Our History

Club History

Pyle RFC officially opened its club house in August 1967 from the humble beginnings of the little black hut that many of the older players will remember. The club has so much history throughout the years 

Pyle RFC is going from strength to strength and we have more members than ever, and we class ourselves as a family club. With a total of 88 years in existence our community club has a proud history in the welsh game winning the prestigious Silver Ball in 1976 and 1978 both captains in those winning sides were brothers Ricky Rees (1976) and Mansel Rees (1978) also lifting the Division Five Central crown in 2009.

We have produced a number of Welsh Internationals over the years with arguably our greatest player being Full-Back Jack Bassett, who played five times for the 1930 Lions in New Zealand and Australia.

Scrum Half Clive Shell, made his debut for the Welsh National Rugby Union Team on 10th November 1973 against Australia where he kissed the ball on his first touch whilst feeding a scrum. He played club rugby of Aberavon RC where he formed a club half back partnership with John Bevan. He captained Aberavon RFC in the seasons 1977-78, 1978-79 and 1979-80 before retiring. A school teacher by profession, Clive went on to coach Aberavon RFC during  the early 1980s as well as many of our local children growing up during his teaching career at  Pyle Primary School.

Full Back Howell Davies is a local lad the grew up a stones throw away in Mill Road and played many times for Pyle before moving on to play for Bridgend and Wales making his debut on 21st January 1984 against Scotland in Cardiff, he gained 4 International Caps and scored a total of 39 points for his country.

Back Rower Tim Fauvel also a former Pyle RFC player went on to play for Wales during the 1988 tour of New Zealand.

Tough nut Prop John Richardson in the late 1970s whilst playing for Aberavon RFC gained 2 International caps against Australia at Sydney on the 17th June 1978 and against England at Cardiff on the 17th March 1979 playing alongside with many of the great players of the era JPR Williams, Graham Price and Derrick Quinnell to name a few

Pyle RFC is well known in the rugby community and rich in history with some local legends playing on the Brynglas battle such as David Loveluck, Bill Parry, Terry Forester, Viv Howells, Dai Denley, Ricky Rees and Tevita Manasevita to name a few. We are a family club that have seen many family members play in the same team such as brothers, cousins uncles and even father and sons, The Allen Family all 3 sons Robert, Lewis and Lloyd played along side their father Kevin Allen.

Currently Pyle RFC are playing their rugby in the National League 2 West Central. The side is captained by Rory Bodneham