All of us must help make sure The Knoll sur­vives

The Rugby Paper - - Feature -

WHAT­EVER the cur­rent fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties are at my old club Neath, I just hope that some sense can pre­vail this week and the club can be saved for the ben­e­fit of the town and for the gen­er­a­tions of fu­ture play­ers who will ben­e­fit from play­ing at The Gnoll.

Sen­ti­ment and his­tory tend not to play a part in mod­ern day rugby, but if there is a strong team and fol­low­ing for rugby in Neath it is a good lit­mus test for the gen­eral health of the game in Wales. I learned so much there and was able to be­came the player I was be­cause of the ground­ing I re­ceived.

I know the struc­ture is dif­fer­ent now, but the as­pir­ing young pro­fes­sion­als from Neath Port Tal­bot Col­lege al­ways raise their game when they play at The Gnoll and it is one of those places that never fails to in­spire.

The post­pone­ment of yes­ter­day’s Premier­ship game at Bed­was was prob­a­bly sen­si­ble, given the fi­nan­cial un­cer­tainty sur­round­ing the club and the pro­posed wind­ing up or­der and court ap­pear­ance in Cardiff this week.

It is such a mess and sad state of af­fairs. But the club will sur­vive. It is now down to all of us who have ben­e­fit­ted from the unique rugby at­mos­phere and ex­pe­ri­ence of The Gnoll to en­sure the club can thrive in the fu­ture.

The Cham­pi­onship beck­ons next sea­son, but rel­e­ga­tion might be the mak­ing of the club for the fu­ture. Drop down, re­group and find a way to build for the fu­ture.

Now, where are those boots!

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