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Encyclopedia > Cardiff RFC

Cardiff Rugby Football Club was founded 1876. The club played their first few matches at Sophia Gardens, but soon relocated to Cardiff Arms Park, where they have been based ever since. They built a reputation as one of the great clubs in world rugby largely through a series of wins against international touring sides. South Africa and New Zealand have been beaten by Cardiff. Australia have failed to beat them in six attempts. Cardiff have provided more players to the Welsh national side and British Lions than any other Welsh club. 1876 (MDCCCLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Cardiff Arms Park is a stadium complex situated in the centre of Cardiff, Wales. ... Two rugby teams may be known as the British Lions, though it is not the correct title for either: The British and Irish Lions are a touring side playing rugby union. ...

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Early History

Cardiff RFC were formed from the almalgamation of two other clubs and played their first fixture on 2 December 1876, versus Newport at Wentloog Marshes. In 1881 Cardiff beat Llanelli to win the South Wales Challenge Cup, though the tournament was scrapped soon afterward due to persistent crowd trouble. A notable early player was Fran Hancock. A skillfull centre, Hancock first played for Cardiff due to an injury to a first regular. At this time, rugby was played with 6 backs and 9 forwards but Hancocks performance so impressed the selectors that for the next game they selected him as a 7th back and selected only 8 forwards. The system was soon adopted by the Welsh national team and the7 backs and 8 forwards system exists in rugby to this day.


The Arms Park

A new stadium was built in 1969 as a result of an agreement between the Cardiff Athletic Club and the Welsh Rugby Union. Club Rugby games were moved to what was the cricket ground on the site. In 1999 a brand new stadium was built in place of the old one, which was named the Millennium Stadium. Cardiff RFC still play at the Cardiff Arms Park which is beside the Millennium Stadium. The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) (Welsh: Undeb Rygbi Cymru) is the governing body of rugby union in Wales, recognised by the International Rugby Board. ... The Millennium Stadium (Welsh: Stadiwm y Mileniwm) in Cardiff is the national stadium of Wales, used primarily for rugby union and football home internationals. ... Cardiff Arms Park is a stadium complex situated in the centre of Cardiff, Wales. ... The Millennium Stadium (Welsh: Stadiwm y Mileniwm) in Cardiff is the national stadium of Wales, used primarily for rugby union and football home internationals. ...


Today

Today Cardiff RFC Ltd runs two sides - both playing at the Arms Park. Cardiff Blues take part in the Celtic League, Anglo-Welsh Cup and Heineken Cup. Cardiff RFC take part in the Welsh Premiership. Official website www. ... The Celtic League is an annual rugby union competition involving regional sides from Ireland, Scotland and Wales, seen by many as the third major league in Europe, after the English Guinness Premiership and the French TOP 14. ... The Heineken Cup sponsored by Heineken (known as the H Cup in France due to alcohol advertising laws) is an annual rugby union competition involving leading club, regional and provincial teams from the Six Nations: England, France, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and Italy. ...


Club honours

The Heineken Cup sponsored by Heineken (known as the H Cup in France due to alcohol advertising laws) is an annual rugby union competition involving leading club, regional and provincial teams from the Six Nations: England, France, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and Italy. ... The WRU Challenge Cup (currently known as the Minolta Cup due to sponsorship) is Wales premier knockout rugby union competition. ... Welsh Premier Division Logo The Welsh Premier Division (also called the Principality Premiership for sponsorship reasons) is a rugby union league in Wales. ... Welsh Premier Division Logo The Welsh Premier Division (also called the Principality Premiership for sponsorship reasons) is a rugby union league in Wales. ...

Notable former players

Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_(bordered). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_(bordered). ... Gerald Davies CBE (February 7, 1945–) is one of the acknowledged giants of Welsh rugby, playing for the side between 1966 and 1978. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_(bordered). ... Gareth Edwards, born 12 July 1947 in Pontardawe, Wales, is a former Welsh rugby union footballer who plays scrum-half, considered by many to be the greatest player in the history of the game. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_(bordered). ... Rhys Thomas Gabe (1880 - 1967) was a Welsh rugby union player who gained 24 caps for Wales, mainly as a centre. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_(bordered). ... Terry Holmes (born March 10, 1957 in Cardiff) is a former Welsh rugby union player who won 25 caps for Wales as a scrum-half and later played rugby league for Bradford Northern. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_(bordered). ... Robert Howley (born 13 October 1970 in Bridgend) is a former Welsh rugby union footballer . ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_(bordered). ... Jonathan Humphreys is a former international Wales rugby union player. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_(bordered). ... Barry John (born 6 January 1945 in Cefneithin, Wales) is a Welsh rugby union footballer, considered by many to be the greatest fly-half in the sports history. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_(bordered). ... Gwyn Jones is a former Wales international rugby union player. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_(bordered). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_(bordered). ... Cliff Morgan (born 7 April 1930 at Trebanog, Rhondda) is a former Welsh rugby union player who played for Cardiff RFC and earned 29 caps for Wales between 1951 and 1958. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_(bordered). ... Erith Gwyn Nicholls (1874 - March 1939) was a Welsh rugby union player who gained 24 caps for Wales as a centre. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_(bordered). ... Mike Rayer is a former Wales international rugby union player. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_(bordered). ... Mark Gerarde Ring (born 15 October 1962) played rugby union for Cardiff RFC, Pontypool RFC and Wales between 1982 and 1996. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England_(bordered). ... John P Scott is a former England international rugby union player. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_(bordered). ... Gareth Alfie Thomas (25 July 1974, Sarn nr. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_(bordered). ... Bleddyn Williams (born 22 February 1923, at Taffs Wells, near Cardiff), was a Welsh rugby union centre. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_(bordered). ... Wilfred Wooller (20 November 1912 - 10 March 1997) was a Welsh cricketer, rugby player, cricket administrator and journalist. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_(bordered). ... David Dai Young (born 26 July 1967) is a former Welsh rugby union footballer. ...

External links

  • Cardiff RFC website

  Results from FactBites:
 
Cardiff RFC : about.main (133 words)
Cardiff Rugby Football Club was founded in 1876 and played its first game at Sophia Gardens.
At club level Cardiff were Welsh League champions in 1994-95 and won the Welsh Cup in 1981, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1994 and 1997.
Cardiff has supplied more players for Wales than any other club and a succession of Cardiff captains have led their country.
Cardiff RFC : rugby.history (446 words)
Cardiff Rugby Football Club was founded in 1876 and played its first game against Newport at Wentloog Marshes on 2 December of that year.
In 1999 the National Stadium, Cardiff Arms Park, as it was officially known, was replaced by the Millennium Stadium.
More recent additions to the club’s history are The Statistical History of Cardiff RFC 1876-1984 by CRG Harris and the companion illustrated histories, Cardiff Rugby Football Club 1876-1939 and Cardiff Rugby Football Club 1940-2000, by Duncan Gardiner and Alan Evans.
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