IT’S the end of an era at Eugene Cross Park this evening when Rob Sevenoaks, the cornerstone of the Ebbw Vale pack for 12 seasons, pulls on the 3 jersey for the last time.

The legendary tighthead joined from Abergavenny and became a key figure in the set of forwards that powered their way from Division One East to the Premiership title in 2016.

Sevenoaks, who has been struggling with knee injuries, will make his 281st and last appearance against Bridgend tonight and will then hang up his boots.

The 39-year-old won five titles with the Steelmen – two Division One East, a pair of Championships and the Premiership – and helped in the development of a number of young Dragons forwards.

“Jason [Strange, head coach] brought me in from Abergavenny in 2009 and I can honestly say I’ve had the best years up here with some of the best rugby moments but also some lows to,” said Sevenoaks.

“A big thank you to all the players I’ve played with and against, and to the friends I’ve made over the years it’s been incredible. A big thank you also to my wife and kids for putting up with me and my moods when we have lost.

“A massive thank you to the Ebbw supporters and I look forward to watching with you next season from the bank, you’ve been loyal and brilliant to us over the years even though the bad times.

“I’d like to thank all the staff, coaches, physios, the Doc Rhys Thomas and kit men, especially Ron. and the boys.

“A big thank you to everyone for all the great memories and I wish the club every success in the future and can’t wait to watch next season.

“My final words go to my Uncle Phil, my late father David and my mother Ginnie, who have supported me through my time in rugby but particularly at Ebbw Vale and didn’t miss a game, thank you so much!”

Sevenoaks is joined in the XV by full-back Dan Haymond, a fellow title winner from 2016, who is also retiring after the Ravens clash.