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Being the national sport (and some would say, religion), you can’t possibly come to Neath Port Talbot and not catch a rugby game. The two biggest clubs in this area are Neath and Aberavon. Neath is the oldest club in Wales, formed in 1871, and currently play in the Welsh Championship at their ground, The Gnoll. Aberavon, or ‘The Wizards’ as they’re known locally, are actually based in nearby Port Talbot and play in the Welsh Premiership. Both clubs are feeders for the PRO14 regional side, the Ospreys, who play the majority of their matches at the Liberty Stadium, in nearby Swansea.

 

A more unusual spectator sport is harness racing, in which the horses race at a particular gait (a trot or pace), while pulling a two-wheeled cart called a sulky. Spectators are really close to the race action and can see all the way round the track. The presence of an on-site betting office adds to the thrill of a race (Bet responsibly, please). The Amman Valley Trotting Club was established in 1979 to organise harness racing for local enthusiasts.

 

Rugby

Aberavon RFC                                                 www.aberavonwizards.co.uk

Neath RFC                                                        www.neathrfc.com

Ospreys                                                             www.ospreysrugby.com

 

Harness Racing

Amman Valley Trotting Club                       www.ammanvalleytrotting.co.uk

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