Cross Keys RFC

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
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Full nameCross Keys Rugby Football Club
Nickname(s)The Keys
LocationCrosskeys, Wales
Ground(s)Pandy Park (Capacity: 3,000)
PresidentWales Terry Howell
Coach(es)Wales Morgan Stoddart
Wales Greg Woods
Wales Jonathan Westwood
Captain(s)Scott Matthews
League(s)Welsh Championship
2018-1914th Welsh Premier Division
Team kit
Official website


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

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

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 honoursEdit

  • 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 squadEdit

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

Notable former playersEdit

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 oppositionEdit

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 2008-06-03.
  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 8 May 2012.
  9. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-07. Retrieved 2014-06-06.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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