New Brighton F.C. (rugby union)

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New Brighton Football Club (Rugby Union)
Full name New Brighton Football Club (Rugby Union)
Founded 1875; 140 years ago (1875)
Location Wirral, England
Ground(s) Hartsfield (Capacity: 750 – 2000)
Chairman Peter Clark
Coach(es) Phil Gazzola
League(s) South Lancs/Cheshire 1
Official website

New Brighton Football Club (Rugby Union) are a rugby union team based in Moreton, Merseyside, UK. They currently play in the seventh tier of the English rugby union system, South Lancs/Cheshire 1.

The club was formed in 1875 and have been based at several grounds over the years. The club's present home is Hartsfield, situated in Moreton, Wirral, England. One of the most notable matches in the club's history was when they hosted a joint New Brighton / North of Ireland F.C. team to face the 1969 touring South African team. The South Africa national team had initially intended to play an Ulster fixture in Belfast, but when this was cancelled and the New Brighton game scheduled in its place. The Springboks won 22–6. Today the club fields teams from many different age groups from full senior first XV, and under-18s sequentially down to under-8s.

Notable players[edit]

James Patrick Quinn (New Brighton, England and British Lions) won his first cap for England against Wales on 16 January 1954 at Twickenham. He went on the 1955 British Lions tour to South Africa playing twelve matches (including the last one against East Africa) scoring 21 points from three tries (9 points), three conversions (6 points) and two penalties (6 points).[1]