West Wales Raiders Rugby League

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West Wales Raiders Rugby League
Club information
Full name West Wales Raiders Rugby League Football Club
Nickname(s) The Raiders
Colours Green with white V
Founded 2015
Website [1]
Current details
Chairman Andrew Thorne
Coach Kim Williams
Manager Peter Tiffin
Captain Morgan Evans
Competition League 1 (rugby league)

West Wales Raiders Rugby League Club previously known as Raiders RL is the rugby league club[1] in West Wales formed in January 2015. They are based at Stebonheath Park in Llanelli.[2] Formerly called Gwendreath Valley Raiders they moved to Llanelli when the club gained entry into the Conference League South which is level 4 of the Rugby League system. in addition to being a local club the raiders are more proactive than some of their professional counterparts by visiting all the local schools delivering rugby league training to pupils. They also have links with one of the oldest university rugby league teams in Wales the Warpigs from Swansea University. The raiders have taken over the running and coaching of the university rugby league team since 2017.

Raiders first ever match was an away friendly against Aberystwyth University in February which they won 72-6. Their first league match was a home derby win against the defending champions Valley Cougars 34-6, captain Alan Pope scoring the clubs first try. The game was watched by over 200 spectators.[citation needed]

In 2017, Andrew Thorne purchased the semi professional League 1 club South Wales Ironmen, moving the club immediately to Llanelli. The Ironmen will rebrand as West Wales Raiders from 2018 onwards.


  1. ^ "About". raidersrugbyleague.co.uk.
  2. ^ "Wales Rugby League". walesrugbyleague.co.uk.

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