RGC 1404

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RGC 1404
Rgc1404 logo.jpg
Full name Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404
Union WRU
Nickname(s) Gogs
Founded 2008
Location Colwyn Bay, Wales
Ground(s) Parc Eirias (Capacity: 6,500)
Chairman Dai Davies
President Tony Gray
Director of Rugby Alwyn Jones
Coach(es) Wales Chris Horsman[1]
Captain(s) Wales Kelvin Davies[2]
Top scorer Rhodri Carlton-Jones (140)
Most tries Carwyn ap Myrddin (10)
League(s) WRU Championship
2012–13 Champions (WRU Division One East)
1st kit
2nd kit
First match
Gilfach Goch RFC 19-42 RGC 1404
Largest win
RGC 1404 127-0 Tredegar RFC
Largest defeat
RGC 1404 0-45 Ebbw Vale RFC
Official website
www.pitchero.com/clubs/northwalesrugbyunion/

RGC 1404, formerly Gogledd Cymru (Welsh for "North Wales"; pronounced [ˈgɔglɛð ˈkəmrɨ]), is a rugby union development team announced by the Welsh Rugby Union in September 2008.[3]

History[edit]

Although an amateur North Wales rugby representative side had existed for over 50 years, Gogledd Cymru was established by the North Wales Rugby Council, in February 2007, in response to the WRU approved strategic plan for the development of rugby union in the region. This aimed to achieve a north Wales side playing in the Welsh Premier Division by 2010-11[4][5][6] In their first season Gogledd Cymru reached the final of the Welsh Counties Cup.

2008-2011[edit]

In December 2008, it was announced that Parc Eirias in Colwyn Bay was to be the home ground for Gogledd Cymru.[7]

In January 2010, the team was renamed RGC 1404 to reflect the year that Owain Glyndŵr became Prince of Wales, and RGC being an acronym for Rygbi Gogledd Cymru (Rugby North Wales).[8]

2012–2013[edit]

For the 2012–13 season, the team were entered into WRU Division One East, playing a full season of games against teams from South East Wales. RGC finished the season at the top of the table, earning promotion to the Welsh Championship for 2013–14.[9]

2013-2014[edit]

RGC's first season in the Welsh Championship saw them spend much of the season in second place to a dominant Ebbw Vale only to drop to third in the last game by losing to Cardiff Met 36-24.[10] Several RGC players were selected and played in the Wales side for the 2014 U20 Six Nations, with the home games hosted at RGC's Eirias Park stadium.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Squad for 2013-14[11][12]

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

Player Position Union
Llywarch Ap Myrddin Fullback Wales Wales
Afon Bagshaw Fullback Wales Wales
Tom Blackwell Wing Wales Wales
Carwyn Ap Myrddin Wing Wales Wales
Richard Hopkins Wing Wales Wales
Huw Grundy Wing Wales Wales
Cameron Hughes Centre Wales Wales
Tom Hughes Centre Wales Wales
Mike Jones Centre Wales Wales
Harri Evans Centre Wales Wales
Lewis Barker Fly-half Wales Wales
Rhodri Carlton-Jones Fly-half Wales Wales
Josh Leach Scrum-half Wales Wales
Alex Schwarz Scrum-half Wales Wales
Player Position Union
Olly Hughes Prop Wales Wales
James Jones Prop Wales Wales
Tom Hughes Prop Wales Wales
Joe Simpson Prop Wales Wales
Callum Mitchell Prop Wales Wales
Andy Baston Hooker Wales Wales
Mike Hall Hooker Wales Wales
Liam Leung Hooker Wales Wales
Luke Williams Hooker Wales Wales
Adam Williams (on loan from Ospreys) Lock Wales Wales
Maredydd Francis Lock Wales Wales
Max Davies Lock Wales Wales
Bryn Williams Lock Wales Wales
Tobby Twigg Flanker Wales Wales
Andrew Williams Flanker Wales Wales
Huw Worthington Flanker Wales Wales
Mei Parry Flanker Wales Wales
Tom Parry Flanker Wales Wales
Aaron Gwyn Flanker Wales Wales
James Grundy Flanker Wales Wales
Kelvin Davies (c) Number 8 Wales Wales

Coaching staff[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Name Tenure
Wales Jon Aby 2007–2009[13]
Wales Clive Griffiths 2009–2011[14][15]
Wales Chris Horsman 2012-[16]

Current backroom staff[edit]

Correct as of 1 November 2013

Name Title
Wales Rupert Moon General Manager
Wales Chris Horsman Head coach
Will Morcombe Team manager
Bill Parry Assistant team manager
Ash James Physiotherapist
Andy Jones Head analyst

Results and statistics[edit]

WRU Leagues[edit]

Season Division Played Won Drawn Lost PF PA PD TF TA Try BP Losing BP Points Position
2012-13 Div 1 East 22 19 0 3 801 277 524 119 30 15 2 93 1st
2013-14 Championship 26 17 0 9 745 419 324 113 49 13 2 83 3rd

Honours[edit]

WRU Division One East: 2012-13[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Team". RGC. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Team". RGC. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  3. ^ http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2008/09/09/a-step-closer-to-joining-rugby-s-elite-55578-21705877/
  4. ^ http://www.box.net/shared/zji725btpd
  5. ^ "WRU plan for northern development team". The Independent (London). 9 September 2008. 
  6. ^ "WRU considers north Wales region". BBC News. 15 August 2008. 
  7. ^ Tim Channon (11 December 2008). "Rugby: WRU unveil Parc Eirias as home of North Wales rugby". Trinity Mirror North West & North Wales. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  8. ^ BBC Sport - North Wales summon Owain Glyndwr's spirit in revamp
  9. ^ RGC 1404 coach celebrates promotion
  10. ^ http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/northwalesrugbyunion/s/fixtures-results-76105.html
  11. ^ "Official Website Team Info". RGC 1404. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Official Website Team Announcement". RGC 1404. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Jon Aby". gogleddcymru. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "RGC 1404 BBC". BBC. 20 January 2011. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  15. ^ Clutton, Graham (7 December 2009). "Clive Griffiths appointment". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "Chris Horsman RGC". BBC. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  17. ^ "WRU Division 1 East 2012-2013". WRU. 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 

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