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South Wales Scorpions

South Wales Scorpions
Club information
Full name South Wales Scorpions Rugby League Football Club
Colours      Black
Founded 2009
Current details
Coach(s) Mike Grady
Captain(s) Phil Carleton
Competition Kingstone Press League 1
2015 League1 9th
Current season

South Wales Scorpions Rugby League Football Club (Welsh: Sgorpionau De Cymru) are a professional rugby league club formed in 2009, based from 2015 in Mountain Ash having spent 2014 at Maesteg, having previously been based at the Gnoll in Neath.[1][2] The club played the majority of their home games at The Old Parish in Maesteg, with two fixtures taking place at Blackwood RFC, a match was played at Cardiff Arms Park in July 2014 - a victory over London Skolars. The club played at four different "home" venues in 2014, with their final home game being played at Mountain Ash - which became their new home for 2015. Mountain Ash will host the vast majority of games with Cardiff Arms Park hosting the Welsh derby in May when the North Wales Crusaders are the visitors.

In the 2015 season they will play in the Kingstone Press League 1.[3]

The club play in a home strip of pink shirts with black trim, whilst the away kit is yellow. Both strips include the club logo.[4]

There is an active and independent fans message board on the sportnetwork forum.


Many professional and semi-professional Welsh teams played rugby league in the otherwise English competitions since the formation of the Northern Union in 1895. The latest attempt to expand the game to South Wales began when Crusaders joined National League Two in 2006. The club were initially based in Bridgend.

The idea of a second professional side in Wales was discussed before Celtic Crusaders had even played a game. Crusaders' plan was to help a Rugby League Conference Welsh Premier club join the National Leagues to act as a feeder club if Crusaders reached Super League.[5] The idea was also talked about in mid-2009 when Rugby Football League decided that Super League Reserves would be turned into an under-20 competition, a move that could have halted the development of rugby league players in the area after they turned 21 years old.

The formation of the Scorpions was accelerated after the Crusaders left South Wales and moved to Wrexham F.C.'s Racecourse Ground.[3] South Wales RLFC were formed by a consortium of businessmen led by Phil Davies in late 2009. They were accepted into Championship One the third tier of British rugby league for the 2010 season.

Several suggestions for a team moniker were made by various people. The club had a poll among fans online to choose between the various options. Scorpions proved to be the most popular choice with Crusaders just beaten into second place. On 22 December 2009, the club formally adopted the name South Wales Scorpions RLFC. An updated version of the logo was released in February 2010 following feedback.[6] .

The initial badge in 2009

The initial batch of players were selected from an open trial plus a few signings from other clubs. Some players were dual-registered with Crusaders RL and had played for the Crusaders reserves. Before a ball had been kicked, the club celebrated its first international players, Loren Quick and Lewis Reece, who played for Wales and Great Britain at under-18 level. Anthony Seibold, who had been an Assistant Coach at Crusaders, was the first head coach.

The Scorpions' first ever competitive game was against Workington Town on 28 February 2010, who also provided the competition for Celtic Crusaders' first match in the 2006 National League 2 competition. The Scorpions won this encounter 22–20, in front of a crowd of over 500 at the Gnoll; with stand-off Lloyd White, on a months loan at South Wales from Crusaders, landing the crucial penalty goal to secure victory. The team went on to finish sixth in the table and made the play-offs. Seibold returned to Australia at the end of the season.

Wales Rugby League, agreed to take over the running of South Wales Scorpions for the 2014 season after Phil Davies decided to step down. Professional rugby league returned to the Bridgend county borough as Scorpions moved to Maesteg RFC.[7] This move however would only last a single season as at the end of the season the club announced it would be moving to ground share with Mountain Ash RFC at Parc Dyffryn Pennar.[8]

2015 squad

* As of 5 November 2014:

2014 Squad Numbers

No Player Position Former club
1 Jordan Sheridan Full Back Conwy Celts
2 Ian Newbury Wing Valley Cougars
3 Jack Pring Centre Leeds Rhinos
4 Kyle Scrivens Centre Torfaen Tigers
6 Paul Emanuelli Stand Off Valley Cougars
7 Shaun Owens Scrum Half Valley Cougars
9 Connor Farrer Hooker Celtic Crusaders
11 Barrie Phillips Second Row Valley Cougars
12 Phil Carleton (C) Second Row, Prop Valley Cougars
13 Ashley Bateman Loose Forward, Utility Gloucestershire All Golds
14 Mike Connor Prop Celtic Crusaders
16 TJ Collin Second Row, Centre Celtic Crusaders
17 Osian Phillips Prop Celtic Crusaders
19 Alex Jones Wing Cardiff Blues
21 Greg Wilde Utility Back North Wales Crusaders
22 Dafydd Hellard Wing Valley Cougars
23 Richard East Prop Wales Rugby League
24 Matthew Wilcox Centre Nottingham Outlaws
25 Lloyd O'Connor Hooker London Skolars
27 Neil Dallimore Utility Forward Llanharan RUFC
28 Scott Giles Prop Wales Rugby League
31 Yousif Suliman Wing
33 Paul Edwards Centre

2015 transfers

Player Club Contract length Date
Geraint Clarke Aber Valley Wolves 2 Years September 2014
Bradley Hill Aber Valley Wolves 2 Years September 2014
Player Club Contract length Date
Scott Britton Valley Cougars 2 Years September 2014
Daryl Carter Valley Cougars 1 Year September 2014
Chris True Cardiff Demons 1 Year September 2014
Martin Luckwell Merthyr RFC 2 Years September 2014
Dan Parry Blackwood RFC 2 Years September 2014
Harry Cartwright Suspension 2 Years September 2014
Owain Davies Released September 2014
Harrison Elliott Released September 2014
Morgan Evans Released September 2014
Rhys Fitzgerald Released September 2014
Chris Leyshon Released September 2014
Alan Pope Released September 2014
Alex Randall Released September 2014
Chris Vitalini Released September 2014


  1. ^ "South Wales club to join Championship One". Rugby Football League. 11 December 2009. Retrieved 11 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "Green light for new Welsh club". Press Association. 11 December 2009. Retrieved 11 December 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "New rugby league club South Wales gets the green light". BBC. 11 December 2009. Retrieved 11 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "South Wales Scorpions are named". 23 December 2009. Retrieved 23 December 2009. 
  5. ^ "Crusaders & Salford win licences". BBC. 22 July 2008. Retrieved 11 December 2009. 
  6. ^ "3D images of the kit". South Wales Scorpions. 5 February 2010. Archived from the original on 9 February 2010. Retrieved 9 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "South Wales Scorpions Relocate to Maesteg". Wales Online. 
  8. ^ "Scorpions move to Mountain Ash". South Wales Scorpions. 01/10/2014. 

External links

  • South Wales Scorpions fans site & Supporters Club forum
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