It is with deep regret that Pontypool RFC today announces the retirement of loosehead prop, Aaron Coundley.
Aaron made an immediate impact at Pontypool RFC upon making his debut during the club’s narrow defeat against Bargoed RFC during the final game of the 2015-2016 season. Aaron featured in the match whilst on permit from Neath RFC but made the switch to Pooler later that summer.
In the years that followed, Pontypool RFC went on to achieve its longest spell of sustained success. The club won three straight WRU National Championship titles and enjoyed spirited runs in the WRU National Cup in each of the three seasons.
Throughout this time, Aaron played a key role in helping Pooler transform itself into a Championship-winning club. His leadership and commitment to the club helped bring stability at a time of prolonged frustration, with promotion to the Premiership being blocked due to ring-fencing.
It was hoped that Aaron would continue to play a leading role for the forthcoming season, however persistent injuries have meant that an illustrious playing career has come to a premature end.
Pontypool RFC fully supports Aaron’s decision to retire and both he and his family are held in the highest regard by everyone at the club. They will always be welcome at Pontypool Park and we wish them good health and happiness into the future.
Comment from Pontypool RFC’s executive chairman, Peter Jeffreys:
“This is a very sad day for Pontypool RFC and we know that this was an incredibly difficult decision for Aaron to make.
“Aaron has been an outstanding player for Pooler and he has always represented the club with absolute passion, commitment and determination. He played a pivotal role in helping the club achieve what it has in recent years and his contributions on the field will be sorely missed.
“However, the most important thing for anyone is their health and Aaron has listened to his body. He is a young man with many years ahead of him and he has made the right decision for both himself and his young family.
“Aaron, his wife Emily and their family will always be welcome at Pontypool Park and we wish Aaron every success in the future. Whatever is next for Aaron will most certainly be a successful venture.”