Mountain Ash RFC is a Welsh rugby union team from the Cynon Valley.
The team was founded in 1875 at a meeting in the Mountain Ash Inn, but their first game in earnest was not until 1891, against Swansea at the Washery Field. Some of their early fixtures were against Llanelli, Cardiff RFC and Newport RFC. They managed to beat the touring Canadian team in 1904, and in the same year, moved headquarters to the Cresselly Inn. Four years later, they moved to the Recreation Ground, and established their headquarters at the Glancynon Hotel, their current clubhouse.
In 1911, the team toured the south of France, and managed to beat Bayonne RFC and Pau, but the outbreak of the First World War made it difficult for the club to continue. The situation grew even worse during the Second World War, when there were no games played from 1939 to 1946. They survived through this period, however, often maintaining at least one player in the Welsh team. In 1953, the county council removed the grandstand and the perimeter fence from the Recreation Ground, which proved to be devastating for the club, as most first class clubs refused to play there. In 1994-1995, the club moved to the Parc Duffryn Pennar Ground. In 2000-2001, as part of the club's 125-year celebrations, a game was played against Public School Wanderers.
There are two senior teams, a youth team and a junior section. There is an excellent clubhouse in the town. An enthusiastic supporters club and committee. The home ground, Parc Duffryn Pennar is modern with first class facilities,including floodlights, and a perfect playing surface. Many representative games have been played there, including schoolboy internationals.Tours such as one to Canada in 2005 and South Africa in 2007 are regular features. The next planned tour is to Florida in 2009 where there will be over 100 tourists.
The first senior team play in the Division Two east of the Welsh League. They are coached by Neil Eynon and Jonathan Mason.
The 1st Team Captain is: Scott Davies The 2nd Team Captain is: Chris Roberts
- Fred Miller 1896 1900 1901
- Frank Mills 1892 1896
- W T Osborne 1902 1903
- Wyndham Jones 1905
- Dick Thomas 1906 1908 1909
- Fred Samuel 1922
- Tom Collins 1923
- Bob Barrel 1929 1933
- Les Mansfield 1939 1947 1948
- Hayden Morris 1951 1955
- John D Evans 1958
- Jonathan Mason 1988
- Glamorgan League Champions 1895-96 1908-09
- Glamorgan Challenge Cup 1913-14
- Glamorgan Knock Out Cup 1913-14
- Evening Express award of Merit 1920
- Mid-District Champions 1964-65 1989-90
- Ivor Williams Cup 1965-66 1980-81 1991-1992 1992-1993 1993-1994
- WRU National Sevens District C 1968
Mountain Ash Rugby Football Club
Tel: 01443 472918