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 16 13 0 3 396 243 61
Carmarthen Quins 17 10 3 4 372 278 54
Aberavon 16 11 0 5 371 272 53
Llandovery 16 9 2 5 344 285 48
Pontypridd 18 10 0 8 394 376 47
Merthyr 18 8 0 10 362 374 44
RGC 1404 17 8 1 8 409 381 43
Newport 15 7 0 8 294 278 37
Swansea 17 7 0 10 246 292 35
Llanelli 15 6 0 9 293 412 27
Ebbw Vale 17 4 2 11 283 351 27
Bridgend Ravens 18 3 0 15 271 493 19