RGC 1404 have celebrated their crowning as Division One East winners, after just one season of competitive rugby.
A big crowd turned out to support the clubs 'Celebration Saturday' when they were presented with the SWALEC trophy following their definitive 45-0 home win against Rhydydfelin on 18 May. The team has won every home match this season losing only 3 games away.
RGC General Manager, Rupert Moon, comments: "The journey started 50 weeks ago with two great coaches Chris Horsman and Damian McGrath working expertly with our players. This season we have scored 118 tries, only conceding seven tries at home and importantly we have only attempted 12 penalty kicks at goal. We talk about training to be a skillful team, and we have proved it on the field. We focus on playing real rugby."
"This win is the reward for the WRU creating an academy and investing in the facilities at Parc Eirias, three years ago, with the support of Conwy Borough Council. We have good people, good coaches, good staff and first rate facilities which has allowed the migration of talent to RGC. Our foundations are the 36 clubs in North Wales who have encouraged junior players to work with RGC. North Wales have smashed through the glass ceiling."
Kelvin Davies, Captain adds: "We have trained hard three times a week and have spent nearly 100 hours on the bus to travel over 5,000 miles, the boys deserve this win. We are back training in three weeks. The coaches push us hard, and rightly so, we want to play in the top division of rugby and we will work hard to get there."
All roads lead to Cardiff on Sunday for the SSE SWALEC Finals Day at the Millennium Stadium. Cambrian Welfare tackle Ystradgynlais in the Bowl final, Ystrad Rhondda play Newcastle Emlyn in the Plate final while defending champions Pontypridd face Bridgend in the Cup final.
A look ahead to Judgement Day and back at youth finals day in the Principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We hear from Andrew Coombs, Jake Ball, James Davies, Dan Lydiate and Josh Navidi. We also speak to Wattstown, Ystradgynlais, Rhydfelin, Pontypool United, Penallta and Pontypridd youth coaches at finals day at the Millennium Stadium.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.
This week on the Principality Premiership Podcast, WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie talks to Carmarthen Quins head coach Louie Tonkin who is aiming to close the gap on leading duo, Pontypridd and Ebbw Vale, with victory against Bridgend tomorrow.
We hear from JPR Williams, Tommy David and all six clubs in SWALEC Finals Day, as well as the first woman to referee a game at the Millennium Stadium, in this week's Principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. JPR and David reminisce over the 1979 final, while we hear from Pontypridd, Bridgend, Ystrad Rhondda, Ystradgynlais, Cambrian Welfare and Newcastle Emlyn. Kath Pritchard became the forst Welsh woman to referee a game at the Millennium Stadium - we speak to her and WRU community referee development officer Paul Adams.
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