Welcome to the news page for South Wales Scorpions RLFC. The season kicks off on Sunday 28 February with a home game at The Gnoll in Neath (kick-off 2pm). Admission prices are just £8 for adults and £4 for concessions. However you can buy a season ticket for just £60 for adults and £30 for concessions.


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Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Friday, 22 January 2010

Three more players for the train-on squad

Dalton Grant, Anthony Symmonds and Lewis Reece have been added to the Scorpions train on squad thanks to their impressive performances for Crusaders under 18s. They will join the squad next week for pre-season training.

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Contact details and buy your season ticket by post

CONTACT DETAILS - CLUB ADDRESS: South Wales Scorpions, Wales Rugby League, The Farmhouse, Bridgend College, Pencoed. CF35 5LG

Phone: 01656 863896 - Email: info@scorpionsrl.com

To buy a season ticket by post and save the small internet fee, please send a cheque to the above address, made payable to "South Wales Scorpions". Tickets cost just £30 for all concessions or £60 for adults. Please add £1 per ticket for postage or state if you would like to collect your season ticket on February 28th at The Gnoll.

Alternatively, click here to buy your ticket online.

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Scorpions pick their initial train-on squad

South Wales Scorpions have selected their initial train-on squad following a successful trial on Sunday afternoon where over 50 players turned up at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.

The 28-man squad contains three players who scored tries for Wales when they beat Scotland 28-16 to win the European Cup last year, Ashley Bateman, Christiaan Roets and Lee Williams.

The Scorpions will be entering Co-operative Championship 1 in 2010 and will open their season with a home game at The Gnoll in Neath against former Super League side Workington Town on Sunday 28 February.

By sheer co-incidence, the Crusaders faced Workington at their first ever game at this level four years ago. The Scorpions have selected two players in their first training squad who starred in that game which finished 50-18 to the Welsh side, Dean Scully and Phil Cushion, both of whom were regulars throughout the Crusaders' inaugural 2006 season. Cushion is the fourth full Welsh internationalist in the squad.

Many of the rest of the training squad have been starring for either Crusaders in Super League reserves or clubs in the successful Welsh Conference Premier including two players with the same name, David James. One previously played for Bridgend Blue Bulls and the other for Blackwood Bulldogs.

This is a train on squad, further in house trials and friendlies will be held and players will be added and deleted from the squad in the next six weeks prior to the first League game.


Adam Coupe
Alan Pope
Ashley Bateman
Barrie Phillips
Christian Roetts
Craig Foster
David James
David James
Dean Scully
Gareth Dare
Garyn Lucas
Harri Greville
Jamie Stewart
Jamie Tibbs
Joe Burke
John Saniger
Lee Williams
Leigh Taylor
Loren Quick
Neil Dallimore
Paul Boden
Phil Cushion
Sam Studley
Shaun Owens
Stephen Ireland
Steve Parry
Stuart Harvey
Stuart Volkes


• All players are to attend training on Monday 18th January at Bridgend College, Pencoed Campus, 6:45pm meet for a 7:00pm start. Please meet Dan Clements in the car park at the College.
• Wear your own kit but it must be suitable for the gym.
• All players to bring a water bottle and protein shake.

Saturday, 16 January 2010

South Wales Scorpions on Bay Radio 102.1

Listen again to Mark Rowley, Phil Davies and Rob Buckley who were on Bay Radio 102.1 FM this morning. Click here

Friday, 15 January 2010

Trials now to be held in Cardiff on Sunday afternoon

South Wales Scorpions RLFC will attempt to hold their player trials for a third time this Sunday on the Astroturf at the Welsh Institute of Sport, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff. All players are to meet at 4pm.

This is a change of venue and time. The original venue in Trefforest will still be out of action this Sunday.

As per the email they received, players are reminded to wear trainers and that boots are not allowed on the Astroturf. They are also recommended to wear tracksuit bottoms with shorts underneath.

Wales’ newest professional rugby league club are eager to begin pre-season training as kick-off is in less than seven weeks time.

The Scorpions face former Super League club Workington Town in their first game at The Gnoll in Neath on Sunday 28 February.

Trialists are advise to keep note of the www.scorpionsrl.com website should there be any further updates due to change in weather conditions.

Season tickets for are now on sale via the club website priced £60 for adults and £30 for concessions.

Scorpions directors to talk on Bay Radio tomorrow

South Wales Scorpions owner Phil Davies and commercial director Rob Buckley will be talking on Bay Radio tomorrow (Saturday) between 11.30am and midday to answer any questions fans have on the new club.

The Scorpions are Wales’ newest professional rugby league side and will kick-off their Co-operative Championship 1 season against former Super League side Workington Town on Sunday 28 February at The Gnoll in Neath.

Bay Radio can be listened to in the Swansea and West Wales area on 102.1FM or online worldwide at www.swanseabayradio.co.uk.

Davies and Buckley, along with their fellow directors, were in attendance at the first ever Scorpions supporters evening at The Gnoll on Thursday (yesterday).

A supporters club was formed with Andy Birchall from Port Talbot elected as chairman. Neil Goodman was appointed secretary and Rob Yates as treasurer. Aaron Hill, Chris O'Brien, Jon Nightingale and Glenn Colbridge will also sit on the committee.

The prices to join the Supporters Club were set at £5 for adults, £2 for 12 to 16yr olds and free for children aged 11 and under. The club can be contacted by emailing swscorpions@rugbyfans.net.

The new supporters club discussed having an influence in half-time and post match entertainment as well as the selection of mascots from within the supporters club junior section.

All members will get a discount on Scorpions' merchandise which the club are aiming to have on release for the season opener on February 28th.

Everyone at South Wales Scorpions RLFC and the Supporters Club would like to thank all supporters for the excellent turnout.

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Supporters Club meeting tonight in ON

The first ever South Wales Scorpions Supporters Club meeting is still definitely on tonight at The Gnoll clubhouse, Neath RFC and starts at 7.30pm. Please attend if you can.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Trial postponed until Sunday

Tonight's Scropions trial has been postponed again due to a little bit of snow that has been falling in this area.

This has been rearranged again for Sunday with a 1pm start at the same venue, University of Glamorgan playing fields in Trefforest.

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Trials still on for tomorrow (Wednesday)

South Wales Scorpions’ player trial is still on for tomorrow at the University of Glamorgan playing fields in Treforest. All players are to meet at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

Trialists are advise to keep note of the www.scorpionsrl.com website should there be any further updates due to change in weather conditions.

Monday, 11 January 2010

Blackpool fixture date changed

The date of the Scorpions’ home Co-operative Championship 1 match against Blackpool Panthers has been changed from Sunday 2nd May to the Bank Holiday Monday in line with the rest of the division’s fixtures that weekend. Kick-off will be the slightly later time of 3pm.

This will allow fans of Scorpions, Crusaders and Blackpool to attend the entire Magic Weekend in Edinburgh and be back in time for the game in Neath.

This game will see the welcome return of Paul Ballard to South Wales as the talented 25-year old winger has signed for Blackpool.

Ballard scored 40 tries in 49 games in 2007 and 2008 for the Crusaders but didn't feature in John Dixon's plans for the 2009 Super League season and made just two appearances before being loaned out to Whitehaven where he scored seven tries in nine games.

He chose to sign for Blackpool after wanting to travel less in 2010 and remain close to his Wigan base.

Primary School children to go free

South Wales Scorpions' chairman Phil Davies has announced that children aged 11 years old and under have the chance to enter every game for free during their 2010 season which kicks off with a home game against former Super League club Workington Town at the Gnoll in Neath on Sunday 28 February.

A maximum of two children aged 11 or under, per paying adult or adult season ticket holder can enter free. Any additional children can see the rugby league match for just £4 at the gate. Adult entry will cost just £8 per game.

"We want to make every game a family affair," said Davies. "To do that we want to make prices economical for families. Our season tickets will be going on sale soon and we hope we'll have an excellent response as throughout 2010 we'll be hosting the best value for money professional sporting events in the country."

Season tickets will cost just £60 for adults and £30 for all concessions.

Friday, 8 January 2010

Trial postponed

The trial match for potential South Wales Scorpions RLFC in Trefforest this Sunday has been postponed. This will be re-arranged for next Wednesday evening at a location and time to be decided. All applicants will be contacted by email.

The club have been overwhelmed by the amount of young Welsh players who want to play professional rugby league. Almost 100 applications were received, more than expected, and because of this, some players have been emailed and have been told they won't get a trial this time around. However they have been told that the door is never closed, to keep playing for their local Conference club and the opportunity may arise again in the future.

Thursday, 7 January 2010

News on the open trials this Sunday

The club are due to have a trial for potential players in Trefforest this Sunday at 1pm where almost 100 have applied to take part. The club will look at both the ground and the updated weather forecast tomorrow (Friday) and make a decision on whether the trial will go ahead on that day or not. If it is postponed, applicants will be emailed with an alternative date and location. Further news will be published here.

Season tickets on sale next Monday

South Wales Scorpions’ season tickets will go on sale on the home page of the website www.scorpionsrl.com by 4pm next Monday.

Prices will be just £60 for adults and £30 for all concessions giving fans an incredible 25% saving on match by match prices for Wales’ newest professional rugby league club.

The Scorpions’ Co-operative Championship 1 season lasts 20 games (10 at home and 10 away) and starts with a home match at The Gnoll in Neath against former Super League side Workington Town on Sunday 28 February (kick-off 2pm).