Rest in Peace Max

Everyone at Aberavon RFC and in rugby will  be sad to hear that Max Wiltshire has passed away after a brave struggle with cancer aged 83.

Max was born in Sydney in 1938 and was capped by Wales on four occasions as well as touring Argentina in 1968. He made his Welsh debut v New Zealand in 1967 and then played against England, Scotland and France the following year, he also played for the Barbarians against New Zealand in 1967.

Prior to joining Aberavon in 1962 he played for BP Llandarcy, Vardre and Skewen, it’s fair to say that in both Skewen and Aberavon he is a legend. Uniquely he also coached each of the above clubs mentioned. He also played for Bridgend for two seasons from 1969/1971.

He was part of the fabric of The Wizards, hugely popular and rarely missed home games and Friday nights in the bar at Aberavon well into his 80’s.

Max was a great character and will be sorely missed at both his two favourite clubs, Skewen and Aberavon.Of course in Aberavon he will always be remembered as being part of the clubs famous second row partnership with his great friend Billy Mainwaring.

We extend our deepest condolences to his daughter Clare, all his family and his many friends.

Baker to Miss Season

Wizards Wing Jay Baker sustained an injury during a preseason training session with Aberavon.

With ongoing consultations and investigations it has been concluded that Baker has ruptured is Anterior Cruciate Ligament and also has a head on his meniscus. Therefore, Jay will now undergo treatment for this injury and will miss what looks like the whole season.

Everyone at the club wishes Jay a speedy recovery and we hope to see him on the field towards the back end of this current season.

Season 21/22 Fixtures Update

Now that the full season fixtures have been released we wanted to provide a recap in what is taking place in the 2021/22 season.

On September 18, Aberavon play Llanelli at the Talbot Athletic Ground in the first fixture of the newly formed Indigo Group Premiership Cup. This format sees the Premiership splitting into two, an east and west league. Aberavon being placed in the west league with Llanelli, Llandovery, Carmarthen Quins, Swansea and Bridgend.

All teams will play in a home and away fixture. This means there will be at least five home games during this period. Season tickets are valid for these games.

The top two teams of the east and west league will form the semi-final (TBC) of the Indigo Group Premiership Cup. The semi-final is likely to be held in 2022.

Following the Indigo Group Premiership Cup the Indigo Group Premiership will begin. The first fixture for Aberavon is against Swansea on December 11 at the Talbot Athletic Ground.

Every team will play each other once not a return home and away style format. Season ticket holders will now get an extra six home games incorporated into the fixed discounted rate this season.

The winner of the Indigo Group Premiership will be outright winners – there will be no playoffs.

Fixtures can be viewed here.

To recap:

Season ticket holders will have at least 11 home games to watch in the 2021/22 season for just £60 standard and £100 for vice-presidents. That is just under £5.50 per game.

You can purchase your season tickers here.

Indigo Group Premiership Fixtures

The Welsh Rugby Union have announced the Indigo Group Premiership fixtures will begin on Saturday 11 December following the Indigo Group Premiership Cup.

Aberavon Rugby Football Club will face Swansea at the Talbot Athletic Ground in the first round followed by another home game against Newport.

Full fixtures below.

Joe Thomas Signs for the Wizards

Ahead of the last preseason friendly against Llandovery on the weekend ‘the Wizards’ secured the signing of Joe Thomas from Houston.

Joe has previously played for the club as an Osprey player but now he is part of the magic as a full squad player and Head Coach Jason Hyatt is extremely pleased.

“Joe is an outstanding character, on and off the pitch. He brings energy, talent and plenty of experience.

The experience Joe has gained playing rugby within outstanding environments and learning from players such as Ashley Beck, Kyle Eastmond & Telusa Veainu, will now be shared with his team mates”.

Joe joins a competitive area within the squad with the likes of Will Price, Rheon James and Chay Smith, but is looking forward to being part of the team again.

“I’m most looking forward to just getting back out there on the field with all the boys, they have all been amazing since I’ve been back with welcoming me and getting me up to speed with everything again. Just playing rugby the Aberavon way,” said Joe.

With Joe being a player sought after, we asked him ‘why the Wizards’?

“I think if I you ask any player past or present, Aberavon has such a friendly enjoyable atmosphere on and off the field. It was a no brainer for me after having a few seasons here previously losing in a final of the premiership, I have unfinished business,” answered Thomas.

When speaking of his experience in different environments, Joe added.

“Hopefully as a player I can bring in some experience and some new ideas to present the players and coaches from my travels around the globe playing.”

Joe played his first game off the bench for the Wizards against Llandovery on Saturday 11 September and his last game before that was against Merthyr in 2017.

Good Luck JTR

Wizards Skipper Joe Tomalin-Reeves will undergo ankle reconstruction surgery today.

After injuring his ankle in an early preseason training session JTR has been nursing the injury for some weeks – after further investigation the ankle has more problems than first thought.

We wish Joe good luck in his surgery and his recovery. We will hopefully see Joe late November/ early December.

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.

‘Fiture’ the Future

‘The Wizards’ join forces with South Wales based sportswear and teamwear company, Fiture.

Aberavon Rugby Football Club and Fiture have signed a three-year agreement commencing at the start of the 2021/22 season.

Fiture will feature on both the famous blood and black jersey worn by ‘the Wizards’. Along with the technical and replica shirts, Fiture will also be supply a full loaded training-range and game-day range.

Aberavon embark on a new era with an aspiring local sports brand and will be the first and only Welsh Premiership club to feature in the Fiture brand.

Luke Griffiths, Director of Fiture said.

“This announcement marks an extremely exciting time for Fiture and Aberavon. We are delighted to partner up with such a historical and prestigious club who continue to lead the way with their modern and professional approach to rugby both on and off the field. 

We have worked closely with key members of the club to create a bespoke range of on field and off field clothing that combines club traditions with modern features. 

Our partnership with Aberavon RFC adds even more prestige to our ever growing Fiture family” 

Wizards Commercial, Communications and Marketing Manager, Chris Davies added:

“We pride ourselves on being forward thinking, and setting the example within the landscape that we operate. This partnership demonstrates our philosophy and ambition in leading the way in the Welsh Premiership.

In Fiture, we have found a fantastic brand that operates locally in Pyle Industrial Estate. It was important to us to support locally especially considering the recent external circumstances the world has faced.

It is the first time that we have developed a bespoke range in over 7 years. We have included some players in the design process, therefore it has been an exciting holistic experience to date.

We are looking forward to releasing the new range to our supporters where these items can be purchased both online and in our club shop as soon as possible.”


Fiture is a south-wales based sportswear and team wear company. 

Originally started in 2016, FITURE has continued to develop from a small sportswear brand into a well-known brand providing professional level sports clothing and team wear.

FITURE, was born when they combined what they aim to supply to their customers, (COUTURE – Meaning modern, well-fitting clothing) along with the market they operate in; fitness.


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.


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”.