• President
    • Gerald Davies CBE
  • Vice Presidents
    • Andrew Brace
    • DE Brierley
    • Jack Evans
    • Bob Garwood
    • Simon Gulliford
    • David Harries
    • Owain Harries
    • Dr Keith Hughes
    • Peter Jackson
    • W Hopkin Joseph
    • Gerry Latham
    • Ian Lewis
    • Byron Light
    • Greg Lock
    • Nigel Perris
    • Martyn Ryan
    • Anthony Tarr
    • Denys Thomas
    • Richard Whiting
    • John Williams
    • Nick Williams
    • Gary Witchell
  • Life Members
    • Malcolm Baker
    • Gerald Davies CBE
    • Jack Davies
    • Leighton Davies
    • Denis Evans
    • Dennis Gethin OBE
    • Wyn Oliver
  • Chairman
    • Jack Davies
  • Hon Secretary
    • Denys Thomas
  • Treasurer
    • Jon Davis
  • Vice Chairman
    • Tim Lowe
  • Match Secretary
    • Dr Keith Hughes
  • Head Coach
    • Adrian Evans
  • Executive Committee
    • Jack Davies
    • Denys Thomas
    • Jon Davis
    • Tim Lowe
    • Steve Williams
    • Adrian Evans
    • Dr Keith Hughes
    • Rhys Evans
    • Gethin Evans
    • Alun Wynne
    • Dr Brian Rees OBE
    • Wyn Hughes
    • David Williams
    • Gareth Nicholas
    • Richard Emms
    • Steve Whitehead
    • Paul Evans
    • Colin Workman
    • Bob Dyer
    • Paul Jones
    • Simon Thomas


The origin of the Welsh Academicals was established during 1927 in the mining community of Mountain Ash, deep in the Cynon Valley of South Wales.

Despite the severe economic depression of the time, great sacrifices were made to allow students to reach their full potential, both academically and also on the rugby field. Aware of the difficulties often faced by university students in playing a high standard of rugby, a school caretaker by the name of Jimmy Austin formed a team of his former pupils and other students, which was christened the 'Welsh Academicals'.

At the time, the local Mountain Ash team was a major force in rugby, with Welsh internationals in its line up and a five year unbeaten ground record. But Austins belief in the ability of the students gave him the courage to challenge the local team to a match that attracted tremendous interest in the area, and to the amazement of all and sundry the students emerged victorious and began a famous tradition in student rugby.

For the subsequent 80 seasons the 'Accies', as they have become known, have continued this ethos of providing experiences to Wales' top student rugby players which has assisted their development towards greater honours.

An archive of recollections and photographs is being collated below:




A Divine Intervention Gerald Davies

Gem Arbennig Yr Accies U Aber Carwyn James

Yr Accies A Fy Nghymraeg W.H.Billy Raybould

Gerald And Gareth Meet Gaston Andy Chinn

An Invitation From The Accies Trevor Brewer

A No Fear Environment Kevin Bowring

Wartime Accies Dr Jack Matthews

Accies In Genoa John Lowe

Accies In Sicily Leighton Davies

He Can Call Mr Williams "Bleddyn" Grahame Hodgson

Greetings from the Near East Derek Morgan

85th Anniversary Annual Dinner 2012


Llanelli 1940

New Zealand Army 1942


New Zealand Services 1944

New Zealand Army 1945

Devon 1948

Cardiff 1950

Merthyr 1951

Cardiff 1952

Devon 1953

Cornwall 1958

Italy 1984

South Africa 1981

Italy 1985

Aberystwyth 1987

Seven Sisters 1987

Hong Kong 1987

Portugal 2006

West Wales 7s 2007

Mountain Ash 2008

Accies v Japan 2009

Brittany 2009

Mountain Ash 2009

Brecon 2011

Cambridge 2011

Llandovery 2011

Mountain Ash 2012

Cambridge 2012

Oxford 2012

Cambridge 2013

Llandovery 2013

Millfield 2014

Gemau Cymru 2014

Cambridge 2014

Oxford 2014

Welsh Deaf 2014

Llandovery 2014

Cambridge 2015

Oxford 2015

Llandovery 2016

Milfield 2016

UWTSD 2016

Cambridge 2016

Oxford 2016


Most of the above have been reproduced from 'The Accies at 75' (2002) edited by David Parry - Jones, along with more recent additions. Further contributions to this section are welcome and can be forwarded to Rhys Evans via the 'Contact Us' section.








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