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Last Updated: Monday, 1 March, 2004, 16:23 GMT
Samuel drops Ravens
Leighton Samuel will concentrate resources on the Celtic Warriors
Leighton Samuel will concentrate resources on the Celtic Warriors
Leighton Samuel has announced he will withdraw his financial backing from Bridgend RFC at the end of the season to concentrate on the Celtic Warriors.

Samuel will remain in control of the Brewery Field ground and the regional Warriors side.

"Bridgend RFC... will compete on the same basis as other Premership clubs and not be advantaged by my continued financial support," Samuel said.

"My five-year period is now up and I have delivered what I promised."

Samuel issued a statement on the official Bridgend RFC website and called on interested parties to step forward to form a new management team.

"I firmly believe that this is an opportunity for those who feel they could be a part of a team to take the club onto the next stage in its history," Samuel added.

"It would also enable those who have criticised my style of management to put up or shut up."

As part of the expansion of player development with the Warriors, Bridgend coach Richard Webster will be appointed forwards and defence coach at the Warriors, with head coach Lynn Howells taking a broader role.

Samuel's investment at the Brewery Field culminated in Bridgend winning the 2003 Welsh Premiership title, the last ever in its professional form and the first time the Ravens had won the competiton.




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