Cross Keys RFC

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Cross Keys RFC
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Full nameCross Keys Rugby Football Club
Nickname(s)The Keys
Founded1885 [1]
Location Crosskeys, Wales
Ground(s)Pandy Park (Capacity: 3,000)
President Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Terry Howell
Coach(es) Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Morgan Stoddart
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Greg Woods
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Jonathan Westwood
Captain(s)Scott Matthews
League(s) Welsh Championship
2018-1914th Welsh Premier Division
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Official website
www.crosskeysrfc.com

Cross Keys RFC (Welsh : Clwb Rygbi Pont-y-Cymer) is a rugby union club located in the Welsh village of Crosskeys. The club is a member of the Welsh Rugby Union, and is a feeder club for the Dragons regional team. [2]

Welsh language Brythonic language spoken natively in Wales

Welsh is a Brittonic language of the Celtic language family. It is spoken natively in Wales, by some in England, and in Y Wladfa. Historically, it has also been known in English as 'British', 'Cambrian', 'Cambric' and 'Cymric'.

Rugby union Team sport, code of rugby football

Rugby union, widely known simply as rugby, is a contact team sport which originated in England in the first half of the 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand. In its most common form, a game is between two teams of 15 players using an oval-shaped ball on a rectangular field with H-shaped goalposts at each end.

Wales Country in northwest Europe, part of the United Kingdom

Wales is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It is bordered by England to the east, the Irish Sea to the north and west, and the Bristol Channel to the south. It had a population in 2011 of 3,063,456 and has a total area of 20,779 km2 (8,023 sq mi). Wales has over 1,680 miles (2,700 km) of coastline and is largely mountainous with its higher peaks in the north and central areas, including Snowdon, its highest summit. The country lies within the north temperate zone and has a changeable, maritime climate.

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History

Cross Keys RFC, Stade Bergeyre, France, 1 November 1921 Cross Keys RFC 1921.jpeg
Cross Keys RFC, Stade Bergeyre, France, 1 November 1921

The club achieved first class-status in 1909, winning the Monmouthshire league three times.[ citation needed ]

By 1920 the team had their first international player, when Steve Morris won a cap for Wales. Morris would win 19 caps and captained Wales in 1925. [3] Caps followed during the 1920s for Ossie Male and Lonza Bowdler, both returned over several seasons for Wales, facing not only Five Nations Championships but also touring teams.

Wales national rugby union team Nation rugby team from Wales

The Wales national rugby union team represents Wales in international rugby union. Its governing body, the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU), was established in 1881, the same year that Wales played their first international against England. The team plays its home matches at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, which replaced Cardiff Arms Park as the national stadium of Wales in 1999.

Ossie Male was a Welsh international full back who played club rugby for Cardiff and was capped 11 times for Wales and captained his country on three occasions. In 1924, Male was at the centre of an embarrassing decision made by the Welsh Rugby Union that prevented him facing the French rugby team. Male was one of six siblings and was the youngest boy.

Frank "Lonza" Bowdler was a Welsh rugby union hooker who played club rugby for Cross Keys and was capped 15 times for Wales. A coal miner by profession, Watcyn Thomas remembered him in his autobiography, as a dedicated player, turning out for Wales on Saturday before returning immediately to his shift underground at his mine.

In 1926 Cross Keys RFC found themselves in dire financial trouble, and requested help from the Welsh Rugby Union. The WRU refused an appeal for a cash loan, but instead agreed to send the Welsh national team to play in an exhibition match at Pandy Park. The sell-out crowd assured Cross Keys future and resulted in an historic win for the home team thirteen points to eight. [4]

The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) is the governing body of rugby union in the country of Wales, recognised by the sport's international governing body, World Rugby.

Rugby observers have noted the high level of talent in the Cross Keys pack, and criticised the fact they went under represented in the national team during the 1920s [5] and 1930s. [6]

Cross Keys reached the final of the 2011–12 British and Irish Cup, losing to Munster A. [7] Cross Keys won their first Swalec Cup, defeating table topping Pontypridd at the Millennium Stadium in 2012. [8]

The 2011–12 British and Irish Cup was the 3rd season of the annual rugby union competition for second tier, semi-professional clubs from Britain and Ireland. First round matches began on Wednesday 21 September 2011 and the final was held on Friday 27 April 2012.

Pontypridd RFC sports club

Pontypridd Rugby Football Club are a rugby union team from Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales. They compete in the Indigo Group Premiership, which they won for four consecutive seasons between 2012 and 2015, and the Specsavers National Cup which they have won on 6 occasions with the most recent being in 2014.

Club honours

Current squad

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

PlayerPositionUnion
Darren Hughes Hooker Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales
Rob Jones Hooker Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales
Will Griffiths Hooker Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales
Leon Brown Prop Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales
Nathan Buck Prop Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales
Richard Cornock Prop Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales
Gary Carpenter Prop Flag of England.svg England
Corey Hewlett Prop Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales
Lewis Smout Prop Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales
Scott Evans Prop Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales
Gwesyn Price-Jones Prop Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales
Dan Mock Lock Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales
Scott Andrews Lock Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales
Tom Lampard Lock Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales
Luke Dyckhoff Flanker Flag of Germany.svg Germany
Josh Skinner Flanker Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales
Scott Matthews Flanker Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales
Taine Basham Flanker Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales
Liam Davies Flanker Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales
Joe Thomas Flanker Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales
Adam Powell Number 8 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales
Max George Number 8 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales
PlayerPositionUnion
James Leadbeater Scrum-half Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales
Owain Leonard Scrum-half Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales
Ross Pritchard Scrum-half Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales
Josh Prosser Fly-half Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales
Corey Shephard Fly-half Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales
Lewis Barnett Centre Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales
Barney Nightingale Centre Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales
Phil Williams Centre Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales
Corey Nicholls Centre Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales
Benjamin Snell Centre Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales
Mathew Powell Wing Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales
Nathan Trowbridge Wing Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales
Lloyd Lewis Wing Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales
Joe Goodchild Wing Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales
Leon Andrews Fullback Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales
David Richards Fullback Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales

Notable former players

The following list is made up of ex-Cross Keys players who have all won international caps as either a rugby union or rugby league player.

See also Category:Cross Keys RFC players

Games played against international opposition

YearDateOpponentResultScoreTour
19859 OctoberFlag of Fiji.svg  Fiji Loss12-261985 Fiji rugby union tour of Wales and Ireland [17]

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  6. Smith (1980), pg 282.
  7. "BBC Sport - British and Irish Cup: Cross Keys 20-16 Cornish Pirates". BBC Sport.
  8. "Swalec Cup: Cross Keys 32-19 Pontypridd". BBC Sport. 7 May 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  9. 1 2 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-07. Retrieved 2014-06-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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