South Wales Scorpions

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Not to be confused with the defunct rugby league club of a similar name, South Wales RLFC.
South Wales Scorpions
South wales scorpions logo 2010.png
Club information
Full name South Wales Scorpions Rugby League Football Club
Website scorpionsrl.com
Colours      Black
     Pink
Founded 2009
Current details
Ground(s)
Coach(s) Mike Grady
Captain(s) Phil Carleton
Competition Kingstone Press Championship 1 (from 2009)
2013 Championship 1 8th
Rugby football current event.png Current season

South Wales Scorpions Rugby League Football Club (Welsh: Sgorpionau De Cymru) are a professional rugby league club formed in 2009, based from 2014 in Maesteg, having previously been based at the Gnoll in Neath.[1][2] The club will play the majority of their home games at The Old Parish in Maesteg, with two fixtures taking place at Blackwood RFC in the 2014 season.

In the 2014 season they will play in the Kingstone Press Championship 1.[3]

The club play in a home strip of pink shirts with black trim, whilst the away kit is yellow. Both strips include the club logo.[4]

There is a supporters club based in Maesteg.

History[edit]

Many professional and semi-professional Welsh teams played rugby league in the otherwise English competitions since the formation of the Northern Union in 1895. The latest attempt to expand the game to South Wales began when Crusaders joined National League Two in 2006. The club were initially based in Bridgend.

The idea of a second professional side in Wales was discussed before Celtic Crusaders had even played a game. Crusaders' plan was to help a Rugby League Conference Welsh Premier club join the National Leagues to act as a feeder club if Crusaders reached Super League.[5] The idea was also talked about in mid-2009 when Rugby Football League decided that Super League Reserves would be turned into an under-20 competition, a move that could have halted the development of rugby league players in the area after they turned 21 years old.

The formation of the Scorpions was accelerated after the Crusaders left South Wales and moved to Wrexham F.C.'s Racecourse Ground.[3] South Wales RLFC were formed by a consortium of businessmen led by Phil Davies in late 2009. They were accepted into Championship One the third tier of British rugby league for the 2010 season.

Several suggestions for a team moniker were made by various people. The club had a poll among fans online to choose between the various options. Scorpions proved to be the most popular choice with Crusaders just beaten into second place. On 22 December 2009, the club formally adopted the name South Wales Scorpions RLFC. An updated version of the logo was released in February 2010 following feedback.[6] .

The initial badge in 2009

The initial batch of players were selected from an open trial plus a few signings from other clubs. Some players were dual-registered with Crusaders RL and had played for the Crusaders reserves. Before a ball had been kicked, the club celebrated its first international players, Loren Quick and Lewis Reece, who played for Wales and Great Britain at under-18 level. Anthony Seibold, who had been an Assistant Coach at Crusaders, was the first head coach.

The Scorpions' first ever competitive game was against Workington Town on 28 February 2010, who also provided the competition for Celtic Crusaders' first match in the 2006 National League 2 competition. The Scorpions won this encounter 22–20, in front of a crowd of over 500 at the Gnoll; with stand-off Lloyd White, on a months loan at South Wales from Crusaders, landing the crucial penalty goal to secure victory. The team went on to finish sixth in the table and made the play-offs. Seibold returned to Australia at the end of the season.

Wales Rugby League, agreed to take over the running of South Wales Scorpions for the 2014 season after Phil Davies decided to step down. Professional rugby league returned to the Bridgend county borough as Scorpions moved to Maesteg RFC. [1]

2014 squad[edit]

* Announced on 27 February 2014:

2014 Squad Numbers

No Player Position Former club
1 Jordan Sheridan Full Back Conwy Celts
2 Ian Newbury Wing Valley Cougars
3 Jack Pring Centre Leeds Rhinos
4 Kyle Scrivens Centre Torfaen Tigers
5 Chris Leyshon Wing, Centre Celtic Crusaders
6 Paul Emanuelli Stand Off Valley Cougars
7 Shaun Owens Scrum Half Valley Cougars
8 Alan Pope Prop Waunarlwydd R.U.F.C
9 Connor Farrer Hooker Celtic Crusaders
10 Chris Vitalini Prop, Second Row Gloucestershire All Golds
11 Barrie Phillips Second Row Valley Cougars
12 Phil Carleton (C) Second Row, Prop Valley Cougars
13 Ashley Bateman Loose Forward, Utility Gloucestershire All Golds
14 Mike Connor Prop Celtic Crusaders
15 Owain Davies Second Row, Prop South Wales Academy
16 TJ Collin Second Row, Centre Celtic Crusaders
17 Rhys Fitzgerald Prop, Second Row Penallta Storm
18 Harrison Elliott Full Back, Wing Glamorgan University
19 Alex Jones Wing Cardiff Blues
20 Scott Britton Loose Forward, Utility Valley Cougars
21 Daniel Parry Half Back Valley Cougars
22 Dafydd Hellard Wing Valley Cougars
23 Alex Randall Prop Folkstone R.F.C.
24 Matthew Wilcox Centre Nottingham Outlaws
25 Osian Phillips Prop Celtic Crusaders

2014 transfers[edit]

Gains

Player Club Contract length Date
Paul Emanuelli Valley Cougars Player/Assistant Coach February 2014
Barrie Phillips Valley Cougars February 2014
Shaun Owens Wales Rugby February 2014
Alan Pope Waunarlwydd R.U.F.C February 2014
Chris Vitalini Gloucestershire All Golds February 2014
Owain Davies South Wales Academy February 2014
Daniel Parry Valley Cougars February 2014
Scott Britton Valley Cougars February 2014
Ian Newbury Valley Cougars February 2014
Jordan Sheridan Conwy Celts February 2014
Alex Randall Folkstone R.F.C. February 2014
Dafydd Hellard Valley Cougars February 2014
Kyle Scrivens Torfaen Tigers February 2014

Losses

Player Club Contract length Date
Joe Burke Barrow Raiders October 2013
Dalton Grant Barrow Raiders October 2013
Courtney Davies London Skolars December 2013
Steve Parry Gloucestershire All Golds December 2013
Samir Tahraoui Swinton Lions December 2013
James Tutuila Gloucestershire All Golds January 2014
Thomas Gwyn Morgan Gloucestershire All Golds January 2014
Rhys Davies British Police January 2014
Sam Wellings London Skolars January 2014
David James Released January 2014
Ollie Olds Released January 2014
Jordan Howells Released January 2014
Kristian Hawkes Released January 2014
Kyle Perry Released January 2014
Haydn Peacock Released January 2014
Liam Watton Released January 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ "South Wales club to join Championship One". Rugby Football League. 11 December 2009. Retrieved 11 December 2009. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Green light for new Welsh club". Press Association. 11 December 2009. Retrieved 11 December 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "New rugby league club South Wales gets the green light". BBC. 11 December 2009. Retrieved 11 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "South Wales Scorpions are named". LastTackle.com. 23 December 2009. Retrieved 23 December 2009. 
  5. ^ "Crusaders & Salford win licences". BBC. 22 July 2008. Retrieved 11 December 2009. 
  6. ^ "3D images of the kit". South Wales Scorpions. 5 February 2010. Archived from the original on 9 February 2010. Retrieved 9 February 2010. 

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