Proudly Supporting our Former Players at the Rugby World Cup

I think all of us as mad rugby fans are now starting to feel the pressure and excitement that comes with our high expectations of Wales in the Rugby World Cup.

There have been so many great moments of hope and achievements over the years.

  • Wales have contested every Rugby World Cup since the inaugural tournament in 1987.The 1987 tournament was Wales’ most successful; they won all three pool matches and their quarter-final, before losing to the All Blacks in the semi-finals. They then faced Australia in the third place play-off match, which they won 22–21.
  • In the next two tournaments in 1991 and 1995, Wales failed to progress beyond the pool stage, winning just one match in each tournament. They also became the first co host nation to not make it out of the pool stage in 1991.
  • Both the 1999 and 2003 tournaments were more successful, with Wales qualifying for the quarter-finals both times. Wales hosted the event in 1999 and topped their pool only to lose to eventual winners Australia in the quarter-finals.
  • In 2003, they finished second in their pool behind the All Blacks, and faced England in their quarter-final. They lost to England, the eventual champions, 28–17. Wales conceded 17 penalties, and their lack of discipline proved costly.
  • In the 2007 World Cup, Wales again failed to progress from the pool stage. After a loss to Australia, and two wins against Japan and Canada, they faced Fiji for a place in the quarter-finals. The game started poorly for Wales who were behind 25–3 at half-time. They fought back to lead by three points with six minutes remaining, but Fiji then scored a try to win 38–34 and eliminated Wales from the tournament.
  • At the 2011 World Cup, Wales reached the semi-finals for the first time since 1987. Playing the semi-finals against France, Wales lost 9–8, in a game overshadowed by the 18th-minute sending off of Wales’ captain Sam Warburton for a dangerous tackle against Vincent Clerc.
  • At the 2015 World Cup Wales were in the same pool as Australia, England, Fiji and Uruguay. They finished second in the pool behind Australia and ahead of hosts England. South Africa defeated Wales in the quarter final

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This world cup will be of special interest and pride to the Quins as 5 of those chosen to represent Wales in Japan have been helped along the way by playing rugby for the Quins, some a lot of rugby, this being in the premiership along their development pathway.


They are Ken Owens and Ryan Elias (both Carmarthen Athletic Youth), Aled Davies and Cubby Boi Davies, (both Whitland Youth) and Gareth Davies, (Newcastle Emlyn Youth).


It’s unfortunate that Rob Evans, (Haverfordwest Youth) who played 3 solid seasons for us did not quite make the draw but could well be called down if there are injuries.

We are indeed very proud of these boys and so happy to have played an important part in their rugby career and  yet very aware how their careers were created in their mother clubs.

We wish them and all the team all the very best in the battle ahead and who knows, perhaps if we win the Webb Ellis Cup, then sushi will become a favourite in Wales after battering it first!


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Chinnor RFC 29 – 22 Carmarthen Quins

Despite the 5 hour journey to Oxfordshire, the squad were able to shrug of the rigours of the trip and produce a performance that pleased the coaches and supporters.

All the party were used and gave every indication that they will hold their own in the Premiership. Their opponents were a respected outfit from the English First Division, and appeared a bigger pack, only to be met with a Quins squad who would not be beaten.

From the opening set piece it was pleasing to see the that the Quins eight were not going to messed with, to the surprise of the home support. The opening score was as a result of a powerful surge by the home eight for Rupert White to touch down and outside half Geoffrey Small to convert in the 9th minute. This was matched three minutes later when the Quins pack smashed upfield for Ben Leung to crash over, for Steff Marshal to level matters. Marshall was able to use the tricky wind to gain valuable ground, but it was the boot of Small to add the next points with a 30 meter penalty to restore the lead for the home side.

After a series of line outs that both sides used to gain ground, Steffan Marshall slotted over a 35 minute penalty to again level the scores. The dreaded extra injury time curse struck and the home side scored their second try when centre James Beaty crossed for Small to improve and give the English side an interval lead of 17-10. The expected changes by both sides, who wanted to give game time to most of their squads, proved just how strong both clubs were going to be for the season ahead.

As early as the 43rd minute Nick Reynolds sliced through the home defence to score a well taken try for again Steffan Marshall to convert to level matters. Even with the changes, the Quins pack were more than holding their own with Haydn Pugh and Lee Taylor controlling the line out and their half backs finding yards with shrewd kicking. Mid way through the half the home side regained the lead when Roddy Mathews toughed down for Small to add the conversion, back came the Quins for Morgan Griffiths to make many yards, taking play up to the home line and from quick possession Aron Hemmings found Richard Bloomfield in support to dive over.

The vital conversion was missed, leaving the Quins two points adrift. The final ten minutes saw the Quins confine play deep in the home 22 and a desperate clearance by the home side saw play move into the Quins 22 with the 80 minutes up, Robert James was able to scramble over for the deciding score,

The match has proved a valuable exercise for the Squad and all look forward to the coming season but due to various reasons it will be well into October before the Park will see the teams first home match

Past Player Profile – Emyr Jones

Emyr joined us in August 1998 after we had won promotion into 3 of the Welsh League, from Newcastle Emlyn.

Season 1998/90 Emyr was to able to show his class and go on to be one of the Quins notable signings. He scored 12 tries in his first season, and his displays led to the Quins only losing one of their 26 League matches and go on to top the Division and promotion. There were many outstanding matches. Resolven had visited the Park and after a difficult match the narrowly lost 28- 27. The return fixture was for the following Saturday, and with them having an unbeaten home record, the Quins were in for a difficult encounter. Such was the resolve of the team that they outplayed them to the tune of 37 -15, 5 tries to nil. Emyr  was outstanding. He scored a try in our record win over Kidwelly, 75 – 3 and 13 tries., And of course, Emyr’s hat trick against Max Boyce’s Glynneath in their victory by 76 – 10.  He went on to play in 24 of the 26 League games.

The 1999/00 season, the Club wanted to end the century on a high and they certainly did just that. Emyr scored a try in a 10 try, 68 – 10 win over Ystradgynlais and went on to score 26 more tries, which included 4 against Mountain Ash and 3 against Llantrisant. He played in all 26 League matches and the team finished runners up in the League with only three defeats, with 11 win doubles, the perfect way to end the Twentieth Century.

The season 2000/1 saw the Club play in the second tier of Welsh Rugby, Division 1. Emyr scored 13 tries in the teams 28 wins out of the 30 League matches, to finish 4th of the 16 team Division. They set their stall out with a 15-15 draw with Aberavon in the opening match, and Emyr’s 2 tries in the Quins win over Llandovery by 29 – 22, and a hat trick over  l Treorchy a little later, and 2 more a week later against Llanharan.

Season 2001/02 The Quins, finished 3rd in the 17 Club division and again Emyr played in all 32 League matches and was now playing in the centre. He scored 17 tries leading up to us finishing in 3rd   place, just missing out on promotion. Emyr scored 4 tries against Merthyr when we beat them by 85 – 5. We won 23 games with 1 draw to finish in 3rd place and again just missed out on promotion.

Season 2002/3. Emyr opened his season with a try in the 4th match , Blackwood in the Park, this was to be followed by the seasons highest scoring match, Treorchy, in the Park,  74 – 10, and by strange coincidence, the next  match,four days later against Rumney ,ended with a 74 points to 7 victory. This was followed by 25 wins out of 34 League games to finish in 3rd place and Promotion to the Premier Division. Included in this was a win double over Llandovery , which is always good news and 7 other doubles. Emyr scored two tries in games against,Beddau, Aberavon and Pontypool. Promotion into the Premier Division was our reward, after scoring 140 tries, Club record for a season.

2003/04   We joined 15 other Clubs in the top tier of the Welsh Leagues and won 17 and 1 draw of the 30 matches to finish in 5th place . Emyr crossed for 10 tries along with several ‘Man of the match’ awards. He scored a try in the seasons highest score, against Ebbw Vale 46 – 6.  Emyr played in 27 of the 30 league matches, and was in the side that beat Pontytpridd 27 – 16 and narrowly lost by one point at Sardis Road, and another Double over Pontypool.

Season 2004/05, Emyr played in all 32 matches and scored 10 tries, and the second match in, was our visit to Sardis Road, on a wet and miserable afternoon, the team were to blast them off the field and silence the normally noisy home crowd. Our 23 – 0 win was the first time in living memory that they failed to register a point at home. Emyr was quite outstanding, and crossed for a try. The side were successful in the home return match by 28 – 13, making us the only side to get the double over them that season. The very next match, we registered the Quins highest Welsh Cup score of 81 – 0 over Tredegar Ironsides and yes Emyr crossed for a try there. He also scored a try in the Cup game against Cardiff and won 17 – 11. Another Club Record was created when we recorded our highest draw 28 -28 against Swansea.

Season 2005/6 With only 9 wins out of 30, relegation followed. Emyr scored his 100th League try agaist Pontypool, and still managed a win over Pontypridd in the Park by 32 -15. And the double over Pontypool.

Season 2006/7  Emyr played in 18 of the 22 matches and we won 16 of the 22 to finish in 3rd place, He added to his 6 tries, with his one dropped goal up in Dunvant, and his try there took his total tries up to 103 League Tries.

Over the past few seasons he was a member of the Welsh Fire Brigade team.

His playing record – Played 84 Premier games, 158 other League games, 29 Cup games and 8 friendly’s, making a total of 279 matches – click here for Emyr’s full playing stats.

Another Mighty Quin!

Past Player Profile – The Legend Paul Arnold

Paul joined us in August 2001, when we were in Division 1. He had previously played for Dunvant. Swansea and 16 caps for Wales. He played against England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Barbarians. Australia and others. His 6Ft 6ins frame had given him the chance to shine in the line out and his fitness level was the envy of most. Our then Coach, Peter Elsom was responsible for persuading Paul to join us and his signing was to prove one of the best we have made. Paul would turn up for training and matches, with a plastic bag, holding an Apple and a Banana and would always give 100% for the club.


He only missed 1 of the 32 League matches in his opening season 2001/2, scoring tries against Llanharan and Blackwood, and after a victory over Llangennech in the Tovali Cup semi final narrowly losing to Llandovery in the final. In those days we beat Merthyr 85-5 in the Park and the double over them at the Wern by 31-10.

The following season 2003/4, Paul played in 33 of the 34 League matches, and scored 9 tries to create a Club record for a Lock Forward and certainly helped us into a promotion place and the Premier Division for the first time. An opening match win by 53-3 over Beddau and 25 other victories, led to us rattling up 140 tries and 1139 points, and two league wins in successive weeks by 73 points in each, against Treorchy and Rhumney were influenced by Paul’s contribution.

Season 2003/4, saw us take on 15 other top Welsh Clubs, The challenge was set and to the squads credit they responded to that challenge. After losing the opening matches to Cardiff and Pontypridd, they ran in 6 wins on the trot with Paul’s dominance in the line out, immense. He scored 6 tries to take us into 5th place in our first season in the Premier. An added bonus was Paul’s try against  Llandovery in the Tovali Cup semi final win and taking the Cup in the Final against Llangennech.

Season 2004/5 saw the Quins win their opening 5 matches which included that famous evening on Sept 11th at Sardis Road when the team slammed Pontypridd 23-NIL, and Paul’s efforts helped the Quins complete the double over Ponty with a 28-13 victory in the Park. This was Paul’s first win and double over them after many attempts. Paul scored a try in the Clubs record Welsh Cup win away at Tredegar Ironsides by 81-0 and was in the side that beat Cardiff in the next round of the Welsh Cup. We finished in 7th place and our 84-7 win over Newbridge was our record League win up to then.
Paul played in 31 of the 32 League matches.

Season 2005/6 was a season not to be remembered as with only 9 win out of 30, relegation followed, but a plus was our win over Pontypridd  by 31-15 with Paul playing in 18 of the 22 matches.

Season 2006/7 with 16 wins out of 22 took us into 2nd place and just missed out on promotion back to the Premier. Paul played in all 22 League games and was in the side that won the Tovali Cup.

Another second place in season 2007/8 saw us win 17 of the 22 matches. Third time lucky was the slogan for us gaining Promotion back to the Premier in 2008/9 with Paul playing a major part in the Clubs success once again and another Tovali Cup win against Loughor, a feather in Paul’s cap.

His stay with us was a highlight for all Quins supporters, and an inspiration to all who played with him. Paul was seen in Tenby the other day for the ‘Iron Man’ run and true to form, under his arm was his trademark apple and banana, which had seen him right throughout his career. He is a force in these Iron man events as he was on the rugby field.




Date of birth:     28th April 1968

Place of birth:   Morriston, Swansea

Position:            Lock/No8


  • Joined the Quins in the Summer of 2001
  • Captained the Quins in Seasons 2002/03 and 2003/04
  • Has played a total of 240 games for the Quins 1st XV
  • Played a key role in the Quins gaining promotion to the Premiership in 2003/04 and regaining their Premiership status in 2009/10
  • He is the quickest player in the Premiership to achieve 100 League games missing just 4 matches in 104 games in the period between 01.09.2001 and 09.10.2004
  • Was involved in the team’s highest Welsh Cup score against Tredegar Ironsides on the 18th December 2004 (also scoring a try) which they won by 81pts – 0
  • Is the highest capped player to have joined the Quins at the end of an international career



Has played for Swansea; Carmarthen Quins; Ebbw Vale and Dunvant

  • Played for Swansea RFC from 1987-2000 and 2009-2011
  • Played a total of 308 games for Swansea scoring 41 tries
  • Has played for the Barbarians; Wales Under 21; Wales ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams


                                                 INTERNATIONAL HONOURS

 WALES: Gained the first of his 16 Welsh caps in 1989 and played his last international game in 1997


Research on international honours carried out by John Lewis,

Chairman of the Carmarthen Quins Supporters Club


Welcome to the Mighty Quins Geraint!

Huge warm welcome to Geraint Llewellyn who joins us from Tata Steel. The full back who can also play on the wing has previously had spells with the Neath and Cardiff RFC. An excellent attacking full back who is a 7’s specialist will bring an exciting dimension to our back line this coming season.

Geraint said ‘I am really excited to be linking up with the Quins. I have played against the Quins the last two years for Tata and the brand of rugby they play and their professionalism really turned my head. Now the hard work starts, but I really can’t wait to get started’.

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Welcome to the Mighty Quins Ollie!

Huge warm welcome to Oliver Evans who joins us from Bridgend RFC. The 24 year old loose head prop has previously had spells with the Ospreys and Narberth and will bring power and physicality to our front row. Haverfordwest born Ollie is the better looking brother of Scarlet Rob Evans who himself made 34 league appearances for the Quins in the Welsh Premiership.


Ollie said ‘I am looking forward to the challenge of the new Indigo Premiership with the Quins. When the Quins made contact with me and talked through their plans, together with the opportunity to be closer to my west Wales roots, it was too good an opportunity to let go. The boys have made me feel really welcome and I can’t wait to get into action’.


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Welcome to the Mighty Quins – Ben Leung

We are delighted to welcome Ben to Carmarthen Quins. Leung who turns 25 this month is a 120kg tighthead prop who will bring scrummaging power and a top class skill set. A Llanelli product who has a Wales U20 cap and has previously played for Llanelli RFC, Scarlets, Cardiff RFC and most recently with Bergerac in France, in the highly competitive Federal Division One.

Ben said ‘I am looking forward to the challenge of the new Indigo Premiership with the Quins. When the Quins made contact with me when I was in France, they had a vision of where they want to be and it was a great chance to link up with head coach Emyr Phillips, I bought in very quickly’.

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