Wizards Bolster Squad

Aberavon Rugby Football Club have been busy working on their squad for the forthcoming 2021/22 season.

Ahead of the squad announcement on Friday 27th August – Head Coach Jason Hyatt spoke of the recent new additions to the squad, starting with increasing the depth of talent in the front row department.

“Jordan Walters joins us from the Ospreys. He is a strong scrummager and a real threat with ball in hand.

Rhys Fawcett joins us from the Scarlets. I watched Rhys develop at the Scarlets into a powerful player both at set piece and in open play.

Lastly, Nicky Thomas joins us from the Ospreys. Nicky is renowned for his powerful scrummaging and at 26 years of age has gained a huge amount of experience within various environments”.

During COVID-19, Cameron Lewis, son of Lyndon Lewis also signed for the club from Cardiff Blues.

“Cam has worked exceptionally hard on all aspects of his game and is a really talented Hooker,” added Jason.

Jay Baker returns after spells with Merthyr and overseas.

“Jay Baker joins from Manly Marlins. Jay is a player who can consistently break down the most organised defences, and will add extra options to our all round game,” commented Hyatt.

Aberavon have also signed some rising talent on development contracts, flanker Billy Moxey and centre Logan Phillips.

Head Coach Jason Hyatt added.

“Billy Moxey joins us from Pontardawe. He has gained experience at age grade level with the Ospreys, where he earned a reputation as a physical ball carrier and aggressive defensive player. Billy also came with a glowing endorsement from our defence coach Chris Davies.

Likewise, Logan, like Billy, has gained experience playing age grade rugby with the Ospreys. He is an exciting talent both in attack and defence. Chris Davies rates Logan very highly indeed.”


Aberavon take on Ebbw Vale in their first preseason friendly at the Talbot Athletic Ground on Saturday 28 August, 1430KO. Entry is £3 donation to Aberavon RFC/ Maggie’s Swansea.

JTR 2021/22 Club Captain

Joe Tomalin-Reeves will continue as club captain for the 2021/22 season.

A fiery flanker that leads from the front in his all action performances in ‘Blood and Black’ will be captain for his second season. Joe will will be amongst names such as Ian Moore, Morton Howells and Billy James as captain of this iconic club.

Looking forward ahead of the season Joe was asked if there is some work to do on bringing the players back together as a team.

“As crazy as it sounds, it feels like we have not been away from the environment. It has just been different. We had a fair few zoom meetings, we really stayed in touch with everyone and as a squad we thought that was very important. So when we came back, that would hold us in good stead and it truly has. Boys are excited,” Joe said.

18-months with no game, no training and wondering what will happen next must have had a significant impact on the players and the squad.

“We have to spin this whole situation around. Players who may have been carrying injuries have had time to recover, regenerate and prepare to go again,” added Joe.

Looking ahead to the season and its new format we asked Joe what are the expectations of the squad.

“The expectation every year is to win silverware, that is the same every year, it is no different. Our environment is extremely professional and there are players that drive standards hard, so there is really no reason why we cannot win the league, and more”.

“I cannot wait to see the supporters, before the game, after the game, and I speak for all of the squad on that.

It is hoped the Talbot Athletic Ground will be brimming full of supporters in their first league game against Llanelli. The support now is more important than ever.

“I cannot wait to see the supporters, before the game, after the game, and I speak for all of the squad on that. We are raring to go, through thick and thin, I cannot wait”

We have sadly lost a lot of supporters during COVID, with COVID and amongst other illnesses and we owe them really. We need to treasure every moment as a supporter and as a player,” commented the Captain.


Aberavon take on Ebbw Vale in their first preseason friendly at the Talbot Athletic Ground on Saturday 28 August, 1430KO. Entry is £3 donation to Aberavon RFC/ Maggie’s Swansea.

Season Tickets Out Now

With an unusual season structure ahead of us we have decided to offer just two season ticket categories for this season alone. Hopefully next season we can revert back to our normal pattern but for this season only there will just be two season ticket choices on offer.

  1. Standard ticket for stand or field @ £60.00
  2. Vice Presidents ticket @ £100.00

We are aware that we may get disruptions and break in the season, therefore, the price reflects potential issues. We will not be offering concessions due to the current discounted rate.

If you would like view our fixture schedule please visits the Fixtures and Results page.

You can download a season ticket application form below.

Season Ticket Membership Form

Season tickets can be purchased right here.

Please bring your proof of purchase to one of our allocated season ticket collection days to collect your season ticket. Season tickets will also be available to purchase in person at one of our home games listed below.

Dates:

28 August, Aberavon v Ebbw Vale (preseason friendly)

4 September, Aberavon v Newport (preseason friendly)

18 September, Aberavon v Llanelli (Indigo Premiership Cup)

25 September, Aberavon v Swansea (Indigo Premiership Cup)

The Magic is Back

‘The Wizards’ are set to return to rugby with eyes on Llanelli.

18-months without rugby has been a testing time for all involved, however, the return is just around the corner.

Aberavon RFC Chairman, Andrew John is delighted to be getting back to it.

“After what has seemed like an age without live Welsh Premiership rugby we can finally at last look forward to some action, like all Wizards supporters I am really looking forward to watching us play again”.

Knowing that that there will be some rugby played at the Talbot Athletic ground within weeks, preparations have formally begun stated Aberavon RFC Head Coach Jason Hyatt.

“When national restrictions allowed us to start training, we took the decision to train once a week on a voluntary basis. The first couple of sessions took place on Aberavon beach, then we moved to our usual training base at Ysgol Cwm Brombil. These sessions included light S&C & conditioned games.The sessions allowed us all to get back into our rugby environment in a controlled and enjoyable way.

We are now at the end of week seven, during the first sixteen practice sessions a large focus has been placed on achieving good fitness levels, while also spending time practicing our attacking and defensive policies.We now start to build in our set piece and unit plays”.

Without delving back into the dreaded COVID pandemic and its impact, ‘the Wizards’ seem firmly in the present and looking forward to the future.

“It’s been a long 18 months to be honest so the start cant come quick enough. With two pre-season games and two of the opening cup games home it’s back to action with a bang which is just what we want”, added Andrew John.

Jason Hyatt added.

“The attitude of the players has as always been outstanding, everyone is extremely focused on not only improving as individuals but also improving our environment. Excitement is certainly building as we fast approach our first pre season friendly against Ebbw Vale”.

When speaking about the players, the question around the squad was spoken about. Has there been any new signings? Has anyone moved on?

“On the field we have strengthened the squad and I’m extremely hopeful that we will be a real force this year, it will be different for sure but the positive thing is that we are back on the field which is so important,” stated the Chairman.

The squad looks to be announced in the next week. Andrew finished by adding.

“I am really looking forward to welcoming everyone back and hopefully putting some smiles back on faces after some dark times.

Let’s all enjoy it and savour being able to watch the Wizards play live rugby again, very soon as well”.

Preseason Friendlies

We are please to confirm the following preseason friendlies ahead of the 2021/22 season campaign:

Saturday 28 September – Ebbw Vale (H), 1430KO [£3 Entry] *Disco post-game

Saturday 4 September – Newport (H), 1430KO [£3 Entry]

Saturday 11 September – Llandovery (A), 1430KO

We all look forward to welcoming you back to the Talbot Athletic Ground.

Indigo Group Premiership Cup

After an 18-month hiatus due to the pandemic, the Indigo Group Premiership clubs finally have something to look forward to with a new cup competition set to kick-start the season on September 18.

The 12 clubs have been divided into two pools of six – West and East – for the inaugural Indigo Group Premiership Cup.

Llanelli, Aberavon, Bridgend, Carmarthen Quins, Llandovery and Swansea form the West while Merthyr, Ebbw Vale, Pontypridd, Newport, Cardiff and RGC will contest the East.

The initial stage will be on a home and away basis to find the top two sides from each group. The winner from West will then host the runners-up from East in one semi-final while in the other semi-final the winner of East will host the runner-up of West. The date and venue of the final are TBC.

“The key for us has been to get people back playing rugby. A lot of time and effort has gone into ensuring the top end of our club game can return to action in a safe environment,” said WRU head of participation, Geraint John.

“Finally, the players and coaches have something tangible to focus on and we can all now look forward to seeing some exciting derbies which I’m sure will give fans something to shout about at long last.”

Ian Cole-Wilkins, CEO of Indigo Group, said: “We are pleased to be finally welcoming clubs back after a long and challenging 18 months. The new West and East cup competition format to start in September gives local supporters the chance to see the players stir up some long standing rivalries!

“Indigo Group will continue to support clubs with their return to rugby and we look forward to getting to some of the games.”

Jon Jones, chairman of the Indigo Group Premiership clubs and Ebbw Vale, expressed relief that a date has now been set in concrete to get the players back on the pitch and is hoping the derbies will see fans pouring back through the turnstiles.

“Having a cup competition at the beginning of the season is something different, but we’re obviously looking forward to it because we haven’t played for over 18 months by the time we kick off,” he said. “We’re really enthusiastic to get back to playing and that is a message from all the Indigo Group Premiership clubs really.

“It’s really important to have that start date set now – we’ve not even got close to it before so it’s great to know when we’re going to start, we’ve all got friendly fixtures lined up to lead into the competition,” he said.

Jones added the Indigo Group Premiership has had to follow certain protocols before having a start-date confirmed.

“Training has already started for the clubs, but we need a bigger lead-in than some of the community clubs for obvious reasons.

“We have got to get a lot of things in place and it gives us time to do that to make sure the players are ready – it’s been a long time without contact so there are concerns from the medical side of things and that is why it has been managed in the way it has and why we are starting later than the community game.”

With pre-season now fully underway, Aberavon head coach Jason Hyatt is eager to get the new campaign going.

“From our point of view, it’s really important that we get back playing as soon as possible, it’s so important on all fronts. Important for the clubs, important for the supporters and Welsh rugby in general,” he said.

“It is nice to have something concrete to look forward to. They will all be difficult games, traditionally the West sides play a lot of rugby and I enjoyed it the last time it was east and west if I’m honest.

“The East and West is not a new format – we did it a number of years ago and that was the year we reached the final play-off and we played Merthyr in the final.

“We’re very lucky in Aberavon, we’ve got fantastic supporters and everyone is busting a gut to watch rugby again. My son plays for Gowerton, I watched him play against Dunvant so it feels like it is starting to feel like a bit of normality is kicking in now. It was just nice watching a game of rugby so no doubt our supporters will feel exactly the same.”

Hyatt has no doubt the derbies will bring the best out of the players and is encouraging fans who have been devoid of any live sporting action over the past 18 months to go and support their local team.

“Personally, I think the standard is rising all the time. I take my hat off to everyone involved with the Indigo Group Premiership – it doesn’t just fall in our laps at that level. A lot of hard work is involved, and it is a fantastic environment for youngsters to come through and learn,” he said.

Jones added: “This will be a chance to see some live rugby, it’s good for the clubs and good for atmosphere and I think everybody needs that after what we have been through as a society – everybody needs something different to the garden.

“It’s a chance for the Indigo Group Premiership clubs to continue to show what they can do – that is why we would be really pleased to get more people through the gates because I think as people come they will want to come again.”

Funds for Maggie’s Swansea

Thank you to everyone at Aberavon RFC and your amazing supporters for dedicating your time to fundraise a total of £10,040 to date for Maggie’s Swansea. Your commitment and fundraising achievement will help support many people with cancer along with their family and friends.

There are a lot of people who would like to thank you for the money you’ve raised, and the time and effort you’ve dedicated to raising it.

Like the woman who’s found a group of people who understand how to cope with the gruelling side effects of chemotherapy. And the man who has found hope and strength through the support of the psychologist.

Thanks to your hard work, we’ll continue to be here for those people when they need us the most.


For more information please visit www.maggiescentres.org or call 01792 200 001.

COVID-19 Statement

Following the decision by the Welsh Rugby Union to postpone all competition until w/c March 30th at the earliest, Aberavon Wizards have issued the following statement:

The health and wellbeing of our community and the wider public is our absolute priority.

We fully support the decision of the Welsh Rugby Union.

We urge you to follow the guidance from the NHS and Public Health Wales. We also ask that

you spare a thought for the more vulnerable and less able in our community.

With this in mind, Aberavon RFC players will be volunteering for ‘Age Connects Neath Port Talbot’ to offer safe services to older people, enabling them to follow the current social distancing guidelines.

Aberavon RFC Chairman Andrew V John commented.

“As a club in the heart of Port Talbot we will do as much as we possibly can to help the elderly and people in need in our town.

We are all in completely uncharted territory at present so if there is anything we can do to assist please contact us via the Age Connects NPT.

At times like this communities need to pull together and remain strong – help is there if you need us”.

Dean Richards, Age Connects NPT Chief Officer added.

 “We are extremely grateful for the fantastic offer of support from Aberavon RFC who will provide much needed support and resources to enable us to provide essential services to some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

In these extremely challenging times which are continually developing, we will continue to follow advice and guidance from public health and government services, with the best interest of older people at heart at all times.

For information on how you can help with our continued efforts, please visit our website or social media accounts which will be regularly updated”.

If you need to contact Age Connects NPT about their services during this time please contact:

Rhiannon Powell

Age Connects NPT

37-38 Alfred Street

SA11 1EH

Telephone: 01639 617333

Mobile: 07866110902

Email: rhiannon@ageconnectsnpt.org.uk

Players are currently going through DBS clearance and will begin volunteering on Monday 23rd of March.

Our players will:

• Pick up and drop off shopping

• Pick up and drop off prescriptions

• Provide a dog walking service

• Offer a telephone befriending service

There is an issue with supplies and funds. In order to provide such a service, we would

greatly appreciate your help in the following ways:

Food Drop Off

A donation of non-perishable items and hygiene products to Aberavon RFC (players dining

room) on the following dates:

• Monday 23 March

0900hrs until 1600hrs

• Tuesday 24 March

1200hrs until 1900hrs

Suggested items:

• Toothpaste

• Soap

• Toilet Roll

• Shower Gel

• Tinned Soup

• Baked Beans

• Pasta

• Rice

• Boxed Cereal

Funds.

Any monetary donation would be used to purchase essential items such as those listed

above.