Llandovery RFC

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Llandovery RFC
Full name Llandovery Rugby Football Club
Founded 1878; 136 years ago (1878)
Location Llandovery, Wales
Ground(s) Church Bank Playing Fields (Capacity: 5,000)
Chairman Wales Handel Davies
Coach(es) Wales Lyndon Lewis
Captain(s) Phil Day
League(s) Welsh Premier Division
2012-13 13th[1]
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.llandoveryrfc.co.uk

Llandovery RFC is a Welsh rugby union club based in Llandovery, Carmarthenshire, Wales. The club is an inaugural member of the Welsh Rugby Union, currently play in the Welsh Premier Division and is a feeder club for the Scarlets a Pro 12 club.[2]

Early history[edit]

Prior to 1878 written evidence exists of a Llandovery rugby team, though in these reports it is not clear if this was a town or college team. On 22 February 1878 a report in the Carmarthen Journal refers to a rugby game between 'Llandovery' and other local teams but these were specifically named as college teams while Llandovery was not. In 1879 there is proof that Llandovery, separate from Llandovery College, played what may be seen as their first recognised official match against Christ College, Brecon.[3] Llandovery became an inaugual member of the Welsh Rugby Union at a meeting held at the on 12 March 1881 in the Castle Hotel, Neath.[4] In 1894, Llandovery was one of ten clubs who became affiliated to the Welsh Rugby Union, but gave up this status in 1910.

Inter-war period[edit]

Rugby was not played in Llandovery from 1914–1919, during the Great War, but commenced again in 1920 and the club continued until 1935, but due to a lack of fixtures ceased to function in that year.

Post World War II[edit]

In November 1948 Llandovery RFC officially reformed, and began laying down the foundations that would give it future stability. Llandovery RFC moved their club headquarters to the White Hall and in 1956 the town's Improvement Committee purchased Barlow's Field which was levelled and reseeded. In the subsequent two years improvements included the building of changing rooms. In 1956 Llandovery RFC reapplied for membership to the WRU which was granted in 1957.

Club honours[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under IRB eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-IRB nationality.

Player Position Union
Alun-Wyn Davies Hooker Wales Wales
Adam Yelland Hooker Wales Wales
Greg George Hooker Wales Wales
Emyr Phillips Hooker Wales Wales
Peter Edwards Prop England England
Owen Evans Prop Wales Wales
Dean Howells Prop Wales Wales
Andrew Jones Prop Wales Wales
Rhydian Gierat Lock Wales Wales
Shaun Jones Lock Wales Wales
Luke Kendall Lock Wales Wales
Louis Tonkin Lock Wales Wales
Gyles Vaughan Lock Wales Wales
Nio Aiono Flanker Samoa Samoa
Marc de Marigny Flanker South Africa South Africa
Johnathan Edwards Flanker Wales Wales
Lawrence Reynolds Flanker Wales Wales
Josh Turnbull Flanker Wales Wales
Dean Fitzgerald Number 8 Wales Wales
Matthew Harbut Number 8 Wales Wales
Lloyd Phillips Number 8 Wales Wales
Player Position Union
Gareth James Scrum-half Wales Wales
Rob Jones Scrum-half Wales Wales
Rob Walters Scrum-half Wales Wales
Rhodri Williams Scrum-half Wales Wales
Cerith Rees Fly-half Wales Wales
Howard Thomas Fly-half Wales Wales
Matthew Brayley Centre Wales Wales
Aled Jenkins Centre Wales Wales
Sam Soul Centre Wales Wales
Adam Warren Centre Wales Wales
Joe Ajuwa Wing Nigeria Nigeria
Ifan Evans Wing Wales Wales
Gbemie Fisher Wing England England
Matthew Jacobs Wing Wales Wales
Jake Randall Wing Wales Wales
Dan Rogers Wing Wales Wales
Aaron Warren Wing Wales Wales
Lee Rees Fullback Wales Wales

Notable former players[edit]

See also Category:Llandovery RFC players

References[edit]

  1. ^ WRU Official Site - Sourced 28 August 2011
  2. ^ BBC News (2004-07-08). "Wales' regional rugby map". BBC. Retrieved 2008-06-01. 
  3. ^ Fields of Praise, The Official History of the Welsh Rugby Union 1881-1981, David Smith, Gareth Williams (1980) pp23
  4. ^ Fields of Praise, The Official History of the Welsh Rugby Union 1881-1981, David Smith, Gareth Williams (1980) pp41

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