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Glamorgan Wanderers RFC
Full nameGlamorgan Wanderers Rugby Football Club
Nickname(s)The Wands
LocationCardiff, Wales
Ground(s)Memorial Ground (Capacity: 3000)
ChairmanAlyn Humphreys
Coach(es)Wales Martyn Fowler
Captain(s)Wales Josef Russel
League(s)WRU East Central 1
Team kit
Official website

Glamorgan Wanderers are a Welsh rugby union club based in Ely, west Cardiff in Wales. The club is located just to the north of Western Cemetery. They currently play in WRU division 1 East central, having been relegated from the Welsh Championship in the 2016-2017 season.

Glamorgan Wanderers began as the Old Monktonians, formed by ex-pupils of Monkton House School in 1893.[3] In 1913 the team changed their name to Glamorgan Wanderers to reflect the wider intake of their membership. The club played rugby on seven different grounds in the earlier years, including former Cardiff RFC ground Sophia Gardens and Llandaff RFC's pitch Bishop's Field,[4] until they were able to purchase their present ground in 1951.[5] The ground was purchased via various fund raising appeals and is named the Memorial Ground in honour of former players who had lost their lives in the two World Wars.[6]

Former President of the club, and of the Welsh Rugby Union, and Deputy Lord Chief Justice,Sir Tasker Watkins, V,C., G.B.E.,D.L. was awarded the Victoria Cross for his outstanding bravery in the Second World War.

Rugby Sevens[edit]

The Wanderers were an important influence on rugby sevens in Wales, having hosted the country's first seven-a-side competition in April 1939. The game of seven-a-side rugby had been played in England since 1926, but the Welsh Rugby Union had blocked any attempts for the game to be played for profit. The profits from these first games by Glamorgan Wanderers were donated to charities stipulated by the WRU.[7]

Club honours[edit]

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
Haval Ibrahim Prop Wales Wales
Josef Russell Prop Wales Wales
Dylan Lawley Prop Wales Wales
Rob Lewis Prop Wales Wales
Aaron Fowler Hooker Wales Wales
Daniel Schwartz Hooker Wales Wales
Peter Lloyd Hooker Wales Wales
Anthony Cox Lock Wales Wales
Tom Penri Ellis Lock Wales Wales
Josh Sheehan Lock Wales Wales
Rob Weston Lock Wales Wales
Michael Owen Flanker Wales Wales
Max Wootton Flanker Wales Wales
Harry Dowell Bennett Flanker Wales Wales
Lee Highgate Flanker Wales Wales
Rhodri Phillips Flanker Wales Wales
Josh Hitchum Number 8 Wales Wales
Ryan Davies Number 8 Wales Wales
Player Position Union
Myles Churcher Scrum-half Wales Wales
Morgan Louch Scrum-half Wales Wales
Luke Fish Fly-half Wales Wales
Rob Evans Fly-half Wales Wales
Charlie Johnson Centre Wales Wales
Cameron Gibbon Centre Wales Wales
Joshua Male Centre Wales Wales
James Loxton Centre Wales Wales
Phillip Pariyo Wing Uganda Uganda
Harrison Ashby Wing Wales Wales
Will Ford Wing England England
Will Adams Jones Fullback Wales Wales
Colin Fulthorpe Fullback Wales Wales

Notable former players[edit]

The following players have represented Glamorgan Wanderers and have been capped at international level.


  • Head Coach Martyn Fowler
  • Forwards Coach Lee Highgate
  • Team Manager Ieaun Davies

Games played against international opposition[edit]

Year Date Opponent Result Score Tour
1987 28 October  United States Win 25-6 1987 United States rugby union tour of Wales[8]


  1. ^ Rothmans Rugby Yearbook 1981-82 ed. Vivian Jenkins ISBN 0-907574-05-X
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ The Rugby Clubs of Wales pp122, David Parry-Jones (1989) ISBN 0-09-173850-4
  4. ^ The Rugby Clubs of Wales pp122, David Parry-Jones (1989) ISBN 0-09-173850-4
  5. ^ Fields of Praise, The Official History of the Welsh Rugby Union 1881-1981 pp331, David Smith, Gareth Williams (1980)
  6. ^ The Rugby Clubs of Wales pp122, David Parry-Jones (1989) ISBN 0-09-173850-4
  7. ^ Fields of Praise, The Official History of the Welsh Rugby Union 1881-1981 pp298, David Smith, Gareth Williams (1980)
  8. ^ Jones, Stephen (1988). Rothmans Rugby Union Yearbook 1988-89. Queen Anne Press. pp. 30–32. ISBN 0-356-15884-5.