Blaenavon RFC

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Blaenavon RFC
Full name Blaenavon Rugby Football Club
Founded 1877[1]
Location Blaenavon
Ground(s) Recreation Ground
Chairman Paul William Tanner
Coach(es) Daniel Phillips and Christian Gay
League(s) WRU Division One East

1st [2] won promotion in season 2013/14 in a playoff against Brynamman to get promoted to Swalec League division 1 East where they play in 2014/15 season

They also Won the coveted Ben Francis Cup in 2015 the first time they had won it since 1963 Beating Risca RFC at the final in Blackwood
Team kit

Blaenavon Rugby Football Club are a Welsh rugby union club based in the town of Blaenavon, South Wales. Blaenavon RFC is a member of the Welsh Rugby Union and is a feeder club for the Newport Gwent Dragons.[3]

Blaenavon RFC first game was against local rivals Abergavenny on Thursday 8 November 1877 and ended in a draw. An infamous event in the history of Blaenavon RFC was during the final of the Godfrey Jones Cup in April 1926. The competition had been devised 'to improve Welsh rugby via the running game', but the 1926 final was an ugly and vicious affair, and although Blaenavon beat Cross Keys 6-5, the referee sent six players off before the final whistle.[4]

In December 1947 a combined Pontypool, Talywain and Blaenavon side played against the Australian national team at Pontypool Park as part of a post-war rebuilding tour. The game ended with Australia winning 9-7. A photo and a programme are displayed in Blaenavon R.F.C. club house Blaenavon Rugby Football Club was founded in 1877, and over the past 130 years,we have provided, many players for the W.R.U. and Premier divisions.

1962 - 1963 Season. Blaenavon RFC become Ben Francis Cup Winners against Talywain. The First team now play in the W.R.U. SWALEC League Division 4 East after gaining promotion in the 2009/10 season.

Notable former players[edit]

Blaenavon RFC have also provided many player over the years, that have gone on to play for Newport RFC without obtaining international status:

  • Ivor Taylor - Played in the side that beat Australia in 1966
  • Keith Poole - Played in the team that beat the All Blacks in 1963, and went on to play in the winning Newport RFC sides against Australia and South Africa and were never on a losing side playing against the Southern Hemisphere tourists.
  • Tommy Deans played for Cardiff RFC and Glamorgan County
  • F Dibble - Somerset 1909
  • R Dibble - Somerset 1910
  • Noel Williams - Played for Pontypool RFc & Cardiff RFC
  • Numerous players went on to play for Monmouthshire County and Monmouthshire Union teams.

In 1960 Blaenavon R.F.C. had provided all three scrum halves for the three Welsh teams that year

Colin Evans - Wales Senior Cap Allen Lewis - Wales Youth Cap Owen Freeman - Wales Schoolboy Cap

They were all three international scrum halves that year and had had all played for Blaenavon R.F.C. at scrum half.

Notable current players[edit]

See also Category:Blaenavon RFC players

  1. Matthew Billings
  2. Owen Howells
  3. Lewis john
  4. Sior pearce
  5. Marcus Jones
  6. Richard dennington
  7. Chris Davis
  8. Darren Pearce


  1. ^ Fields of Praise, The Official History of the Welsh Rugby Union 1881-1981, David Smith, Gareth Williams (1980) pg 11 ISBN 0-7083-0766-3
  2. ^ WRU website
  3. ^ BBC News (8 July 2004). "Wales' regional rugby map". BBC. Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  4. ^ Fields of Praise, The Official History of the Welsh Rugby Union 1881-1981, David Smith, Gareth Williams (1980) pg 245 ISBN 0-7083-0766-3