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IN THE SPOTLIGHT THIS WEEK

Senior Squad Portugal tour Party announced , see Senior XV tab , squad announcements for details

 

Your Crawshays Your Lions

Our Hon.Team Manager, Ian Brice, was delighted to speak on the clubs behalf to British & Irish Lions journalist, Charlie Bennett, recently to contribute to their regular website feature 'Your Club Your Lions' feature. The article is on the Club News section as well as the British & Irish Lions site and outlines how the Crawshays ethos has helped in the identification and developemnt of future British & Irish Lions, and is testament to how important Crawshays Welsh is in the landscape of Welsh and British and Irish rugby. 

 

Crawshays 14 V Oxford University 12

See Results and Report in Senior XV section

 

Blend of Youth and Experience in Starting Line Up V Oxford University

See Squad Announcements in Senior XV section

 

New Life Vice Presidents

Many congratulations to Richard Brice and Mike Whitson who were recently made Club Life Vice Presidents.

 

Impressive Win by Youth XV versus Lamb's XV

See match scorers and short report in Youth XV section

 

Senior Team

Oxford University – Wednesday 15 February 2017, K.O. 7.15pm.There are up to 15 places available on the bus and at the hotel for Vice-Presidents who wish to accompany the team. A post-match supper has been arranged at the Club house for players and Vice-Presidents. If you are interested in accompanying the team, please see the Travel arrangements tab on the Senior XV drop down

RBS Six Nations Fixtures 2017

Home Games:

England-Saturday 11February 2017, K.O. 4.50pm (pre-match lunch at St David’s Hall at 1pm)

Ireland-Friday 10 March 2017, K.O. 8.05pm (pre-match meal at St David’s Hall at 5pm)

Away Games:

Italy-Sunday 5 February 2017, K.O. 2pm

Scotland-Saturday 25 February 2017, K.O. 2.25pm

France-Saturday 18 March 2017, K.O. 2.45pm

RBS Six Nations 2017 Match Tickets

A limited number of 6 Nations match tickets will be available to Vice-Presidents. Applications should be made by email or post to Martin Davies, Hon Treasurer, and these will be dealt with on a first in timebasis, with preference being given to those who will be attending the pre-match lunches organised by the Club.  Please contact the Treasurer, Martin Davies, at Ferndale, Ty Draw Road, Lisvane, Cardiff, CF14 0PF; Tel: 07584 488309; or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

AGM 2017

This will take place at the Cardiff & County Club on Friday 10 February 2017 at 6.30pm.  A copy of the Notice can be found on the Off the Field Tab

Annual Dinner 2017

This will take place at the Cardiff & County Club on Friday 10 February 2017 7.15pm for 8pmThe Guest Speaker is Paul Thorburn.  If you would like to attend, please see the Off the Field Tab for the proforma application . Members may bring guests.

Summer Tour 2017

We are pleased to inform you that in May 2017it is likely that we will be touring Portugal.  Further details will be circulated by email and will appear on the Club’s website once the arrangements have been finalised.

Your Club needs you

As you will be aware, the costs of running the Club are borne by the Vice-Presidents.  These costs are met out of subscriptions and such profits as are generated by social functions.  Various packages are available to meet individual sponsor’s requirements.  If you or any individual or company that you know is interested in becoming a sponsor of the Club, would you please contact the Treasurer, Martin Davies, at Ferndale, Ty Draw Road, Lisvane, Cardiff, CF14 0PF; Tel: 07584 488309; or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Payment of Subscriptions 

If any change has been made to your bank account or you have changed the bank paying your subscription, would you please advise Richard Hutchings, either by post at Green Gables, 1 Fields Park Avenue, Newport, NP20 5BG, or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Club Merchandise

The following items are available for sale:

Lambs wool V neck Jumpers (navy and maroon)-£40 each

Club bow ties-£10 each

If you would like to purchase any of the above, please contact Martin Davies, at Ferndale, Ty Draw Road, Lisvane, Cardiff, CF14 0PF; Tel: 07584 488309; or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact Details

We are able to communication with over 80% of you by email.  In order to reduce our administrative costs, it would be appreciated (if you have not done so already) if you could provide us with an email contact address. Please check the handbook to ensure that we have an up to date email address for you.  If your current email address is different, please liaise with Richard Hutchings on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website:

Details of the Club’s activities are available on the Club’s website – www.crawshays.comWe would encourage all Vice Presidents to make worthy contributions to the website and in order to do this please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   .Please make use of the website as it has been revamped and continues to be further developed for your use.

If you are interested in attending any of our fixtures or events or require any information about the Club’s activities, please contact:

J Peter Davies

Secretary

15 St Andrews Crescent

Cardiff

CF10 3DB

Tel: 029 2022 5472

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Upcoming Fixtures

 

Arrangements for this year’s tour to Portugal in May/June have now been finalised.

 

Crawshays Welsh Senior XV will play games against:

 

Portugese National Team on Wednesday 31 May 2017

Portugese Invitation XV on Saturday 3 June 2017



Crawshays Squad V Oxford University 15th Feb 2017 007Mike Phillips and Richard Hibbard Crawshay Lions

Gallery

Have a look at photos that bring back memories from previous Fixtures and Tours with Crawshays Welsh Rugby Football Club.....


Shop

Crawshays Rugby and some name brand sporting merchandise and apparel can be purchased via the Crawshays Rugby shop section from PM Sportswear....

Crawshays Youth XV Win Portugal Youth Rugby Festival.



The Crawshays Youth Squad Win the Portugal Youth Rugby Tournament for 5th Time - April 2016.

This major victory for the Youth and the Crawshays establishment helped cement the hard work and dedication that the club has put into Youth development within rugby at both local, National and International level. The glory achieved by this tournament victory has also helped show the dominance of rugby by the Unted Kingdom on the International scene and Crawshays contribution.

 

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England Counties Selection for 'Young Whitson'

Many congratulations to Griff Whitson, son of Crawshays Life Vice President Mike Whitson, on his selection for England Counties for their tour to Holland in early June 2017.

Griff is well known to Crawshays as he has played both against the Club, representing Monmouth School,  and for the Club, in the tournamment winning squad in Portugal last Spring, before he left for Reading University in September 2016.

Well done 'young Whitson'!

2017 British & Irish Lions 2017

 

Huge congratulations to Ken Owens  on being selected to Tour New Zealand in June and July.

As an ex-Crawshay, the club wish him all the success in the world. A test place and series win  hopefully awaits.

 

 

 

Your Club Your Lions by Charlie Bennett

Mike Phillips and Richard Hibbard Crawshay Lions

British & Irish Lions Mike Phillips and Richard Hibbard, who were honoured to have played for Crawshays Welsh as they developed as young players.

For a Welsh rugby player, there are three major milestones to tick off in a career: Represent your country, earn selection for The British & Irish Lions - and be invited to play for Crawshay's Welsh.

"Crawshay's is renowned for its approach. We hardly ever kick the ball"

The invitational touring side has a long and illustrious history since its formation in 1922, with no less than 88 Lions pulling on its famous shirt. The names roll off the tongue: JPR Williams, Phil Bennett, Steve Fenwick, Shane Williams, Delme Thomas and Adam Jones are to name just a few.

The club plays six fixtures a year, with annual matches against Oxford University and Cambridge University a long-established tradition. But it is also known for its legendary tours, with the likes of Thailand, Latvia and Poland all hosting Crawshay's teams - as well as traditional rugby nations South Africa and France. Team manager Ian Brice played for Crawshay's Welsh in the 1970s, and is proud of the way the club has stuck to its traditions - while the sport continues to evolve in the modern era.

"The rugby was always great but what stood out for me was the camaraderie side of it. That is what we have always been about," he said. "Crawshay's is renowned for its approach. We hardly ever kick the ball, we run it from everywhere. And we have had players with the skills to do it. "The list of players who have played for Crawshay's and the Lions is endless. But it has dipped off in more recent years as the game has become more professional.

"Whenever Crawshay's used to go anywhere, we had four, five, six internationals in the side. The clubs and coaches saw the benefits in sending their best to play for an invitational side. Our status within the game was big. "It was a privilege to play for the club. I will not pretend that we were on the same level as the Barbarians, history tells you that. "But as far as Welsh players go, to play for Crawshay's was a big honour. I know when I played for the first time it was fantastic."

Its list of former players may be mightily impressive, but Crawshay's has always prided itself on helping to nurture young talent - both on and off the pitch. To get asked to play was an honour, and the experience of playing free running rugby invaluable. But Brice believes the biggest benefit was off the pitch. "When I was a selector, I always looked for two things in a Crawshay's player. The first is skill, and the second was character ," he said. "When we play Oxford and Cambridge, I want to look at these youngsters who are available to us and see how they behave and handle themselves. "The ethos of Crawshays is running rugby, enjoyment and fun. When we take these young players from the four professional clubs, I make sure I keep an eye on them and watch how they behave and handle themselves.

"You can spot a good player on the pitch, but if he has not got it off it as well then he will struggle to make it." Traditional invitational sides have become a rarity in recent years, with the game's professional model making it tough for them to survive. Crawshay's Welsh no longer gets five established internationals on each tour, and must now settle for youngsters on the way up. But this can still be beneficial - as former Wales captain and 2005 British & Irish Lion Ryan Jones found out.

"Ryan Jones came on tour with us in 2004 when he was not playing for anyone. It was at a time when the Celtic Warriors had disbanded and Ryan needed somewhere to play," said Brice. "We were going to Slovenia and I spoke to Lyn Jones, who was coaching at the Ospreys, and asked if we could take Richard Hibbard on this tour to let him have experience and then report back to Lyn how Richard handled himself on and off the field. "In those days, how you handled yourself off the field was as important. And he casually mentioned to me that he was looking for a ball-carrying forward.

"So we played our first game in Slovenia, Ryan played and later on that evening Lyn called to find out how Richard had got on, and I told him I found the perfect player to help him in the back row. "So I put Ryan on the phone and not long after he signed a contract. And exactly a year later he was the star player in the Lions team in New Zealand. "That is an example of what we could do for players. We believe there is a huge opportunity for Crawshays and we have a lot to offer."

Some of the 88 Crawshays Welsh players to have represented British & Irish Lions:

1904 - Tommy Vile 1910 - Reggie Plummer 1924 - Harold Davies 1924 - Rowe Harding 1930 - Jack Bassett 1930 - Ivor Jones 1930 - Dai Parker 1930 - Jack Morley 1938 - Bill Clement 1938 - Viv Jenkins 1938 - Haydn Tanner 1938 - Bunner Travers 1950 - Cliff Davies 1950 - Don Hayward 1950 - Ken Jones 1950, 1959 - Malcolm Thomas 1950 - Rex Willis 1955 - Trevor Lloyd 1955 - Haydn Morris 1955 - Clem Thomas 1955 - Alun Thomas 1955 - Billy Williams 1959 - Terry Davies 1959 - Roddy Evans 1959, 1962 - Haydn Morgan 1959 - Ray Prosser 1962 - Glyn Davidge 1962 - Kingsley Jones 1962 - Tony O'Connor 1962, 1966 - Alun Pask 1962 - Keith Rowlands 1966 ­- Allan Lewis 1966 - Terry Price 1966 - Gary Prothero 1966, 1968, 1971 - Delme Thomas 1966 - Dai Watkins 1966 - Stuart Watkins 1966 - Denzil Williams 1968 - John O'Shea 1968 - Billy Raybould 1968 - Maurice Richards 1971 - Geoff Evans 1971 - Chico Hopkins 1971 - Arthur Lewis 1971, 1974 - JPR Williams 1974, 1977 - Phil Bennett 1974 - Tommy David 1974, 1977 - Bobby Windsor 1977 - David Burcher 1977 - Terry Cobner 1977 - Gareth Evans 1977 - Charlie Faulkner 1977 - Steve Fenwick 1977 - Moss Keane 1977, 1980 - Allan Martin 1977, 1980, 1983 - Graham Price 1977, 1980 - Elgan Rees 1977, 1980, 1983 - Jeff Squire 1977 - Brynmor Williams 1977, 1980 - Clive Williams 1980 - Gareth Davies 1980 - Ray Gravell 1980, 1983 - Terry Holmes 1980 - Allan Phillips 1980 - David Richards 1980 - Gareth Williams 1983 - Rob Ackerman 1983- Eddie Butler 1983 - Gwyn Evans 1983, 1989 - Bob Norster 1986, 1989, 1993 - Robert Jones 1986 - Jeff Whitefoot 1989, 1993, 1997 - Ieaun Evans 1989 - Mike Griffiths 1989 - Mike Hall 1993, 1997, 2001 - Scott Gibbs 1997 - Allan Bateman 1997, 2001 - Rob Howley 1997 - Barry Williams 2001 - Colin Charvis 2001 - Darren Morris 2005 - Gareth Cooper 2005 ­- Ryan Jones 2005 - Josh Lewsey 2005 - Michael Owen 2005, 2009, 2013 - Shane Williams 2009, 2013 - Adam Jones 2013 - Richard Hibbard 2013 - Dan Lydiate 2013 - Mike Phillips

 
Crawshays Welsh U 18 XV vs Christ College Brecon Wednesday 23rd November 2016 KO 2:00pm 
 
Result :
Crawshays Welsh U18 XV 15pts Christ College Brecon 10pts

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