Skipper Guy Bingham has high hopes of overcoming a back strain to take his place in the front row while Andy Clutton will switch from centre to fill his regular full-back role.
Wrexham had to recover from a 0-13 deficit to overcome Cobra by 19-13 when the two sides met at the same venue last season. It was a very close run affair with the home side eventually managing to get to grips with the big Cobra pack but having to hold on desperately at the end.
The mid Walians currently occupy third place in the league table and, with only one defeat in six games, still have an outside chance of claiming the title. Wrexham, off the pace in fourth place with three games conceded so far, have a lot to do to get back in contention, but can do so if they can match the power of the visiting pack and cut penalties conceded to a minimum.
NANT CONWY YOUTH V WREXHAM YOUTH
Wrexham Youth Team, currently lying third in the
North Wales Youth Division One Championship, take on lowly Nant Conwy at Llanrwst
(k.o.2.30pm). Nant have won only one of their six games while Wrexham have lost only one
in seven, but the
WREXHAM 2NDS V HARLECH
Wrexham Seconds are at home to Harlech in a North Wales Division Four game (k.o.2.30pm). They managed to defeat the Seasiders by 26-17 at Wrexham last season and will be hoping to rediscover the form that helped them to defeat Caernarfon and Nant Conwy just before the start of the recent autumn internationals.
Week Ending 28th November
No Wrexham games are scheduled this Saturday when Wales play
Week Ending 21st November
PREVIEW FOR FRIDAY 21ST NOVEMBER 2008
Wrexham take on Rhyl in the first round of the North
Wales Intermediate Cup Competition under floodlights at
Coaches Ross Roberts and Matt Arnold intend to use this contest as an opportunity to introduce a number of the up-and-coming players from this seasons very successful Under 19 team. Jamie Morris has already played 11 First Team games and is set to start at full-back while Danny Sissons will make his senior debut in the centre alongside former skipper John Roberts.
Amongst the regulars in the squad, Jason Reano makes a welcome return from injury in the second-row, Kerry Powell will pack down in the back-row alongside Wayne Roberts, and Roger Chadwick is expected to return to direct the game from outside-half.
The Intermediate Cup is a new cup competition
introduced by the North Wales Rugby body. It is open to the teams from Division Two that
finished below the top 16 in the
Wrexham havent met Rhyl this term but did manage to complete a notable double over the Seasiders in last seasons Division Five North league. They won the home game by 54-7 but can expect a much tougher contest this time because Rhyl have won 3 out of their 6 league games so far and are starting to rediscover their old winning form.
DERI BRONCOS V WREXHAM 1STS
Wrexham Firsts had
to withdraw from their scheduled Swalec Cup Plate Competition game at Deri because they
were unable to raise a full side for the long journey to the
Week Ending 14th November
PREVIEW FOR SATURDAY 15TH NOVEMBER 2008
DERI BRONCOS V WREXHAM
Wrexham travel to
The reason for this second meeting is that clubs beaten in the opening rounds now go into a Swalec Cup Plate Competition and Deri were subsequently edged out of the second round 20-19 by local rivals Ynysddu. Unfortunately for Wrexham, Deri will have home advantage this time.
Journeys to the south are rare for Wrexham
these days and the selectors should be able to call on a near full strength side.
Outside-half Roger Chadwick will get his first taste of cup fervour as experienced in the
Wrexham Youth, now third in North Wales Youth
Division One, take on fourth placed Ruthin at
Wrexham Seconds travel to Anglesey to take on
Week Ending 7th November
WREXHAM 2NDS 15 NANT CONWY 2NDS 14
Wrexham Seconds, having had to wait until last week before they could claim their first league win of the season, did it again on Saturday when then outpointed hitherto unbeaten Nant Conwy Seconds by 15-14 at Bryn Estyn Road.
They fought back from an early 0-7 deficit to reach half-time 10-7 in front, thanks to a try by flanker Dave Morris and a conversion and penalty by outside-half Carl Pugh. With Adam Jones putting in some scorching runs down the wing and prop Iwan Roberts and flanker Keir Harding carrying the game to Nant, they went further ahead with another Morris try before the visitors edged closer with a late consolation goal.
Week Ending 29th October
PREVIEW FOR SATURDAY 1ST NOVEMBER 2008
BRO FFESTINIOG V WREXHAM
Wrexham Firsts visit Bro Ffestiniog on Saturday for their toughest North Wales Division Two encounter to date (k.o.2.30pm).
Ian Sanger, a regular scorer
against the Gwynedd town side in the past, will feature at prop in the front-row while
Wrexhams top try scorer, Llion Morris, will pose a threat down the wing to the
league leaders. Bro are unbeaten this season and are aiming for a promotion place to lift
them into the top flight of
Wrexham are currently in
third place in the Championship behind
Bro are favourites to win on this occasion, but Wrexham are capable of holding them if they can repeat the defensive performance that helped them to topple Rhos a fortnight ago.
WREXHAM 2NDS V NANT CONWY 2NDS
Wrexham Seconds, overjoyed at their first league win of the season at Caernarfon last week, hope that home advantage will give them the edge over visitors Nant Conwy Seconds in a Division Four contest. Back-row specialist Keir Harding is expected to return to strengthen the Wrexham squad (k.o.2.30pm).
LLANGEFNI YOUTH V WREXHAM YOUTH
Wrexham Youth, still in pole
position in North Wales Youth Division One despite having their game postponed by
Llandudno last week, face third placed Llangefni Youth at their
The Rugby Star's Wales October holiday camp scheduled to be at the club on 29th, 30th and 31st October has been cancelled . The Jam organisation apologise for any disappointment or inconvenience this may cause. If you have any enquiries please contact Mr Emanuele Palladino direct on email@example.com
The Halloween Event scheduled for the younger children of the club on 31st October has been cancelled. Unfortunately many are away over the half term and other local organisations have some very large events on the night. We will be arranging something else very soon. Sorry for any disappointment.
CAERNARFON 2nds 0 WREXHAM 2nds 15
Week Ending 24th October
Wrexham Firsts have a blank date this Saturday but will resume their league programme when they visit runaway league leaders Bro Ffestiniog on Saturday 1st November (k.o.2.30pm).
CAERNARFON 2NDS V WREXHAM 2NDS
Wrexham Seconds visit Caernarfon Seconds for a North Wales Division Four contest. The visitors are still waiting for their first victory in this championship and will hope that their fine second-half showing against Denbigh in cup rugby last week will be repeated against the Cofis (k.o.2.30pm).
WREXHAM YOUTH V LLANDUDNO YOUTH
North Wales Youth Division
One leaders Wrexham take on Llandudno at
DENBIGH 2NDS 26 WREXHAM 2NDS 20
Wrexham lost this Worthington Clwyd Cup second leg encounter by 20-26 at Denbigh but still progressed through to the next round with a 57-53 aggregate win. Fielding a scratch side, Wrexham trailed by 0-23 at the break but then found some rhythm and bounced back with tries by hooker turned winger Mark Jones, centre Peter Dougan and scrum-half Kelvin Bryan, who added a conversion and a penalty. Mark Jones and hooker Paul Allen gave outstanding performances as did prop Guy Bingham who was returning from long-term injury.
Week Ending 17th October
WREXHAM 1STS V RHOS 1STS
Saturday, Wrexham Firsts will take on their close rivals Rhos in what is expected to be a
very competitive local derby at
DENBIGH 2NDS V WREXHAM 2NDS
Wrexham Seconds visit Denbigh Seconds for the second leg of their tie in the Clwyd Cup Competition. Wrexham won their home leg by 37-27 last month and are keen to make up for their poor form in the league by establishing a good cup run (k.o.2.30pm).
WREXHAM YOUTH V DENBIGH YOUTH
Wrexham and Denbigh
have agreed to transfer their scheduled North Wales Youth Division One at Denbigh to
WREXHAM SECONDS 5 LLANGEFNI SECONDS 32
With a good team
performance, Wrexham Seconds managed to hold the North Wales Division Four leaders to a
0-7 half-time score in their contest at
Week Ending 10th October
This Saturday, Wrexham Firsts travel to Machynlleth who currently prop up North Wales Division Two in bottom place. The visitors won last years corresponding game by 23-9, thanks to their threequarters, and will hope that their backs can repeat the form that produced seven excellent tries last week (k.o.2.30pm).
WREXHAM 2NDS V LLANGEFNI 2NDS
Wrexham Seconds, still
looking for their first win in this seasons North Wales Division Three Championship,
should be at full strength against Llangefni Seconds at
WREXHAM YOUTH V PWLLHELI YOUTH
Wrexham Under 19s, riding high and unbeaten at the top of North Wales Youth Division One, should prove to be too strong at home for a Pwllheli side that has lost the two league games that they have played so far (k.o.2.30pm).
P WLLHELI 2NDS V WREXHAM 2NDS
WLLHELI 2NDS V WREXHAM 2NDS
Wrexham had to postpone their scheduled North Wales Division Three match at Pwllheli due to insufficient numbers in their side.
Week Ending 3rd October
Wrexham, currently in fifth
place in the North Wales Division Two Championship, hope to move up a place by overcoming
visitors Welshpool at
Prop Nick Perrin makes his 50th appearance of the season in the front-row while Roger Chadwick looks set to start at outside-half following an impressive performance against Deri last week. The selectors hope to include a couple of promising Youth Team players in the squad to add pace and give them some experience at this level of rugby.
Wrexham completed a notable double over Welshpool last season, partly due to a brace of tries apiece from scrum-half John Roberts and winger Scott Davies who also feature tomorrow. The Mid Walians have lost both of the league games that they have played this term, but they are always a difficult team to break down and a home victory is not assured.
PWLLHELI 2NDS V WREXHAM 2NDS
Wrexham Seconds face their longest journey of the season when they travel to Pwllheli Seconds for a North Wales Division Three game (k.o.2.30pm).
WREXHAM YOUTH V BALA YOUTH
Wrexham Youth will fill a
blank date by taking on Bala Youth in a friendly at
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Wrexham scored more tries than the visitors but still fell to their third successive defeat in the North Wales Division Three Championship. Their tries came from flanker Dave Morris (2), prop Rob Pierce and outside-half Richard Lloyd who also landed one conversion. Pierce and Lloyd were the outstanding performers for the home side.
Week Ending 26th September
PREVIEW FOR SATURDAY 27th SEPTEMBER 2008
WREXHAM 1STS V DERI BRONCOS
Wrexham switch their focus to cup rugby when they take on Deri Broncos in the first round of the prestigious Swalec Cup competition at Bryn Estyn Road tomorrow afternoon (k.o. 2.30pm).
Jason Reano starts in the second-row
following a promising and try scoring first appearance of the season in the victory over
Dean Griffiths, another try scorer in
last weeks league victory at
Deri Broncos hail from a
small village in the
Like Wrexham, Deri finished fourth in their division last season and are pressing hard for promotion this term. However, they lost at home by 12-24 to Pontyclun last week and a question remains whether they will be able to recover sufficiently from that setback to counter a buoyant Wrexham side. A fascinating contest is in prospect.
WREXHAM SECONDS V ABERGELE
Wrexham Seconds, without a win so far in North Wales Division Three but bolstered by last weeks narrow victory over Denbigh Seconds in the Clwyd Cup, entertain Abergele at Bryn Estyn Road (2.30pm k.o.).
CAERNARFON YOUTH V WREXHAM YOUTH
Wrexham Youth, with league victories over Mold and Rhyl under their belts, travel to Caernarfon where they will have to be at their best to challenge the strong Gwynedd side. Happily they will be strengthened by the inclusion of flanker Rob Moore, outside-half Jamie Morris and prop Joss Stott who all return from duty with the senior sides.
Week Ending 29th August
Wrexham RFC SGM will be held on Thursday 28th August at 7.30 this will be followed immediately by the annual AGM.
On Saturday 30th August the club will be holding a family BBQ day with a feast of rugby entertainment. A match between Wrexham Youth v COBRA will 'kick off' proceedings at 1.00 pm followed by the 1st XV v Whitchurch Select XV at 3.00 pm. There will also be a TAG rugby demonstration by U8's between the games.
Week Ending 25th July
Wrexham have DERI in the 1st round of the SWALEC Cup. Deri compete in Div 5 S.East
Week Ending 18th July
Wrexham Rugby Club have started training for their new season in Division Five North which starts in September. Sessions, which take place twice weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6.45pm, are fitness and skill based and are aimed at preparing all players for the new league programme.
Last years First Team Coach, Russell Penrhyn Jones, has just been appointed as Wrexhams new Director of Rugby and will assist in the process of recruiting his replacement. Whoever takes over from him will inherit a good team that went close to winning Division Five last season and will compete well again in 2008/2009.
The Firsts will kick-off their new season with a game at
Wrexhams first home league game will be against
Wrexham Seconds have a full programme of fixtures against
sides from all parts of
Wrexham Youth Team have a strong side for their new season
in Division One of the North Wales Youth League and have reinforced their coaching team
with the addition on first teamers John Roberts and Carl Turner. They visit high flying
Rhyl for their opening game on Saturday 6th September and will then take on
Mold in a local derby at Wrexham on the following Saturday. They train on Tuesdays and
Some of the mini and junior rugby squads have started their training for the new
season. The Under 12's hold their sessions at
Some of the mini and junior rugby squads have started their training for the new
season. The Under 12's hold their sessions at
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