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 10 10 0 0 245 122 45
Carmarthen Quins 9 7 0 2 232 167 33
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 10 6 0 4 244 208 28
Aberavon 9 5 0 4 194 188 26
Pontypridd 10 5 0 5 224 218 25
Llanelli 9 5 0 4 187 219 22
Merthyr 10 4 0 6 202 221 22
Swansea 10 4 0 6 166 183 21
Llandovery 7 4 0 3 158 134 20
Newport 10 3 0 7 194 217 19
Ebbw Vale 10 2 0 8 198 248 14
Bridgend Ravens 10 2 0 8 146 265 11