21 October 2019 / Club News

Chepstow Matters article

Chepstow RFC is celebrating its 150 year anniversary in 2019


As one of the founding clubs of the WRU, it is great to see how the club has grown over the years.
The club currently runs teams in all age groups, from Under 7’s, to Under 16’s in the Mini and
Junior Section; it maintains a healthy Youth squad, with many players moving from Under
16’s last year to Youth this year; plus a very active and healthy 1st XV and a 2nd VX .
The Mini & Junior Section enjoyed a very successful 2018/19 season with nearly 200 players registered and taking part in training and playing matches weekly, both in the local area but also internationally (well we are on the border!). Last year a high number of boys were involved with Newport Schools U11’s, Newport Schools U15’s, Dragons U16’s, Gloucester DPP’s and other additional school activities, gaining great experience and impressing with their play.
After narrowly missing out on promotion last season, Chepstow RFC 1st VX are eagerly looking forward to trying to go at least one better than the third place gained in the WRU National League 3B East, the previous year. After losing almost a whole team two years ago, Chepstow have slowly rebuilt their squad and are now looking to the new campaign with far more optimism. Team manager Dean Thomas said “it’s been a tough couple of years, but we have built a team spirit at the club that’s second to none. The boys are enjoying the rugby, but just as important, the social side is as good as I’ve seen it for many years”. The team will be coached by Phil Smith, Andrew Morris and Elliot Cracknell, with Physio, Ron Stewart dealing with injury rehabilitation. Team Captain is Scott “Ted” Edwards, previously of Bristol outfit, Cleve.
Chepstow started the season with a tough away trip to Newport Saracens for the 1sts on Saturday 7th September, with the 2nd VX away at Caldicot and the Youth team starting their season with a home game against Croesyceiliog.
This year the club is working on several projects off the field, looking at grants currently to refurbish the club’s changing rooms, showers and boiler. It is also in the middle of updating the club patio area, with some work on the car park and fencing of boundaries.
Last season, as part of the club’s 150th year and with some very generous support from the many
sponsors, every player across the club had a new identical kit. As a club most of what can be
achieved is funded by grants and club sponsors and we are very grateful for everything they do
to support us, but like every club we are always looking for new sponsors.
During the anniversary year, a number of events have been held, including one in aid of club Charity Shine UK, hosted by Phil Steele; a dinner with special guest Nigel Owens and a the final event of the year is currently in the planning -
watch this space for who is coming to Chepstow RFC !

The club looks forward to the next 150 years!

150 Years of Chepstow RFC


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