A former Rugby Academy star at Rydal Penrhos reached a significant milestone during RGC’s weekend game at Bargoed.
Josh Leach, who came off the bench for the Gogs’ in the second half on Friday evening for what was his 100th appearance in an RGC shirt.
The popular figure was one of the first graduates from the club’s thriving Academy system, and he played a significant role in their rise to the Principality Premiership and their historic WRU National Cup success in 2017.
Leach has been on the fringes of the squad this season, making a handful of appearances for Mark Jones’ men, but his influence within the set-up behind the scenes continues to grow in his role as regional performance manager.
This fine work alongside coaches at the club has continued to thrive, resulting in some outstanding recent results for the Gogs’ U16 squad in their Regional Age Grade competition against some experienced opposition.
Leach comes from a fine sporting family with brother and another former pupil Pat boasting professional experience with Newport Gwent Dragons, with father Mike recently retiring from his teaching role at Rydal Penrhos after developing some outstanding talent such as Sean Lonsdale and Andrew Fenby, who have both made a considerable impact for English Premiership sides in recent years.
Director of Sport Allen Boyd, said: “Josh has played such a huge part in the success of RGC both on and off the field since their inception, and he deserves an enormous amount of credit on reaching his century and aiding a wealth of young talent come through the Academy.”
Photos by Tony Bale.