Ben Thomas wins Principality Premiership Best Newcomer award

Cardiff RFC would like to congratulate Ben Thomas on receiving the prestigious Best Newcomer award at the 14th annual Principality Premiership awards dinner.

Thomas, a former pupil of Corpus Christi School in Cardiff and Cardiff Blues academy product, followed in the footsteps of Alun Wyn Jones, Tom James and Toby Faletau in collecting the award.

The former Wales U20 pivot played 19 games for the Blue and Blacks this season and one for the Cardiff Blues, gaining him his Club Cap, helping them claim their first silverware since 2009 with the National Cup victory and pushing Merthyr all the way to the finish, eventually finishing in second place.

He said, “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this season. We’ve had a strong run and Steve Law has been massive for us, both in his recruitment and throughout the season. I’ve felt it’s been a really good stepping stone for me coming out of age grade rugby – both with the physicality and technical aspects. Learning from players like Martin Roberts and Morgan Allen has helped hugely.

“I was part of the Regional A side at the start of the season and it was a smooth transition for me after that, especially with Gethin Jenkins and TRT involved in both set-ups. Gethin has instilled a professionalism within the squad and put a new defensive structure in place. When you have someone like Gethin analysing your performances, you try not to miss your tackles!”

The Player of the Year and Coach of the Year accolades went to Craig Locke and Dale McIntosh, captain and head coach of treble title winners Merthyr.

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Merthyr 30 23 0 7 885 593 117
Cardiff 30 22 1 7 991 660 111
Pontypridd 30 22 0 8 1015 580 110
Llandovery 30 21 1 8 856 551 104
Ebbw Vale 30 20 1 9 762 594 95
Aberavon 30 18 2 10 698 603 90
Newport 30 17 2 11 759 700 88
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 30 14 1 15 852 650 85
Swansea 30 16 0 14 674 594 81
Carmarthen Quins 30 13 1 16 637 584 71
Bridgend Ravens 30 12 0 18 689 714 66
Llanelli 30 12 1 17 679 723 63
Bedwas 30 12 1 17 681 830 62
Cross Keys 30 5 1 24 586 1093 36
Bargoed 30 6 0 24 576 1003 35
Neath 30 1 0 29 406 1274 3