02 October 2017 / Club News

Rachel Representing RGC

Rachel Taylor has seen the RGC growth first hand with her work as WRU Rugby Co-ordinator in the region over the last 2 years, and as one chapter of her rugby playing career closes, another one is about to open closer to home.

After 67 caps playing for Wales, the flanker has hung up the red jersey and is looking forward to putting on the RGC one for the upcoming season.

“I feel it had to be now for the Senior Side, it had to happen at this moment. If you look at the U18s that we have then they need a pathway otherwise they will end up being lost or having to do the journeys to South Wales or across the border.

We are developing as a region and now we will have some clarity in regards to progression, and what players can aim for.

You will always get that character in a player who is prepared to travel and put in the miles to play rugby, but the world has changed and time is more precious to many, so having the opportunity to play for RGC will be a huge benefit for a lot of people

When I first started I was not aware of the pathways, so I went across the border to play and even when I came back I wasn’t really sure about the International opportunity.

We have the demand and the appetite for the game across North Wales and we can match the ruby opportunity with education options as well, so players don’t have to leave anymore.

The Scarlets were great for me, and those journeys with the A470 crew will never be forgotten, but it will always be huge commitment to put in 8 hour round trips for games and training.

From a selfish point of view playing for RGC will be a career highlight, and to finish my playing career in an RGC jersey will be special.  I started at Colwyn Bay, so really you couldn’t write the story ending any better. Hopefully going forward I can help perhaps with coaching, and growing the game in any way possible.

From juniors to seniors the game is on an upward path numbers wise, we have the clusters, development league,  Abergele and Caernarfon are both doing well, so the positives can be seen.

You have seen with Men’s Senior Side how the kids look up to them, and hopefully we can do the same

We have the pathway, we are growing in participation numbers and I am looking forward to the future both on and off the field. “



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