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) Phil Carleton
Captain(s) Chris Vitalini (club capt.)
Competition Kingstone Press League 1
2015 League1 9th
Rugby football current event.png Current season

South Wales Scorpions RLFC (Welsh: Sgorpionau De Cymru) are a semi-professional rugby league club formed in 2009, based from 2016 in Caerphilly's Virginia Park ground. In season 2015 the club played at Mountain Ash having spent 2014 at Maesteg, previously been based at the Gnoll in Neath.[1][2] The club played the majority of their home games at the Old Parish in Maesteg, with two fixtures taking place at Blackwood RFC, a match was played at Cardiff Arms Park in July 2014 - a victory over London Skolars. The club played at four different "home" venues in 2014, with their final home game being played at Mountain Ash - which became their new home for 2015. From 2016, the club will play at Caerphilly RFC's ground (Virginia Park), with Cardiff Arms Park hosting the Welsh derby when the North Wales Crusaders are the visitors.[3]

In the 2016 season they will play in the Kingstone Press League 1.[4]

The club play in a home strip of black jerseys with pink trim, whilst the away kit is white and pale blue. Both strips include the club logo.[5]

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.[6] 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.[4] 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.[7]

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.[8] This move however would only last a single season as at the end of the season the club announced it would be moving to ground share with Mountain Ash RFC at Parc Dyffryn Pennar.[9]

2016 squad[edit]

* Announced on 15 January 2016:

2016 Squad Numbers

No Player Position Former club
1 Chris Leyshon Full Back Aberavon Wizards
2 Ian Newbury Wing Valley Cougars
3 Kyle Scrivens Centre Torfaen Tigers
4 Yannic Parker Centre Gloucestershire All Golds
5 Dai Evans Wing Bridgend Ravens
6 Kristian Hawkes Stand Off Swindon RUFC
7 Paul Emanuelli Half Back Valley Cougars
8 Chris Davies Prop, Second Row Merthyr RFC
9 Connor Farrer (C) Hooker Celtic Crusaders
10 Izaak Duffy Prop Gloucestershire All Golds
11 Bradley Hill Second Row Aber Valley Wolves
12 Tom Morgan Second Row, Centre Bristol Rugby
13 Chris Vitalini Loose Forward Gloucestershire All Golds
14 Osian Phillips (VC) Prop Celtic Crusaders
15 Jordan Sheridan Full Back Conwy Celts
16 Dafydd Hellard Wing Valley Cougars
17 Mike Connor (VC) Prop, Second Row Celtic Crusaders
18 Matthew Wilcox Centre Cardiff City
19 Kristian Baller Full Back Pontypool RFC
20 Anthony Symons Prop Risca RFC
21 Scott Gregory Centre Valley Cougars
Danyl Davies Wing Valley Cougars
Rhys Davies Prop Wales Rugby League
Paul Edwards Centre, Full Back Glynneath RFC
Ben Jones Full Back North Wales Crusaders
Sion Jones Prop Widnes Vikings
Kyle Perry Second Row Rhydyfelin RFC
Zak Williams Hooker Newport Gwent Dragons

2016 transfers[edit]

Gains

Player Club Contract length Date
Wales Izaak Duffy Gloucestershire All Golds 1 Year September 2015
Italy Chris Vitalini Gloucestershire All Golds 1 Year September 2015
England Tom Morgan Bristol Rugby 1 Year September 2015
England Kristian Hawkes Swindon RUFC 1 Year September 2015
England Chris Leyshon Aberavon Wizards 1 Year October 2015
Wales Dai Evans Bridgend Ravens 1 Year November 2015
Wales Kristian Baller Pontypool RFC 1 Year November 2015
Wales Danyl Davies Valley Cougars 1 Year November 2015
Wales Yannic Parker Gloucestershire All Golds 1 Year November 2015
Wales Matty Wilcox Cardiff City 1 Year December 2015
Wales Chris Davies Merthyr RFC 1 Year December 2015
Wales Scott Gregory Valley Cougars 1 Year December 2015
Wales Sion Jones Widnes Vikings 1 Year Loan December 2015

Losses

Player Club Contract length Date
Wales Connor Davies Leeds Metropolitan University 3 Years September 2015
Wales Curtis Davies Leeds Metropolitan University 3 Years September 2015
Wales Marcus Webb Leeds Metropolitan University 3 Years September 2015
Wales Neil Dallimore Retirement N/A October 2015
England Jonny Leather Gloucestershire All Golds 1 Year October 2015
England Scott Gilles Valley Cougars 1 Year November 2015
Samoa Tala Petelo Rogerstone RUFC 2 ½ Years November 2015
England Chris Speck Valley Cougars 1 Year November 2015
Wales Barrie Phillips Retirement N/A December 2015
England Ryan Millington Newcastle Thunder 2 Years January 2016
Wales Gethin King Valley Cougars 2 Years January 2016

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. ^ Wales online
  4. ^ a b "New rugby league club South Wales gets the green light". BBC. 11 December 2009. Retrieved 11 December 2009. 
  5. ^ "South Wales Scorpions are named". LastTackle.com. 23 December 2009. Retrieved 23 December 2009. 
  6. ^ "Crusaders & Salford win licences". BBC. 22 July 2008. Retrieved 11 December 2009. 
  7. ^ "3D images of the kit". South Wales Scorpions. 5 February 2010. Archived from the original on 9 February 2010. Retrieved 9 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "South Wales Scorpions Relocate to Maesteg". Wales Online. 
  9. ^ "Scorpions move to Mountain Ash". South Wales Scorpions. 01/10/2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

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