Now that the dust has settled on the 2021 Six Nations where our beloved Wales were rightly crowned Champions we take a look at those involved in this years championship who have donned the Cardinal, Amber and Black of Carmarthen Quins.
Firstly we look at the Coaching staff.
We all know Stephen Jones was a prolific rugby player plying his trade for many years with the Scarlets and later Wasps and Clement Auvergne. We are delighted that we were able to be part of Steve’s journey where he began his rugby career with our youth team between 1994 and 1996. Steve won representative honours from Wales under 16’s all the way to the senior team as well as the British and Irish Lions. Steve is one of Wayne Pivac’s coaches in the Welsh set up and you could see the work he has done with the some of the attacking welsh moves through the Championship.
Gareth Williams (Babs). Gareth was involved with the Senior Welsh Set up this year, as he is the current Under 20’s coach so this would have been invaluable experience for him to be right in the thick of it. Gareth made 120 appearances for our First XV during 2002 and 2010 at flanker and scored 9 tries during that period.
On to the playing squad and there are several players involved in this year’s championship who have turned out for the Quins.
Ryan Elias who was in the squad although was extremely unlucky not to feature in any games will have learned from the environment and we know he will go all out to get his place back. Ryan represented the club in 44 games between 2013 and 2016 and managed to cross the try line twice during those games.
Photo courtesy of Mike Walters
Kieran Hardy the relative new kid on the block who did himself and his family extremely proud before injury cruelly ended his tournament early. Kieran represented the Quins 55 times between 2013 and 2016 and darted over for 7 tries during that time.
Profile Picture Courtesy of Mike Walters
Action Picture courtesy of Dan Minto
The remaining players of the squad who have also worn Quins colours are Josh Adams (2 appearances in the British and Irish Cup), Gareth Davies (2 games in the 2011/2012 Premiership including one try), Wyn Jones ( 3 games, 2 in the welsh premiership and 1 in the British and Irish Cup) and of course the Sheriff of Carmarthen Ken Owens who played one game for us 2010/2011.
We are extremely proud that we have played a part in all their journeys to the top no matter how big or small and we wish them all the very best for the future and long may the success continue.
As we all know the Quins have played a part in the rugby playing careers of many players in fact the total now stands at 61 players. It started way back in 1882 when William Norton played for Wales. We have also had players from several other countries and have capped players from Tonga, Canada, Fiji, Samoa and our friends across the bridge England. We have in depth information on our site on the following link, please be sure to take a look at all the hard work that has been undertaken getting this information together https://www.carmarthenquinsrfc.co.uk/history/2334-2