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....


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.

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