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Cross Keys RFC
Cross Keys RFC
Crosskeys RFC logo.jpg
Cross Keys Rugby Football Club
The Keys
LocationCrosskeys, Wales
Pandy Park (Capacity: 3,000)
PresidentWales Terry Howell
Wales Morgan Stoddart
Wales Greg Woods
Wales Jonathan Westwood
Scott Matthews
Welsh Championship
2018-1914th Welsh Premier Division
Official website

Cross Keys RFC (Welsh: Clwb Rygbi Pont-y-Cymer) is a rugby union club located in the Welsh village of Crosskeys. The club is a member of the Welsh Rugby Union, and is a feeder club for the Dragons regional team.[2]


Cross Keys RFC, Stade Bergeyre, France, 1 November 1921

The club achieved first class-status in 1909, winning the Monmouthshire league three times.[]

By 1920 the team had their first international player, when Steve Morris won a cap for Wales. Morris would win 19 caps and captained Wales in 1925.[3] Caps followed during the 1920s for Ossie Male and Lonza Bowdler, both returned over several seasons for Wales, facing not only Five Nations Championships but also touring teams.

In 1926 Cross Keys RFC found themselves in dire financial trouble, and requested help from the Welsh Rugby Union. The WRU refused an appeal for a cash loan, but instead agreed to send the Welsh national team to play in an exhibition match at Pandy Park. The sell-out crowd assured Cross Keys future and resulted in an historic win for the home team thirteen points to eight.[4]

Rugby observers have noted the high level of talent in the Cross Keys pack, and criticised the fact they went under represented in the national team during the 1920s[5] and 1930s.[6]

Cross Keys reached the final of the 2011-12 British and Irish Cup, losing to Munster A.[7] Cross Keys won their first Swalec Cup, defeating table topping Pontypridd at the Millennium Stadium in 2012.[8]

Club honours

  • Welsh Club Champions - 1921-22, 1935-36
  • Welsh Division One Champions - 1992-93,[9] 1999-00[9]
  • British and Irish Cup Runners-Up - 2011-12
  • Swalec Cup Winners - 2011-12
  • Swalec Cup Runners-Up - 2013-14
  • Welsh Premier Division Runners-Up - 2013-2014

Current squad

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Darren Hughes Hooker Wales Wales
Rob Jones Hooker Wales Wales
Will Griffiths Hooker Wales Wales
Leon Brown Prop Wales Wales
Nathan Buck Prop Wales Wales
Richard Cornock Prop Wales Wales
Gary Carpenter Prop England England
Corey Hewlett Prop Wales Wales
Lewis Smout Prop Wales Wales
Scott Evans Prop Wales Wales
Gwesyn Price-Jones Prop Wales Wales
Dan Mock Lock Wales Wales
Scott Andrews Lock Wales Wales
Tom Lampard Lock Wales Wales
Luke Dyckhoff Flanker Germany Germany
Josh Skinner Flanker Wales Wales
Scott Matthews Flanker Wales Wales
Taine Basham Flanker Wales Wales
Liam Davies Flanker Wales Wales
Joe Thomas Flanker Wales Wales
Adam Powell Number 8 Wales Wales
Max George Number 8 Wales Wales
Player Position Union
James Leadbeater Scrum-half Wales Wales
Owain Leonard Scrum-half Wales Wales
Ross Pritchard Scrum-half Wales Wales
Josh Prosser Fly-half Wales Wales
Corey Shephard Fly-half Wales Wales
Lewis Barnett Centre Wales Wales
Barney Nightingale Centre Wales Wales
Phil Williams Centre Wales Wales
Corey Nicholls Centre Wales Wales
Benjamin Snell Centre Wales Wales
Mathew Powell Wing Wales Wales
Nathan Trowbridge Wing Wales Wales
Lloyd Lewis Wing Wales Wales
Joe Goodchild Wing Wales Wales
Leon Andrews Fullback Wales Wales
David Richards Fullback Wales Wales

Notable former players

The following list is made up of ex-Cross Keys players who have all won international caps as either a rugby union or rugby league player.

See also Category:Cross Keys RFC players

Games played against international opposition

Year Date Opponent Result Score Tour
1985 9 October  Fiji Loss 12-26 1985 Fiji rugby union tour of Wales and Ireland[17]


  1. ^ The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales page 178, John Davies, Nigel Jenkins, Menna Baines and Peredur Lynch (2008) ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6
  2. ^ BBC News (2004-07-08). "Wales' regional rugby map". BBC. Retrieved .
  3. ^ A Century of Welsh Rugby Players 1890-1980, Wayne Thomas; Ansells (1979) pg.61
  4. ^ The Rugby Clubs of Wales pp149, David Parry-Jones (1989) ISBN 0-09-173850-4
  5. ^ Smith (1980), pg 259.
  6. ^ Smith (1980), pg 282.
  7. ^ "BBC Sport - British and Irish Cup: Cross Keys 20-16 Cornish Pirates". BBC Sport.
  8. ^ "Swalec Cup: Cross Keys 32-19 Pontypridd". BBC Sport. 7 May 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  9. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-07. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ Smith (1980), pg 463.
  11. ^ Smith (1980), pg 466.
  12. ^ a b Smith (1980), pg 469.
  13. ^ a b Smith (1980), pg 471.
  14. ^ a b Smith (1980), pg 472.
  15. ^ Smith (1980), pg 473.
  16. ^ Smith (1980), pg 474.
  17. ^ Stephen Jones, ed. (1986). Rothmans Rugby Yearbook 1986-87. Queen Anne Press. p. 38. ISBN 0-356-12361-8.


  • Smith, David; Williams, Gareth (1980). Fields of Praise: The Official History of The Welsh Rugby Union. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. ISBN 0-7083-0766-3.

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