The club are pleased to announce Tom Plance has reaffirmed his commitment by agreeing to be Club Captain for the 2017 season and signing on for Bath Rugby League. While he is young, he is experienced and mature for his age, a regular with the successful University of Bath Broncos Rugby League side this year who are pushing for promotion from their division to National South League. He has also played for Scotland Students Rugby League, South West Universities, Devon County and South Wales Scorpions (now Ironmen) Rugby League development side. Tom has recently been playing half-back but equally at home in the hooking position, so is a bit of a hooker-cum-half-back.
Tom commented on his appointment:
“It is an honour to be named Club Captain of a new club with a professional environment. Hopefully, with what I have personally achieved over a short period of time since coming to Rugby League, can show my team mates that there are lot of opportunities if you give 100%”
Tom’s housemate Liam Cashman has also agreed to join the club. Liam plays prop and plays for the successful University of Bath Broncos Rugby League side. Liam has also played for Welsh Students Rugby League, South West Universities and South Wales Scorpions (now Ironmen) development side. He went over for a barnstorming try in Bath Broncos narrow final defeat against Nottingham a couple of weeks ago on finals day.
A club spokesperson said:
“It is excellent that Tom has committed to this key position with the club and I am sure both lads will be great additions to the group of people we have at Bath Rugby League. We are really please with the group that has been in training for over a month who are all excellent people. Please watch this space for more exciting announcements”
Andy Burns will oversee and look after all off the field arrangements to ensure match days run smoothly, he was born in Doncaster and has been a life long fan of the Greatest Game (TGG) Rugby League, initially as a supporter of Doncaster Rugby League Club.
Andy moved down to South Wales for work and got involved with a new start up Rugby League Club at the time in Bridgend called Celtic Crusaders. Andy took up the role of Supporters Club Chairman in 2006 and set up the Junior Cru (the Junior Supporters Club) in 2007. Andy stayed in the role until the club folded in 2010.
The club had some success rising through the lower echelons of the professional sport into Super League before owner Leighton Samuel pulled the plug, but luckily now Wales have two fledgling semi-professional outfits plying their trade in Championship One (South Wales Ironmen formerly Scorpions & North Wales Crusaders) and to some extent were effectively born out of the demise of Celtic Crusaders. There is now a relatively strong youth set up in Wales which was started in the days when Celtic Crusaders were established, feeding into both a strong community game and the semi-professional clubs.
Andy played a prominent role in increasing the fan base of the Celtic Crusaders at the time, introducing Juniors to our great game and helped promote the game across a wider area in South Wales. Andy is really enthusiastic about getting back involved with the sport at Bath Rugby League.
It is First Round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup weekend, our friends in Army Rugby League have a tough task up in Egremont, Cumbria KO 2pm. Good luck to Michael Harrison, Thomas Howley and Steve Wicks who have all played locally hope you can come away with a win #differentleague We will also be looking for a strong showing from the Southern and far northerly based clubs from development areas.