TORFAEN Tigers will start life in New Panteg when they take on Swindon St George in the RFL Southern Conference this afternoon (kick-off 2.30pm).

The Gwent side have moved from Cwmbran and, after a winter of decorating, will aim to christen their new home with a victory against English opposition.

The Tigers started the season with a comprehensive 48-14 win away to Cardiff Blue Dragons with hat-tricks by Liam Silver and Wes Cunliffe and other tries from Byron Edwards, Nathan Touhig and Ieuan-Rhys Beal.

Chairman Matt Cummins said: "After a good win last Saturday at Cardiff Blue Dragons, we're really exciting to be hosting our first home game of the season and our first at New Panteg as we welcome Swindon St George for the very first time.

"Our event also includes part of the official launch weekend for the WRL charity magazine '100 Months of the Rugby League in Wales' which is dedicated to our former player and coach Scott Bessant, so I've no doubt that this will be a very big day for the club."

Valley Cougars also change ground to entertain the All Golds, from Gloucestershire, at Nelson while work is being done on their Treharris pitch.

They last faced the West Country rivals in 2016 when the old version of this competition, the Conference League South, was last competed. On that occasion, the Cougars won 26-12 to qualify for the Grand Final, which they eventually lost.

Now, after winning the 2017 and 2018 Welsh Premiership titles with a 100 per cent record, they've welcomed the rebooted Southern Conference with their new, albeit temporary, ground, and a new captain in Wales Dragonhearts international player Mike Hurley.

Hurley said: "The club as a whole are looking forward to the step up in competition the new Southern Conference offers.

"We've gone the past two seasons unbeaten and hopefully we can continue that form. Everyone at the club is optimistic that we can go far and hopefully reach another Grand Final."