Rugby Club Issue 73 - Page 19

Newcastle Emlyn Andrew James of club sponsor Gwyn James & Sons Builders Merchants recently told Rugby Club Magazine, “I started watching Newcastle Emlyn as a seventeen year old and started playing in my early 20s. I was more of a 2nd team player and after a back injury put an end to my playing days I continued my involvement with the club on their committee.” “I have held various positions with the club over the years including vice chairman but one of my favourite roles was as team manager initially under Huw Jones and then Kevin Phillips, a former Wales international rugby union player, a hooker, he played club rugby for Neath RFC. “He also captained the Welsh national team for two matches in the 1990 season, winning both games. I learned a lot under their tutelage and although I never saw myself as a first team coach I progressed to becoming a level 2 coach. This led to me initiating the clubs junior section seventeen years ago, as it is in its current form, with WRU development officer Andy Edwards. Two thirds of our very successful Welsh youth winning side went on to become 1st team players at Em