Newbridge RFC

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Newbridge RFC
Full nameNewbridge Rugby Football Club
Founded1888; 131 years ago (1888)[1]
LocationNewbridge, Caerphilly
Ground(s)The Welfare Ground
PresidentMr Robert Collins
Coach(es)Kristian Gay, Scott Williams
Captain(s)Stuart Vokes
League(s)WRU Championship
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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.

Club History[edit]

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 1960's. 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 player 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[edit]

The following players have played for the British and Irish Lions while playing for Newbridge RFC.

International Honours[edit]

The following players have been capped at international level while playing for Newbridge RFC.

See also Category:Newbridge RFC players

Club Honours[edit]

Games played against international opposition[edit]

Year Date Opponent Result Score Tour
19511 18 October  South Africa Lost 6–15 1951–52 South Africa rugby union tour of Europe
19622 24 October  Canada Won 16-8 1962 tour of the United Kingdom
19643 24 September  Fiji Draw 11–11 1964 Fiji rugby union tour of Europe and Canada[4]
19664 29 November  Australia Won 12–3 1966–67 Australia rugby union tour of Britain, Ireland and France[5]
1983 18 October  Japan Lost 14–19 1983 Japan rugby union tour of Wales[6]
1988 15 October  Samoa Lost 15–16 1988 Samoa rugby union tour of Britain and Ireland[7]
1989 23 September  Wales Lost Special Centenary celebration
1990 8 September  Romania 1990 tour of Wales

1 A joint Pontypool/Newbridge team.
2 A joint Ebbw Vale /Newbridge team.
3 A joint Abertillery/Newbridge team.
4 A joint Pontypool/Cross Keys/Newbridge team.


  1. ^ Fields of Praise, The Official History of the Welsh Rugby Union 1881-1981, David Smith, Gareth Williams (1980) pp11 ISBN 0-7083-0766-3
  2. ^ WRU Official Site
  3. ^ Rothmans Rugby Yearbook 1981-82 Vivian Jenkins (1982) pg68 ISBN 978-0-907574-05-7
  4. ^ Fiji Archived 11 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
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  6. ^ Stephen Jones, ed. (1984). Rothmans Rugby Yearbook 1984–85. Queen Anne Press. p. 50. ISBN 0-356-10448-6.
  7. ^ Jones, Stephen, ed. (1989). Rothmans Rugby Union Yearbook 1989-90. London: Queen Anne Press. p. 37. ISBN 0356178625.