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Gavin Henson signs for West Wales Raiders
Gavin Henson has signed for West Wales Raiders ahead of the 2021 league season and of course the rugby league world cup which takes place in 2021 as well. Gavin played in the Wales XV that won the Six Nations Grand Slam s in 2005 &2008; he also went on the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand in 2005. Born in Pencoed on 1 February 1982 he will be 39 when the 2021 season starts, but he brings a wealth of experience and talent with him. He has played for, amongst others, Swansea RFC, the Ospreys, Cardiff Blues, Bristol, London Welsh, Bath and the Dragons.
Very positive view for the future....
West Wales Raiders Coach Aaron Wood has spoken about the future and believes the club is in a much better position both on and off the pitch than it has been before. His statement is reproduced in full below.
Looking forward to 2021
Fans of professional Rugby League in Wales will have to wait until 2021 to see live action at club level, the COVID19 has decimated the season. Super League has restarted albeit in front of empty stadiums and with no fans. However some of the matches have been excellent and we live in hope that some matches at club level will be played in front of fans before too long. The international scene has been devastated too; still in the great scheme of things there are more important things to worry about. Stay safe all.
2020 League season will not resume...
The RFL released information following a meeting on Monday 20th July - the full statement can be found on rugbyleague.com - however the following summarises the situation for Betfred Championship and League 1 clubs. Links to the statement are provided...
Early season fixtures and results 2020
After two home defeats the West Wales Raiders are on their travels this weekend as the team face Doncaster on 8th March. This follows losses at the hands of Underbank Rangers in the Challenge Cup and Hunslet in League One. The game at the Keepmoat stadium kicks off at 3pm. Doncaster lost their opening match of the season to Barrow.
Not a great start to the season...
Underbank Rangers, the community club from Holmfirth stunned West Wales Raiders in the Third Round of the Coral Challenge Cup at the weekend after making the long trek to Llanelli. The reward for their efforts is a draw against Bradford Bulls in the Fourth Round of the competition. For the Raiders losing the match 8-30 it was a huge wake up call and they now have a couple of weeks to re-group ahead of the visit of Hunslet. The trip to Newcastle next week has been postponed due to Cup re-arrangements.
Coral Challenge Cup 3rd Round
The Coral Challenge Cup Third Round (ties to be played February 8-9): Workington Town v West Bowling, British Army v Ince Rose Bridge, Leigh Miners Rangers v Bentley, Rochdale Mayfield v North Wales Crusaders, Thornhill Trojans v Doncaster, Siddal v West Hull, Barrow v London Skolars, Hunslet v Coventry Bears, Keighley Cougars v Newcastle Thunder, Rochdale Hornets v York Acorn, West Wales Raiders v Underbank Rangers.
Day by day announcements..
West Wales Raiders announce their squad on a one per day basis, we keep things up to date on the message board virtually every day so fans who use this site will be informed of arrivals and re-signings.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to Rugby League fans across the globe. Hopefully 2020 will be a good year for all of us! Good luck to new coach Aaron Wood and all the players at Stebonheath too.
New coach and new kit awaited...
Fans are waiting for news of who will be the new head coach for 2020; plus the new kit is to be announced soon. Here is a reminder of the league fixtures for 2020 whilst we wait!