Coach Mouritz Botha maakt teamselectie Crawshay Welsh RFC bekend


Coach Mouritz Botha maakt teamselectie Crawshay Welsh RFC bekend

The Crawshay’s squad for the tour of the Netherlands has been finalised following a couple of injury withdrawals in the final Premiership weekend of the season.

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Gavin Dacey (C) Merthyr Ross Pritchard Cross Keys
Dion Jones RGC 1404 Mike Burgess Aberavon
Dale Ford Carmarthen Quins Lewis Smout Cross Keys
Josh Moscardini Bargoed Chris Davies Aberavon
Lewis Warner Kowloon, Hong Kong Joe Popple Pontypridd
Will Holley Mountain Ash Luke Davies Aberavon
Matthew Jacobs Aberystwyth Huw Dowden Pontypridd
Will Williams Cowbridge Adam Brown Newport
Josh Prosser Cross Keys Sean Moore Pontypridd
Dai Langdon Ebbw Vale Rhodri Lloyd Jones Pontypool
Aaron Quick Pontypool Rob Dudley-Jones Aberavon
Josh Reid Newport Jake Thomas Pontypridd
Ieuan Jones Cross Keys    

Head Coach
Mouritz Botha

The squad has it’s usual mix of heavy Premiership and national age grade experience and young up and coming players.  Ian Brice, Crawshay’s Rugby Manager commented ‘we are really looking forward to visting the Netherlands as it’s a first for the Crawshays.  They are clearly an emerging rugby nation and we’ve been impressed with their rugby administration and the tour schedule that they’ve helped us put together.  It’s our objective to help in the development of emerging rugby nations and in doing so spreading the Crawshay’s gospel, this tour clearly fits that bill.’

Andrew Meredith, General Manager of the Netherlands Rugby Union is equally excited by the tour, commenting ‘This summer we have a great opportunity to play against a very strong Welsh Crawshay’s team. The Crawshay’s have recently played against Georgia A, Romania A and Portugal and have a rich history of fielding strong professional and semi-professional players from the various Welsh competitions.’

‘This is a great opportunity for Rugby Netherlands and gives our players a chance to play more games at a higher level and give players who are on the fringe of making the National team more opportunity to develop by playing tough opposition. It is fantastic to play these games as it feeds the pathway in a positive way by simulating the feeling of playing international rugby. Last year we played the English Counties where we saw we have a lot to learn and a long way to go but you only get better by playing teams such as the Crawshays and by learning what needs to be done in order to take the next step.’
‘We are making big steps in the right direction and I am sure we will have more teams like this that want to play us in the future. This means it gives our players opportunities to develop and show case there talent on a higher stage.’
‘By also hosting the Crawshay’s team in the town of Utrecht, we are also using this great fixture to promote rugby outside of our home stadium city of Amsterdam. Promoting development of the game throughout the country and giving a wider audience the opportunity to experience top rugby in the Netherlands.’
‘We honoured to welcome the Welsh Crawshays at the end of May and feel privileged that a club with such a rich history has chosen to tour the Netherlands this year. We are hoping that we have a lot of supporters come down and get behind the boys and enjoy a truly great rugby experience!!’
The games will be at Utrecht Rugby Club on Wednesday the 30th May at 19:30 and at Rugby Netherlands in Amsterdam on the 2nd June at 17:30.