Bridgend Athletic RFC

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Bridgend Athletic RFC
Full name Bridgend Athletic Rugby Football Club
Founded 1972
Location Bridgend, Wales
Ground(s) The Newbridge Fields (Capacity: 200)
Chairman Terry Coles
Coach(es) Paul Yardley
League(s) WRU Championship
2011-12 6th[1]
Team kit
Official website
www.bridgendathleticrfc.com

Bridgend Athletic RFC are a Welsh rugby union club based in Bridgend in South Wales. They are members of the Welsh Rugby Union playing in the WRU Championship and are a feeder club for the Ospreys.[2]

Brief History[edit]

Bridgend Athletic RFC was reformed in 1972, after the Bridgend Youth team members in that year wanted to form a senior team so they didn't have to go their separate ways into senior rugby, hence the formation of the club which had previously existed up to 1939. The club become full members of the Welsh Rugby Union in 1983. 1989 saw the creation of the club's mini and junior section which is renowned for being among the best in the country. The club were promoted from Division 5 Central in 2001, were WRU Division Four East Champions in 2002, were then promoted from Division 3 to WRU Division Two West in 2003 through the league organisation and were promoted to Division 1 in 2004. They have suffered relegation from that league once, but recovered in 2009, winning WRU Division Two West. In 2012 they were included in the newley formed Swalec Championship, where they narrowly lost their opening game 28-29 to Bonymaen.

Club honours[edit]

Notable Current & Former Players[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Head Coach: John Apsee

Backs Coach : Stuart Morris

Forwards Coach: David Williams, Ian Greenslade

References[edit]

  1. ^ WRU official site
  2. ^ BBC News (2004-07-08). "Wales' regional rugby map". BBC. Retrieved 2008-05-18. 


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