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Topic: CRAWSHAYS WELSH V HONG KONG
Posted By: reesytheexile
Subject: CRAWSHAYS WELSH V HONG KONG
Date Posted: 31 October 2018 at 2:29pm
Something to do if not going to Scotland at the weekend!

Crawshays Announce Historic Fixture Against Hong Kong

"Crawshay’s Welsh Rugby Club will play the Hong Kong national team on Friday 2ndNovember 2018 at the Gnoll in Neath, 7.30pm kick off.  This is the first fixture in the Crawshay’s history where the club will play an international team on home Welsh soil.
 
The game is sure to be a full blooded affair as Hong Kong, ranked 21stin the World, are on the verge of qualifying for the Rugby World Cup in Japan 2019.  Hong Kong are using the Crawshay’s fixture as a final warm up game before they head to Marseille for their World Cup qualifying repechage with Canada, Germany and Kenya.
 
The Crawshay’s squad, as always, will predominantly be chosen from the talent within the club game in Wales and with the clubs having no fixtures on the weekend of the 2ndNovember it is hopeful we can put out a squad to rival an international team likely heading to the World Cup, as they are world ranked above all of their repechage rivals.  The Crawshay’s toured the Netherlands in the summer beating the national team comfortably who are ranked 27thin the world, just in front of Germany and Kenya.
 
There will be no shortage of Welsh and more specifically Gwent representation in the Hong Kong ranks as Crawshay’s Vice President and esteemed former player Dai Rees is their Head of Rugby.  Alongside Dai is former Newport and Dragon’s Forwards Coach, Leigh Jones who is now Hong Kong Head Coach and HK Forwards Coach Andrew Hall who played in the second row for the Dragons under the tutelage of both Dai and Leigh.  In the playing ranks Hong Kong have more Gwenties, who have qualified through residency, in the shape of hooker Ben Roberts and send row Craig Lodge who played predominantly for Bedwas and Cardiff respectively.
 
The fixture will kick off at 7.30pm at the Gnoll in Neath with entry £5 and free for U16s.  "




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Posted By: aber-fan
Date Posted: 31 October 2018 at 4:00pm
I well remember there being Crawshay's fixtures from the 1960s onwards, but have to admit not knowing a lot about the organisation, except that in some ways it resembles a 'Welsh Barbarians' - so a little lazy digging on Wikipedia brought this up:

Crawshays Welsh RFC is an invitational  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rugby_union" rel="nofollow - rugby union  team.

In 1922 Captain  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoffrey_Crawshay" rel="nofollow - Geoffrey Crawshay  was invited by the Engineer Commander of Devonport Services, SF Cooper, to bring a team of Welsh rugby union players to play  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devonport_Services_R.F.C." rel="nofollow - Devonport Services R.F.C. . From this beginning, the start of one of the most famous amateur teams in the  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom" rel="nofollow - United Kingdom , was born. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crawshays_RFC#cite_note-1" rel="nofollow - [1]

They are mainly a touring team who play fast entertaining rugby. It is regarded an honour to be invited to play for such a prestigious team. They are usually, a mix of seasoned internationals, and promising youngsters. Many  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wales_national_rugby_union_team" rel="nofollow - Wales  rugby legends have played for them, including  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JPR_Williams" rel="nofollow - JPR Williams ,  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Bennett" rel="nofollow - Phil Bennett  and  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Davies_%28rugby,_born_1962%29" rel="nofollow - Jonathan Davies .

From 1923 Crawshays Welsh Touring XV started to include  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camborne_RFC" rel="nofollow - Camborne RFC  on their fixture list and this was to become a regular annual fixture for many years. In 1926-27 Camborne RFC achieved their first win over a Crawshay's side and the two sides played most recently in 2003 when Camborne celebrated their 125th anniversary season. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crawshays_RFC#cite_note-2" rel="nofollow - [2]

Crawshays Welsh XV have played all over the rugby playing world. There is also an under 19 team that travels extensively and it is not unusual to for them to field a team in the international  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rugby_sevens" rel="nofollow - sevens  tournaments.


So - I found that interesting, and I hope some of you will, too.



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Posted By: reesytheexile
Date Posted: 31 October 2018 at 7:53pm
These days with the emergence of professional rugby they focus on Youth / University and development rugby eg annual fixtures and always a summer Tour. Great history . For Hong Hong it will be a greater mix of experience as a big contest.

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Posted By: reesytheexile
Date Posted: 31 October 2018 at 11:25pm
Crawshay’s Squad For Hong Kong Fixture

Crawshay’s have announced their squad for their Hong Kong fixture on Friday 2ndNovember at Neath RFC, 7.30pm kick off.

Backs
Geraint O’Driscoll (Captain). Newport
Josh Prosser. Bargoed
Dale Ford. Carmarthen Quins
Will Holley. Bridgend
Shaun Pearce. Aberavon
Chris Czekaj. Bedford Blues
Gavin Dacey. Merthyr
Jack Maynard. Llandovery
Aaron Quick. Pontypool
Ross Pritchard. Cardiff

Forwards
Mike Burgess. Aberavon
Lewis Smout. Newport
Chris Davies. Aberavon
Joe Popple. Pontypridd
Joe Page. Pontypridd
Cameron Lewis. Aberavon
James Murphy. Cardiff
Joe Powell. Llandovery
Kieran Martin. Cardiff
Ed Siggery. Carmarthen Quins
Stuart Worrall. Llandovery
Scott Matthews. Pontypool
Morgan Allen. Cardiff

Coaches:
Mike Rayer. Bedford Blues
Jason Hyatt. Aberavon
Gavin Dacey. Merthyr

Team Manager:
Ian Brice

The squad is led by Newport RFC fullback Geraint O’Driscoll. Geraint has an abundance of experience, having made 143 appearnaces for the black and ambers having previously played with distinction for Pontypool RFC and the Dragons. He is joined in the back line, most notably by former Wales international Chris Czekaj and arguably the best outside half in the Premiership, Jack Maynard from Llandovery RFC.

Much like Crawshay’s Head Coach Mike Rayer, Czekaj, 32, began playing rugby for his home town club Llandaff and then went on make over 130 appearances for the Cardiff Blues.
Chris has been capped internationally in every Wales age group, from U16s to U21s until gaining his first senior cap, as well as a try, against Canada in June 2005. Despite suffering a broken leg during the second test match against Australia in 2007, Chris spent the next year recovering and rehabilitating before going on to collect a total of nine international honours.
Chris now plays at Bedford Blues under Rayer and scored a memorable hat-trick against Nottingham in season 2017/18. We hope he will be racking up the tries at the Gnoll on Friday!

In the forwards the Crawshays have selected an excellent back row led by former Scarlets and Ospreys No 8 Morgan Allen. 27 year old Morgan the son of former Crawshay player Andy Allen, played 53 ties for the Ospreys before moving to the Scarlets and appearing on 27 occasions. Just like his Dad, when he is on his game is an unstoppable ball carrier.

Allen is joined in the backrow by another handful, Carmarthen Quins Ed Siggery. Ed played professionally for London Irish, London Welsh and Ealing before moving back to Wales and winning the Premiership with Merthyr last season.

The final member of the Crawshay’s backrow is Scott Matthews. Scott was renowned as the best openside in the Premiership with Cross Keys RFC for a number of seasons before he moved to Pontypool RFC this season.

The starting team will be announced after training on Thursday evening.


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"I'd rather have been a judge than a miner.Being a miner,as soon as you are too old and tired and sick and stupid to do the job properly,you have to go.The very opposite applies with judges!"P.Cook


Posted By: reesytheexile
Date Posted: 03 November 2018 at 9:08am
Hong Kobg edged it last night in a great game of running rugby with the scratch Crawshays side doing very well in the circumstances. Good crowd as well including players of the past. Jack Maynard at 10 had a classy game . Good old fashioned night of rugby . Sounds like a good choice by me not to watch the Scarlets live but it’s recorded for when I can steel myself ☹️

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"I'd rather have been a judge than a miner.Being a miner,as soon as you are too old and tired and sick and stupid to do the job properly,you have to go.The very opposite applies with judges!"P.Cook



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