Pontypridd RFC

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Pontypridd RFC
Full name Pontypridd Rugby Football Club
Nickname (s) Ponty
Founded 1876
Stadion Sardis Road
Places 7,861
president Roger E. Davies
Trainer Paul John
Homepage www.ponty.net
league Welsh Premier Division
2011/12 master

The Pontypridd Rugby Football Club is a rugby union -Verein who in the Welsh Premier Division plays. The home games are played on Sardis Road .


The Pontypridd RFC was founded in 1876 and was a founding member of the Welsh Rugby Union . One of the club's players, Edward Llewellyn Treharne, took part in the Welsh national team's first international match against England in February 1881.

Initially, the club was based in Ynysangharad and Trallwn Fields, where the home games were also played. In 1891 the club moved to Taff Vale Park. Ten years later it went to People's Park, where the club stayed for three years, before returning to Ynysangharad Fields in 1904.

After the First World War , Pontypridd lacked the financial means to continue playing immediately. However, the local supporters of the club made it possible that the club could play games again soon afterwards. For a short time the name was changed to Pontypridd United Football Club. However, this name only lasted a few months.

After the Second World War , there were also difficulties for Pontypridd. The players had to change in the surrounding swimming pools and thus had a long way to the playgrounds. The club moved to the Greyhound Inn and stayed there until 1961 when a new clubhouse was opened at the north entrance of Ynysangharad Park. In terms of sport, the team was in the midfield of the unofficial Welsh championship, but managed once (1963) first place.

In 1974 the club played their first game in Pwllgwaun, which soon after became known as Sardis Road. Pontypridd soon began building a grandstand, changing rooms and floodlights. In 1981 the Australian national team visited the club and only just won 6: 3.

When the decision to establish a Welsh league was made in the late 1980s, Pontypridd was also part of the WRU's deliberations. The first season of the new league followed in 1990/91, to which 18 clubs belonged. The 1990s turned into a successful era for the club. During this time he produced, among others, Neil Jenkins , who would later become the player with the most points worldwide. Against South Africa there was a narrow 9-3 defeat on November 22, 1994. The following year Pontypridd was invited to South Africa to play against the national team of the Northern Transvaal Rugby Union .

In the 2003/04 season, five regional teams emerged in Wales to compete in the Celtic League . For this purpose, the WRU merged the existing clubs. Pontypridd merged with the Bridgend RFC to form the Celtic Warriors , but they were disbanded after only one season. The Pontypridd RFC remained, was incorporated into the semi-professional Welsh Premier Division and is part owner of the Cardiff Blues .

From the 2009/10 season the club will take part in the British and Irish Cup , a competition for second-rate clubs.


Well-known former players

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