Premiership Cup Fixtures

The Wizards will face Bridgend and Pontypridd in the Premiership Cup

from the Welsh Rugby Union

Following on from the highly successful ‘Road to Principality’ event last season, where there were stand alone finals for the Premiership and Championship clubs, as well as the normal Plate, Bowl and Shield competitions, WRU’s Competitions Committee has re-vamped the structure to create seven finals instead of five following a comprehensive Competition Review.

“We undertook a thorough review of our competitions at the end of last season and were greatly encouraged by the reaction of the clubs to the new cup format. We therefore decided to expand the offering to give more teams the chance of reaching a showpiece final,” said WRU Competition Committee chairman, Colin Wilks.

“The timing of the group stages and the ‘cross league’ nature of the five divisional tournaments brings extra spice and will mean teams will play against other clubs of similar standing. That should enhance the quality of the rugby and make the competitions more even and more exciting.”

The 12 clubs in the Indigo Group Premiership will be split into four pools with the pool winners then qualifying for the semi-finals. They will once again play for the WRU Challenge Cup, which will be back up for grabs for the 49th time 50 years on from when Neath became the first winners back in 1972.

Last season Newport beat Aberavon in a thrilling Indigo Group Premiership Cup final at Principality Stadium, while Neath crowned their 150th anniversary campaign with a win over Bargoed in the Championship final.

For the 2022-23 season, the Championship Cup will be run on a knock-out basis. The six winners of the opening round games will then go into the hat with Neath and Ystrad Rhondda, who have byes, to create four quarter-final matches.

Last season’s winners of the Plate (Penallta), Bowl (Llanharan) and Shield (Tonna) will all be included in the new structure for the National League teams. They will compete in five different cup competitions which will bring together all the clubs in each tier of the structure.

Initially, the clubs will compete in groups before going into a knock-out phase to determine who goes to the Welsh capital at the end of the season. Only the group winners will make it through to the knock-out phase.

All groups will kick-off on 17 September, with the Championship Cup launching on 15 October. The finals will be played at Principality Stadium in dates to be agreed in April, 2023.


7 competitions – Premiership Cup, Championship Cup, Division 1 – Division 5 Cup with each Division will have their own respective competition

75 different Groups and sets of fixtures of 3-4 teams across all competitions –

Premiership Cup: 12 clubs / 4 Groups

Championship Cup: Knock-Out format

Division 1 Cup: 59 clubs / 15 Groups

Division 2 Cup: 48 clubs / 12 Groups

Division 3 Cup: 70 clubs / 18 Groups

Division 4 Cup: 35 clubs / 9 Groups

Division 5 Cup: 60 clubs / 17 Groups

The winners of each group then qualify to the knockout stages of each respective competition

“As we emerged from COVID restrictions last season the nine days of finals on the ‘Road to Principality 2022’ proved an outstanding success. The engagement with fans was incredible, not just at Principality Stadium, but via social media and on our live streams of every game,” said Geraint John, the WRU’s Community Rugby director.

“Our challenge moving forward was to respond to the desire of the community game to get the chance to play at the home of Welsh rugby. That’s why we decided to revise out National Cup competitions and devised the new framework.

“The club cup finals will be inter-woven with the Women’s, Youth, Schools and Mixed Ability matches that proved so popular last season to create some real showpiece events at Principality Stadium that will celebrate everything that is good about our national game.”

Indigo Group Premiership 2022/23 Fixtures


from the Welsh Rugby Union

Cardiff will kick off the defence of their Indigo Premiership title at the home of arch-rivals Pontypridd when the 2022-23 season kicks-off on 3 September.

Steve Law’s side pipped Newport to the top spot with four successive wins in April, including bonus-point triumphs over Pontypridd and Merthyr at the Arms Park, to end a point clear of the Premiership Cup winning Black & Ambers.

Among the changes for the new season are:

* A return to home and away matches for the 12 teams
* A return to play-off matches at the end of the season to determine the champions
* All play-off fixtures to be played at club grounds
* More financial investment to help with medical costs
* Prize money for the teams in the Play-Off final

The two teams will play their return fixture in the Welsh capital on Boxing Day as one of five festive derby clashes in a season that will see the 12 teams revert back to home and away matches.

Another change, reverting back to the 2016-17 season, sees the return of a play-off system to determine the champions after the 22 game regular season. A decision on potential relegation and promotion form the Championship has yet to be made.

“Last season went right down to the wire and the 2022-23 campaign looks like being even more exciting with the return of a play-off system to determine the champions,” said WRU Community Rugby director, Geraint John.

“There was an appetite from the clubs, players, fans and broadcasters to see the play-offs return and there will be prize money for the two finalists as well as a home venue advantage for the top ranked team. The semi-finals will also be played at club grounds.

“The viewing figures for the Thursday night live and weekend matches grew over the course of the season and there was a general feel-good factor about the Premiership as Newport won the Cup and Cardiff took the league title.

“Even more importantly, the tournament as a whole provided invaluable in giving the young, aspiring professionals at many of the regions a proper baptism in senior rugby. Mason Grady and Cameron Winnett played for both Cardiff RFC and the regional side last season before playing in the Wales U20 campaigns.

“The U20 outside half Dan Edwards had a full season at Aberavon, as did Ben Williams, while Iestyn Hopkins got game time at Swansea. Many other of the current Wales U20 squad in Italy were also involved in Premiership cup and league matches and there is a huge desire across the board to continue to raise standards.”

The new season will kick-off with a round of derby clashes. The champions, Cardiff head to Sardis Road to face Pontypridd, while cup winners Newport host Ebbw Vale. Carmarthen Quins will welcome Llandovery, Llanelli host Swansea in what will be the Whites’ 150th anniversary season and Aberavon will be seeking revenge over Bridgend at the Talbot Athletic Ground after losing to them in April.

“There is no doubt Sardis Road is going to be a tough place to kick-off the defence of our title, but at least we are back home for the return fixture on Boxing Day,” said Cardiff head coach, Steve Law.

“Our new model in conjunction with the regional side worked well for the club, and the players last season. We ticked most boxes in that we won the league and helped a number of players move through the ranks.

“We will have a highly competitive squad of semi-pro players to help support and nurture the academy stars at Cardiff Rugby next season and the goal will be to keep our hands on the title.”

Former Wales defence and Wales Women’s head coach Rowland Phillips has taken over from Dale McIntosh at Merthyr, while ex-Sale Sharks and Scarlets hooker Marc Jones will be the new man in charge of coaching at Carmarthen Quins. Ex Ospreys and Cardiff Blues forwards coach Tom Smith has moved in at Bridgend.

There have been some significant summer signings with Wales caps Dan Baker and Tavis Knoyle stepping down from regional rugby to play in the Premiership. No 8 Baker is heading from the Dragons to Aberavon, while Knoyle is joining Josh Lewis in leaving Rodney Parade to join Merthyr.

The Ironmen have also recruited long-serving Ospreys lock Lloyd Ashley, while a third Welsh international Adam Warren, is returning to his home club of Llandovery.

“Standards are rising, the quality of the matches is improving and the tournament is becoming increasingly competitive. The WRU is investing more money into the Premiership and the media profile is increasing,” added John.

“We continue to examine ways to make the Premiership an even better gateway to full-time professional rugby for the top young talent in Wales and will remain in constant dialogue with the clubs to find the best way to keep the tournament on an upward curve.”

WRU Indigo Group Premiership 2022-23

Aberavon v Bridgend
Carmarthen Quins v Llandovery
Llanelli v Swansea
Merthyr v RGC1404
Newport v Ebbw Vale
Pontypridd v Cardiff

Bridgend v Carmarthen Quins
Cardiff v Merthyr
Ebbw Vale v Llanelli
Llandovery v Pontypridd
RGC1404 v Newport
Swansea v Aberavon

Aberavon v Llanelli
Carmarthen Quins v Swansea
Ebbw Vale v RGC1404
Merthyr v Llandovery
Newport v Cardiff
Pontypridd v Bridgend

Llanelli v RGC1404
Aberavon v Carmarthen Quins
Bridgend v Merthyr
Cardiff v Ebbw Vale
Llandovery v Newport
Swansea v Pontypridd

Carmarthen Quins v Llanelli
Ebbw Vale v Llandovery
Merthyr v Swansea
Newport v Bridgend
Pontypridd v Aberavon
RGC1404 v Cardiff

Aberavon v Merthyr
Bridgend v Ebbw Vale
Carmarthen Quins v Pontypridd
Llandovery v RGC1404
Llanelli v Cardiff
Swansea v Newport

Cardiff v Llandovery
Ebbw Vale v Swansea
Merthyr v Carmarthen Quins
Newport v Aberavon
Pontypridd v Llanelli
RGC1404 v Bridgend

Aberavon v Ebbw Vale
Bridgend v Cardiff
Carmarthen Quins v Newport
Llanelli v Llandovery
Pontypridd v Merthyr
Swansea v RGC1404

Cardiff v Swansea
Ebbw Vale v Carmarthen Quins
Llandovery v Bridgend
Merthyr v Llanelli
Newport v Pontypridd
RGC1404 v Aberavon 

Aberavon v Cardiff
Carmarthen Quins v RGC1404
Llanelli v Bridgend
Merthyr v Newport
Pontypridd v Ebbw Vale
Swansea v Llandovery

Bridgend v Swansea
Cardiff v Carmarthen Quins
Ebbw Vale v Merthyr
Llandovery v Aberavon
Newport v Llanelli
RGC1404 v Pontypridd

Bridgend v Aberavon
Cardiff v Pontypridd
Ebbw Vale v Newport
Llandovery v Carmarthen Quins
RGC1404 v Merthyr
Swansea v Llanelli

Aberavon v Swansea
Carmarthen Quins v Bridgend
Llanelli v Ebbw Vale
Merthyr v Cardiff
Newport v RGC1404
Pontypridd v Llandovery

Bridgend v Pontypridd
Cardiff v Newport
Llandovery v Merthyr
Llanelli v Aberavon
RGC1404 v Ebbw Vale
Swansea v Carmarthen Quins

Carmarthen Quins v Aberavon
Ebbw Vale v Cardiff
Merthyr v Bridgend
Newport v Llandovery
Pontypridd v Swansea
RGC1404 v Llanelli 

Aberavon v Pontypridd
Bridgend v Newport
Cardiff v RGC1404
Llandovery v Ebbw Vale
Llanelli v Carmarthen Quins
Swansea v Merthyr

Cardiff v Llanelli
Ebbw Vale v Bridgend
Merthyr v Aberavon
Newport v Swansea
Pontypridd v Carmarthen Quins
RGC1404 v Llandovery

Aberavon v Newport
Bridgend v RGC1404
Carmarthen Quins v Merthyr
Llandovery v Cardiff
Llanelli v Pontypridd
Swansea v Ebbw Vale

Cardiff v Bridgend
Ebbw Vale v Aberavon
Llandovery v Llanelli
Merthyr v Pontypridd
Newport v Carmarthen Quins
RGC1404 v Swansea

Aberavon v RGC1404
Bridgend v Llandovery
Carmarthen Quins v Ebbw Vale
Llanelli v Merthyr
Pontypridd v Newport
Swansea v Cardiff

Bridgend v Llanelli
Cardiff v Aberavon
Ebbw Vale v Pontypridd
Llandovery v Swansea
Newport v Merthyr
RGC1404 v Carmarthen Quins

Llanelli v Newport
Merthyr v Ebbw Vale
Aberavon v Llandovery
Pontypridd v RGC 1404
Carmarthen Quins v Cardiff
Swansea v Bridgend

Williams Makes Wales U20s

Wales name men’s squad for U20 Six Nations Summer Series

From the Welsh Rugby Union.

The squad has been boosted with the return of Cardiff centre Mason Grady and Exeter Chiefs locks Dafydd Jenkins and Christ Tshiunza after the trio missed the 2022 Six Nations.

The squad consists of 17 forwards and 13 backs and contains five uncapped players – Scarlets second/back row Caleb Salmon, Cardiff Rugby back row Mackenzie Martin and Aberavon flanker Ben Williams join Ospreys scrum half Rhodri Lewis and Dragons scrum half Che Hope as newcomers.

Ospreys centre Joe Hawkins takes over the captaincy from Alex Mann who is unavailable due to injury.

Hayward said the strong running Hawkins was an automatic choice to replace Mann as captain. Hawkins made his Ospreys debut against Zebre in November 2020 and has gone on to play 17 times for the Welsh region, impressing in the heart of midfield for Toby Booth’s side.

“Joe had led the side in the Six Nations when Alex was unavailable due to suspension,” said Hayward. “He’s been here from day one. Him and Alex are very close and are very similar in terms of people on how they drive standards on and off the field.

“I would put Joe in exactly the same category as Alex – a leader, he is going to be a top professional and a future captain for one of the regions.”

“Alex is a massive loss for us,” admitted Hayward. “Alex is definitely a leader on the field and off the field. Players have so much respect for him as do the management – it’s just one of those things that happens in rugby, and we’ve just got to put it behind us and move on and move forward.

“But bad news for one player is good news for someone else and now it’s all about looking forward. We’ve got depth in the back row now so it’s a good opportunity for someone else.”

Wales will face Scotland, Georgia and Italy in Pool B before a play-off match to determine their final placing, but Hayward said the squad’s sole focus is the first game against Scotland at Stadio Di Monigo on Saturday 25 June.

“If you get a good win under your belts then you are then up and running,” explained Hayward. “It will be imperative for us to get that first win and that is all we are focussing on at the moment. We’ve got two games after that, but we won’t even think about them until the Scotland game.

“They play an open attractive brand of rugby so it will be a challenge for us defensively which is a big area we have to pick up from the Six Nations and we’ve highlighted that.

“So I think if we can get our house in order there when and we do have the ball we could cause some damage. Saying that, we have full respect for Scotland as we were 10-0 down in the second half against them in the Six Nations before coming away with a victory.”

Wales U20 squad for U20 Six Nations Summer Series in Italy

Rhys Barratt (Cardiff Rugby)
Cameron Jones (Ospreys)
Efan Daniel (Cardiff Rugby)
Oli Burrow (Exeter Chiefs)
Morgan Veness (Ealing Trailfinders)
Adam Williams (Dragons)
Nathan Evans (Cardiff Rugby)
Ellis Fackrell (Ospreys)
Dafydd Jenkins (Exeter Chiefs)
Christ Tshiunza (Exeter Chiefs)
Caleb Salmon (Scarlets)
Ryan Woodman (Dragons)
Ben Williams (Aberavon/Ospreys)
Ethan Fackrell (Cardiff Rugby)
Morgan Morse (Ospreys)
Benji Williams (Ospreys)
Mackenzie Martin (Cardiff Rugby)

Morgan Lloyd (Dragons)
Che Hope (Dragons)
Rhodri Lewis (Ospreys)
Dan Edwards (Ospreys)
Josh Phillips (Scarlets)
Joe Hawkins (Ospreys – Capt)
Mason Grady (Cardiff Rugby)
Bryn Bradley (Harlequins)
Joe Westwood (Dragons)
Oli Andrews (Dragons)
Harri Houston (Ospreys)
Cameron Winnett (Cardiff Rugby)
Iestyn Hopkins (Ospreys)

Six Nations U20 Summer Series
Sat 25 June – Scotland v Wales – Stadio Di Monigo 5pm
Thu 30 June – Wales v Georgia – Stadio Di Monigo – 5pm
Wed 6 July – Wales v Italy – Stadio Di Monigo – 8pm
Tue 12 July Play-off – opposition/KO TBC

New Coach Joins the Wizards

Aberavon appoint Tom Jones as their new Strength and Conditioning Coach

The new addition to the backroom is 29 year old Tom Jones.

Tom played rugby until the age of 22 and was capped by Wales U16s, he also represented Cardiff Blues and Ospreys at age grade level. After finishing rugby he took up mixed martial arts and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – and also competed.

Since then, Tom has recently completed a degree in Sports and Exercise Science.

Jones is an ambitious guy and is not looking to make up the numbers.

“Ultimately, as a team the goal is to build on last year and win the premiership title.

… from an S&C perspective, this means providing a program to make the players as physically capable and robust as possible and to continue building a culture of hard work, professionalism and enjoyment and to continually develop my skills as an S&C coach”, said Tom.

The players can expect some high end effort from Jones.

“I will always aim to try and over deliver and provide a professional program, I will give all of my efforts to help the team in anyway I can and will expect the same effort in return”, commented Jones.

Head Coach Jason Hyatt added.

“Tom is building a great reputation with everyone he works with.

He has loads of energy and I’m positive he will fit into the Wizards environment perfectly.”

With preseason around the corner and friendlies scheduled Jones is looking forward to getting started.

“I’m really looking forward to cutting my teeth as an S&C coach in the premiership with such a prestigious team, with a great culture, a wealth of experience and knowledge in coaches and players alike and developing good relationships”, said Tom.

Aberavon 22/23 Squad

After announcing our retained players and new signings this is how ‘the Wizards’ squad is looking for the forthcoming 2022/23 season.



Rowan Jenkins

Rhys Fawcett

Jordan Walters

Geraint James

Chris Davies

Morgan James*


Ieuan Davies

Luke Davies

Cam Lewis

Iestyn Davies*

Second Row

Sam Williams

Rhodri Hughes

Shay Smallman

Sam Pailor

Back Row

Joe Tomalin-Reeves

Ben Williams*

Lloyd Evans

Ashton Evans

Andrew Waite

Dan Baker*

Scrum Half

Rhodri Cole

Iwan Temblett

Liam Seaward*

Outside Half

Aled Thomas

Rhys Jones*


Joe Gage

Joe Thomas

Bradley Roderick*

Callum Carson*

Gabe Lacey*


Stef Andrews

Jay Baker

Frankie Jones

Aled Rees


Jon Phillips

Chris Banfield

*New Signing

New Signings Round Up

We can confirm our new signings ahead of the 2022/23 season.

Dan Baker

Position: Number 8

Age: 29

3-cap Welsh International Baker comes with a wealth of experience having played for the Ospreys and Dragons appearing 97 times between the two regions. A big ball carrier and a dynamic defender. A great signing for the ‘Wizards’.

Rhys Jones

Position: Outside Half

Age: 33

Signed from Ebbw Vale, Jones adds a huge amount of knowledge and experience to a position where knowledge is power. The ex Sale, Scarlets and Dragons player joins Aled Thomas in making that 10 shirt a very fierce one. Will get the backline moving.

Bradley Roderick

Position: Centre

Age: 20

Former Wales U20s player joins from Pontypridd after a long spell at the Ospreys academy. Roderick has got it all; pace, flair, determination and aggression – he will be a fine addition to the back line where we have lost Smith and Price.

Ben Williams

Position: Flanker

Age: 20

Signed from Gilfach Goch on a development contract but has now signed a senior contract with the club. Ben has also signed an Ospreys Academy contract and has recently been called into the Wales U20s training squad. The young flanker is strong, fit and fast – big future.

Iestyn Davies

Position: Flanker

Age: 20

Iestyn signs a development contact with Aberavon and gets his reward for the performance against RGC in April 22. The Tondu product is an abrasive flanker with bags of potential. He is rated very highly at his home club and will soon be showing his worth at his new home – the ‘Wizards’.

Morgan James

Position: Tight-head Prop

Age: 18

Brother of Geraint James and is as mobile. Has represented South Gower Youth, Ospreys U16 and Ospreys U18. Plenty to learn in the semi-professional environment for James but he sure does have the appetite to learn, grow and develop to be a long serving Aberavon player.

Gabe Lacey

Position: Centre

Age: 18

Gabe signs from Porthcawl Youth RFC and has represented Bristol Bears U18s and also Wales U18s. The young centre has some serious talent and we are looking forward to watching Gabe showcase his talents on the Talbot Athletic Ground and all over the Welsh Premiership.

Callum Carson

Position: Centre

Age: 23

Wales U18, U20 and 7s star Carson is an excellent signing for the Wizards as he will bring a whole new threat to the Wizards new attacking ethos. The ex Gowerton product comes with a wealth of experience at such a young age. This is an exciting signing for the Wizards for sure.

Liam Seaward

Position: Scrum Half

Age: 21

Seaward signs from Swansea RFC. A youngster full of dedication, ambition and energy. Seaward played his rugby with Morriston RFC and has played for Ospreys U16 and U18s. Liam will add healthy competition to the 9 shirt with Temblett and Cole. Look forward to some spark with this signing.

We are very pleased to welcome all of the new players and wish them the very best of luck. Welcome to Aberavon Rugby Club.

Preseason Fixtures

Aberavon are delighted to announce the following friendly games have been scheduled for 2022/23.

Trebanos – Saturday 13 August (A)

Nottingham – Saturday 20 August (A)

Cardiff University – Saturday 27 August (H)

Head Coach Jason Hyatt is looking forward to a challenging preseason schedule.

“We have a challenging pre-season schedule planned.

Trebanos under the guidance of Wizards legend Ian Moore will give us exactly the type of match we will need as our opening fixture.

We then travel to Nottingham who are a fully professional outfit and work very closely with Leicester Tigers. This is an excellent opportunity for us to expose our squad to real pressure situations and play against experienced professionals.

We then finish our summer schedule by playing Cardiff University at home. Cardiff University are a quality team, I expect this will be a very fast physical and open game, just what we need prior to our opening match in the Welsh Premiership.

As soon as the fixtures are announced – we will be able to release our season ticket application for 2022/23.

Wizards Sign Seaward

Scrum Half Liam Seaward changes from ‘Whites’ to ‘Blood and Black’

Aberavon welcome Liam Seaward from Swansea Rugby Club. The energetic scrum half hails from Morriston and has previously played for Ospreys U16s and Ospreys U18s.

A former Welsh Amateur boxer who has an unbeaten record, six from six.

Jason Hyatt commented.

“Liam is an exciting young player who is a real threat in attack, he has great footwork and is in excellent condition.

Welcome to the Wizards family Liam”.

Liam Seaward added.

“I am looking forward to getting to know the boys and playing the style of rugby that Aberavon play.

I wanted to join Aberavon because they share the same ambition as myself.

People at the club can expect dedication, ambition and hard work from me”.

Chris Davies Leads the Attack

Ex-Wizard Chris Davies will coach both sides of the ball in the 2022/23 season.

Current Aberavon Defence Coach Chris Davies will coach both attack and defence in the forthcoming season.

Davies made 227 appearances for Aberavon with his last game against Merthyr in the Premiership Final in 2017. Since retiring Chris moved into his new role as the Defence coach at the club.

During the last three-seasons Chris has been Head Coach of Ospreys U18s and coached Cardiff University in the BUCS Super League facilitating both attack and defence.

Head Coach Jason Hyatt said.

“Chris has done an outstanding job with our defence and understands how to get the very best out of our players.

He has a massive work rate and his delivery is of the highest standard.

Chris has some exciting ideas to introduce and an excellent understanding of what is required to cause organised defences problems.

I’m positive our attacking game will continue to evolve and the style of rugby we all love to see will thrive”.

Newly appointed attack coach Chris Davies added.

“I am thrilled to be offered such an opportunity at Aberavon.

We have some special talent at the club and have signed some unreal players that will help shape our new direction in attack.

The challenge is to shift the mindset within the team and to fully unlock the teams potential. which along with the other coaches we will strive to do.

I will fully immerse myself into this role and give everything I have to help improve the players and the team – no short on what they truly deserve”.

Carson Becomes a Wizard

Centre Callum Carson signs for Aberavon Rugby Club

Aberavon Rugby Club is pleased to announce the signing of centre Callum Carson for the 2022/23 season.

The 23 year-old centre has represented Wales U18s, Wales U20s and Wales 7s. Educated in Gower College and played his junior rugby for Gowerton.

Head Coach Jason Hyatt said.

“Callum is a very talented and naturally gifted rugby player.

He has had offers from other Welsh Premiership and also English clubs, wishing to secure his signature. Therefore, we are delighted that Callum feels that joining the Wizards is best for his all round development both on and off the field – which speaks volumes of all the hard work that goes on by everyone at the Wizards to help maintain a challenging and supportive environment.

Callum Carson added.

“I am really looking forward to a new environment with new players and coaches and to also represent a passionate club with great fans.

It is hoped that I can help add to a successful season and to win trophies.

I am going to bring a lot of passion and drive to be a winner and will put everything on the line for that”.