Between The Posts




November 2018

Welcome to Mumbles Rugby Club and the November edition of the monthly newsletter ‘Between the Posts’ which has been written in sunny Perth, Australia where we are visiting my son Ian and his family. By the wonders of technology I am keeping in touch with what is going on in Mumbles  so read on and see what has been happening and what is coming up in November and December!



I am delighted to report that our new President is Mr Doug Baker!

As you will be aware the club have gone through quite a traumatic couple of weeks, with club Life President Alan Williams and club President Peter Hixson passing away within a week of each other. So the management committee met to discuss the appointment of our new President. From an impressive list of nominees the decision was unanimous to ask Doug Baker if he would accept the invitation to be our next President. In what can only be described as a very emotional and humble conversation with Chairman Simon Evans, Doug was delighted to accept the role and I’m sure we can look forward to his guidance in moving the club forward in the years to come.  



As I suggested last month the form of the 1st XV looked to be moving in the right direction and this was certainly enhanced with a fine victory away at Burry Port 24-17 with all of Mumbles 3 tries coming in a blistering first half. There was a break after that game as we had a bye in the Plate competition but the boys were back in League action taking on Tumble at home, our second game against the same opposition having had a convincing win in the 1st Round of the Plate. I understand things weren’t so easy in the league game especially playing with just 14 men due to a lack of Front Row players! But the boys came good and battled through with a fine 25-5 victory which moved them up to 7th in the League after 8 games, 4 wins and 4 losses. There is another two week break now due to the Autumn Internationals, so the next game will be on 1st December away at Pembroke. There is then a change of fixture on the 8th Dec due to the 3rd Rd of the Plate where the boys have been drawn away to Cambrian Welfare of Div 1 East Central. Obviously a difficult game but in the cup you never know! The St Clears game will now be played later in the season. The last 1st XV game before Christmas is home to Carmarthen Ath on 15th December.    

The Youth had a very good result at Dunvant with a 24-5 victory. Next up was Pontarddulais and a defeat 21-36 but the boys bounced back with victory over local rivals South Gower at home 10-5. Being away I’m afraid I haven’t got any details on these games but it looks like the Youth are making good progress when you consider most of the players are in their first year of Youth rugby while most of the other teams in the league have players in their third year of Youth rugby! It is quite a jump from Junior to Youth so the squad should be pleased with the progress they have made in the first half of the season. Fixtures for January onwards have yet to be announced.

1st XV and Youth Fixtures for November, December and early January

17/11  Wales .v. Tonga

24/11  Wales .v. South Africa                                            Gorseinon (A)

1/12    Pembroke (A)                                                            TBC

8/12    Cambrian Welfare 3rd Rd Plate (A)                       Gowerton (H)

15/12  Carmarthen Ath (H)                                                 Penclawdd (A)

29/12  Penclawdd (A)                                                          TBC

5/1/19 Tycroes (H)                                                                TBC



A reminder that the Junior Section have teamed up with Picton Sports to set up a club shop whereby club members can purchase club shirts for the Junior teams and many other items which are listed on the Picton website. To gain access to this scheme follow this simple routine:

  1. Through Google Go to Picton Sports website
  2. Click on Club Shops
  3. Scroll down to Mumbles RFC
  4. Choose the item you want to purchase and method of payment.

It’s as simple as that and with Christmas coming an opportunity to buy something for Grandad!   



Firstly, a reminder that we are now signed up to Premier Sport the TV Group who have the exclusive rights to PRO 14 Rugby. This means we are now showing Live all the PRO 14 fixtures. This is in addition to Sky, BT Sport and BBC/ITV which means we can now show any sporting event televised live on any channel. I believe we are the only venue in Mumbles who can provide this coverage, so tell your friends and family to come along to BAR 1887 for live sport!


The last two Autumn Internationals are:

Saturday 17th Nov – Wales .v. Tonga

Saturday 24th Nov – Wales .v. South Africa followed by the band ‘Graffiti’ playing live


Looking further ahead and the Christmas period we will again be holding ‘A Christmas Lunch’ with live entertainment and lots more! The venue is BAR 1887, the date is Friday 14th December. Tickets are £25 which includes a 3 course meal and a glass of Bubbles on arrival. I know at least 4 tables of 10 have already been booked so I suggest you reserve your ticket now as we are limited to just 66 places and with 40 already sold you need to see Simon Evans pretty quickly with a £5 deposit to secure your place! With tables of 10 available, why not bring your friends along and introduce them to BAR 1887!


Friday 14th December – A Christmas Lunch 12.00 Noon till late Live entertainment Tickets £25

Saturday 22nd December – Charity evening for Dylan Gunner

Sunday 23rd December – Christmas Carols Evening


Well that’s about it for this month. Obviously I won’t be seeing you until the home game against Carmarthen in December but I will be keeping in touch with all that is going on and reporting back with news from sunny Perth! Or you can go to the club website or Facebook or Twitter!

Let’s hope the boys have moved up the table by the time I return in December!


Martin Rodwell - News at Ten – Perth, Australia              e.mail: