Wales Rugby League look forward to Super Saturday

A South Wales U13 representative match will kick-off Super Saturday at Sardis Road this weekend as the Wales U17’s and South Wales Men’s Premier League also come to a conclusion.

South Wales U13 will face a York and District touring side (kick-off 10am), and a 26-player squad has been named for the occasion.

The side will have multiple coaches, led by Directors of Rugby League, Mark Jones and Wayne Ponting, alongside new coaches Nathan Morgan (Bridgend Blue Bulls), Alun Ford (Aber Valley Wolves), Gavin Walker (Cardiff Blue Dragons) and James Daniels (Cynon Valley Cavaliers). Wales Rugby League are using this game to develop coaches and up skill them, and develop players at U13s. These coaches nominated the individual players for selection.

Next up in Super Saturday is a WRL Women’s League match between Rhondda Outlaws and Cardiff Blue Dragons. The encounter, which kicks off at noon, is likely to see many of the players from the RFL Women’s South League South winning side Cardiff Demons, play for either side. They were team-mates last week, this week, they’re rivals. It’s an encounter not to be missed.

Then at 2pm, the WRL U17 boys’ league reaches a conclusion with Aber Valley Wolves taking on Cardiff Blue Dragons. The sides finished first and second respectively in the regular season on level points, so this could be a close contest.

Finally at 4pm, it’s the 18th WRL Men’s Grand Final which sees nine times winners Bridgend Blue Bulls taking on Torfaen Tigers who won their lone title in 2013. The Bulls, who last won this title in 2016, finished top of the table with a one hundred per cent record so will be tough opposition for the Tigers. But anything can happen in a Grand Final where the form book can be turned on its head.

WRL Development Manager, Mark Jones said: “Wales Rugby League are very excited to showcase four games from various community categories. A Wales vs England clash at any level is always a pulsating and attractive fixture, and we are looking to give York and District U13s a warm welcome and hopefully this will be an annual fixture moving forwards. After the Demons success in the Women’s Super League, it will be good to see some of those players return to their community clubs. The 17s final sees many of the players that represented Wales 17s and 16s last weekend now go head to head for this hard fought league title. Finally, Super Saturday will finish with a mouth-watering contest between the Bulls and Tigers. The Covid situation has made this the toughest season on record but like the junior finals day a fortnight ago, Super Saturday makes the hard work worthwhile.”

Super Saturday takes place at Sardis Road in Pontypridd on Saturday 4 September. Admission to the whole day is £10 for adults, £5 concessions and free for children.

SOUTH WALES 26-PLAYER U13 SQUAD: Paddy Bateman, Toby Cribb, Will Ford, Iwan Mathews, Shea Carter, Devon Shorney, Cole Toghill (all Aber Valley Wolves), Leo Bonham, Leland Grey, Oscar Jones, Juris Kesans, Albie Redpath, Issac Thomas (all Bridgend Blue Bulls), Sam Hallett, Tom Howe, Jac Jones, Dylan Shears, Alex Wainwright, Finlay Walker (all Cardiff Blue Dragons), Ben Coomer, Bailey Cutts, Mason Daniels, Isaac Jones, Jack Piontecki, Harley Smith, Kian Williams (all Cynon Valley Cavaliers)