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West Wales Raiders 2018 fixtures
2018 sees the debut of West Wales Raiders as the latest re-incarnation as the representatives for South and West Wales in the semi professional ranks of the Rugby League. All followers of the sport in the area are hoping for brighter times ahead after some very poor seasons in recent years. the club will play all their home games at Stebonheath Park in Llanelli. The league fixtures are shown below which are of course subject to change and the cup fixtures will be added to the list as and when ties are confirmed. As always please check the club's own media outlets to ensue any changes to dates or kick off times are noted. The season kicks off on Februaury 18th with a home game v Newcastle Thunder.
World Cup review ahead of the final
Fo those of us who enjoy our Rugby League, the 2017 tournament has provided some memorable moments and a great deal of good rugby league football. Ahead of the eagerly anticipated final on Saturday - England v Australia, Some of the key points from my perspectove are highlighted in the following lines. The enthusiasm of the Pacific nations fans and the numbers they turned up in will live long in the memory. The semi final v England was a sea of Tongan flags as they nearly produced one of the great comebacks before losing out 18-20. We had a number of Haka battles and who can say who came out on top in this department but great fun to watch.
News and fixtures awaited.
Wales will be looking to bounce back from two very heavy defeats against PNG and Fij when they take on Ireland in their third and final game of the RLWC 2017. Ireland will also be looking to finish the qualifying group strongly and they already have notched up a win in the tournament beating Italy in the opening round of matches. Meanwhile domestically we await the fixtutes for League One which have been delayed by the RFL but should be released in the near future. The league will be made up of 14 teams playing each other twice (home and away) - which is nice and traditional.
The RLWC begins on Friday. Good luck Wales.
It's happening on the other side of the world but RL fans will be setting their alarm clocks and / or getting up early to follow the tournament which kicks off on Friday with Australia playing England. Wales begin on Saturday with a match against Papua New Guinea (kicking off at 0600 hours BST). Their full fixtures are shown below. Good luck to those pulling on the red jersey in the tournament
2017 Rugby League World Cup Fixtures
The Rugby League World Cup 2017 kicks off on October 27th in Melbourne at 10.00 am. The first match is joint hosts Australia versus England. New Zealand the other co-hosts of the tournament play Samoa on October 28th at 8.10am. Every game will be shown on live tv in the United Kingdom on Premier Sports. BBC will also have live coverage of all England's matches, plus one semi-final and the final. In terms of the format and to ensure every team plays three matches in the group stage, there are three inter-group matches between teams in Groups C and D. These matches are shown twice - once under each group. The top three teams from Groups A and B will qualify for the quarter-finals and the top team in Groups C and D will progress. Please note BST becomes GMT on 29th October.
We are keeping going...
The site is staying for fans of RL in South and West Wales. It has been rebranded and will represent the sport across the region. Good luck to Wales in the forthcoming RLWC and of course to the West Wales for 2018. The site will continue to support and comment on the XIII a side code for as long as there is interest. From Blue Dragons through South Wales RL to Celtic Crusaders, South Wales Scorpions and the Ironmen onto West Wales Raiders....
All Time Results and Fixtures - South Wales
The complete record is shown here for the South Wales Scorpions / Ironmen in all their competitive matches from start to finish. The home grounds are shown - indicating where the matches were played. Crowds are all accurate and not estimates. This was compiled and completed at the end of the 2017 season which saw South Wales become West Wales Raiders. Away venues maybe added in the course of time for the sake of completeness.
South Wales Scorpions / Ironmen complete record.
For the sake of history and for those interested - please see below the complete list of first class fixtures for South Wales RL in their guises as the Scorpions and the Ironmen. The list shows results in chronological order, highlights the home ground played on, gives the attendance and the competition played in. The West Wales Raiders take over the name and all games will be played at Stebonheath Park from 2018 onwards.
Goodbye South Wales, hello West Wales Raiders!
South Wales played their last game on Saturday 16th September at Coventry Bears. The result was a 58 - 16 defeat. The following summarises some of the highs and lows since the club played it's first competitive match on 28th February 2010 at Neath in a win over Workington in front of 566 fans at the Gnoll. The complete results are being retained on this site as a permanent record of the club's participation in the RFL and the associated cup competitions. From 2018 the West Wales Raiders will fly the flag from Stebonheath in Llanelli as a new chapter begins. GOOD LUCK TO ALL CONCERNED.
Three games left...
South Wales Ironmen have three games left in 2017 and at the end of the season a new chapter begins. Hunslet (away) then North Wales Crusaders (home) and finally Coventry (away) will bring the curtain down on "South Wales" playing in the top divisions of the RFL. From 2018 it will be West Wales Raiders. As the season draws to a close the prospect of a Welsh derby is one to savour. So Saturday 9th September at 3pm should be duly noted in the diary!