15 Jul TRIO BOOST RAVENS PACK
After announcing the signing of six new backs to add to the squad, Bridgend Ravens can confirm the addition of some new faces amongst the pack for the new campaign.
Bridgend’s pack ended last season strongly and the majority of those involved regularly will again play in blue and white next year. Jordan Collier, Dafi Davies, Tom Morgan, Aled Evans, Adam O’Driscoll, Ben Jones, Jack Pope, James Little, Cai Lewis, Gareth Harvey, Iestyn Merriman, Neil Elworthy, Owen Jordan and Rhodri Apsee have all penned fresh terms to work under new Forwards guru, Alun Wyn Davies.
Pre season got underway last week at Pencoed College and with just 54 days until the first Indigo Premiership clash with Aberavon on Saturday 7th September, all focus is on fine tuning the squad.
Ben Mayers Davies – Second row Davies joins Bridgend from Aberavon armed with 16 years of top flight experience. Ben started his career at Bonymaen, where he went on to play with new Ravens Backs Coach Richard Fussell at Wales u18 level. His senior career kicked off at Neath in 2003, where he played alongside Forwards Coach Alun Wyn Davies. The 35 year old has also enjoyed stints with Tata Steel, Swansea, Tonmawr and Aberavon. Able to play in the second or back row, Davies made over 100 appearances for the Wizards, and his experience will help the development of a young Ravens squad looking to kick on after last season.
Ben Warren – Ben joins Bridgend Ravens from Indigo Premiership champions Merthyr. 21 years old, the tight head joins up with Steve Jones’ squad providing competition for club stalwart Cai Lewis and Neil Elworthy. The former Coleg y Cymoedd student was voted Merthyr’s Most Promising Player in the 2018 end of season awards and had been with the club since 2016.
Rhys Forse – Able to play either side of the scrum, prop Rhys Forse joins up with Steve Jones’ squad from our regional neighbours Aberavon. Forse made 72 appearances for the Wizards, where he’s played his rugby since the tender age of 18. A product of Glamorgan Wanderers RFC, 22 year old Forse now makes the switch to the Morganstone Brewery Field from the Talbot Athletic Ground ahead of the new season.