PONTYPOOL, South Wales, 12th June 2019 - Pontypool RFC is pleased to announce the club’s pre-season friendlies schedule in preparation for the 2019-2020 WRU National Championship season.
Pooler’s first test ahead of the new season will be away to Dings Crusaders RFC. The club, based in the Frenchay suburb of Bristol, play in National League 2 South and will provide an intriguing opening challenge for Leighton Jones' men.
Following the Dings Crusaders fixture, Pooler will travel to the outskirts of Reading and Old Bath Road to take part in the Rams tournament. Hosted by National League 1 side Rams RFC, Pooler will be one of six teams taking part in the competition. The sides will be split into two pools, with the final pool positions deciding the make-up of the play-offs to decide final tournament placings.
Two weeks later, the club will complete their pre-season schedule with a game against National League 1 side, Canterbury RFC, at Talywain RFC's Emlyn Park. The cathedral city side earned promotion from National League 2 South last season and will be a challenging final fixture.
"Our pre-season schedule will see us take on plenty of teams from across the border and that's an exciting prospect,” said Pontypool RFC head coach, Leighton Jones. “It can be hugely beneficial to play sides outside of Wales and it will be a good test for the squad.
“We failed to hit the ground running in pre-season last year and that is something we will be looking to put right this time around. With it set to be the most competitive WRU National Championship season ever, the need to start well is evident.
"To once again be able to use Talywain's Emlyn Park during pre-season goes to show the close relationship that continues to exist between the two clubs and we thank them for their continued support."
Pontypool RFC’s 2018 pre-season friendly schedule and accompanying details are as follows:
Dings Crusaders RFC – Saturday 10th August 2019, 2:30pm kick-off
Rams tournament – Saturday 17th August 2019, 1:00pm kick-off
Canterbury RFC – Saturday 31st August 2018, 2:30pm kick-off
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