Former Wales rugby league prop Ben Flower has joined Welsh rugby union membership Pontypool for the 2021-22 season.
He’ll as a substitute play within the third tier of Welsh rugby’s 15-a-side sport at Pontypool Park.
“I can not wait to get to Pontypool Park and to get caught into coaching and taking part in my half in serving to Pooler obtain its ambitions,” mentioned Flower.
Having performed for Pontypool Youth earlier than happening to make a profession within the 13-a-side code at Celtic Crusaders, South Wales, Wigan and Leigh, Flower may even rekindle household hyperlinks on the membership.
Flower mentioned: “I wish to assist the workforce in any method I can and finally, I wish to benefit from the the rest of my taking part in profession as a result of if you’re having enjoyable, you play your finest rugby.
“I have been actually impressed with the professionalism of the membership and I am wanting ahead to being round a superb group of lads. It will be an amazing season and I am wanting ahead to getting going and coming again dwelling.
“It is also actually particular for me to be becoming a member of the membership, as a result of my uncle, Stephen Flower, performed for Pontypool for a number of years all through the Eighties and to observe in his footsteps means quite a bit.
“After I stroll up these steps for the primary time on sport day, it’ll be a incredible feeling understanding I will be representing this membership.”
Pontypool head coach Leighton Jones mentioned: “Ben’s high quality as a participant speaks for itself. He’s a formidable competitor who is aware of what’s required to succeed on the highest degree, time and time once more.
“His expertise will likely be an enormous asset to us all through what will likely be fairly an uncommon season.”
There will likely be no promotion from the Championship wherein Flower and Pontypool will play, with the membership hoping his expertise might help enhance their youthful gamers.
“We delight ourselves on creating younger expertise on the membership and Ben’s views on the sport will little doubt assist enhance our up-and-coming gamers, who will definitely study quite a bit from such a seasoned skilled,” mentioned Jones.
Throughout his time with Wigan, Flower obtained a six-month ban for hitting St Helens stand-off Lance Hohaia within the second minute of the 2014 Tremendous League Grand Remaining.
Flower grew to become the primary participant ever to be despatched off in a Grand Remaining, along with his ban changing into the longest within the historical past of the Tremendous League.