Sam Pailor Signs for the Wizards

On Saturday against Llandovery Sam Pailor featured on the bench scoring a try once on the field. Although this was not his debut.

32 year-old Pailor played for Aberavon in 2009 in a home win against Cardiff 41-40 debuting off the bench replacing Chris Davies.

“Aberavon is a traditional Welsh rugby club with strong values and clear direction”, commented Pailor.

Aberavon Head Coach Jason Hyatt said.

“We are delighted to welcome Sam to the Wizards family.

Sam has vast experience at second row and flanker, he has gained experience in the English Championship, as well as in the Welsh Premiership”.

Pailor has played for Cardiff, Bedwas, Swansea, Pontypool, Ealing, Doncaster, Coventry and Bedford.

The new signing is quite the character. When asked what he would bring to the club his reply was simple; “I will bring the average age up”.

Autumn International Tickets

We have a number of tickets available for the Wales Autumn Internationals in Cardiff including the first game against New Zealand.

If you are interested and would like more information please contact seasontickets@aberavonwizards.co.uk

  • Wales v New Zealand | Principality Stadium | Saturday 30th October 2021 | KO – 17:15
  • Wales v South Africa | Principality Stadium | Saturday 6th November 2021 | KO – 17:30
  • Wales v Fiji | Principality Stadium | Sunday 14th November 2021 | KO – 15:15
  • Wales v Australia | Principality Stadium | Saturday 20th November 2021 | KO – 17:30

Max Wiltshire – Funeral Details

Max’s funeral is at Margam Crematorium next Tuesday 5/10 at 1.45pm. Due to current restrictions the service is by invitation only.

The cortege will pass Aberavon RFC at approximately 1.15pm on it’s way to Margam.

We will be gathering on Dan Y Bryn Road to mark our respects to this great Wizard.

Please join us there.

Fixture Amendment

Due to the Welsh International game against Australia on Saturday 20 November, the planned Aberavon fixture against Carmarthen Quins has been moved to Friday 19 November, 1930hrs.

Supporters Bus to Bridgend

Aberavon play their first away game of the season with a small trip down the M4 to the Brewery Field to play Bridgend.

There will be a supporters bus leaving the club at 1230hrs and leaving Bridgend at 1800hrs.

Tickets are £10 per person.

Please contact Jeff Preece for more information and to book – 07967426231

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.