Our History

Brecon RFC is proud of its long history within the game of Rugby Football. The first recorded match played by a Brecon team can be traced back to 1868. The club was a founder member of the Welsh Rugby Union and successfully celebrated its centenary during the 1979/80 seasons. Now approaching its 149th year, it continues to look to the future backed by a vibrant club, loyal supporters, forward looking and efficient administrators and a playing contingent that covers all age groups from 7 to seniors.

The first XV plays in the WRU National Leagues having been promoted as Division 2 East Central Champions in 2015. The team now plays in National League Division 1 East. At the start of the National League organisation, Brecon found itself in Division 8 Central and on the playing side the team struggled to make any progress in spite of the fact that the clubhouse, newly established in its present Watton premises, was thriving.

Thanks to the foresight of the committee and a number of loyal former players, a new recruiting regime was established and Mike Thomas was persuaded to join the Club as Player Coach. The success of this new regime was quickly evident and Brecon climbed from the foot of Division 8 to Division 4 in successive seasons.

The impetus generated in those days subsided for a time. The 1st XV progressed to  Division 3 in 2006/07 and for two seasons they challenged for promotion. However, life became more of a struggle with the team just staving off relegation on a few occasions. Then in the 2012/13 and 2013/14 seasons the team started poorly but by the time January arrived the hard work of coaches Chris Yates and Graham Daley together with the collective endeavour of the team transformed the seasons. 2012/13 finished with a bang with an outstanding win against promotion winning Dowlais in the final of the Mid District Bowl. In 2013/14 the pattern was repeated when after a poor first half just two league matches were won while post-Christmas only two league matches were lost. Again the team progressed to the Mid District Bowl final, however, this time they failed to retain the trophy as they lost out on try difference to Wattstown in a match which was drawn 13 - 13.

In spite of, or perhaps because of that disappointment the team galvanised itself over the summer break and started 2014/15 with a bang. The team showed potential and the new coaching and management team of Alan Witcomb (Director of Rugby, Darren Witcomb (Team Manager) and Graham Daley (Coach) were determined to buck the trend of the last few seasons and continue with a run of successes in the newly formed League Division 2 East Central. By the end of the season they had fulfilled that ambition with the team finishing as clear league Champions and winning promotion to Division 1 East. The success of the senior team was mirrored by both the 2nd XV and Youth teams. The 2nd XV won the Keith Joseph Cup and gained promotion to the Premier League in the Rhondda and East Galmorgan District. The youth also had an outstanding season, losing just one league game to the ultimate league Champions, Mountain Ash. When they defeated Mountain Ash in the return match they gave themselves the possibility of claiming the title of Champions only to lose out on points difference.

At first the senior side found life difficult in Division 1. With Eugene Murnane now directing the team as head coach, the first half of the season brought little joy and an imediate return to Division 2 was a distinct possibilty. Yet, not for the first time the team showed resiliance and by the time the season drew to a close Brecon had secured a mid-table position. Last season produced something of the same pattern but on this occasion the second half revival was even more marked and Brecon climbed 5th, to their highest ever National league position. 

The bulk of future player recruitment will undoubtedly come through its successful Mini/Junior/Youth teams. Eighteen of the first XV squad of players were former club youth players and there is a determination that the development of local talent is sustained. Last season the Youth team achieved record breaking success. Guided by Thomas (team manager), Alan Taylor and Huw Phillips (coaches) the team achieved a notable treble success. They emerged as Blues League B Champions and winners of both the Heart of Wales and Breconshire Cups. Living up to the achievements of last year will be an unenviable task. However, Coaches, Huw Phillips, Alan Taylor and former Wales International Andrew Lewis will be looking to continue to develop these young talents so that perhaps they can match last season as they look to establish a strong future player base. .

The second team also has a vital role to play in the future of the Club. Last season was successful with some notable wins during an Ivor Lewis Cup run which took them to the final against a strong Penallta team. They just failed to lift the cup but they showed great promise. Lyn Parry, a former 1st XV captain and Andrew Williams, played a vital role as team managers and with their support and enthusiasm the second XV hopefully will grow in strength, enabling the team to fulfil its rightful place as an important cog in the Club's player development and retention programme.

The club’s main pitches at Parc de Pugh have been improved and the Pavilion provides excellent changing facilities, a covered hard surface spectator area and a more than useful sponsors’ room on the first floor. In addition the major ambition of the club, to provide full floodlighting for the main pitches and training areas, wias  fully realised when the extension to the pitch floodlighting was completed early in the season. Future aims are ambitious, with the emphasis being to maintain and improve its excellent facilities to encourage the development of local talent and to enable them to play to a level that matches their true potential.

For anyone interested in joining us and helping us achieve our goals, as players, coaches, administrators, supporters or sponsors, then they are guaranteed a welcome in a Club dedicated to the promotion and development of rugby at all levels. We are not there yet and there is much work to be done, but we look forward to the new season with optimism.
Ron Rowsell