Even with there being no rugby on, the Warriors have been a busy club recently. So much is happening that it needed a full round up here on the website.
TODAY! (Monday 1/2/21) The Warriors reveal their new kit for the 25th season. The Warriors 1st wore their own kit back in 1998. Llanelli RFC donated a set of jerseys – the away (blue) version of their ‘Celtic Warrior’ kit. The club has always been supportive of the Warriors but this particular act of generosity may have been because they over estimated replica sales. Since then the Warriors have always used Red as their main colour and blue as their alternative.
Prior to having their own kit though, the Warriors borrowed kit from Burry Port, know locally as “The Blacks”.
Prior to their 1st match in 1995, organiser and former Burry Port Captain Gary James approached the committee to see if the team could borrow a set of jerseys. The club obliged, telling Gary to help himself, and that the 2nd team jerseys could be collected from the changing rooms. On the day Gary arrived to find, not only the 2nds and 1st teams jerseys all ready, but also a brand new set, newly arrived and unused. And so it is that when the Warriors ran out for their 1st game at Gorseinon, against their rivals, the Swansea Gladiators, they looked resplendent in brand new, black kit.
The new kit is black to reflect that first kit worn.
The kit has several other nods to the history of the club. The names of all 400+ players are written on the front of the jersey in chronological order. The 16 players who have played over 100 matches have their names in bold.
On the reverse there is a list of the 108 opponents the Warriors have faced. From the Swansea Gladiators in 1995 to Loughor who they played just prior to the first lockdown. Other names include London Welsh, Jed Forest in Scotland, Vaiala Vlalei in Samoa and 5 New Zealand teams but also a variety of works teams and charity selections.
Finally there is the logo of all the companies that have been main sponsors of the club and some of the partner organisations they have worked with. Captain Richard Evans said “We wanted to give some recognition to the companies and groups that have helped keep the Warriors going. Every rugby match relies on so much more than players, it’s a shame we couldn’t list all the referees we’ve had.”
The club has remained as active as possible in lock-down and are currently in a charity challenge with the Primary Ed Ruby team, raising money for Pembrokeshire Mental Health Charity, Get The Boys A Lift.
Captain Richard Evans said, “We are as frustrated as everyone else with lock down, especially with it being our 25th anniversary. Hopefully, with the vaccine things will get better and we’ll be back on a field soon.”
Check out the Launch video here Anniversary Kit 25 Years - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dWFQSJvFxU
The new kit may not be available to buy yet, but supplies RCS do have plenty of other Warriors items in the online shop.
On line Training.
The Warriors are starting online training every Wednesday evening. The sessions will be on Google Meet between 7-8pm. They will be suitable for all levels. Link will be available of WhatsApp and on Facebook.
The Warriors have also been joining our friends the Surrey Chargers for their virtual fitness sessions which are 10:30am every Saturday. As well as the chargers there have been some familiar faces from Walcot Warriors and the Bumble Bee Barbarians. Zone link will be posted on the Charges facebook page and passed on via the WhatsApp group.
Finally, for those really keen or unable to make the evening session, our friends Ashan and Cookie are running a session for White Rose Rugby this Wednesday (3rd) and Next (10th) at 1pm. Register Free: eventbrite.co.uk/e/137786821091
Charity Challenge 1
Usually the 6 Nations is a busy time for the Warriors and one of the most eagerly anticipated matches is with our friends Primary Eddas. With no rugby, the Eddas have challenged the Warriors to a ‘Charity Match Challenge’.
Starting Monday the two teams will walk or run as many miles as the they can, (miles doubled for running) with a Friday round up of how many miles as a team have been achieved. With the Friday round up the two teams compare their weekly miles to determine the leader board.
Anyone can take part in this, friends and family included but participants have to wear an item of clothing that is the colour of their team, Eddas Yellow/Purple, Warriors Red/Blue. Also take photos of yourself and friends/family partaking. This is for the ‘Get the Boys a Lift’ charity About Us https://get-the-boys-a-lift.mybigcommerce.com/about-us/ and donations from participants and anyone who wants to sponsor is greatly appreciated.
Winner will be decided on the final Friday round up on the 19th of March.
Gordon’s cycle (Charity Challenge 2)
Warrior tourist (NZ/Samoa 2017) Gordon Lyon is undertaking a 24 hour #DoddieAID #doddiegump challenge – cycling for 24 hours and wearing various rugby jerseys, including the Warriors tour shirt.
All Wales Sport Predictions League.
All Wales Sport have organised a 6 Nations predictions league for all clubs in Wales. The Warriors will of course be using their collective expertise for this competition. Players should add their predictions on the Warriors WhatsApp group. Results can be followed on the All Wales Sport website.
Old matches from the mists of time continue to be added to the website. The 1998/99 season is now complete – a profile for each player, reports, match stats and photos. See the Stats for the whole season here: LLANELLI WARRIORS RFC 1sts statistics (pitchero.com)
And Finally – keep an eye out for a special WRU/Mixed Ability/6 Nations event, coming soon!