PONTYPOOL RFC paid tribute to the club's legendary kit-man Terry ‘Tiger’ Simons who died this week.

Lifelong Pooler supporter Terry Simons, the man they call Tiger, dedicated almost his entire life to Pontypool rugby club. He started by making the tea then running the line, and became the faithful kit-man, taking the kit home to clean come rain or shine and making sure Pooler squads for more than six decades were ready to run out in a pristine version of the famous red, black and white.

Mr Simons died after a lengthy period of illness, it says on the club's website, and he was thanked for his years of dedication.

In a statement the club added: "Tiger attended his first Pontypool RFC match at the age of ten and went on to devote over 70 years of service to the club.

"He will be remembered most fondly for his unwavering commitment to ensuring Pooler’s iconic red, white and black hooped jerseys remained in pristine condition for over half a century.

"Tiger’s dedication embodied everything that makes Pontypool RFC such a special club and his contributions have undoubtedly cemented his place as a true legend of Pontypool rugby.

"Our thoughts are very much with Tiger’s wife, Jane, his family and many friends during this incredibly difficult time.

"Thank you for everything, Tiger. You have left a truly outstanding legacy and will be greatly missed by us all."