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Pontypridd Youth – New Coaching Team Confirmed

The make-up of Pontypridd Youth’s coaching team has been confirmed for next season. We are delighted to announce that Garin Vivian and Rhys Owain Jones have been appointed as Head Coaches.

On his appointment, Garin said: “I’m very excited to get started. Pontypridd is a club that put a lot of faith in me in the past when I coached with Ponty Schools and was Engagement Officer with the Pontypridd Valley Rugby Initiative. To return to a place where effectively my coaching journey started after gaining a lot more experience and knowledge is what intrigues me the most. I’m also looking forward to learning a lot more under the guidance of Justin Burnell, Paul Matthews and Lee Davies – three coaches who have an incredible amount of experience across a vast demographic of the game.”

Rhys, who is as equally as excited about the challenge said: “Following positive discussions regarding the development of players from the Junior section, through Youth and towards the First XV of Pontypridd RFC with both Team Manager Dan Godfrey and Director of Rugby Justin Burnell, I’m excited to be joining the Pontypridd RFC coaching setup as Youth Head Coach. I’m looking forward to offering players from both our talented Junior sections and surrounding areas around South Wales, an opportunity to grow as individuals, within a positive team environment, whilst Representing Pontypridd RFC at Youth level and beyond.”

Recruitment for the Youth squad has begun and any new or old unaffiliated players wishing to join Pontypridd Youth and be part of this exciting new journey are encouraged to do so, as well as any potential players with no prior playing experience as a competent coaching framework is in place to help you make this transition.

It is intended that throughout May and June a series of open days will be arranged for the current group of prospective Youth team members along with any new recruits to enable them to come together before pre-season training will officially commence.

If you require any further information or are interested in joining the Pontypridd Youth team please contact: Mark Thomas on 07969 423283 or via email at