Cornish Rebels RLFC are pleased to announce experienced Rugby coach and former Cornwall Rugby League second-row Ronan O’Neill will lead our ladies’ team in the newly formed Betfred Women’s Super League South for 2021.

Born in Dublin, O’Neill has a wealth of coaching experience in both Rugby Union and American Football and will Coach the Rebels in addition to his roles as Penryn and Cornwall Ladies Rugby Union Coach.

Rebels Chairman John Beach is excited to have him at the club. “Ronan’s CV speaks for itself – when it came to seeking a coach for our ladies it was a no-brainer. He was the obvious choice and we are fortunate that he has a fire inside him for all forms of Rugby, League included.”

The announcement comes ten years after O’Neill took to the field for Cornwall Rugby League in the County of Origin match vs Devon RL at The Mennaye in Penzance. Having also played for Kildare Dragons Rugby League, O’Neill has enjoyed spells with Newquay Hornets, Perranporth and Redruth Albany Rugby Union here in Cornwall.

Ronan O’Neill pictured with Penryn RFC ladies.

O’Neill is relishing the challenge ahead; “It’s a great honour for me to be asked to coach the Cornish Rebels ladies. Whether it be League or Union Rugby is growing at a fantastic rate in the Ladies game and I can’t wait to be able to go on this journey with the club and introduce this great sport to the ladies and girls of Cornwall.”

The Rebels have been chosen to enter Betfred Super League South after a rigorous selection process by the Rugby Football League and will compete against Cardiff RL and Golden Fearns RL (Bristol) in the West division. The Play-off stages will bring the qualifiers together with whoever emerges from the East conference of Bedford Tigers, London Broncos and The British Army.

With the competition start slated for mid-June the ladies will commence training this coming Wednesday 19th May from 6:30pm at Redruth Albany RFC. New players can register now at www.iamarebel.co.uk and sessions will strictly adhere to COVID guidelines.

Keep an eye out for more announcement including both womens and mens fixtures throughout the week.