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This article is about the rugby club at the Kassam Stadium, Oxford. For the London Welsh Centre (Y Canolfan) at Gray's Inn Road, see London Welsh Centre.
London Welsh
London welsh badge.png
Full name London Welsh Rugby Football Club
Nickname(s) Exiles, Dragons
Founded 1885; 129 years ago (1885)
Location Oxford, England
Ground(s) Kassam Stadium (Capacity: 12,500)
Coach(es) Justin Burnell
League(s) Aviva Premiership
2013–14 2nd (won the playoff, promoted to Premiership)
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.london-welsh.co.uk

London Welsh Rugby Football Club (Welsh: Clwb Rygbi Cymry Llundain) is a rugby union club based in Oxford that plays in the Aviva Premiership after gaining promotion from the RFU Championship in the 2014 play off final.

Club history[edit]

London Welsh, established by and for London's Welsh community, has played senior-level rugby in England since its formation in 1885.[1] Its name in Welsh, is Clwb Rygbi Cymry Llundain.

The 2010–11 season was the club's 125th anniversary and to kick off the celebrations they held a military tattoo on the evening of Wednesday 25 August at Old Deer Park with the Band and Corps of Drums of the Welsh Guards, plus the London Welsh Rugby Club Choir. All proceeds were donated to the Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal.

Over the years the club has contributed 177 players to the Wales national team and 43 players to the British and Irish Lions. Seven London Welsh players were selected for the 1971 tour to New Zealand (a Lions record which remains unbroken to this day): captain John Dawes (now London Welsh president), JPR Williams, Gerald Davies, Mervyn Davies, John Taylor (now Managing Director[2] and ITV commentator), Mike Roberts and Geoff Evans.

Currently the 1st XV squad are fully professional, London Welsh are currently coached by former Cardiff Blues head coach, Justin Burnell and player coach Gordon Ross.

Despite professionalism, London Welsh has tried to retain the atmosphere of an amateur club. The 1XV squad are fully professional, and they are complemented with the London Welsh Amateurs, Wizards and Occies are still strong parts of the club. They also have a successful social section, who go a long way towards maintaining the 'amateur ethos' of enjoying a game and a pint on a Saturday.

London Welsh has one of the longest standing women's sides – LWWRFC, who celebrated twenty years of women's rugby at the club in the 2005/6 season. Whilst still being amateur, the women train hard and have enjoyed recent success with the club, both in XVs in the winter and 7s during the summer. There are London Welsh Women representatives at England Regional Level and on the Wales National Touch team. There is also a popular Mini & Junior Section.

In December 2006, London Welsh revealed their ambition to turn their back on the English league and become the 5th Welsh team in the Magners League. The club later appeared to go back on this report, claiming they had been misquoted and said this would only be considered if the Guinness Premiership decided to prohibit promotion/relegation, but confirmed their hopes of ground-sharing with Brentford FC either at their current stadium Griffin Park or a new 20,000 seat ground to be built at Lionel Road, near Kew Bridge.

In June 2009, the club went into administration shortly after turning professional.[3] They were bought from the receivers in July 2009 by Saudex Global, owned by Neil Hollinshead, and allowed to continue in The Championship, albeit with a five point deduction.[4][5] According to the BBC in March 2011, court documents show that Hollinshead is "alleged to have submitted forged documents and fake bank account details in order to continue his control of London Welsh and that he repeatedly lied to ensure that ownership of London Welsh was transferred over to him."[5] The former shareholders of London Welsh RFC rescinded the 2009 agreement, by which they sold the shares of the club to Hollinshead, and had regained control by January 2010.[5]

On 1 June 2012, it was revealed that Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish had approached senior figures at the club about a possible ground-share at Selhurst Park, as the clubs plans to play their matches at Kassam Stadium were deemed unsuitable by the RFU, after securing promotion to the English Premiership.[6] However a legal appeal by the club against the RFU's actions was upheld on 28 June 2012, after the appeal panel ruled that the criteria were in breach of EU and UK competition laws. Promotion was ultimately secured when it was announced that Newcastle Falcons, the club facing relegation from the Premiership, would not appeal against the ruling.[7]

On 14 April 2013, London Welsh were relegated from the Aviva Premiership in their first season (pending the winners of the RFU Championship meeting the Premiership entry requirements) after a 14–31 defeat at home to Northampton Saints.

On 4th June 2014, London Welsh won promotion to the Aviva Premiership, defeating Bristol Rugby 27-8 at home and 21-20 away, 48-28 on aggregate.[8]

Club honours[edit]

  • Middlesex Sevens winners: 1930, 1931, 1956, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1984
  • National League Division 5 South champions: 1994/95[9]
  • RFU Championship champions: 2011-12, 2013-14
  • John Player Cup Runners-up 1985[10]

Merit Table Rugby

Sunday Telegraph Pennants

  • English-Welsh Champions 1967-68, 1970-71

Runners-up 1965-66 Third 1971-72[11]

  • English Champions 1966-67, 1967-68, 1968-69, 1970-71, 1977-78, 1978-79,

Runners-up 1965-66, 1971-72 Third 1972-73[12]

  • Welsh Champions 1970-71, 1971-72

Third 1965-66[13]

Western Mail

  • Welsh Championship Champions 1972-73

Runners-up 1967-68, 1971-72[14]

Daily Mail

  • Anglo-Welsh Third 1978-79[15]

Whitbread

  • Welsh Merit Table Champions 1971-72[16]

Promotion

  • Jewson National League 1 - 3rd Place, 1997/98 (Third tier of Enlgish rugby)[17]

Current squad[edit]

2014-15 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
Britton, KoreeKoree Britton Hooker England England
Dobson, MatthewMatthew Dobson Hooker South Africa South Africa
Taylor, NathanNathan Taylor Hooker England England
Vella, NathanNathan Vella Hooker New Zealand New Zealand
Aholelei, EddieEddie Aholelei Prop Tonga Tonga
Cahill, ShaneShane Cahill Prop Ireland Ireland
Cooper, BenBen Cooper Prop England England
Gilding, JackJack Gilding Prop England England
Henn, PabloPablo Henn Prop Argentina Argentina
Litchfield, JimmyJimmy Litchfield Prop England England
Reeves, RickyRicky Reeves Prop England England
Tideswell, JamesJames Tideswell Prop England England
Trevett, NathanNathan Trevett Prop Wales Wales
Vea, TaioneTaione Vea Prop Tonga Tonga
Browne, PeterPeter Browne Lock England England
Corker, MattMatt Corker Lock England England
Down, JamesJames Down Lock Wales Wales
Sandford, JamesJames Sandford Lock Ireland Ireland
Schofield, DeanDean Schofield Lock England England
West, BenBen West Lock England England
Browne, DanielDaniel Browne Flanker New Zealand New Zealand
Goodhue, CameronCameron Goodhue Flanker New Zealand New Zealand
Kirwan, CarlCarl Kirwan Flanker England England
McCaffrey, LachlanLachlan McCaffrey Flanker Australia Australia
McNally, JoshJosh McNally Flanker England England
Stedman, OllieOllie Stedman Flanker England England
Waters, DarrenDarren Waters Flanker Wales Wales
Liston, JesseJesse Liston Number 8 England England
Pienaar, BenBen Pienaar Number 8 South Africa South Africa
Thorpe, RichardRichard Thorpe Number 8 England England
Player Position Union
Lewis, RobRob Lewis Scrum-half Wales Wales
Rowley, PaulPaul Rowley Scrum-half Ireland Ireland
Weepu, PiriPiri Weepu Scrum-half New Zealand New Zealand
Barkley, OllyOlly Barkley Fly-half England England
Roberts, TristanTristan Roberts Fly-half England England
Robinson, WillWill Robinson Fly-half England England
Ross, GordonGordon Ross Fly-half Scotland Scotland
Jewell, SebSeb Jewell Centre England England
Lewis, JamesJames Lewis Centre Wales Wales
May, TomTom May Centre England England
Molenaar, TimTim Molenaar Centre New Zealand New Zealand
Reynolds, NicNic Reynolds Centre Wales Wales
Crane, RhysRhys Crane Wing England England
Scott, NickNick Scott Wing England England
Stegmann, SebSeb Stegmann Wing England England
Tincknell, JamesJames Tincknell Wing England England
Davies, AlexAlex Davies Fullback England England
Elder, ChrisChris Elder Fullback England England

Notable former players[edit]

British and Irish Lions[edit]

The following former players were selected for the British and Irish Lions touring squads whilst playing for London Welsh.

   

Wales International Captains[edit]

The following former players captained the Wales national rugby union team while playing for London Welsh RFC.

See also Wales rugby union captains

Other notable former players[edit]

See also Category:London Welsh RFC players
     

London Welsh F.C.[edit]

The club set up an association football side in 1890 called London Welsh F.C.. They, however, disbanded after a couple of seasons.

See also[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Jones, Stephen; Paul Beken (1985). Dragon in Exile, The Centenary History of London Welsh R.F.C. London: Springwood Books. ISBN 0-86254-125-5. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jones (1985), pg 3.
  2. ^ "London Welsh – Club Contacts". 
  3. ^ Maidment, Neil (23 June 2009). "Rugby-London Welsh Rugby forced into administration". Reuters. Retrieved 23 June 2009. 
  4. ^ "Rescued Welsh handed five-point deduction for new campaign". yourlocalguardian.co.uk. 20 July 2009. Retrieved 28 August 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c "London Welsh RFC 'fraud': RFU changes rules". BBC News (BBC). 29 March 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "London Welsh not eligible for Premiership promotion". BBC News (BBC). 23 June 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Falcons concede defeat as London Welsh win battle for Premiership berth". Daily Mail (Daily Mail). 3 July 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  8. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-union/22084245
  9. ^ http://www.hampshirerugby.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=806&Itemid=455
  10. ^ Anglo-Welsh Cup
  11. ^ Dragon in Exile, The Centenary History of London Welsh R.F.C, Stephen Jones and Paul Beken, Springwood Books, London, 1985
  12. ^ Dragon in Exile, The Centenary History of London Welsh R.F.C, Stephen Jones and Paul Beken, Springwood Books, London, 1985
  13. ^ Dragon in Exile, The Centenary History of London Welsh R.F.C, Stephen Jones and Paul Beken, Springwood Books, London, 1985
  14. ^ Dragon in Exile, The Centenary History of London Welsh R.F.C, Stephen Jones and Paul Beken, Springwood Books, London, 1985
  15. ^ Dragon in Exile, The Centenary History of London Welsh R.F.C, Stephen Jones and Paul Beken, Springwood Books, London, 1985
  16. ^ Dragon in Exile, The Centenary History of London Welsh R.F.C, Stephen Jones and Paul Beken, Springwood Books, London, 1985
  17. ^ http://www.moseleyrugby.co.uk/report_display12.php?menitem=104

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