Clwb Rygbi

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Clwb Rygbi
Yclwbrygbi logo.jpg
Clwb Rygbi logo
Starring Gareth Roberts
Gareth Charles
Gwyn Jones
Deiniol Jones
Dwayne Peel
Catrin Heledd
Owain Gwynedd
Country of origin Wales
Original language(s) Welsh
English alternative commentary
Running time Variable
Original network S4C
Original release 1997
External links

Clwb Rygbi (Rugby Club) is a rugby union television programme shown on Welsh language channel S4C. Produced by BBC Cymru Wales, the show is amongst the most popular programmes shown on S4C.[1] The show was known as Y Clwb Rygbi until the beginning of the 2014–15 season.


The show is presented by Gareth Roberts, with analysis provided by Deiniol Jones and Dwayne Peel, and commentary by Gareth Charles and former Wales captain Gwyn Jones. Catrin Heledd and Owain Gwynedd are touchline reporters.

Clwb Rygbi's main coverage as of the 2015–16 season is of the Guinness Pro12, with a live game shown in every league round, where possible including a Welsh regional side. The RBS 6 Nations Championship is broadcast under the title Clwb Rygbi Rhyngwladol (International Rugby Club). Other international matches involving Wales, in particular the November Test series, are also shown on Clwb Rygbi Rhyngwladol. Highlights of the Principality Premiership and the SWALEC Cup are shown, with the final of the SWALEC Cup being televised live.

Live Pro 12 games are usually shown on Sunday afternoons.

The other rugby union competitions which S4C have the rights to show highlights for are broadcast as separate programmes, namely Rygbi: Cwpan Pencampwyr Ewrop for the European Rugby Champions Cup, Rygbi: Cwpan Her Ewrop for coverage of Welsh regions in the knockout rounds of the European Rugby Challenge Cup, and Top 14: Rygbi Ffrainc for the French Top 14. These programmes share some presenters and commentators.

English-language commentary is usually provided via a red-button service, unless the rights to broadcast the match in the medium of English is held by another broadcaster.


The programme won a BAFTA Cymru Best Live Coverage/Outside Broadcast award in 1999 and in 2005.[2][3]

In 2002 the programme won the Royal Television Society Regional Sports Programme of the Year award, becoming the first Welsh language programme to win a RTS Sport Award.[4]

Y Clwb Rygbi 13[edit]

A spin off from Y Clwb Rygbi was announced on 30 May 2007 when S4C announced that they would cover four Celtic Crusaders rugby league matches live. The coverage started on Saturday 9 June 2007 when the Crusaders hosted Barrow Raiders at the Brewery Field at 6.30 pm. They eventually showed nine matches over two years.[5]

See also[edit]

  • Scrum V, an English language rugby union television programme also produced by BBC Wales.
  • S4C Sport


  1. ^ "Ofcom Review of Public Service Television Broadcasting – Phase 3 Report A BBC Response". OFCOM. Retrieved 30 October 2006. 
  2. ^ "BBC wins at Welsh Baftas". British Broadcasting Corporation. 1 May 2000. Retrieved 30 October 2006. 
  3. ^ Leah Oatway (23 January 2006). "Welsh Baftas mark Rhodri's return". Wales on Sunday. Media Wales. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "S4C wins top TV sports award". onlineWales Internet. 22 May 2002. Retrieved 30 October 2006. 
  5. ^ S4C to screen live coverage of Celtic Crusaders