Pontyclun RFC

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Pontyclun RFC
Full namePontyclun Rugby & Sports Club
Nickname(s)The Badgers
The Falcons (Woman's Senior Team)
Founded1887
Location Pontyclun, Wales
Ground(s)Windsor Fields
ChairmanJohn Gilbert
Coach(es)Jason Lewis
Ieuan Dobbs
Lisa Newton
League(s) WRU Division 3A South East
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Pontyclun Rugby Football Club is a Welsh rugby union team based in Pontyclun, Wales. Pontyclun RFC is a member of the Welsh Rugby Union and is a feeder club for the Cardiff Blues. [1]

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.

Rugby union Team sport, code of rugby football

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Pontyclun village in Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales

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Early history

Although it is believed that rugby had been played in Pontyclun from the early 1880s; a game between a team from Pontyclun and Pentyrch was called off after crowd trouble in 1884, [2] it is thought the rugby club was not created until 1886. [3] The club accepts its creation date as 1887 as proof that Pontyclun played as a RFC during the 1887/88 season, recorded in the Pontypridd Chronicle on 11 November 1887. The match was recorded as Pontypridd Juniors against Pontyclown (a common misspelling of the town during the late 1800s) which Pontyclun won. There is also a report in the South Wales Daily News for 12 November 1888 of a match between Bridgend and Pontyclown which was news-worthy due to Pontyclun taking offence at the referee, resulting in the team leaving the pitch eight minutes before the end of the match. [2]

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Club honours

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References

  1. BBC News (2004-07-08). "Wales' regional rugby map". BBC . Retrieved 2008-05-20.
  2. 1 2 David (1987), pg 21.
  3. Pontyclun and Talygarn, a History & Topography, J. Barry Davies ISBN   0-9514330-1-6
  4. David (1987), pg 24.
  5. David (1987), pg 28.