Wales Deaf Rugby Union

Undeb Rygbi Byddar Cymru


Registered Charity

No: 1071383

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This year's annual presentation evening was held in the President's Suite at Bridgend Rugby Club.


More than 80 players, their families and guests celebrated the team's 2011/12 season, which saw 5 new caps representing Wales Deaf and the first ever visit to Estonia.


Caps were presented by Mr Dennis Gethin, President of the Welsh Rugby Union, to Kieron John, Daniel Hopkins, Tom Bateman, Paul Davies, Chris Payne, Richard Jones and Rhys Stuckey.


Martin Davies, Welsh Rugby Union National Representative with responsibility for Financial Affairs presented the season's jerseys to  the squad.


During the evening, a special video message was broadcast by Mr Chris Holtby, United Kingdom Ambassador to Estonia.


Mr Holtby reflected on the recent visit by Wales Deaf to Tallinn and the awareness that had been raised in Estonia of disability sport and rugby union as a result.


He also referred to the attendance of Wales Deaf captain Gareth John at the Bastille Celebrations on 14 July, which were held at the residence of the French Ambassador to Estonia, Frédéric Billet.  


Gareth was at the celebrations to further develop the relationship between Wales, France and Estonia with a view to arranging fixtures both home and away in the future.


Sophie Cahill gave an overview to the forthcoming launch of Wales Deaf's Community Strategy, which will see coaches and players visiting more than 25 schools and deaf units in Wales during the season with a view to introducing more deaf children to rugby union.



2012 Presentation Evening

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