RHIWBINA RFC

              


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 HISTORY OF RHIWBINA RFC

 

The club was established on 14th February 1962, when a notice was put up in a Post Office window in Rhiwbina by Jack Treeby. Jack asked for interested people to a meeting and following this meeting the club was formed. 

The Squirrel name and logo came about as a result of the newly formed club meeting in the Butchers Arms and seeing beer pump from a local brewery with a Squirrel on it...the rest is history.

From these humble beginnings, it took a few seasons for the club to find its feet on the rugby field but Rhiwbina Rugby has long since established itself as one of Cardiff's best junior clubs. The rugby club base itself at Rhiwbina Recreation Club encouraging people with an interest in rugby to join the club. Rhiwbina currently field threeSenior teams, a Veterans side and after over a decade we have a Youth side.Our Junior Section has over 300 players and the combined playing membership of the Seniors and Juniors makes us officially the biggest side in Wales.

Rhiwbina Rugby was awarded full Welsh Rugby Union status in 1975, and interestingly our nominator's included Pontypridd and Penarth Rugby clubs. That year included a memorable loss to giants Newport RFC in the cup. 

Rhiwbina Rugby has played its part in the administration of Welsh rugby at a District and National level. Our current President is Paul Maddocks.

Our previous President was the late Mr Keith Rowlands who was also the President of the WRU and who played for Wales and the British Lions. Our Former Secretary, Alan Wynne, works at the WRU Ticket Office.

As well as this involvement there has been a string of officers within the Cardiff and District Union with Gwyn Williams, a Life member, serving 18 years as Treasurer, John Taylor as Chairman and Joe Rees and Vic Bence serving on the Committee. 

Rhiwbina has in recent years exchanged some of its players to clubs in Australia, including former No 8 Phil Greenwood who played in Rhiwbina's 1st XV for many years, playing for Shoalhaven Rugby Union Club, in New South Wales. Phil now plays for Pembroke RFC, West Wales.

Our current assistant coach Steve Neal is the record East District caps holder with 37 appearances for the District. Steve has been associated with Rhiwbina RFC for over 20 years and has just  obtained coaching qualifications.

Former player John Mitchell captained the 1st XV for a record breaking 8 seasons during the late 80ís and early 90ís.

Other players who have passed through our ranks before going onto greater things were Huw Williams who went on to play for Ebbw Vale, and more recently James Goode Nick McCloud and Nick Hampson who now play for Cardiff Blues and Cardiff and Gareth Delve who went on to play for Wales. 

Rhiwbina RFC won the East District Cup in season 1991-92 beating Pentyrch in the final.

Rhiwbina have toured extensively in Europe and the British Isles in recent years including memorable trips to Rennes,  Prague and a recent visit to Perranporth in Cornwall. Last seasons tour was a fantastic trip to Portugal.

The club are currently exploring the opportunity of building a new clubhouse  and changing rooms at Caedelyn Park- the future looks exciting for the Squirrels .

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