Rugby Club Issue 73 - Page 8

Newcastle Emlyn FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/RUGBYCLUBMAG side and ensure that we keep on being competitive within the Championship as long as possible. With fourteen of the current squad having being with me since our days in Division 3 West it is essential that we keep at least striving to challenge and motivate those players from season to season. At present, we have the strongest and largest squad most probably the club has ever had, but with that also comes the challenges of keeping everybody happy and motivated regarding game time. Moving up the league ladder so much with my own local side has been a very rewarding factor in itself, without a doubt it means more than doing it with another club. The satisfaction that we have climbed the league ladder with a group of mostly young local players and coaches, while also playing an attractive brand of rugby has also been a very rewarding factor.” Present “We are very happy indeed with how our season panned out in the end. To finish 5th in the Championship ensured that we finished the highest place ever in the clubs forty year history. With all the injuries we had at one point during the season and that our aim at the start of the season was to stay in the Championship for another season – we are simply delighted with our finish. Our main focus is to start the season well and stay in the Championship for another year and hopefully build on our success. With this in mind, we have added to our coaching set- up during the close season, we felt for further success getting some new voices into our coaching set-up would hopefully help further improve and develop our playing potential. Josh Turnbull (current Cardiff Blues player), a Newcastle Emlyn RFC Junior product will be joining us on a part-time basis to add his knowledge, while we are also hoping to use some other coaches’ expertise on an ad-hoc basis during the season.” 8 Issue 73 Emyr Jones is a club sponsor of Newcastle Emlyn RFC with his business Caffi Central and has been involved in rugby for over four decades. He recently told Rugby Club Magazine, “I started in the clubs mini section in 1976/77 and continued playing through the ranks to the age of 21 having captained the youth and senior teams.” “After playing at the Scarlets for a season I joined The Quins and took on a semi- professional position for ten years whilst working in in the fire service. After moving on to Felifoel as player coach for two successful seasons, one completely unbeaten, I returned into a similar role for Newcastle Emlyn. My children Cian and Bobi still play for the U13s and U10s and I am still a junior coach over there. The club have achieved an incredible amount in a short 40 years. My business, Caffi Central, still sponsor the club and my wife Rhian and I would like to wish everyone associated with Newcastle Emlyn the best of continued success in their 40th year!”