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 14 12 0 2 337 211 55
Carmarthen Quins 13 9 1 3 319 229 45
Aberavon 13 9 0 4 293 223 43
Merthyr 15 8 0 7 316 311 41
Pontypridd 15 8 0 7 328 315 38
RGC 1404 14 7 0 7 352 322 36
Llandovery 12 6 2 4 271 225 35
Swansea 12 5 0 7 189 214 25
Newport 12 4 0 8 240 263 25
Llanelli 13 5 0 8 251 343 23
Ebbw Vale 14 3 1 10 254 308 21
Bridgend Ravens 15 3 0 12 228 414 17