Professional rugby league returns to Bridgend

Championship One side South Wales Scorpions have today agreed a move to Maesteg RFC.

After four years at the Gnoll in Neath, the Scorpions will bring professional rugby league back to Bridgend, five years after the now defunct Celtic Crusaders left for the north of the country.

Formed in 2010, South Wales will be hoping the move can reignite their on-field performances after a couple of disappointing seasons.

Wales Rugby League Chief Operating Officer Chris Thair believes that the Scorpions can really set down roots in the Llynfi Valley.

“We’ve had amazing support from the people of Maesteg already,” said Thair.

“Maesteg RFC really want to host us throughout 2014 and beyond. They’re enthusiastic about promoting the club in the area and making every game an event.

“We’re already in Maesteg School with our Academy set-up, and they have also promised their support in promoting home games and selling tickets. The work that they have already done and the ideas that they have is tremendous and everyone is looking forward to getting started and making the club a success.”

Thair also paid tribute to the club’s former hosts.

He said, “We’d like to thank Neath RFC for being fantastic hosts over the last four years.

“We’ve had some good times in the area, their support for the club has been invaluable and we hope we will continue our good relations with them.”

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