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New season, new name, new era...
The West Wales Raiders suffered defeats in their two pre season firndly matches losing 60-0 at North Wales Crusaders in their first ever match; this was followed by a more competitive performance with a 30-10 defeat at London Skolars. All eyes now turn to Stebonheath Park for the opening match in Championship One with the visit of Newcastle Thunder on Sunday February 18th - kick off at 3pm. This is followed by a visit from Doncaster on Sunday 4th March to Stebonheath Park, again with a 3pm kick off,
The new season is fast approaching and with the West Wales Raiders now flying the flag for RL fans in South and West Wales we look ahead at what is on the calendar of the coming weeks. There are a couple of pre season friendlies coming up - starting with a Welsh derby on Sunday 28th January v North Wales Crusaders in Wrexham. This is followed by another testing friendly against London Skolars on Sunday 4th February, again this is an away fixture. The season starts for "real" on Sunday 18th February when Newcastle Thunder come to Llanelli on 18th February.
Wales squad for Commonwealth Games
The 2018 Commonwealth Games take place in Australia - on the Gold Coast - from 4th to the 15th April. Rugby League is an exhibition sport (Nines) and Wales are taking a squad down under. The players have been selected and the squad has been announced by Wales RL and is as follows:
Updated list of signings for 2018
The new signings continue to be announced. Here's the list of players as at 10th January 2018! I will continue to update the list as the information is released and confirmed by West Wales Raiders RLFC.
Festive greetings to fans and followers of Rugby League all around the globe. May 2018 bring peace and harmony to you and yours. Every good wish for Christmas and the festive period. YO HO HO!
Signings announced so far for West Wales Raiders
West Wales Raiders are announcing new signings of players and officials on a daily basis, one at a time on their social media outlets. The club's official website is still under construction ahead of the new season. So here is a list of who has signed and confirmation of the coaching staff announced over the past few weeks. I will up date this in the new year which may help followers who don't use twitter or facebook. (There are quite a few!) - At the time of writing the club had released names up to the letter J.....
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