THE Llanelli Warriors have revealed their new kit for their 25th season. The Llanelli Warriors were formed in 1995 and include players with and without disabilities.
The Warriors first wore their own kit back in 1998. Llanelli RFC donated a set of jerseys – the away (blue) version of their ‘Celtic Warrior’ kit. Llanelli RFC has always been supportive of the Warriors. Since then the Warriors have always used Red as their main colour and blue as their alternative.
The Warriors borrowed kit from Burry Port before getting their own.
At their first match in 1995, organiser and former Burry Port Captain Gary James approached the Burry Port RFC committee to see if the Warriors could borrow a set of jerseys. The club obliged, telling Gary to help himself and to collect the 2nd team jerseys from the changing rooms.
On the day of the match, Gary arrived to find not only the 2nds and 1st teams jerseys all ready, but also a brand new set that was unused. When the Warriors ran out for their 1st game at Gorseinon against their rivals the Swansea Gladiators, they looked resplendent in a brand new black kit.
The new kit is black to reflect the first kit that the team wore back in 1995. The kit has several other nods to the history of the club. The names of all 400+ players are written on the front of the jersey in chronological order. The 16 players who have played over 100 matches have their names in bold.
On the reverse there is a list of 108 opponents the Warriors have faced over the years. These include the Swansea Gladiators in 1995 and more recently Loughor RFC, who they played just prior to the first lockdown. Other names include London Welsh, the Scottish rugby team Jed Forest, Vaiala Vlalei a team from Samoa and five New Zealand teams. A variety of works teams and charity selections are also named.
Also included on the jersey are the logos of all the companies that have been the main sponsors of the Warriors and the partner organisations that the team have worked with. Captain Richard Evans said “We wanted to give some recognition to the companies and groups that have helped keep the Warriors going. Every rugby match relies on so much more than players, it’s a shame we couldn’t list all the referees we’ve had.”
The club has remained as active as possible during lock-down. The Llanelli Warriors are currently in a charity challenge with the Primary Ed Rugby team. The team are raising money for Pembrokeshire Mental Health Charity ‘Get The Boys A Lift’.
Captain Richard Evans said, “We are as frustrated as everyone else with lock down, especially with it being our 25th anniversary. Hopefully, with the vaccine things will get better and we’ll be back on a field soon.”
Check out the Launch video here Anniversary Kit 25 Years – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dWFQSJvFxU