However that's what happened on Saturday when Argaum welcomed Welsh tourists Heol-Y-Cyw, who now feature former British Lion and Wales centre Allan Bateman in their line-up. Now 46, 'The Clamp' as he was known during a glittering career in both rugby codes, was supposed to retire last season but couldnt resist a few more run-outs for the Pencoed side this season. Argaum, fielding a number of colts and a few friends from St Columba Torpoint, ran out 12-10 winners in sweltering heat. Perhaps more importantly the visitors received a warm Argaum welcome in the clubhouse afterwards, which judging by the number of sore heads the following morning, was an epic night.
Argaum were presented with a copy of their guest's Centenary History, 100 Years Of Village Rugby, signed by Allan Bateman, and have been invited for a return visit to South Wales. (Photos : Toby Liberson)