Friday, 11 December 2009
South Wales club to join The Co-operative Championship One
The RFL Board of Directors has approved an application from a consortium of South Wales businessmen to enter a team into The Co-operative Championship One in 2010.
The new club, South Wales RLFC, will be independently run by a brand new management team and will play its home fixtures at The Gnoll, Neath.
The consortium is headed by local businessman Phil Davies who will head a wholly Welsh board which also features Mark Rowley, the Executive Chairman of the Wales Rugby League.
Nigel Wood, the RFL Chief Executive, said: “After careful consideration and following close consultation with existing Cooperative Championship clubs the board felt that welcoming the new club to Championship One was the right thing to do.
“The sport has made great strides in Wales in the last few years and in 2009 over 1,500 players have played the sport in the Principality, a 300 per cent increase on participation levels before Celtic Crusaders were formed four years ago.
“The new club is a vital link in the playing pyramid in Wales and maintains a career pathway for the cream of Welsh talent.
“Wales remains a strategically important region for Rugby League and we are delighted that Phil Davies and his fellow directors have shown the commitment they have to the sport in South Wales.”
South Wales RLFC will not participate in the Carnegie Challenge Cup or Northern Rail Cup in 2010 and will begin life with a home match in The Co-operative Championship One against Workington Town on Sunday February 28 at The Gnoll.
The Co-operative Championship and Champions One and Northern Rail Cup fixture lists will be published in full next Monday (December 14).