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#101 DugSWRLgan

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 12:18 PM

Crusaders snap up Birkett and Dallimore


North Wales Crusaders are delighted to announce the signing of backs Dan Birkett and Jamie Dallimore.

Dallimore, a talented half-back who has already faced Crusaders this season, transfers from Oldham, while Birkett, who made his debut for North Wales in the 12-4 victory over Oxford last weekend, joins after a stint with Swinton Lions.

Head coach Clive Griffiths believes that the two new additions to his squad will compliment a side that is already performing well out on the field this season.

“We’ve got to cover all bases as it’s not just injuries that you’ve got to deal with at this level – you’ve got to deal with players’ work commitments and exceptional cases as well”, Griffiths explained.

“We’re delighted to have signed Jamie. He had a number of other offers from elsewhere, so we’re delighted that he’s decided to join us over some of our competitors.

“He’s a good player – one of the best half-backs in the league – so he’s going to add a lot to us, and there is still plenty of competition for places.

“Dan Birkett has experience playing for Warrington’s 20s and Swinton, so he knows the game well and I’m hoping that his experience will help us.

“I thought he had a solid debut last week against Oxford and his tackle on Sean Morris, who has a lot of pace, was definitely a game-chaning moment. We were only two points ahead at that point so it was a very valuable play.”

Edited by DugSWRLgan, 20 May 2013 - 12:18 PM.

#102 deluded pom?

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 05:14 PM

Is this WC relevant Dug?


#103 DugSWRLgan

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 12:20 PM

Is this WC relevant Dug?


There you go i've amended the Topic ;) It's all relative

#104 DugSWRLgan

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 12:30 PM

North Wales Crusaders now have their ‘The Capital Weekender’ tickets on sale, but there are only 50 places available so make sure you’re quick in purchasing your ticket.

You only need to pay £40 deposit per head, with prices starting at £129 per head, and that includes return travel via Virgin Trains, an overnight stay at the Holiday Inn Express, North Circular and a match ticket for both the Friday Night Lights fixture and the Challenge Cup Final.

Make sure you don’t miss out! To book your place either call 08432 896407




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Posted 21 May 2013 - 12:32 PM

Wane Impressed by Powell


New signing Andy Powell has already impressed Wigan head coach Shaun Wane, despite not yet playing a game for the Warriors.


Powell, 31, will officially become a Wigan player next month after switching codes from Rugby Union.

And the former Wales international made a good first impression with Wane after cutting short his holidays take part in a Warriors training camp.

Wane said: "He was allowed some time off because he’s just finished the season in union with Sale.

“But he’s come in at his own accord, and that showed me he’s got desire to make a success of his switch. He is really keen.

Powell, who is expected to play prop for Wigan, is some way off making his debut, though, according to Wane.

He said: "We found out that he’s still a long way from challenging for a first-team spot. It’s a challenge for the coaches, because working with Andy is totally different to the others.

"We’re used to dealing with players who have been playing-the-ball since they were four years old, and he has to learn the basics of the game.

"But he is a specimen, he’s an athlete, he’s got the desire to learn and the potential will make it worthwhile."

Powell had been with Sale Sharks prior to agreeing a deal with Wigan and rejected an offer from Welsh Super League club Crusaders to switch codes in 2010.

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 04:14 PM







THE SOUTH Wales Junior Conference kicks off on Sunday May 26 with Under-18s and Under-16s leagues being added to the established Under-15s, Under-14s and Under-13s. There will also be friendlies at Under-12s and Under-10s.


Penallta Storm Under-17s champions move up to the new Under-18s category will start as favourites for the title.


Penallta Sorm Under-15s champions move up to the new Under-16s category and will look to continue their outstanding success


The Panthers, who were last year’s Under-14s champions, will look to claim the Under-15s crown that the Storm will relinquish this season.


Retaining the titles will not be easy as new teams Whitehead Warriors (Newport), Newport Titans, Cardiff Demons, Valley Cougars, Mumbles RL, will join the Aber Valley Wolves, Bonymaen Broncos, Cardiff Spartans, GA Giants, Gower Gladiators, Gwent Chiefs, Monmouthshire Meteors, Neath Scorpions, NPT Steelers, South Gower Rebels, Swansea Valley Rhinos, Treharris Phoenix are in the quest for the prestigious crowns as well.


Speaking at the South Wales Junior Conference launch at Sport Wales, Cardiff, Mark Jones, WRL National Development Manager, said “The interest in Junior Rugby League is at an all-time high, with many new clubs being established and new age categories added, our target is to have 50 teams playing this year.


“It is exciting times for the sport in Wales with the Rugby League World Cup opening ceremony at Cardiff, which all our clubs will be able to be involved. The standard of rugby league is increasing and bodes well for the future of our game.”


It is not too late to register as a rugby league club and is an easy process, for more details please contact Mark Jones on 07886 654933 or email mark.jones@walesrugbyleague.co.uk.

Edited by DugSWRLgan, 21 May 2013 - 04:15 PM.

#107 GeordieSaint

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 07:22 PM

That's great news about the youth sides in South Wales! Is this the very positive news were expecting? I hope more SL clubs are looking at Welsh players and not just Wigan.

Edited by GeordieSaint, 21 May 2013 - 07:23 PM.

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#108 Pen-Y-Bont Crusader

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 07:30 PM

That's great news about the youth sides in South Wales! Is this the very positive news were expecting? I hope more SL clubs are looking at Welsh players and not just Wigan.

No that's still to come mate!

#109 The Daddy_merged

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 08:32 PM

No that's still to come mate!

When can we expect the announcement?

#110 Pen-Y-Bont Crusader

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 08:52 PM

Maybe the end of this week or sometime next.

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 09:49 PM

This is a pretty comprehensive roundup of activity in Wales but one missed - and I forgot to post - on 11th May 2013 North Wales Crusaders wheelchair rugby league team had their very first competitive match against Swindon St George.


I am extremely please to say that Crusaders won the game 26 - 4.


For more information see:


#112 DugSWRLgan

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 11:28 AM

This is a pretty comprehensive roundup of activity in Wales but one missed - and I forgot to post - on 11th May 2013 North Wales Crusaders wheelchair rugby league team had their very first competitive match against Swindon St George.


I am extremely please to say that Crusaders won the game 26 - 4.


For more information see:


Brilliant and Fantastic to see Keep the Good News coming

#113 DugSWRLgan

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 07:51 PM

Welsh dual-code legend Gareth Thomas has revealed his love for Rugby League, describing it as by far the toughest of the two codes.

Thomas made 100 appearances for Wales as a Union player before switching codes to sign for Crusaders.

The convert was rewarded for an assured start to his League career with a call-up to the Dragons squad, where he played an integral role in the nation’s qualification for the Four Nations.

Having helped earn Wales a place at international Rugby League’s top table, Thomas took the decision to hang up his boots, though he remains directly connected to League through his role as an official ambassador for Rugby League World Cup 2013.

“Whether or not I switched at the right time, and if I should have done it later, will always be the million dollar question,” he told the RLWC2013 Ezine, when asked if he regretted not switching sooner.

“When I turned to League I didn’t realise how much of an amazing game it is, and how much fun it is to play.

“But when I look back on my career I don’t want to be thinking about what I might have done with hindsight. I’ve got some brilliant memories from representing my country in League and Union” 
“I made some great friends and achieved some great things. We went to France and went to the Four Nations the year after.

“I can look back on my career and say that there are things I wish I’d done and things I wish I hadn’t done, but ultimately I speak today as a proud Welshman who achieved his sporting goals.”

Thomas was in good company following his decision to play Rugby League, training alongside fellow countryman Gil Dudson, Lloyd White and Elliot Kear, plus a host of other young Welsh stars, at Crusaders.
But the star of Big Brother and Dancing On Ice admits the first few weeks were tough.

“I got absolutely grilled at my first training session with Crusaders,” he said.

“I got the phonecall from Iestyn telling me to come down for about 2.00pm, and I thought ‘that’s OK, I’ve watched the sport before and I know I can do it’, so I went to the gym before, and rocked up ready for training.

“I have to say I have never been so tired in my entire life. I knew that it was a case of proving myself again and that was the determination I had.

“But in no way, shape or form did I realise it would be that tough. From that day forward I began to understand just how tough the game is.

“You have to be mentally tough, and capable of putting your body on the line for the guy standing next to you.”

Having played at the highest level in League and Union, Thomas is well-qualified to compare the two codes.
And the Bridgend-born icon says there’s no competition when it comes to intensity and toughness.

“Without a doubt Rugby League was the most physically demanding sport, and that’s statistically speaking, without the need for argument.

“I started off as a winger and also played centre, and in a top Rugby Union game, like a Heineken Cup or World Cup, I’d make ten carries a game if I was lucky and six or seven tackles.

“In your average Rugby League game you could pretty much triple every action, so statistically it has to be much more physically demanding.

“When I played a game of Rugby League I’d look at the clock and think ‘where have those minutes gone?’ because you just don’t have time to check anything,” he continued.

“So in terms of action I’d take Rugby League over Union any day of the week. If I have more action I have more input into the game.

“I love both games, but, more than anything, Union is ruled by the rules and League is ruled by the game. In League you play the game, in Union you play the rules.”

Wales face Italy at the Millennium Stadium on October 26, USA at the Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium on November 3 and Cook Islands at The Gnoll on November 10.

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 01:34 PM

I've just worked out who Pen-y-Bont Crusader is as I think I spoke to him today. Looking forward to that news.


But this is a good one for today.



About time I updated this.

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#115 Pen-Y-Bont Crusader

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 07:50 PM

I've just worked out who Pen-y-Bont Crusader is as I think I spoke to him today. Looking forward to that news.
But this is a good one for today.

You did mate. :)

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 12:33 PM

North Wales Crusaders - Events schedule finalised for 2013




North Wales Crusaders have started their events calendar for 2013 in what is set to be another enjoyable and busy season off the field.

There are a number of new events for this season – and Head of Commercial Hanna Clarke is pleased with how the calendar for this year is now shaping up.

“We know how much the fans love getting together – and what a great time they have – so we have put on these events with a few more to add and finalise over the next few weeks “, she said.

Bond Holders attended the Bond Holders Evening last Thursday, where members received their 2013 limited edition t-shirts and were updates on where the club is at the moment, and where we see ourselves going in the future. Another similar event will be held towards the end of the season as an ‘End of Season Review’.

The Crusaders Supporters Club will host a Bowling Night – exclusively for Supporters Club members – at Tenpin Bowling, Wrexham, which is £10 for adults and £5 for children for two games of bowling. Contact the Supporters Club for further details.

The Kingstone Press Championship One fixture against Rochdale Hornets falls on Armed Forces Day and, to celebrate the event, we will incorporate a forces theme on matchday.

A completely new event in the calendar, which will take place on July 5, is a Golf Day, in conjunction with Allington Hughes Solicitors, at Cardden Park. Tea and coffee will be served on arrival before 18 holes and a light lunch afterwards.

Later on that evening, a Sports Man’s Evening will take place at the Racecourse Ground. Tickets will be available to purchase for the separate events, while there will also be a combined ticket for both the Golf Day and Sports Man’s Evening.

Then, on July 12, there will be a North Wales Crusaders BBQ at Queensway Stadium, Wrexham, which will be an enjoyable day for all with a game of touch out on the field for all to get involved in. Tickets and prices are yet to be confirmed.

The Family Fun Day was a popular hit last year and will return once again in 2013, on August 11 when Crusaders take on Hemel Stags. Full details are yet to be confirmed, but anyone wanting to attend with a stall can register their interest by emailing commercial@crusadersrfl.com.

Further to this, plans for a Ladies Night, which would be hosted in conjuction with Escape Health and Beauty and Voodoo Moon, Casino Night, Paint Balling and Karting are also in the pipeline, so watch this space for any further announcements.


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Posted 24 May 2013 - 12:35 PM



23rd May 2013,

WREXHAM Bradley Raiders believe they can cause a big upset on Sunday by toppling the North Wales Conference reigning champions on their home patch.


The Raiders travel to Conwy Celts (kick-off: 2pm) and are bouyed by a stirring performance in defeat last weekend where they lost out to Dee Valley Dragons by an amazing 48-40.


Chairman Steve Jones said the first tie of the season 'could have been better with a win' but, nevertheless, it was a big confidence boost ahead of the trip to Conwy.


Jones said: “It was the last 16 minutes we lost the game. Given last year they (Dee Valley) put three figures on us, that was a great result for us. You couldn't ask for a better improvement from last year.


“This one now will be a hard game for us but the lads are ready for it. It is the one we are looking forward to.


“The confidence is great and we thought we should have won it last Sunday. I wasn't at the match but speaking with the head coach (Dave Forward), the amount of positives outweighed any negatives. They were slightly fitter than us, that is all.


“We could have asked for a win but to get that sort of result in a loss is good. It is just putting the finishing polish on it all and, if they play like they did last weekend this Sunday, if we lose, it won't be by much – and, in fact, we could just sneak it.”


The Celts appreciate they will be in for a tough challenge from the Raiders and have their own things to work on in the match before selection takes place for the Coast v Country Origin Game the following Saturday, the last step for players to impress ahead of the new Home Nations International Series with England, Scotland and Ireland.


Conwy won 64-44 at Flintshire Falcons last Saturday, and their head coach Ray Caldwell said: “I never take a team lightly. We won't underestimate anyone.


“The first-half last weekend we were good defensively and then the second-half we suffered from fatigue, but fitness will come. I was slightly disappointed with the second-half last week and hope that the lads can carry on improving, while it will be nice to have a home game for a change.”


Defence is a problem Caldwell wants to work on, and he added: “It is a big worry but I'm confident the lads will work hard in training to put those things right. They know what we have to do and they know what I expect from them as a unit.”


He doubles as head coach of the Coast team for the Origin match and this weekend represents the last chance of players to put their hands up for a place there and, with it, a step towards Wales A selection.


Caldwell said: “We have about ten or 11 lads who are keen on it (coast v country). I am head coach for the Coast team and we will have a training session on Friday evening and then next week so this is the last opportunity on Sunday to impress before the game.


“I would like to see a few North Wales lads selected (for Wales A). They are keen to have the opportunity but to have the three lads from out side selected against Scotland last year was fantastic. It just aids the development of youngsters coming through.”

Edited by DugSWRLgan, 24 May 2013 - 12:35 PM.

#118 Swansea Jack

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Posted 28 May 2013 - 08:13 AM

I hate people who say good news is coming and then nothing. We could sure use some good news about South Wales Scorpions. Interest is waning.

When can we expect the announcement?

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Posted 28 May 2013 - 09:33 AM

The news will come when everything is signed, sealed and delivered Jack.

At present what would have been good news has got bigger and better over the past three months, but to throw it out there just to appease a few fans wanting to hear something would be silly until everything has been fully sorted. Furthermore, the precise timing of the press releases and their outlets also impacts on this.

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Posted 28 May 2013 - 11:48 AM



By Gary Baker at St Peters RFC, Cardiff


ASSISTANT coach Paul Emmanuelli admitted the Wales A selectors will face a major headache to pick a 25-man squad for this season's Home Nations Championships after the first of two Origin Games in the Principality this week.


Wales A take on England Lions in the first of those matches on Sunday July 14 at The Gnoll and, after years of it being a mainly South Wales-based squad for the internationals, Wales Rugby League have now encompassed the North Wales Conference players into the fold, giving a bigger depth of talent to choose from.


The first of the Coast v Country Origin matches, with South Wales Conference teams supplying players to both sides, saw a ding-dong battle that resulted in Man of the Match Rhys Meredith, of Newport Titans, scoring the decisive try, that completed his hat-trick.


It gave the Coast a 36-34 victory having been 18-0 down after the first 14 minutes of the match when Country hooker Martin Luckwell went over for two tries, with Darryl Carter adding the other touchdown.


New Welsh head coach Mike Grady will cast his eye over the North Wales Coast v Country game on Friday, and, after that, the hard work begins to pick a squad from a wealth of talent that have put their hands up for inclusion in the national side.


Emmanuelli said: “It was a superb game and the Country side were a lot stronger up front but when the Coast started to move it and play to their strengths, I thought they were the better side.


“There were a lot of new boys who I have never seen in all the years I have been involved with Wales and a few I know will be in the mix as well so it was all very positive.


“The selection process is a week Thursday (June 6) which will be extremely difficult. There were one or two who gave their apologies for this match and could not come along so they will be in the mix for selection as well.”


There are a possible ten to 15 players from the north who have already been singled-out for possible national selection but Emmanuelli is not underestimating the task that faces them in the opening game against England.


“I was part of the side that got hammered in England and we have the biggest, toughest test to start with so we can only judge it from there. There seems to be a lot more competition for places this year and the signs are very good.


“I thought the two hookers were great today in Martin Luckwell and Rhys who scored a number of tries apiece. From what I have seen today, there are two of everything.”


And all of this is good for the hopes of Wales lifting the Home Nations title again. Emmanuelli added: “I am hopeful we will do well. Mike has a good pedigree and hopefully he can bring what we need.”


Louis Denton and Meredith got the Coast back into the match after the Country opened up a big gap but a try from Torfaen Tigers' Kyle Scrivens seconds before half-time game the Country a 22-8 advantage.


That seemed big enough to hold sway but Joel Knight started the fightback for the Coast from impressive forwardMike Davies and Torfaen's Mikki Witts set up the grand finale that saw Meredith go over for his hat-trick and secure the win for the Coast.

Edited by DugSWRLgan, 28 May 2013 - 11:49 AM.