Cross Keys RFC

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Cross Keys RFC
Crosskeys RFC logo.jpg
Full name Cross Keys Rugby Football Club
Nickname(s) The Keys
Founded 1885[1]
Location Crosskeys, Wales
Ground(s) Pandy Park (Capacity: 3,000)
President Wales Mike Dudley
Coach(es) Wales Morgan Stoddart
Wales Greg Woods
Wales David Manley
Captain(s) Leon Andrews
League(s) Welsh Premier Division
2010-11 6th[2]
Team kit
Official website

Cross Keys RFC (Welsh: Clwb Rygbi Pont-y-Cymer) is a rugby union club located in the Welsh village of Crosskeys. The club is a member of the Welsh Rugby Union and is a feeder club for Newport Gwent Dragons regional team.[3]


Cross Keys RFC, Stade Bergeyre, France, 1 November 1921

Cross Keys are a team that have a remarkable history of achievements for a small and fairly unfashionable club. They first achieved first class-status in 1909, almost forcing their way into the top flight by winning the Monmouthshire league three times. By 1920 the team had their first international player, when Steve Morris won a cap for Wales. Morris would win 19 caps and captained Wales in 1925.[4] Caps followed during the 1920s for Ossie Male and Lonza Bowdler, both returned over several seasons for Wales, facing not only Five Nations Championships but also touring teams.

In 1926 Cross Keys RFC found themselves in dire financial trouble and requested help from the Welsh Rugby Union. The WRU refused an appeal for a cash loan, but instead agreed to send the Welsh national team to play in an exhibition match at Pandy Park. The sell-out crowd assured Cross Keys future and resulted in an historic win for the home team thirteen points to eight.[5]

It has been noted by many observers that the Cross Keys pack during the 1920s was extremely talented but unfairly under represented in the national team.[6] and 1930's[7]

Cross Keys reached the final of the 2011–12 British and Irish Cup losing to Munster A.[8]

Cross Keys won their first Swalec Cup, defeating table topping Pontypridd at the Millennium Stadium in 2012.[9]

Club honours[edit]

  • Welsh Club Champions - 1921–22, 1935–36
  • Welsh Premier Division Runners-Up - 2013–2014
  • Swalec Cup Winners - 2011–12
  • Swalec Cup Runners-Up - 2013–14
  • British and Irish Cup Runners-Up - 2011–12
  • Welsh Division One Champions - 1992–93,[10] 1999–00[10]

Current squad[edit]

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
Richard Emms Hooker Wales Wales
Gavin Herbert Hooker Wales Wales
Gerwyn Price Hooker Wales Wales
Jamie Sollis Hooker Wales Wales
Leon Brown Prop Wales Wales
Nathan Buck Prop Wales Wales
Richard Cornock Prop Wales Wales
Craig Gould Prop Wales Wales
Marc Jones Prop Wales Wales
Mark Curtis Lock Wales Wales
Danny Hodge Lock Wales Wales
Colin Bridges Flanker Wales Wales
Kyle Evans Flanker Wales Wales
Tom Lampard Flanker Wales Wales
Scott Matthews Flanker Wales Wales
Robert Nash Flanker Wales Wales
Rhys Peebles Flanker Wales Wales
Rhys Williams Number 8 Wales Wales
Jevon Groves Number 8 Wales Wales
Marc Popham Number 8 Wales Wales
Player Position Union
Ryan James Scrum-half Wales Wales
Owen Jones Scrum-half Wales Wales
Curtis Watkins Scrum-half Wales Wales
Dorian Jones Fly-half Wales Wales
Ryan Lee Fly-half Wales Wales
Lee Thorne Centre Wales Wales
Luke Williams Centre Wales Wales
Phil Williams Centre Wales Wales
Leon Andrews Wing Wales Wales
Marcus Johnstone Wing Wales Wales
Richard Torjesen Wing Wales Wales
Nathan Trowbridge Wing Wales Wales
Nathan Williams Wing Wales Wales
Gareth David Fullback Wales Wales

Notable former players[edit]

The following list is made up of ex-Cross Key players who have all won international caps as either a rugby union or rugby league player.

See also Category:Cross Keys RFC players

Games played against international opposition[edit]

Year Date Opponent Result Score Tour
1985 9 October  Fiji Loss 12-26 1985 Fiji rugby union tour of Wales and Ireland[18]


  1. ^ The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales page 178, John Davies, Nigel Jenkins, Menna Baines and Peredur Lynch (2008) ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6
  2. ^ WRU Official Site - Sourced 12 July 2011
  3. ^ BBC News (2004-07-08). "Wales' regional rugby map". BBC. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  4. ^ A Century of Welsh Rugby Players 1890-1980, Wayne Thomas; Ansells (1979) pg.61
  5. ^ The Rugby Clubs of Wales pp149, David Parry-Jones (1989) ISBN 0-09-173850-4
  6. ^ Smith (1980), pg 259.
  7. ^ Smith (1980), pg 282.
  8. ^ "BBC Sport - British and Irish Cup: Cross Keys 20-16 Cornish Pirates". BBC Sport. 
  9. ^ "Swalec Cup: Cross Keys 32-19 Pontypridd". BBC Sport. 7 May 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-07. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  11. ^ Smith (1980), pg 463.
  12. ^ Smith (1980), pg 466.
  13. ^ a b Smith (1980), pg 469.
  14. ^ a b Smith (1980), pg 471.
  15. ^ a b Smith (1980), pg 472.
  16. ^ Smith (1980), pg 473.
  17. ^ Smith (1980), pg 474.
  18. ^ Stephen Jones, ed. (1986). Rothmans Rugby Yearbook 1986-87. Queen Anne Press. p. 38. ISBN 0-356-12361-8. 


  • Smith, David; Williams, Gareth (1980). Fields of Praise: The Official History of The Welsh Rugby Union. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. ISBN 0-7083-0766-3. 

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