RGC mainstay Tom Hughes has received considerable plaudits after making his 100th appearance for the club against Ebbw Vale.

The talented centre has been a huge part of the Gogs’ meteoric rise to the Principality Premiership after making his debut in 2013 in their clash against Beddau, where he notched a try during a man of the match performance.

A large number of teammates have paid tribute to Hughes’ overall influence within the set-up, which has seen him emerge as one of the most gifted and hard-working players at his position anywhere in the country.

Evan Yardey, said: “’I’ve known Tommy for a few years now and he is one of the most naturally gifted rugby players I have come across, I take my hat off to him all the graft he does in the day time along with the other farmers and how he still manages to come to training and blow everyone away physically is incredible.

“He has the talent and the head for regional rugby without a doubt. But most importantly, he is a genuine top bloke and has all my respect."

Harri Evans, said: “He has been here since I’ve started, a great player, and more importantly an even better lad. Congratulations on the 100, and I am glad I got to share it with.”

Joe Simpson, who reached 150 appearances for the club last weekend, added: “Massive congrats to Tommy getting his big 100.

“Great bloke on and off the field always leading by example. Welcome to the club.”

Rounding off the plaudits was winger Rhys Williams, who said: “He’s someone that most of the team look up to whether that’s when he’s scoring tries, running a ridiculous Gog score or not acknowledging how important he is to the squad.”