Abertillery RFC


Abertillery RFC

Rugby team
teamname = Abertillery RFC
fullname = Abertillery Rugby Football Club
nickname = Green and Whites
founded =
ground = Abertillery Park
location = Abertillery, Wales
coach = Neil Machin
league = WRU Division Three East
season = 2007-08
position = 2nd [(WRU Division Four East) [http://www.wru.co.uk/1153_2136.php WRU official site] ] (WRU Division Four East)
country

Abertillery Rugby Football Club is a Welsh rugby union team. According to their web site, they were founded in 1883 though other sources state 1884 ["Rothmans Rugby Yearbook 1981-82" ed. Vivian Jenkins ISBN 090757405X] . Their team colours are green and white and their home ground is Abertillery Park in Abertillery. The club is a member of the Welsh Rugby Union and is a feeder club for the Newport Gwent Dragons. [cite web |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/welsh/3877085.stm |title=Wales' regional rugby map |author=BBC News |publisher=BBC |date=2004-07-08 |accessdate=2008-05-20]

Their informal nickname is the "Green and Whites".

In 2002 Abertillery RFC, followed Brynmawr RFC and withdrew from the Principality Cup, after the Welsh Rugby Union made an error during the live draw for the fifth round. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/low/rugby_union/celtic/2560887.stm BBC website sourced 15th October 2007] ] Within the week, the club made an about turn and asked to be re-entered. [ [http://www.wru.co.uk/10351_5498.php Principlaity Cup - Round 5 Preview] WRU news report]

Achievements

Abertillery have been Welsh Champions twice. They have provided players for Wales and the British Lions, including Haydn Morgan, Allan Lewis, Rupert Moon and the late Alun Pask. They have also had some Ospreys players, notably Shaun Connor.

Club honours

*WRU Division Five East 2006-07 - Champions

Notable former players

*flagicon|WALAlan Lewis (6 caps) ["Fields of Praise, The Official History of the Welsh Rugby Union 1881-1981" pp468, David Smith, Gareth Williams (1980)]
*flagicon|WALRupert Moon
*flagicon|WALHaydn Morgan (27 caps) ["Fields of Praise, The Official History of the Welsh Rugby Union 1881-1981" pp469, David Smith, Gareth Williams (1980)]
*flagicon|WALAlun Pask (26 caps) ["Fields of Praise, The Official History of the Welsh Rugby Union 1881-1981" pp470, David Smith, Gareth Williams (1980)]
*flagicon|WALJim Webb (19 caps)

Games played against international opposition

'*' A joint Abertillery/Newbridge team.

External links

* [http://www.abertillery-rfc.co.uk Abertillery Blaenau Gwent Rugby Football Club Official website]

References


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