Glamorgan Wanderers RFC
Glamorgan Wanderers are a Welsh rugby union club based in Ely, west Cardiff in Wales. The club is located just to the north of Western Cemetery. They currently play in WRU division 1 East central, having been relegated from the Welsh Championship in the 2016–2017 season.
|Full name||Glamorgan Wanderers Rugby Football Club|
|Ground(s)||Memorial Ground (Capacity: 3000)|
|Captain(s)||Rob Lewis/Cameron Gibbon|
|League(s)||WRU East Central 1|
Glamorgan Wanderers began as the Old Monktonians, formed by ex-pupils of Monkton House School in 1893. In 1913 the team changed their name to Glamorgan Wanderers to reflect the wider intake of their membership. The club played rugby on seven different grounds in the earlier years, including former Cardiff RFC ground Sophia Gardens and Llandaff RFC's pitch Bishop's Field, until they were able to purchase their present ground in 1951. The ground was purchased via various fund raising appeals and is named the Memorial Ground in honour of former players who had lost their lives in the two World Wars.
Former President of the club, and of the Welsh Rugby Union, and Deputy Lord Chief Justice, Sir Tasker Watkins, V,C., G.B.E., D.L. was awarded the Victoria Cross for his outstanding bravery in the Second World War.
The Wanderers were an important influence on rugby sevens in Wales, having hosted the country's first seven-a-side competition in April 1939. The game of seven-a-side rugby had been played in England since 1926, but the Welsh Rugby Union had blocked any attempts for the game to be played for profit. The profits from these first games by Glamorgan Wanderers were donated to charities stipulated by the WRU.
Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.
Notable former playersEdit
The following players have represented Glamorgan Wanderers and have been capped at international level.
- Head Coach Martyn Fowler
- Forwards Coach Lee Highgate
- Team Manager Ieaun Davies
Games played against international oppositionEdit
|1987||28 October||United States||Win||25-6||1987 United States rugby union tour of Wales|
- Rothmans Rugby Yearbook 1981-82 ed. Vivian Jenkins ISBN 0-907574-05-X
- The Rugby Clubs of Wales p. 122, David Parry-Jones (1989) ISBN 0-09-173850-4
- Fields of Praise, The Official History of the Welsh Rugby Union 1881-1981 p. 331, David Smith, Gareth Williams (1980)
- Fields of Praise, The Official History of the Welsh Rugby Union 1881-1981 p. 298, David Smith, Gareth Williams (1980)
- Jones, Stephen (1988). Rothmans Rugby Union Yearbook 1988-89. Queen Anne Press. pp. 30–32. ISBN 0-356-15884-5.