South Wales Jets, a new rugby league club with a difference, based out of Merthyr Tydfil, are joining an eight-team South Wales Men’s League this season.
The Jets formed as a charity rugby union side in 2020 and was the brainchild of former dual code player Liam Price to help with his mental health following Covid lockdowns.
He realised that there were many more players struggling in the same way he was, and as many were without a club for one reason or another, they formed a side to play charity matches and to have get-togethers. Already the Jets have signed a number of experienced valleys-based rugby league players for the 2023 season.
Price says: “I’m quite proud of what we have achieved so far. We have already raised over £6,000 for our partnered charity “Signposted Cymru” and we have helped so many get the counselling they needed to get their lives back on track – this is something we will continue to do.
“We’ve also completed a Welsh three-peaks challenge, played a charity match at the Arms Park, competed in the Sixways 7s with professional teams and we were runners up in the main comp of the Beach Rugby tournament in Swansea last year.
“We are a not-for-profit team if we make anything it will go to our charity and back to the boys who put the shirt on every week.”
The WRL will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of this domestic league in 2023, the full details of which should be released next week.