Neyland RFC

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Neyland RFC
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Full name Neyland Rugby Football Club
Union Welsh Rugby Union
Nickname(s) All Blacks
Founded 1885
Location Neyland, Wales
Ground(s) The Athletic Ground
Chairman John Laugharne
President Rodney Chamberlain
Coach(es) WalesStephen Martin
Captain(s) WalesAndrew Slark
League(s) WRU Division Three West A
2016/17 6th [1]
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.neylandrfc.co.uk

Neyland Rugby Football Club is a rugby union team from the village of Neyland in West Wales. The club is a member of the Welsh Rugby Union and is a feeder club for the Scarlets.[2]

Neyland Rugby Football Club claim to be founded in 1885 and celebrate their 125th anniversary during the 2011–12 season.[3] In 1946, just after the reformation of competitive rugby in Wales after the events of the Second World War, the club formed a joint committee with the local cricket club to purchase a playing field.[4] The playing fields would, in 1963, become part of the local Athletics Club. In 2015, Neyland Rugby Football Club turned 130 years old.

Club honours[edit]

In the 2009/10 season, after several years in WRU Division Five West, Neyland were promoted to WRU Division Four West after winning the league. It was an impressive season with the senior team losing only one of the 22 games of the tournament, and scoring more tries than any team across all regions and divisions; a total of 150.[5]

Kit[edit]

Neyland traditionally play in black shirts, with black shorts and black socks. They occasionally wear an alternate kit, it is a white shirt with black hoops, red sleeves and black shorts and socks.

Rivalries[edit]

Neyland's main rivals include Milford Haven RFC, Pembroke Dock Harlequins RFC and Llangwm RFC. However, with the Division now much more localised, almost every game is a local derby.

Notable former players[edit]

Although no players have been directly capped for an international team from Neyland, Tommy Evans began his career for the club before switching to first-class clubs Llanelli and then Swansea, gaining his cap for the later in 1925.[6] It was with Swansea that Evans also faced the 'Invincible' 1924 touring New Zealand team.[7]

2016/17 Fixtures/Results[edit]

Pembroke RFC (a) - lost 22-29 (Tries: Ashley Sutton (2), Ben Goodridge (2). Conversion: Ashley Sutton)

Milford Haven RFC (h) - lost 14-22 (Tries: Adam Collins, Ashley Sutton. Conversions: Ashley Sutton 2)

Pembroke Dock Harlequins RFC (a) - won 40-24 (Tries: Luke Conbeer (2), Ben Goodridge (2), Delme Bateman, Patrick Bellerby. Conversions: Mark Riley 2, Toby Hayman 3)

Cardigan RFC (h) - won 15-12 (Tries: Luke Conbeer, George Williams. Conversion: Toby Hayman. Penalty: Toby Hayman)

Laugharne RFC (a) - lost 43-17

Llangwm RFC (h) - won 41-0

St Davids RFC (a) - won 63-7 (Tries: Ben Goodridge, Luke Conbeer, Andrew Slark, Luke Dawes, Adam Cawley, Ashley Sutton, Stephen Martin, Iestyn Evans, Adam Collins. Conversions: Ashley Sutton (9).

St Clears RFC (h) - lost 26-47

Tregaron RFC (a) - lost 27-30

Milford Haven RFC (a) - lost 23-30

Pembroke RFC (h) - won 20-10

Pembroke Dock Harlequins (h) - won 68-7

Cardigan RFC (a) - lost 3-47

Laugharne RFC (h) - lost 10-25

Llangwm RFC (a) - won 36-3

St Davids RFC (h) - won 58-23

St Clears RFC (a) - lost 8-59

Tregaron RFC (h) - won 38-22

References[edit]

  1. ^ / (http://www.pembrokeshiresport.co.uk/rugby/swalec-league-3-west-a-+h+-table)
  2. ^ BBC News (2004-07-08). "Wales' regional rugby map". BBC. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  3. ^ "Two arrested over theft of Neyland rugby club anniversary kits". Western Telegraph. 21 March 2011. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Pembrokeshire Record Office, Records of Neyland Rugby Club". Archive Wales. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Just champion – Neyland RFC". pembrokeshiresport.co.uk. 30 June 2010. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  6. ^ Rothmans Rugby Yearbook 1981-82, Vivian Jenkins (1982) pg215. ISBN 0-907574-05-X
  7. ^ Jenkins, John M.; et al. (1991). Who's Who of Welsh International Rugby Players. Wrexham: Bridge Books. p. 59. ISBN 1-872424-10-4.