HENDY RFCHendy RFC celebrated 125 years in rugby last year and for a small village it has contributed greatly to Welsh rugby, Josh Adams is the most recent player from Hendy to wear the Welsh jersey. I spoke with first team coach Chris Morgan about the club and Josh.
When does rugby begin at Hendy?
Starts at under 6’s but they don’t play until 7. We have quite a few age teams, under 7s, 9s, 11s, 15s and youth, it could always be better. As first team coach, you always want to bring young talent through as you’d rather do that than bring players in from outside. It can be difficult to find some players for some positions, props for example and so it is much better if you have a player coming through and generally the local players are naturally more likely to stay. The club is doing really well from that point of view, where Hendy is located is a dense population of rugby clubs and as a small village we certainly do well.
We had a very successful under 18s women’s team but the WRU decided against us having a women’s team as Pontarddulais had one and so I think they deemed that there wasn’t the demand for both. It was a shame as we had 25-30 players, half of which were local.Club in Community
The club is the life hub of the village, it is the only place that you can go and have a drink these days in the village apart from the Black Horse. The club itself is going from strength to strength, meetings, funerals, christenings, weddings. The first team being in division one has boosted the interest in the club and we are in a good position. What is it like for the youngsters around the club to be see the likes of Josh Adams playing for Wales?
The club are proud of both Josh Adams and Aaron Shingler. Both come in and help coach the first team, bring in A-Level professionalism, they do as much as they can, help support the juniors, here for awards nights etc… Josh has been away in Worcester obviously but when he is back he always comes and supports the club and give something back. He’s grounded, heads not too big to fit through the door, he’s just normal and I think it is important for them to come back but it is great to have their support.
Did Josh stand out as a kid?
I coached Josh for about 2 years when under 8s and 9s. He was playing a year up then but even then you could see the skills he had, he was already really fast, fast footwork, could beat defenders and was a special talent. He had instinctive skills, you can’t teach that but he could beat defenders for fun from an early age. He was just an honest hard-working kid from about 8 to 12. He moved onto Pontybremen then with his friend Steffan Jones and then onto Carmarthen Athletic for youth before the Scarlets took him on and then to Worcester. Josh came back to play a number of games for the senior team at Hendy too, he came to the village to play with the friends that he’d played with in juniors. It is great to see how he is doing, he’s such an honest player, I remember him missing a tackle last year against England, I think it was on Jonny May but he held his hands up and worked hard didn’t hide away.