Pontypool RFC is pleased to announce the double signing of Scott Evans and Ross Jones to help strengthen the front row as the club look to build on the opening day win in the WRU Admiral National Championship.
Tight-head prop Evans initially joined the club from Cross Keys RFC in 2019, and went on to make 16 appearances in all competitions scoring one try. He previously had spells at Oakdale RFC and Bargoed RFC.
The former Dragons U23s star left the club in August but was eager to make a swift return.
“I didn’t want to leave so the opportunity to re-join was an easy decision and one I took great pride in making,” said Evans.
“I’ve always loved what Pontypool stand for and their ambition to get back to top-flight rugby in the Premiership where they belong.
“The boys were amazing and welcomed me when I first joined and when I turned up again to re-join it was like I never left, even though there were a few new faces, who were very welcoming too.
“I can’t wait to get the boots back on and have a great journey with the coaches and players and everyone in the back group who make the club so great.”
Meanwhile, Jones has come out of retirement to join up with Pooler. The loose-head prop spent the last decade at Eugene Cross Park but decided to hand up his boots in the summer after a long and trophy laden career.
Another member of the Ebbw Vale RFC Premiership-winning team of 2015/16, he reunites with former Steelmen Ashley Sweet and Cameron Regan.
Jones also represented Tredegar Ironsides RFC, Bargoed RFC and Bedwas RFC before playing over 250 games for Ebbw.
A linchpin in the Steelmen’s climb from Division One East to Premiership champions, Jones realised that his decision to retire was premature and was delighted to be offered the chance to return to action.
“After not training for such a long time due to COVID-19 I felt I had to come to the end of my rugby career,” explained Jones.
“However, even though I have continued to keep myself fit I quickly came to realise rugby was a huge part of my life that I was not ready to give up yet.
“When I was approached by Pontypool I felt this was a great opportunity to help towards their push to the Premiership.
“I really hope my knowledge and experience can help them in this process.
“It was nice to be welcomed by some familiar faces who I’ve played with in the past, Ashley Sweet and Cameron Regan. It will be a pleasure to share the same kersey as them again.”
Both Evans and Jones are in contention to feature in Saturday’s trip to Neath RFC.