Caerphilly RFC

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Caerphilly RFC
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Full name Caerphilly Rugby Football Club
Nickname(s) The Cheesemen
Founded 1887
Location Caerphilly, Wales
Ground(s) Virginia Park (Capacity: 5,000)
Coach(es) Kieron Crawford, Grant Pritchard, Sam Watkins (Team Manager)
Captain(s) Vaughn Thomas
League(s) WRU Division Two East
2013-14 8th[1]
Team kit
Official website
www.pitchero.com/clubs/caerphillyrfc/

Caerphilly Rugby Football Club is a Welsh rugby union team founded in 1887. Their home ground is Virginia Park in Caerphilly and their nickname is The Cheesemen. Caerphilly RFC currently play in the WRU Division Two East and are a feeder club for the Newport Gwent Dragons.[2]

Caerphilly RFC also run a thriving mini and Junior Section with teams from Under 7's up to Youth. The Youth compete in the Dragons A League whilst the Seconds (known as the Diamonds) compete in a mid district 2nds league.

History[edit]

The club was formed on 26 August 1887 but the first printed report was not until October of that year;[3] since then Caerphilly RFC have spent many years in the top divisions of Welsh league rugby. Caerphilly has twice been admitted as members of the WRU, once in 1900 and again in 1955 after the club had disbanded and then reformed.

Home ground[edit]

Their home ground, Virginia Park, is a small stadium with all-seated stands on either side of the pitch and a non-seated stand at one end of the pitch. The ground has a maximum capacity 5,000. In World War II, German planes bombed Virginia Park, as they incorrectly believed it was being used as an airfield.

Recent success[edit]

Caerphilly have featured in two recent cup finals, the European Shield Final 2003 (losing to French team Castres Olympique) & the Welsh Cup Final in 2004 (losing to Neath RFC).

The club were also narrow runners up in Division One East in 2007/2008 season.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ BBC News (8 July 2004). "Wales' regional rugby map". BBC. Retrieved 2008-05-19. 
  3. ^ "The South Wales Daily News" - Monday 24 October 1887