Purnell made his first appearance for Aberavon in 2012 against Tata Steel and has gone on to play for the club 187 times.
Every pack needs a ‘dog’ and Lee is certainly one. He is a rugged forward who has settled splendidly with the Wizards and is a favourite of almost every supporter in the club as he gives 100% in every game he plays in and has led the side on several occasions.
His previous clubs have included Gilfach Goch (alongside his elder brother), Bedwas and Tonmawr.
He won the awards of Player of the Year and Players Player in 2018. A whole-hearted performer.
However, Lee has decided to end his playing career at Aberavon to take an opportunity in a coaching role.
Jason Hyatt commented.
“I would like to thank Lee for his outstanding contribution at Aberavon. Lee has a huge heart and has always given 100% in practice sessions and matches.
I have watched Lee develop into a great warrior and I wish him the very best of luck in his first coaching role.”
Lee Purnell added.
“I absolutely loved my time with Aberavon, it’s a special club and cannot thank them enough for everything the club and Andrew has done for me over the years.
I just feel the time is right for a new challenge.”
36 years after the last cup final in 1975, Aberavon reached the 2011 final, but just lost to Pontypridd by 24-35 at the Millennium Stadium after a late try was ruled out.
Carter, Strong and Sam Williams scored tries and full back Jarvis kicked three conversions and a penalty.
In the semi-final, tries from Chris Lewis and Strong with eight points by Jarvis beat the ‘Drovers’ by 18-12 on Carmarthen Park.
In earlier rounds, the ‘Wizards’ defeated Bedlinog (74-6); Waunarlwydd (33-19 away) and Cardiff (19-17 away).
The Cup final side was: – Matthew Jarvis; Richard Carter, Will Price, Ashley Beck (Liam Gadd), Ricky Thomas; Jamie Davies, Dan Davies (David Pritchard); Neil White (Lloyd Howell), Marc Breeze, Tony Edwards (James Jones), Ian Moore (Aaron Bray), Sam Williams, James King (Richard Morris), Nathan Strong, Chris Davies (captain) (Daryll Thomas).
Tickets are now available for the Indigo Group Premiership Cup Final between Aberavon and Newport on Sunday 24th April at the Principality Stadium, 5:35pm KO.
Tickets will be digital only. Therefore, you will need the WRU ticketing app in order to receive your tickets. This is very simple – all you will need is a smart phone. For those who do not have a smart phone, someone else can obtain your ticket on their smart phone on your behalf to be scanned at the entrance gate.
We can help you with the ticketing process, you can email email@example.com for more information. Tickets are easily transferable and all we would need to help you is your mobile phone number.
Ticket prices and details as follows:
Adults = £10
Under 16s = £5
A ticket will allow entry for all three games on the one given day.
There will not be a tangible ticket.
Tickets are available in the ticketing office (Gate 3) on Westgate Street. This is a cashless process and you will STILL NEED to download the ticketing app.
Tickets can also be purchased online, please follow link below:
Will Price has announced that he will retire from rugby at the end of this season.
Will played his first game for Aberavon on the 29th April 2009 against Llanelli at the Talbot Athletic Ground.
He has played 229 times for Aberavon (as of 8/4/22) and has scored 35 tries.
Wizards Head Coach Jason Hyatt spoke very highly of Price.
“I have had the privilege of coaching Will for many years and had the pleasure of watching him develop into an outstanding Wizard, on and off the field.
Will is a player who I often ask for advice, he is honest and knows how to bring the best out of everyone around him, a very special talent”.
During nearly 13-years of service at Aberavon, he has represented Wales Sevens on the International Sevens Series, a fine achievement, however, what is very fitting for Will Price is during his first full season at Aberavon he reached the cup final against Pontypridd, now he is to finish his Aberavon career in yet another cup final against Newport on April 24th.
Ex-Wizard and former Captain Ian Moore is full of admiration for Price.
“For me, Will should go down as one of the greats who has put on the Aberavon jersey.
What a class player! So physical and skilful, someone who I would always want on my side, underrated by many, but those that were lucky enough to play alongside him knew how talented he was.
It was an absolute honour to play with you mate and all the best in your retirement”.
Former team-mate and friend, Welsh International Ashley Beck added.
“William is a great friend of mine and it was awesome to play with him down at the Wizards for some time.
He’s the type of player you’d rather play with than against. I had some great memories on and off the field with will him and hope he gets the send-off he deserves because he’s put so much into the Wizards jersey for so many years.
Congratulations on an awesome career mate! Glad I got to share the field with you”.
Will is of course an exceptional talent when it comes to rugby, a player who has the ability to carry across the gain line, to tackle his opponents ferociously and to distribute well and offload in the tackle as good as any – yet, the person behind the rugby ability is what his peers admire most.
“For all young players searching for answers on how to achieve their ambitions, he is an ideal role model. He keeps himself in perfect physical condition, his work rate is first class and most importantly, he’s a real nice guy.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Will’s family, especially Becky, Mia & Sofia for their support. Having the support of family & loved ones is so important for all young players to develop and Will has obviously been very fortunate to have such strong support”, added Hyatt.
Price will play his last home game at the Talbot Athletic Ground on Saturday 9 April against Llandovery.
Statement from Will Price.
It has been a privilege to play for Aberavon and I’m very proud to have represented the club for over 12 years and also captain the side too.
Aberavon is a great club filled with amazing people and I just want to say thank you to each and everyone who have allowed me to be a part of it.
As a club we’ve had many highs and lows but all are great memories which I will always be thankful for, as well as all the friendships I’ve made on the way.
It is a hard decision to make and one I did not rush into making, but now I can look forward to spending more time with my Wife and two girls.
Thank you once again to all. I will most definitely be down supporting the club and the boys next season.
Everyone at Aberavon RFC will be saddened to hear the news that our former prop forward, long serving treasurer, life member and club trustee Cliff David passed away yesterday aged 90.
Cliff first played for the Wizards back in the early 50’s which started a 70 year association with the club and before the pandemic struck rarely missed a home game.
He enjoyed a long teaching career becoming Headmaster at Dyffryn School, he possessed an outstanding memory of the many former pupils that passed through his time there as well as his fellow former players at Aberavon.
During his National Service in the RAF he played in many Inter Service games amongst players who would go onto gain international and British Lions caps such was the standard of those games.
Cliff was hugely respected in Port Talbot and afar, by his many friends, colleagues on and off the rugby field and ex pupils – he will be sadly missed.
Our deepest sympathies go out to his wife Marion and their family.
Everyone at Aberavon stands in solidarity with the people affected by the crisis in Ukraine.
We believe that in times of immense difficulty, there is strength in unity. That is why as a club we are asking supporters, traveling supporters, players, coaches, friends and families to donate anything they can to help as the conflict in Ukraine unfolds.
Your help will contribute towards the families arriving at the border of Poland, Lithuania and Romania by providing life saving aid, including cash, food and water. Setting up safe spaces for children to play, learn and grieve. Supporting refugees. Whilst funds will help teams to support families with essential supplies including winter kits, offering mental health services, providing cash and vouchers, food, rent and medicines, providing access to safe, inclusive and quality education.
So, we ask you all to please untie in solidarity with the people in Ukraine. Please make any donation you can to support the urgent needs of children and families there.
We will be holding a bucket collection at our home game against Carmarthen Quins on Saturday 12 March and we welcome any donations to be dropped off in the Players Dining Room before 1400 on the same day.
We would like to make you aware that we have received our full allocation of tickets for the Six Nations Series 2022.
Our current availability is as follows;
Wales v France
Friday 11th March – 8.00pm K.O.
£115, £105 & £100 each
Wales v Italy
Saturday 19th March – 2.15pm K.O.
£80, £70, £65, £55 & £30 each
Please note: Discounted tickets (Under 17’s) are only available for the Wales v Italy fixture. There are no concessions for the Scotland or France fixtures. Children are welcome to attend the matches but tickets will be charged at full price.
Tickets are sold on a first come, first serve basis.