• 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

Welsh Academicals Annual Dinner 2016.

Arrangements are in place for the event at the Cardiff & County club on Friday the 2nd of December. For further information please click here.

Welsh Academicals Ox-bridge encounters see over 200 points.

For team photographs and match reports please click on the following links for recent matches involving Cambridge and Oxford Universities.


WRU International Under 16 Tournament.

Sunday 3rd April 2016

Wednesday 6th April 2016

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The Welsh Academicals will be heading north for a week in April to play against national teams as well as the local Rygbi Gogledd Cymru team.

All matches will be played at the Parc Eirias Stadium, home of RGC and the Wales Under 20s team.

Further information will be added when available.

University of Wales Trinity St Davids v Welsh Academicals.

Wednesday 23rd of March 2016

The Accies were invited to play in a celebration match commemorating the first competitive match ever played in Wales. After a very competitive first half the Accies eventually won 26-69.

For further information please click here.

Grahame Hodgson

The Welsh Academicals send sincere condolences to the family of Grahame Hodgson, former player, committeeman, chairman and life member who passed away recently. The funeral will took place at Coychurch Crematorium on Friday the 5th of February at 2.45pm.

Grahame played over 400 games for Neath as well as 15 caps for Wales which included a Five Nations title. He was as well known for his friendliness off the field as his excellence on it.

Tributes have obviously been extensive and widespread in recent days, though his time with the Welsh Academicals is probably best described in his own words: He can call Mr Willams "Bleddyn".

Elis Wyn Williams

It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of Elis Wyn Williams.

Elis was a member of the Accies and a regular attender of our Annual Dinner over recent years. He played for the Accies in the late 60s and early 70s after being capped by Welsh Secondary Schools in a team that included full internationals JPR Williams, JJ Williams, John Bevan, Keith Hughes and Allan Martin as well as future B internationals Roger Lane and Ian Lewis. Elis trained at Cardiff Training College before moving to London for a teaching post. He joined London Welsh and vied for the scrum-half position with Billy Hullin in the early 70s and also played for Middlesex County. Elis was a talented cricketer, opening bat and wicket keeper and was instrumental in the coaching and development of England players Chris Lewis and Phillip de Freitas. A renowned quizmaster in sport who famously never gave away any clues!

Cremation at Llanelli Crematorium 1pm on Monday 18th of January and afterwards at the Red Lion, Llandybie. Family flowers only, donations to Hillingdon Hospital Stroke Unit or to the vicar on the day.

Our sympathies are extended to Elis's family. Fach o faint, fawr o gymeriad.

Milfield v Welsh Academicals

Saturday January 23rd 2016

Match report here





Llandovery College v Welsh Academicals 2016

Wednesday Januay 6th 2016

Match report here





Steve Brierley

On Boxing Day 2015 our Vice President, Steve Brierley, passed away after a long ilness. We send our deepest sympathy to Steve's family.

Steve started his rugby career when he joined the Army, subsequently representing the Armed Forces through 22 Regiment Royal Artillery (the Welsh Gunners), the Royal Artillery, BOAR, the Army and Combined Services.

He was an Accie and his rugby association extended to the Public School Wanderers, Glamorgan Wanderers, Chairman of Bedwas RFC as well as a level 3 WRU coach.

His funeral will take place on Thursday 14th January at 2.30pm in the Wenallt Chapel at Thornhill Crematorium.

For those attending the preferred dress code is blazer and club tie.

Donations C/O the funeral home to any of the following:

Velindre Hospital

Welsh Academicals

BLESMA (military)

Welsh Academicals Annual Golf Day 2016

Thursday June 9th 2016

This years Golf Day will take place one month later than its traditional date.

To enter a team or for any further information please contact Gethin Evans at gethinevans@hotmail.co.uk


Rick O'Shea to speak at the Welsh Academicals Annual Dinner 2015 which will take place on Friday the 4th of December.

Click here for information.

Oxford University Whippets 27 Welsh Academicals 45

November 7th 2015

Click here for full details.



Cambridge University 19 Welsh Academicals 36

October 24th 2015

Click here for full details.

Roy Noble O.B.E. to speak at the Welsh Academicals Annual Dinner 2014.

The veteran broadcaster and former school headmaster will be the guest speaker at the dinner to be held on Friday the 5th of December 2014. For further details please click here.

Oxford University U21 17 Welsh Academicals 49

To read the match report click here.

Cambridge University Blues 12 Welsh Academicals 36

Grange Road, Cambridge, Saturday 11th October 2014.

For a full report and photographs please click here.

Cambridge University Under 21s 21 Welsh Academicals 31.

The Accies returned from another successful weekend against the light blues.

For full details please click here.

Welsh Academicals 85th Anniversary Annual Dinner.

A highly successful evening was enjoyed as the Accies celebrated 85 years, further details can be viewed here.

Cambridge University U21s 21 Welsh Academicals 36.

A highly competitive and entertaining game saw the Accies victorious as well as completing the game without once kicking the ball in open play.

For full details and more photographs please click here.

Clive Rowlands OBE to speak at the Welsh Academicals Annual Dinner 2012.

The former Wales captain, coach and WRU President will the guest speaker for the event being held at the Cardiff and County Club on Friday the 7th of December, for full details please click here.

Welsh Academical appointed captain of Scarlets region.

Rob McCusker has been made captain of the Scarlets for the 2012-2013 season. The North Walian toured Portugal with the Welsh Academicals in 2006 and became the 172nd Accie to play for Wales on the 2010 tour of New Zealand.

Dr Jack Matthews OBE.

Following the sad loss of a legendary Accie who served the club for over 70 year, tributes in the following footage include those by a Welsh Academical Life Member and Vice President. Please click here to view.

Dr Jack is shown on the left captaining the Accies during the war, his own recollection can be read here

Accie leads Wales into Junior World Championship.

Cory Hill captains Wales Under 20s during the IRB tournament in South Africa this month. Cory played for the Accies at Le Tournoi Cornouaille in France and has since progressed through the ranks at Pontypridd RFC to become a key player at the Cardiff Blues.

Click the following for links to view the Accies at Le Tournoi Cornouaille and coverage of the current IRB Junior World Championship.

Accies head to head in Welsh Schools Cup Final.

Steve Williams (Whitchurch HS) and Dai Williams (YGG Glantaf) will face each other as their respective schools compete at the Millennium Stadium, kicking off this Tuesday (24th April) at 2.30pm.

The occasion will also see two famous past pupils return to support their schools, for more information please click here.



Japan Under 20s make 12,000 mile round trip to play the Accies.

May 2012

Only 3 years after their previous visit to Parc Dyffryn Pennar, Japan Under 20s return with the intent of avenging their defeat to the Accies.

The match on May the 12th will again be used as part of their preparation towards the IRB Junior World Championship, being held in South Africa the following month.

Accies and Mount to repeat the original match after 85 years.

April 2012

On Saturday the 12th of April the Welsh Academicals will return to Mountain Ash and replay the match that saw the founding of the club. To read the history of this fixture please click here

Accies and Aussies at the Annual Dinner.

2nd December 2011

The Welsh Academicals Annual Dinner enjoyed the presence of representatives from the Australian national team in Cardiff for their international match with Wales the following day. For more information please click here

Llandovery College 14

Welsh Academicals 19

23rd November 2011

A nailbiting conclusion to an excellent match at Tredegar Close.

Please click here for a match report, squad details and photographs.

Cambridge University Under 21s 19

Welsh Academicals 71

22nd October 2011

A highly entertaining and competitve contest saw 90 points shared at Grange Road.

To read a full report and view photographs please click here.


Another Accie behind another star.

October 2011

Further to the previous item on Dai Williams and Jamie Roberts, another Accies coach recently enjoyed a reunion with the return of Wales' current captain to Whitchurch High School.

To view footage of Steve Williams and Sam Warburton, please click here.

Christ College Brecon 5 Welsh Academicals 55

12th October 2011

For a full report and photographs please click here.

For information on further Accies matches in the near future, please click on 'Matches and Tours' in the contents list above.

John Lowe, Welsh Academicals Life Member.

October 2011

The club is sad to hear of the passing of John Lowe, who from player to Life Member was strongly connected to the Accies for over half a century.

A service was held on Thursday the 20th of October at All Saints Church, Cyncoed, prior to cremation at Thornhill Crematorium with a gathering at Cardiff Golf Club.


Robin Davies, an Accie and Welsh Rugby International.

October 2011

The former Accies, London Welsh and Wales flanker sadly passed away recently. A most fitting tribute has been made by the club where he played most of his rugby, please click here to view details.

Cremation was held at Thornhill Crematorium on Monday the 17th of October.




WRU 130th Anniversary Debenture.

To celebrate 130 years as the governing body of rugby in Wales, the WRU is to issue debentures which award their holders with priority right to buy tickets for Wales' home games over the next 15 years.

For full details click here and for a prospectus please contact the club secretary via the 'Contact Us' section above.


Memorial service for a diplomatic Accie.

A celebration of the life of Gwyn Morgan OBE will be held at the Reform Club, 104 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5EW, between 18.00 and 20.00 on Wednesday the 8th of December.

Gwyn became an Accie after his playing days at university in Aberystwyth, before his distinguished career took him to various positions in worldwide locations.

To view an obituary, please click on the picture to the left.

Accies Email Notification.

All Welsh Academicals Vice Presidents and fully paid up Members can now receive email alerts of any breaking news regarding the club which is relevant to them.

Any new email addresses can be forwarded to the relevant Vice President or Membership Co-ordinators via the 'Members' section above, with news then being forwarded from welshacademicalsrugby@gmail.com

To ensure these emails are received in your Inbox, please save the above address in your contacts list.

Rob McCusker becomes Welsh international 172.

During the recent Wales v South Africa match, Rob McCusker became the 172nd player from the club to gain full international honours.

A product of Mold RFC and the age grade teams of the Gogledd Cymru region, he toured Portugal with the Welsh Academicals in 2006.

This was soon followed by selection for Wales at age grade level and then appearances for Wales 7s in the build up to their World Cup success.

To view details please click here.

Jamie Roberts school coach re-joins the Accies.

Former Pontypool and Accies player Dai Williams has been appointed to the Executive Committtee of the Welsh Academicals, where he will assist on the playing side.

At Ysgol Gyfun Glantaf, Dai has helped produce talents such as Jamie Roberts, Player of the Tour for the Lions recently, as well as Tom Isaacs who played in Wales' World Cup 7s winning team last year.

To view an interview with Dai please click here.


Welsh Academicals Membership.

From May the 1st 2010 the subscription fee has been set at £20/year. Subscription forms have been forwarded to previous fully paid members, however they can also be obtained via the 'Members' section above.


Accies original pitch returned to former glory.

After extensive renovation, the ground where the Accies played their first ever game has been returned to pristigne condition. The compact Recreation Ground, off Woodland Street in Mountain Ash was the home of Mountain Ash RFC until they relocated in 1994 to the first class playing and spectating facilities at Parc Dyffryn Pennar.

The 'Rec' will now be the base for the junior section of MARFC, providing excellent facilities for future generations of young players.

Accie selected for Heineken Cup quarter final squad.

The Ospreys have added Jo Rees to their Heineken Cup squad preparing for the quarter final against Biarittz Olympique.

Rees played in the Accies victory over Japan U20s last year and made a winning debut for Wales U20s against Italy last week.

The Ospreys face Biarritz on Saturday April 10th, in San Sebastian, Spain.

Young Accies on international duty.

Players who represented the Welsh Academicals last year, stepped up to the international stage on the weekend, with success for all involved.

Jo Rees made a starting debut for Wales Under 20s on Friday against Italy.

Meanwhile, in Melrose on Sunday, Cory Hill, Sam Campbell, Joseff Griffin and Harley Thompson played for Wales Under 18s in their 30-18 victory over Scotland. Owen Sheppeard has also been selected to start against England on Sunday.

Welsh Academicals Annual Dinner.

3rd December 2009

This seasons Welsh Academicals Annual Dinner will take place at the Cardiff & County Club, Westgate Street, Cardiff, on Thursday 3rd of December. For full details click here

Welsh Academicals Trophy Cabinet.

The Welsh Academicals Trophy Cabinet was unveiled at the Mountain Ash clubhouse on Saturday the 16th of May 2009. To view the cabinet and information please click here.

Tournoi Rugby International Cornouaille.

The Welsh Academicals defeated the famous Racing Club de France on the way to claiming the prestigious title in western France.

For full details please click here.

Welsh Academicals v Japan Under 20

As part of their preparations for hosting the IRB Junior World Championships in June, Japan played the Accies on the 25th of March. For full details of the match please click here.

Welsh Academical becomes World Cup Winner.

Craig Hill, pictured in support during Wales' tournament winning try to become Rugby World Cup Sevens Champions 2009. For full details please click here.

The Newport RFC openside and former Glamorgan University student honed his 7s skills for the Accies at the West Wales 7s 2007.


Accies in Asia.

The Welsh Academicals make the news in the east, with an article from the rugby website covering all rugby in Asia.


To view the website and the article, please click here.

Welsh Academicals Annual Dinner.

December 2008

This seasons' Welsh Academicals Annual Dinner took place at the Cardiff & County Club, Westgate Street, Cardiff, on Thursday 4th of December. For full details click here

Dr Jack Matthews OBE & Bleddyn Williams MBE.

The legendary pair were featured this year in an article by Brendan Gallagher in the Daily Telegraph.

To read the article please click here.

Welsh Academicals Annual General Meeting.

The Welsh Academicals Annual General Meeting 2008 will take place in the WREX room, 2nd floor of the Millennium Stadium, on Thursday 24th July at 7.30pm.

Keith Rowlands Memorial Match

Sunday 11th May 2008.

The match was played in memory of Keith Rowlands, the late President of the Welsh Academicals and the Welsh Rugby Union.

A former player with Llanelli, London Welsh, Cardiff, Wales and the British Lions, he then emulated his playing career as an administrator with Cardiff RFC and the WRU, before progressing to become the first Chief Executive of the International Rugby Board. For full details of the match

click here.

Welsh Academicals Golf Day

Thursday 8th May 2008.

The Welsh Academicals Golf Day 2008 took place at Cardiff Golf Club on Thursday the 8th of May. With 25 teams combining celebrity internationals and sponsors, the day was completed with the Golf Day Dinner. For full details please click here.

Gerald Davies to manage the Lions

November 2007

Welsh Academicals President Gerald Davies has been appointed manager for the 2009 British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa. Having toured both South Africa and New Zealand as a player with the Lions, he will now head a management team with the coaches to be appointed next year. He currently combines his duties as a WRU National Representative and the WRU representative on the International Rugby Board, with contributions in the Times newspaper.

From Accies to All Blacks

October 2007

Last years Welsh Academicals Tour of Portugal took on an extra signifcance after this years Rugby World Cup.

The final fixture of the tour was upgraded to a match against the senior Portugal national team, at the time attempting to qualify for the IRB Rugby World Cup 2007. After Portugals successfull qualification the Welsh Academicals can now be seen on the same fixture roster as the New Zealand All Blacks.

For further details of the tour click here.

Dennis Gethin, WRU President

September 2007

The former Welsh Academicals Chairman and Secretary has been elected President of the Welsh Rugby Union. Following a playing career with Welsh Schools, Cambridge University, Welsh Academicals and several of Wales' Premier clubs, he subsequently held the position of Secretary with the Union. His involvement with the Accies' continues as a current member of the Executive Committee.

Gerald Davies, Welsh Academicals President

July 2007

Former Wales and British Lions wing Gerald Davies has become the new President of the Welsh Academicals.

Following an illustrious career with Cambridge University, Welsh Academicals, London Welsh, Wales and the British Lions, he is currently a National Representative on the Welsh Rugby Union as well as the WRU Representative on the International Rugby Board. To view his recollection of playing for the Welsh Academicals click here.

West Wales 7s Winners

June 2007

With a history of competing in tournaments such as the Hong Kong 7s, the Welsh Academicals returned to the 7s circuit following an invitation to compete in the West Wales 7s.

A report on the West Wales 7s 2007 and an archive of the Accies at the Hong Kong 7s can be viewed by clicking on either.










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