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Men’s Rugby

Our fantastic First XV are currently finding their feet in SWALEC League 3 South East, having won a well-deserved promotion in season 2011-12. The 2011 unbeaten run to Christmas is already legendary, at least as far as our clubhouse bar! We are also very proud of our very competitive Second & Third teams who, along with the Firsts, are renowned for their open style of running rugby; we strive to play 'the welsh way'.
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Women’s Rugby

Quins amazingly successful women's team are the current Welsh Premiership champions. We are the largest senior section in Wales. We promote from within: recent successes include Cerys Ballett, Joanne Jones & Amberley Ruck, who have all  transitioned from U18s to senior rugby. The last two Wales Women captains have come from our club , with Rachel Taylor taking over from Catrin Edwards in 2012.
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Youth Rugby

Youth teams are the lifeblood of every welsh rugby club, and at Quins we are very fortunate to have thriving male and female youth sections. Age groups from under 13 through to under 18 are fully represented, and we have a very strong tradition of progression from youth to senior teams. It's never too late: Wales star wing Alex Cuthbert didn't starting playing rugby seriously until he was 16...
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Mini & Junior Rugby

CRICC is our incredible welsh-speaking Minis & Juniors section, with 100s of children, from under 7s through to under 12s, enthusiastically participating every Sunday throughout the rugby season, guided on their rugby journey by our fantastic WRU-certified volunteer coaches. This is the exciting future of welsh rugby, as CRICC alumni Jamie Roberts and Rhys Patchell will confirm!
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It’s not just a village concept at Quins - we don’t have any cliques. You don’t have to have been born within a five mile radius to join here - we have many people who enjoy our facilities, that have moved to Cardiff to work from all over the UK, and they will tell you how we welcome them with open arms as much as someone who lives within a stone’s throw of the ground.  
Phil Judd Phil Judd Chairman, Cardiff Harlequins
We must bring the values of rugby to the forefront, which are something special. Parents, volunteers - everyone gets involved - which isn’t the same in every sport. We must provide the experience that children enjoy, which stands rugby apart from other choices they may have.
arthur-emyr Arthur Emyr Coach & ex-Wales international
I started my rugby education at CRICC, and will never forget how much I owe to the volunteer coaches who guided me so ably in my formative years. Getting the basics right at mini and junior levels is just so important. That's why you will find me coaching CRICC's under 11 s every Thursday night and Sunday morning, however sore I am after a Blues game the day before!
rhys-patchell Rhys Patchell Coach & Wales Under 20
Becoming the heart of the community is key to our plan: we welcome everybody here, really trying to embrace the whole community. We’re trying to keep alive the traditions of club rugby:  the community spirit, team camaraderie and that sense of pure enjoyment.
Richard Pexton Richard Pexton President, Cardiff Harlequins RFC

Location

From M4 Junction 32, take exit signposted A4054 Whitchurch. Follow road for approx 1 mile, passing hospital on right-hand side. At roundabout, take 4th exit onto Velindre Road. Continue straight over mini roundabout, and follow road past housing estates on both sides. Clubhouse is on the right hand side.

    
  

 

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Beautiful setting

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Mouth-watering cuisine

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Well-stocked bar

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Our story… …so far

Cardiff Harlequins Rugby Football Club owes its existence – in part, at least – to a very early example of student power. Despite the fact that rugby has always been the National Game of Wales, for many years Cardiff High School (one of the country’s leading schools) played football. As a result of unrelenting pressure from the students, the school authorities agreed to adopt rugby as the main winter sport in 1921. At the end of the 1921/22 season, the first-ever Old Boys team took the field in a fixture with the school first XV. Such was the success of the match that it was decided to form an official Old Boys club, which then played a full programme of fixtures for two seasons. However, the loss of its playing fields led to this first club folding.

The switch to rugby at Cardiff High proved to be very fortuitous for the game in Wales as, very quickly, the school began to produce a crop of outstanding players. Three Old Boys – John Roberts (1927-29), Bill Roberts (1929) and Harry Bowcott (1929-33) went on to play for Wales whilst the school developed into a highly productive nursery for the famous Cardiff Club.

With the school playing with such distinction during the 1920′s, fresh attempts were regularly made in this period to revive the Old Boys club. A new ground was eventually found in 1928, and so in April of that year, the club was officially reformed. It is unlikely that any rugby club has had such a prestigious start to life, as the club’s first ever fixture was played on the Cardiff Arms Park against Cardiff RFC. With the exception of the war years, the club can proudly boast of a continuous record of over 85 years of rugby football.

In 1962, a long-standing ambition was achieved when the Old Boys became one of the few clubs in Wales to own its own ground outright. With assistance from the Welsh Rugby Union, the Old Boys acquired the freehold of an eight-acre site originally owned by the Melingriffith Tinplate Company. Known then as the Elyn Ground, it had been home to the Melingriffith Sports Club which had disbanded following the closure of the tinplate works in 1957. The ground was renamed in honour of George Clifford Diamond, who had been headmaster at the High School from 1934 to 1966. Fittingly, he kicked off the celebratory match between the Old Boys and Cardiff RFC.

For many years, membership of the club was restricted to old boys of the school and despite this, the club was always able to compete well with teams throughout Wales. However, it was decided to open membership to all-comers in 1966.

During the 1970s, to accommodate the growing playing membership, Cardiff High School Old Boys RFC took a long lease from Cardiff Council on the former Forest Farm land which adjoins the northern boundary of the Diamond Ground, allowing the creation of a third pitch.

With the advent of the first official leagues in Wales in the early 1990′s, the late Vernon Pugh QC, an old boys player and coach of distinction (who also became the first independent chairman of the International Rugby Board) led the re-branding of the club to Cardiff Harlequins RFC.

The club enjoyed a period of outstanding success, finishing third in National Division 4 and reaching the last 8 of the Welsh Cup in two successive seasons. Afterwards, the club entered into a period of decline, the lowest point being a two and a half year stretch without a league victory. However, the win came in the 2000-2001 season and the following year brought promotion. More recently, the 2011-12 season culminated in Cardiff Harlequins being crowned SWALEC League Division 4 East Champions, gaining promotion to Division 3 South East in the process.

Many former players have gone on to play for senior clubs such as Cardiff, Newport, Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Several have played for Wales, including Cecil Davies (1931), W E N Davies (1939), Sid Judd (1953-1955) and Merion Roberts (1960-1963). Centre Roberts, later to captain Cardiff, was unique in that he gained a Wales trial while still with the Old Boys. He went on to make his Wales debut against South Africa in 1960 and played in the Barbarians side that beat the tourists 6-0 at the Arms Park.

Brian Skirrow, Billy Thorn, Tony Pender, Chris Jenkins and Mike Baker were among those to win younger age caps for Wales with Russ Jenkins taking almost every job from skipper to coach and president, while David Parry-Jones often led the side and became a renowned commentator, journalist and author. Tony Pender played against the 1963 All Blacks and Paul Copus scored a brilliant try against the 1957 Wallabies, while the late Alan Barter had a magnificent Varsity Match for the Light Blues.

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