gair rhydd Sport are excited to announce a great achievement for one of the University’s key sporting characters. The University’s director of rugby, Martyn Fowler, has recently been unveiled as the new Director of Rugby for Cardiff RFC.
This is not only a fantastic achievement for Martyn but also a great recognition of our University’s success regarding the development of its rugby team. This is a sentiment reflected by President of the Cardiff Athletic Union, Ollie Devon, “The opportunity for Martyn to work in the same role with Cardiff RFC and Cardiff University is fantastic and I am sure that the University will benefit from this great connection between the two clubs. I am confident that Martyn’s appointment at Cardiff RFC will serve to add to the developmental successes seen at the University Rugby Club in recent years.”
Cardiff born and bred Martyn has always been affiliated with local rugby, initially being involved with a highly successful youth team from his local area of Splott. He described his appointment as, “both humbling and exciting.” [pullquote]He described his appointment as, “both humbling and exciting.”[/pullquote]
Perhaps Martyn’s greatest achievement with the university is the encouraging development of the team. Recent Welsh Varsity matches are a testament to this, and have produced moments which he has said, “will last a life time.”
Other successes he has been involved in, which recent gair rhydd issues have been fortunate enough to document, are the drafting of university first teamer, Craig Lodge, to Cardiff RFC and the call ups to the Welsh Students’ team for: James Thomas, Will Jones, Ross Wardle and Rhys Howells.
The future holds an amazing two years for Martyn. His primary goals whilst holding this esteemed position are supplementing the Cardiff RFC side with a select group of young players. Whilst off the field, he will be looking to reinforce and preserve the identity of the rugby club, “ensuring all players who put the Cardiff RFC shirt on are aware of their responsibility.”