|Full name||Newbridge Rugby Football Club|
|Ground(s)||The Welfare Ground|
|President||Mr Graham Paterson|
|Coach(es)||Jon Day, Scott Williams|
Newbridge RFC is a Welsh Rugby Union club based in Newbridge, Caerphilly in South Wales. Newbridge RFC was formed in 1888 and gained admission to the WRU in 1911. This delay was due to difficulties in obtaining a suitable ground and facilities.
In 1925 Newbridge Rugby Club moved to their present home at the Welfare Ground where they signed a 99-year lease at a shilling a year. A new pavilion had been constructed around this time and the Club now shares their ground with the local cricket team. The Club are presently in their third clubhouse at the site after an explosion and 2 fires caused damage to past buildings.
On the field, Newbridge have been pioneers of a number of well known rugby traits, most of which were brought to fruition by the pioneering coach Dai Harries during his tenure as Club Coach in the 1960s. Most recognisbly, these are; the tap signal from the hooker to the scrum half to feed the scrum, the formation of a wall for the taking of penalties and we are also one of the first Club's to introduce the Hooker as the man to throw the ball into the lineout. It was during Dai's reign as coach that the Club enjoyed its most successful period as in the 1964/65 season, the team captured the Western Mail Championship to be crowned champions of Wales.
They presently play in the WRU National Championship.
British and Irish Lions
The following players have played for the British and Irish Lions while playing for Newbridge RFC.
The following players have been capped at international level while playing for Newbridge RFC.
- See also Category:Newbridge RFC players
- Billy Gore
- Ken Braddock
- Ray Cale (4 caps)
- Clive Davies
- C E Davis
- Kenny Waters
- Andy Allen
- Don Hayward
- Dennis Hughes
- Terry Shaw
- Paul Turner
- Andrew Gibbs
- Western Mail Championship 1964–65 — Champions
- Snelling Sevens 1990 — Champions
- Snelling Sevens 1992 — Champions
- Ben Francis Cup 2010 and 2011 Winners
Games played against international opposition
|19511||18 October||South Africa||Lost||6–15||1951–52 South Africa tour of Great Britain and France|
|19642||24 September||Fiji||Draw||11–11||1964 Fiji tour of the Europe and Canada|
|1983||18 October||Japan||Lost||14–19||1983 Japan rugby union tour of Wales|
|1988||Wales||Lost||Special Centenary celebration|
|1988||15 October||Samoa||Loss||15–16||1988 Samoa rugby union tour of Britain and Ireland|
|1989||Romania||1989 tour of Wales|
- Fields of Praise, The Official History of the Welsh Rugby Union 1881-1981, David Smith, Gareth Williams (1980) pp11 ISBN 0-7083-0766-3
- WRU Official Site
- Rothmans Rugby Yearbook 1981-82 Vivian Jenkins (1982) pg68 ISBN 978-0-907574-05-7
- Fiji Rugby.com
- Stephen Jones, ed. (1984). Rothmans Rugby Yearbook 1984–85. Queen Anne Press. p. 50. ISBN 0-356-10448-6.
- Jones, Stephen, ed. (1989). Rothmans Rugby Union Yearbook 1989-90. London: Queen Anne Press. p. 37. ISBN 0356178625.