Wales Online lauds Cantona
By Bryan Weaver | 10/08/2017
Wales Online includes Llandovery’s Andrew Jones in its 13 best players in the history of the Principality Premiership as the Principality building society's 13-year backing nears its end
We’re proud at Church Bank to see you get this recognition of your remarkable contribution to our club, Andrew.
Our graphic shows Andrew in typical physical battle, on a try-scoring outing, and in one of his “last appearance” celebrations (I can remember at least 3 of those!) He is, of course, now our 1st Team Manager.
Wales Online writes:
It’s the end of an era in the Principality Premiership this coming season when the building society ends its sponsorship of the second tier of Welsh rugby.
As the long-standing sponsors prepare to step aside, these are the men who have shone brightest since the financial giants put their name to the competition.
The 13 years of the Principality Premiership has also seen some stellar players make their names in the second tier with the likes of James Hook, George North, Leigh Halfpenny, Jamie Roberts, Alun Wyn Jones and Sam Warburton coming up through the ranks to become international stars.
Others have plugged away in the second tier to become stellar names in their own right, albeit at a lower level.
We give you, in our opinion, the 13 best players from 13 years of the Principality Premiership since their sponsorship started back in the 2005-06 season....
12: ANDREW B JONES (LLANDOVERY)
Known simply as ‘Cantona’ the veteran Drover outlasted the Manchester United maverick by some eight years in his chosen sporting profession joining the Church Bank side back in the 1992-93 season and being a fulcrum of their scrum for the best part of 22 years.
In that time the prop notched up an incredible 577 games bagging 13 tries in the process and achieved something some seasoned regional and international players in Wales haven’t.
In April, 2014, he donned arguably the greatest jersey in the game when playing for the Barbarians in Dublin to mark the one thousandth anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf, when the Vikings were defeated in one of the country’s most famous battles.
He captained Llandovery in six successive years and was in the side that won the Konica Minolta Cup in 2007.
Groundsman Roger James retires
Roger James our groundsman at Llandovery Rugby Club for many years and who has provided a fantastic playing surface year after year for the running rugby that Llandovery has become famous for, retired
Captain Richard Brooks reports
As another season finally comes to an end, myself and the squad would firstly like to thank all the loyal supporters of the Drovers
Chairman Peter Rees previews the Llanelli game
Croeso cynnes iawn i bawb o Glwb Rygbi Llanelli i Fanc Yr Eglwys heddi! We welcome our friends from Llanelli to the Church Bank for our last game of the 17/18 season!
Llandovery Team v Llanelli
The Llandovery team for Saturday’s final Premiership game of the season, home v Llanelli, kick off 2:30pm
SWANSEA 21 LLANDOVERY 28
After the 47-24 bonus point win against Bargoed in mid week the Drovers again claimed full points with this four tries to three win over the All Whites at sunny St Helen's writes Huw S Thomas.