Llandaff RFC

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Llandaff RFC
Full name Llandaff Rugby Football Club
Founded 1876[1]
Location Llandaff, Wales
Ground(s) Bishop's Field
Chairman Alan Thomas
Coach(es) Steve Facey
League(s) WRU Division Four South East
2011-2012 6th[2] WRU Division Three South East
Team kit
Official website
www.llandaffrugby.com

Llandaff Rugby Football Club is a rugby union club based in Llandaff, a district of Cardiff in Wales. They presently play in the Welsh Rugby Union Division Four East.

History[edit]

Llandaff RFC was formed in 1876 by Cambridge graduate Illtyd Thomas, and these links are reflected in the team still playing in Cambridge blue.[1] It is believed that Llandaff were one of nine teams that were represented at the Tenby Hotel in 1880, in an early attempt to found the Welsh Rugby Union.[3]

In 1881 Llandaff RFC player, Leonard Watkins, played in the first Welsh international, against England.

Playing against other South Wales club sides, they gained early success winning the South Wales Challenge Cup during the 1891/92 season. Unusual for a Welsh rugby team, Llandaff have played their rugby on the same pitch, Bishop's Field,[4] since their inception, though like all clubs in Wales the team ceased playing during the First World War. The team reformed after the war but lost their WRU status, and could not play in official competitions. It wasn't until 1948 that Llandaff reapplied and were successful in regaining membership of the WRU.

Club honours[edit]

Notable former players[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Fields of Praise, The Official History of the Welsh Rugby Union 1881-1981, David Smith, Gareth Williams (1980) pg24 ISBN 0-7083-0766-3
  2. ^ WRU Official website
  3. ^ Fields of Praise, The Official History of the Welsh Rugby Union 1881-1981, David Smith, Gareth Williams (1980) pg37 ISBN 0-7083-0766-3
  4. ^ Llandaff, Past and Present pp97, John B Hilling (1978) ISBN 0-900807-28-8
  5. ^ Fields of Praise, The Official History of the Welsh Rugby Union 1881-1981, David Smith, Gareth Williams (1980) pg473 ISBN 0-7083-0766-3

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