Aberavon have recruited both experience and youth ahead of the 2017/18 season.
Marc Breeze and Ben Thomas sign from Cardiff RFC, whilst local prospects Rhys Henry and Jordan Walters sign from Cwmafan RFC.
Hooker Marc Breeze returns to Aberavon Rugby Club. Previously, he has played 152 games for Aberavon scoring 27 tries.
“Returning to Aberavon is fantastic, I cannot wait to get stuck into the environment. Aberavon have been playing some great rugby and are a tough team to play against, I have witnessed that.” said Marc.
“I will be playing of course, but I will be adding a coaching role at Aberavon also.”
Head Coach, Jason Hyatt added, “Marc has earned himself a great reputation both on and off the field at Premiership and Regional level.
“It is great to welcome Marc back into the Wizards family both as a player of outstanding quality and a coach with exciting potential.”
The experienced Ben Thomas has played for Tondu, Bridgend, and Cardiff. Previously Ben has already had two spells at Aberavon playing 138 games, scoring 11 tries.
“I am very excited to be returning to the squad and to link up with the boys in pre season” said Ben Thomas.
“Aberavon have been on fire this season, the brand of rugby they have been playing is fantastic and the chance to play a small part in that is really exciting” added Ben.
Hyatt said, “Ben is a quality player and a top guy, he has great skills and a high work rate, while his lineout understanding is of the highest quality”.
Local boy Rhys Henry and Wales U18 prop Jordan Walters add youth to Aberavon Rugby Club.
Rhys played his mini, junior and youth rugby for Cwmafan RFC and also represented Aberavon Schools Under 15s for two seasons, captaining the side in his second. Since then, Rhys has played for the Ospreys 16s for two seasons and Ospreys 18s for two seasons.
Rhys played most of his junior rugby at hooker and whilst in the Ospreys 16s moved across to tight head prop.
Making three appearances already for the Wizards this season, Henry hopes to make an impact at Aberavon.
“It is great to sign for Aberavon as I have always wanted to play for my home town club. I cannot wait to get going in pre season and certainly challenge for a spot in the team”, said Rhys.
There are many quality front row forwards at Aberavon, including Rowan Jenkins who is now a full time Osprey player along with Alex Jeffries.
Rhys added, “It is great to be in the environment where I can learn of both Rowan and Alex, but at the same time still compete for a place in the team”.
Jason Hyatt commented on Henry’s ability and future.
“Rhys impressed from his first training session with the Wizards, he is powerful at the set piece and has an enormous work rate, he’s also a powerful ball carrier and has a great skill levels. He has a bright future ahead”
Jordan, a former Dyffryn Comprehensive School and current NPTC Group of Colleges student has just been named in the Wales under 18 squad to tour South Africa in August and is also part of the Ospreys under 18s squad.
Jordan hopes to link up with his Ospreys U18 teammate Rhys Henry in the front row and gain valuable experience in his first taste of senior rugby.
“I am really looking forward to it, they are good bunch of boys and think I could really learn a lot playing at a good level of rugby” said Jordan.
He added, “I am intent working hard and trying to get a position in the starting
team and be a good all round player”.
Jason Hyatt commented, “Jordan, like Rhys, impressed everyone from day one, he likes to attack at the scrum and has the work rate and skills of an open side flanker, Jordan has been recognised at International level where he has gained Welsh caps at U18 age grade”.