With only one day left now until the launch of the new Southern Conference League we take a look at Four more of the teams taking part.
With the Conference League split into two divisions today we look at two teams from each of them.
Cardiff Rugby Leagues vision from day one was to build a sustainable community club from junior to senior.
The club was born out of the need for a rugby league club in the capital that was built on a vision that we would be driven by participation at all ages and give opportunity to all its members. All of this done in a well managed environment. The new league will now allow us to develop beyond the junior age grades and give our open age players two platforms to play on. This will allow the more talented players to step into a league structure that will continue to test and grow their ability.
We will be fielding a full squad in the WRL premier league also and this will again see our emerging players from the youth step into a structured league competition alongside proven players thus supporting their development further.
We are excited at the prospect of the coming season and showcasing what we can offer to a larger audience.
Torfaen Tigers Rugby League Football Club has a very proud history and we aim to continue the growth, success and family environment which has been achieved in recent seasons, this has seen us become one of the largest community club in the South.
The Tigers were founded in April 2003 when they joined the Welsh division of the Rugby League Conference. In their inaugural year, the Tigers finished third in the Welsh division and reached the final of the RLC Plate competition where they lost to East Lancashire Lions. They also reached the National Conference Plate Final, losing to East Hull and, in the process, becoming one of the last teams to play on Warrington’s Wilderspool ground before the Super League club moved out. Ironically this connection was rekindled last year when Torfaen became an official partnership club of the Super League giants Warrington Wolves, This will hopefully bring exposure to the game in Wales and create another pathway for talented youngsters to follow.
Torfaen Tigers previously played in RFL Conference League South for the 2015 & 2016 Season. Returning to the WRL Premier League in 2017 due to Conference League South being disbanded. The Tigers ran U13s, U15s, U17s and seniors including a development squad with the U15s & U17s and Seniors reaching their respected finals.
Having secured a long-term home at New Panteg RFC in Pontypool, we are looking forward to stepping into the new Southern Conference as well as competing in the Welsh premier league with our development team and junior sides in what looks to be an exciting year ahead.
North Herts Crusaders
North Herts Crusaders RLFC was founded in February 2012. Following its inception North Herts Crusaders have gone on to find success in various competitions, such as;
East Cup Winners 2013 & 2014
East England Champs 2012, 2013 & 2018
East Division 1 Winners 2018
Eastern 9’s Cup & Sheild Winners 2018
Harry Jepson Runner Up 2018
Challenge Cup Round 1 2018
We are hugely excited to take the club to the next level and compete in the Southern Conference this season. It’s going to be a real test playing alongside some fantastic clubs. This new competition is going to be pivotal in growing the game outside of the northern heartlands of rugby league and showcasing all the hard work that clubs have been putting in throughout the south.
North Herts Crusaders will be reintroducing junior sides to compliment their 2 senior sides this year, starting with an under 13’s age group. We have ambitious growth plans for the next 5 years and the future is very exciting. This wouldn’t be possible without the fantastic support from all our sponsors and volunteers at the club.
The Tigers have had a remarkable couple of years. They are the most successful club in the history of the East RL with two championships, five East RL Cups and two 9s titles since they started out back in 2004, but in the last two years it’s their off field activity that is catching the eye.
They have recently taken over a brand new sports facility making them one of only three southern clubs to own and operate own ground. Hemel Stags and Nottingham Outlaws being the others.
But what’s really impressive at the Tigers recently is their junior set up. They have created 4 satellite clubs in Bedfordshire purely for junior rugby league.
This microclimate of activity is providing rugby league for 4 age groups, providing around 300 junior players a solid player pathway through junior rugby and into the Tigers senior section!
This activity should start to bear fruit in the next year or so but in the meantime they are recruiting well from their local area for both player and backroom staff and have attracted some solid sponsorship funding. Strengthening the club at every level should see them become a solid outfit in the Conference over the next few years!
More again tomorrow as we look at Hemel Stags and Gloucester All Golds