St David’s World is proud to announce Jake Thomas as the winner of the September 2020 prize giveaway! Jake, 19, of Cowbridge RFC in the Vale of Glamorgan, wins the £500 prize for the youth squad, which boasts talented young players aged between 16 and 19.
The Cowbridge RFC winger is currently applying his trade at Cardiff University and the Cardiff Blues Academy, and has earned himself a position in the Wales senior 7s side; a program which has been shelved for the foreseeable future due to lack of sustainability within the current Covid-19 climate.
The pandemic has also presented stumbling blocks for Cowbridge RFC Youth, but Youth Chairman Gerwyn “Gele” Jones is optimistic.
“World Rugby published guidelines for the safe return to rugby, which include player welfare forms. The WRU have created their own, which must be completed by each player prior to every training session, which as you can imagine is challenging for 17 and 18 year old boys! It relies heavily on the coaches to chase them down.”
“Community rugby is tough in the Covid world. I don’t know when we’re going to be allowed contact or a competition. If it’s not until next season, who will survive?”
“We’ve been lucky today in the club for example, there was a birthday, and so there has been some footfall in the club. But other clubs are not so fortunate and haven’t been able to open their doors. I’d like to know how other community rugby clubs are coping around the world.”
“The most important thing now during all this is to keep the boys engaged with rugby and each other. We usually ban mobile phones while they are here, but as you can see now none of them are using a phone at the moment, and they are all talking to each other – it’s great to see. We’ve got a great group of boys here with very strong friendships, and I’m confident that as long as they all stay connected, we’ll be OK.”
St David’s World would like to thank Jake Thomas, Gerwyn Jones and all of the players and staff at Cowbridge RFC for being invited to the club to present the prize, and wish the Cowbridge RFC Youth team, and club as a whole, all the best for the future.
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This interview took place before the local lockdown in Wales.
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