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Pontypool Schools Finals take centre stage

Pontypool Schools Finals take centre stage

Tuesday 30th April 2024

​The curtain comes down on the schools rugby season with the Pontypool Schools Cup Finals, which once again will take place at Pontypool Park....

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​Second meeting of Under 8s at the Park

​Second meeting of Under 8s at the Park

Wednesday 20th March 2024

After a meeting of these two young teams earlier in the season at Pontypool Park, Talywain Under 8s and Abercarn Under 8s served up a thrilling curtain raiser before our game with Llandovery....

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Talywain & Abercarn play out curtain raiser

Talywain & Abercarn play out curtain raiser

Sunday 25th February 2024

​Friendship was in abundance at Pontypool Park last week when the visitors for our curtain raiser were Talywain RFC and Abercarn RFC....

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West Mon advance to quarter finals

West Mon advance to quarter finals

Sunday 11th February 2024

Pontypool Park welcomed the players, coaches and families from West Monmouth Comprehensive and Whitchurch High School for a Year 10 last-16 Welsh Cup tie....

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Dylan and Duan provide youth training session

Dylan and Duan provide youth training session

Monday 05th February 2024

Talywain RFC Under 12s coaches brought a group of 19 players to Pontypool Park for lively session undertaken by front row Dylan Kelleher Griffiths and centre Duan Thomas....

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Top of Torfaen at it's best

Top of Torfaen at it's best

Sunday 04th February 2024

Blaenavon Under 13s were the recent visitors to Pontypool Park for a community outreach training session.

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Scarfe gives youngsters rugby masterclass

Scarfe gives youngsters rugby masterclass

Sunday 14th January 2024

Blaenavon Under-9s visited Pontypool Park for a training session with Pontypool, Dragons and Wales Under-20s hooker Sam Scarfe. ...

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Hub Officers put through paces

Hub Officers put through paces

Saturday 13th January 2024

​At a recent CPD (Continuous Professional Development) session set up by Pontypool RFC’s Community Outreach, two of our local school hub officers Dan Knight (West Mon) and Louis Paraskeva (Croesyceiliog) were put through their coaching paces ...

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Club legend Malcolm Price has died

Club legend Malcolm Price has died

Sunday 07th January 2024

​It is with much sadness that Pontypool RFC has learned of the passing, after a long illness, of one of its all-time greats, Malcolm Price, aged 86....

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Curtain raiser thriller from youngsters

Curtain raiser thriller from youngsters

Thursday 23rd November 2023

​The Under-9s of Garndiffaith and Pontypool United played out a thrilling curtain raiser game before our senior encounter with Neath RFC on Saturday
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Club donates £5,000 to charity

Club donates £5,000 to charity

Wednesday 15th November 2023

​Pontypool RFC is delighted to offer a donation to TRAC 2 as it continues its valuable support helping families overcome poverty and financial hardship....

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Pontypool stars lead youth rugby session

Pontypool stars lead youth rugby session

Thursday 09th November 2023

​The Under14s at Conway Road were the participants down at the Park on a cold, wet October evening....

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Youngsters put through their paces

Youngsters put through their paces

Wednesday 08th November 2023

​Pontypool United U13s came to Pontypool Park eager for a session on tackle and jackal for the backs, which was undertaken by Deon Smith and Duan Thomas. ...

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Youngsters go try crazy

Youngsters go try crazy

Thursday 05th October 2023

“I can only describe what I witnessed Saturday as one of the best tag rugby games I have seen”....

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Stars of the future feature in curtain raiser

Stars of the future feature in curtain raiser

Tuesday 12th September 2023

​Spectacular sunshine joined hand in hand with spectacular rugby in the curtain raiser games at Pontypool Park on Saturday as Talywain U8s took on their counterparts from Pontypool United. ...

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Pontypool stars lead youth programme

Pontypool stars lead youth programme

Saturday 02nd September 2023

​Pontypool United U12s were the visitors to the Park as the club’s community outreach programme continued on Thursday. ...

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Community Outreach Programme Begins

Community Outreach Programme Begins

Saturday 26th August 2023

​The community outreach programme for this season commenced on Thursday at Pontypool Park....

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​Club adopts premises as new clubhouse

​Club adopts premises as new clubhouse

Saturday 01st July 2023

The Club’s views on the commercial viability of a dedicated clubhouse are well documented.

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West Mon secure Schools Cup treble

West Mon secure Schools Cup treble

Wednesday 24th May 2023

​A perfect sunny day at Pontypool Park for the Pontypool RFC Year 9 Schools Cup final brought a feast of running rugby from West Monmouth and Abersychan Schools....

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West Monmouth edge to Year 8 cup final victory

West Monmouth edge to Year 8 cup final victory

Monday 15th May 2023

The final of the Year 8 Schools Cup bore all the hallmarks of what Pooler are renowned for - forward grunt which in this case created the platform for some highly entertaining rugby at Pontypool Park....

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West Monmouth victorious in Year 7 final

West Monmouth victorious in Year 7 final

Saturday 13th May 2023

​The first of this season’s school cup finals took part at Pontypool Park last week with several of the Pontypool first team in attendance....

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Pontypool welcome American friends

Pontypool welcome American friends

Thursday 13th April 2023

Pontypool RFC recently played hosts to some friends across the pond....

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Next generation show their skills

Next generation show their skills

Sunday 25th September 2022

​On a beautiful day at Pontypool Park the Under-8 sides of Pontypool United RFC and Cwmbran RFC served up a highly entertaining curtain-raiser as an appetiser to the senior game with Neath RFC. ...

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Pontypool RFC to donate ticket and programme sales to DEC Ukraine appeal

Pontypool RFC to donate ticket and programme sales to DEC Ukraine appeal

Thursday 10th March 2022

Following the devastating events unfolding in Ukraine, Pontypool RFC can today announce that the club will donate all match ticket and programme sales from Saturday’s WRU National Championship fixture versus Trebanos RFC to the Disasters Emerge...

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POOLER EXCITED FOR RETURN OF SUPPORTERS TO NEW-LOOK Pontypool Park

POOLER EXCITED FOR RETURN OF SUPPORTERS TO NEW-LOOK Pontypool Park

Saturday 06th November 2021

​Pontypool RFC are excited to be welcoming supporters back to Pontypool Park next week for the first time in nearly two years....

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Clarke reflects on an encouraging start for Pooler's community initiative

Clarke reflects on an encouraging start for Pooler's community initiative

Monday 08th July 2019

​The rebirth of Pontypool RFC, since its near extinction in 2012, is well-documented. Essentially starting from scratch in the winter of 2012, the club has slowly and steadily rebuilt itself under the guidance of the Jeffreys family and head coach,...

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Pontypool Park to host second edition of Pontypool RFC Schools Cup

Pontypool Park to host second edition of Pontypool RFC Schools Cup

Wednesday 24th April 2019

​Next month, Pontypool Park will once again play host to the finals of the Pontypool RFC Schools Cup. The 2017-2018 season, which marked the first year of the competition, saw Year 8 teams from high schools across Torfaen take part, as the club str...

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Pooler to provide free coach transportation for WRU National Cup semi-final tie

Pooler to provide free coach transportation for WRU National Cup semi-final tie

Sunday 31st March 2019

​To show its appreciation for the amazing support from the #PoolerArmy this season, Pontypool RFC is to provide free coach transportation for supporters attending its WRU National Cup semi-final tie versus Merthyr RFC at Eugene Cross Park in Ebbw V...

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Pontypool RFC icon, Terry 'Tiger' Simons, passes away

Pontypool RFC icon, Terry 'Tiger' Simons, passes away

Thursday 11th October 2018

​It with immense sadness that Pontypool RFC today announces the passing of the club’s legendary kit-man, Terry ‘Tiger’ Simons, after a lengthy period of illness....

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Draw for 2018-2019 Pontypool RFC Cup made

Draw for 2018-2019 Pontypool RFC Cup made

Monday 17th September 2018

PONTYPOOL, South Wales, 17th September 2018 - The draw for the 2018-2019 edition of the Pontypool RFC Cup has been made, with excitement now set to build ahead of the first round of fixtures....

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Jones appointed head coach of Pontypool Schools Under-15s

Jones appointed head coach of Pontypool Schools Under-15s

Wednesday 12th September 2018

​PONTYPOOL, South Wales, 12th September 2018 - Pontypool RFC is pleased to announce that Leighton Jones has been appointed as head coach of Pontypool Schools Under-15s and will combine this role with his existing club duties....

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Pooler staff and volunteers participate in CPR and defibrillator training

Pooler staff and volunteers participate in CPR and defibrillator training

Wednesday 05th September 2018

​PONTYPOOL, South Wales, 3rd September 2018 - Pontypool RFC has demonstrated its commitment to maintaining the highest professional standards both on-and-off the field, after the club’s staff and volunteers participated in a CPR and defibrill...

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Clarke building the Pooler stars of tomorrow through community initiative

Clarke building the Pooler stars of tomorrow through community initiative

Tuesday 21st August 2018

Tony Clarke may hail from and have played all of his rugby in the Rhondda, but he has a special place in his heart for Gwent rugby and Pontypool RFC in particular. ...

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Player Spotlight: Clayton Gullis

Player Spotlight: Clayton Gullis

Wednesday 08th August 2018

Since making his debut for Pontypool RFC in September 2012, Clayton Gullis has become one of the more recognisable faces around the Pontypool and Torfaen area. Whether it's walking his British bulldog, Monty, through Pontypool Park, shopping in the l...

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Pooler supporter takes on new club role as Writer in Residence

Pooler supporter takes on new club role as Writer in Residence

Tuesday 19th December 2017

Pontypool RFC supporter Kathryn Eastman is taking on a new role as Writer in Residence from January 2018 to tie in with the club’s 150th anniversary....

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Open letter from Pontypool RFC CEO to mark fifth anniversary of club ownership

Open letter from Pontypool RFC CEO to mark fifth anniversary of club ownership

Sunday 10th December 2017

Pontypool RFC chief executive officer, Ben Jeffreys, has issued an open letter to the Pooler Army to mark five years since the Jeffreys family took ownership of the club....

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Pontypool RFC v Torfaen XV to raise funds for Scott Bessant's Fighting Fund

Pontypool RFC v Torfaen XV to raise funds for Scott Bessant's Fighting Fund

Monday 20th November 2017

​Pontypool RFC is pleased to announce that all proceeds raised from Friday's forthcoming friendly fixture versus a specially selected Torfaen XV team will be donated to 'Scott Bessant's Fighting Fund'....

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Pooler to host supporters' Q&A evening at Parkway Hotel & Spa

Pooler to host supporters' Q&A evening at Parkway Hotel & Spa

Wednesday 23rd August 2017

Pontypool RFC is pleased to announce that the club will host a supporters' Q&A evening ahead of the start of the 2017-2018 WRU National Championship season at the Parkway Hotel & Spa on Wednesday August 30th 2017....

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Pooler celebrate wonderful season at the Parkway Hotel and Spa

Pooler celebrate wonderful season at the Parkway Hotel and Spa

Wednesday 03rd May 2017

Pooler celebrate a wonderful season with their Annual Dinner and Presentation Evening at The Parkway Hotel and Spa....

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Pontypool RFC chairman, Barrie Calder-Matthews, passes away

Pontypool RFC chairman, Barrie Calder-Matthews, passes away

Saturday 29th April 2017

It is with immense sadness that Pontypool RFC today announces the sudden passing of the club’s chairman, Barrie Calder-Matthews....

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"We've the greatest supporters in Welsh club rugby!" - End of season message from Pontypool RFC CEO

"We've the greatest supporters in Welsh club rugby!" - End of season message from Pontypool RFC CEO

Thursday 20th April 2017

The fashion in which the team claimed the WRU National Championship title and stormed to the Quarter-Finals of the WRU National Cup further demonstrates that Pontypool RFC simply does not know the meaning of the word ‘quit’....

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Pooler to celebrate Championship success on Saturday with family fun day

Pooler to celebrate Championship success on Saturday with family fun day

Wednesday 05th April 2017

Pontypool RFC is inviting the entire Torfaen community to celebrate the club's WRU National Championship triumph at Pontypool Park this Saturday....

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Pooler to offer FREE ADMISSION to final home match

Pooler to offer FREE ADMISSION to final home match

Monday 03rd April 2017

Pontypool RFC is pleased to announce that the club will provide FREE ADMISSION for everybody attending its final home match of the 2016/17 season versus TATA Steel RFC on Saturday 8th April 2017....

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Pooler to provide free coach transportation to Cross Keys for cup quarter-final

Pooler to provide free coach transportation to Cross Keys for cup quarter-final

Wednesday 22nd February 2017

To show its appreciation for the amazing support from the #PoolerArmy this season, Pontypool RFC is to provide free coach transportation for supporters attending its WRU National Cup quarter-final tie versus Cross Keys RFC....

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Pontypool United RFC U10s v Croesyceiliog RFC U10s to raise curtain on Pooler v TATA Steel RFC

Pontypool United RFC U10s v Croesyceiliog RFC U10s to raise curtain on Pooler v TATA Steel RFC

Saturday 21st January 2017

​Pontypool RFC will welcome more future stars of Welsh rugby to Pontypool Park today ahead of its WRU National Championship encounter against TATA Steel RFC, with Pontypool United RFC U10s taking on Croesyceiliog RFC U10s in a mini curtain raising ...

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Pooler head coach to drive rugby development at West Monmouth School

Pooler head coach to drive rugby development at West Monmouth School

Wednesday 16th November 2016

Pontypool RFC has pledged its commitment to enhancing the development of youth rugby and academic performance in Torfaen by financially contributing towards the appointment of Leighton Jones as the full-time Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) development office...

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Pontypool United RFC U8s v Croesyceiliog RFC U8s to raise curtain on Pooler's v Skewen RFC

Pontypool United RFC U8s v Croesyceiliog RFC U8s to raise curtain on Pooler's v Skewen RFC

Friday 14th October 2016

Pontypool RFC will welcome more future stars of Welsh rugby to Pontypool Park tomorrow ahead of its WRU National Championship encounter against Skewen RFC, with Pontypool United RFC U8s taking on Croesyceiliog RFC U8s in a mini curtain raising contes...

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Pooler to host Roger Addison memorial match

Pooler to host Roger Addison memorial match

Wednesday 12th October 2016

Pontypool RFC is pleased to announce that the club will compete against a Torfaen Select XV in November in a special memorial match honouring the late Roger Addision, who suffered a devastating injury whilst representing Pooler 50 years ago....

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Cwmbran RFC U10s v Whiteheads RFC U10s to raise curtain on Pooler's clash against Dunvant RFC

Cwmbran RFC U10s v Whiteheads RFC U10s to raise curtain on Pooler's clash against Dunvant RFC

Friday 30th September 2016

Pontypool RFC will welcome more future stars of Welsh rugby to Pontypool Park tomorrow ahead of its WRU National Championship encounter against Dunvant RFC, with Cwmbran RFC U10s taking on Whiteheads RFC U10s in a mini curtain raising contest at 1:00...

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Croesyceiliog RFC U7s v Abertillery RFC U7s to raise curtain on Pooler's derby battle with Newbridge

Croesyceiliog RFC U7s v Abertillery RFC U7s to raise curtain on Pooler's derby battle with Newbridge

Friday 16th September 2016

​Pontypool RFC will welcome more future stars of Welsh rugby to Pontypool Park tomorrow ahead of its WRU National Championship derby encounter against Newbridge RFC, with Croesyceiliog RFC U7s taking on Abertillery RFC U7s in a mini curtain raising...

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Pooler to call Pontypool Active Living Centre their new clubhouse home

Pooler to call Pontypool Active Living Centre their new clubhouse home

Monday 05th September 2016

Pontypool RFC is pleased to announce that it has entered into a clubhouse and catering partnership with Torfaen Leisure Trust for the 2016/17 season....

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Pontypool United U10s & Caerleon U10s to raise curtain on Pooler season

Pontypool United U10s & Caerleon U10s to raise curtain on Pooler season

Friday 02nd September 2016

​Pontypool RFC will welcome the future stars of Welsh rugby to Pontypool Park tomorrow ahead of its WRU National Championship season opener versus Narberth RFC, with Pontypool United U10s taking on Caerleon RFC U10s in a mini curtain raising contes...

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Pontypool Community Council back Pooler with continued support

Pontypool Community Council back Pooler with continued support

Wednesday 31st August 2016

Pontypool RFC is pleased to announce that Pontypool Community Council has pledged its continued commitment to the club for the 2016/17 WRU National Championship season....

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Pooler to host supporters' Q&A evening at Parkway Hotel & Spa

Pooler to host supporters' Q&A evening at Parkway Hotel & Spa

Tuesday 23rd August 2016

​Pontypool RFC is pleased to announce that the club will host a supporters' Q&A evening at the Parkway Hotel & Spa on Wednesday August 31st 2016....

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Long serving Pooler volunteer, Graham Howden, passes away.

Long serving Pooler volunteer, Graham Howden, passes away.

Friday 19th August 2016

It is with great sadness that Pontypool RFC today announces the passing of one of the club's longest serving volunteers, Graham Howden....

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Pontypool RFC honored For Best Sport Website at the 20th Annual Webby Awards

Pontypool RFC honored For Best Sport Website at the 20th Annual Webby Awards

Tuesday 12th April 2016

Pontypool RFC has been commended by the leading international organisation responsible for honouring the best creative and professional websites on the Internet for its state of the art digital presence....

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Pooler to raise funds for critically ill Felicity Watkins

Pooler to raise funds for critically ill Felicity Watkins

Friday 29th January 2016

​Pontypool RFC is to raise funds for critically ill Felicity Watkins, who continues to battle Guillain-Barre syndrome....

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Pooler launch state of the art website to enhance the club’s digital community

Pooler launch state of the art website to enhance the club’s digital community

Friday 15th January 2016

Pontypool RFC reached a major milestone of implementing its digital communications strategy this afternoon as the club unveiled a new, state of the art
website that places the supporter at the forefront of the user experience....

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Pooler achieve £5,000 target for Guide Dogs Cymru

Pooler achieve £5,000 target for Guide Dogs Cymru

Wednesday 04th March 2015

Pontypool RFC was celebrating a victory of a different kind on Saturday when the club announced it had achieved its target to raise £5,000 for Guide Dogs Cymru....

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9-year-old supporter's efforts raise £100 for Pooler

9-year-old supporter's efforts raise £100 for Pooler

Wednesday 04th March 2015

A young rugby supporter from Pontypool has made an extra special effort to support her local club by donating £100 to Pontypool RFC....

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Pooler aim to defend Parkway pancake crown

Pooler aim to defend Parkway pancake crown

Thursday 05th February 2015

Pontypool RFC is pleased to announce that the club will be participating in the second annual 'Parkway Pancake Challenge' tomorrow afternoon in celebration of Pancake Day....

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Pooler supporter leaves legacy with donation

Pooler supporter leaves legacy with donation

Friday 12th December 2014

A Pontypool RFC supporter who tragically passed away last year has left a lasting legacy
after the £700 his family donated to the club was used to purchase potentially life saving
emergency cardiac equipment....

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'Name a Puppy' programme fund reaches £3,100

'Name a Puppy' programme fund reaches £3,100

Friday 28th March 2014

The Pontypool RFC ‘Name a Puppy’ programme in aid of the club’s official charity - Guide Dogs Cymru, has raised over £3,100 to date following a series of fundraising initiatives organised by Pooler supporters and staff....

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Pooler to take part in 'Parkway Pancake Challenge'

Pooler to take part in 'Parkway Pancake Challenge'

Monday 03rd March 2014

Pontypool RFC is pleased to announce that it will be participating in the first ever 'Parkway Pancake Challenge' tomorrow afternoon in celebration of Pancake Day....

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Extensive renovations to Pontypool Park commences

Extensive renovations to Pontypool Park commences

Friday 13th December 2013

Pontypool RFC is pleased to announce that major renovations to the facilities at Pontypool Park have commenced, in preparation for the 2013/2014 season....

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Celebration as 'Target 1,000' objective reached

Celebration as 'Target 1,000' objective reached

Wednesday 16th October 2013

Pontypool RFC is pleased to announce that the objective set by the Target 1,000 campaign has been achieved....

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Pontypool RFC launch 'Name a Puppy' programme

Pontypool RFC launch 'Name a Puppy' programme

Thursday 10th October 2013

Pontypool RFC is pleased to announce the launch of its ‘Name a Puppy’ programme in association with Guide Dogs Cymru – Pontypool RFC’s ‘Official Charity’ for the 2013/2014 season.
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Pontypool RFC to support Guide Dogs Cymru

Pontypool RFC to support Guide Dogs Cymru

Thursday 05th September 2013

Pontypool RFC is delighted to introduce Guide Dogs Cymru as the ‘Official Charity of Pontypool RFC’ for the 2013/2014 season....

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Pontypool Free Press launch 'Target 1,000' campaign

Pontypool Free Press launch 'Target 1,000' campaign

Wednesday 26th June 2013

Pontypool RFC is pleased to announce that the Free Press has endorsed the club by launching the Target 1,000 campaign.
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