Celebrate 140 seasons of rugby at St Helen's

By Dave Dow | 17/04/2017

Swansea Rugby Club is proud to announce an important anniversary of the famous old St Helen’s ground.

140 seasons ago on 4th November 1876, Swansea RFC played their first match after having moved to the new ground of St Helen’s. The club was formed in 1872 and had lately been playing on the Primrose Field off Constitution Hill. The visiting team for the opening of the 1876-77 season at St Helen’s were Llandovery College, regular opponents in the formative years of the Swansea club. The match ended in a win for Swansea by two goals and four tries to the college’s two goals.

 

                To mark the 140th anniversary, Llandovery College have been invited to put a school side together and once again travel down to the renowned ground and play against a side drawn from the talent of Swansea Schools (SSRU) on Saturday 22nd April 2017 with kick-off at 2:30 pm.

                This match will be a celebration for both Swansea RFC and of course the ground of St Helen’s, which has been the scene of so many great sporting moments since it was opened in May 1875 by Swansea’s cricket club.  

                Although the match 140 seasons ago is of historic interest in its own right and the college fielded three future Welsh international players, this celebratory match between the Swansea club and Llandovery College will be an opportunity to look forward as well. Many Welsh international players have emanated from Swansea Schools rugby and the current Welsh squad includes: Alun Wyn Jones, Liam Williams, Nicky Smith, Ross Moriarty, Dan Biggar, Leigh Halfpenny, Sam Davies and Justin Tipuric; a fine contribution and evidence of the value of schools rugby.

                Llandovery College too, has a proud history of producing fine rugby players, many of whom have played for Swansea and for Wales. The college itself has produced nearly fifty players who have gone on to Welsh honours, including Alun Wyn Jones and George North from the current Welsh team.

                Supporters are encouraged to come down and watch the young stars of tomorrow re-enact a historic game from the beginning of Swansea’s life at St Helen’s. Entry on match day will be FREE, a collection being taken at the gates toward the Swansea club’s charity for the season: The Neo Natal Unit at Singleton Hospital. A commemorative programme will be available at the gates. The clubhouse will be open and food available at the Main Bar. Come down and make an afternoon of it at the birthday of the most famous ground in Wales.

 

View report on Swansea's first match at St Helen's in 1876 HERE

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