Golden Anniversary Celebrations

Newport RFC celebrated the Golden Anniversary of the 1969 win against South Africa and the Anglo-Welsh championship winning season with a superb dinner held at Rougemont School on Friday evening.

The event was very well attended by former players, supporters and guests who were hosted by the organisers Friends of Newport Rugby Trust.

Former player Keith James was Master of Ceremonies assisted by Kevin Jarvis with superb speeches from club President Brian ‘BJ’ Jones, former players Paul Watts and Jeff Watkins along with South African vice captain Tommy Bedford who spoke emotionally about his involvement in the game and also the whole tour that was beset with issues and demonstrations due to the apartheid situation. Club chairman Will Godfrey closed the evening thanking all of those involved for their efforts.

It really was a superb evening of nostalgia and the club would like to thank Headmaster Rob Carnevale and his staff for a wonderful welcome at Rougemont School.

Pictures of the event can be viewed here: https://fonr.smugmug.com/Golden-Anniversary-291119/

Thanks to Ronnie Sutcliffe for the photographs.

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Cardiff 8 8 0 0 196 112 36
Pontypridd 8 5 0 3 192 174 24
Carmarthen Quins 7 5 0 2 172 118 23
Aberavon 7 5 0 2 135 118 22
Merthyr 8 4 0 4 179 179 21
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 8 4 0 4 184 173 19
Llanelli 8 4 0 4 165 199 18
Newport 8 3 0 5 167 162 18
Llandovery 6 3 0 3 140 126 16
Swansea 8 2 0 6 127 149 13
Ebbw Vale 8 2 0 6 173 217 12
Bridgend Ravens 8 1 0 7 123 226 7