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Bridgend Ravens RFC

The original Bridgend side, Bridgend RFC, were merged with Pontypridd RFC for the 2003-2004 season to become one of five Welsh regions in the recently restructured Celtic League. The resulting club, the Celtic Warriors, had a relatively successful first season on the field, finishing fourth in the league, however, poor crowd attendances and a debt of £300,000 led to the WRU buying the club out and disbanding them at the end of the season. Bridgend RFC continued as a semi-professional club playing in the Welsh Premiership, which they had won for the first time the season prior to their merger with Pontypridd RFC.

Dating Bridgend

The name Bridgend RFC is owned by the former owner of the Celtic Warriors, Leighton Samuel. In order to concentrate on the Celtic Warriors, Samuel decided to withdraw his financial backing of Bridgend RFC

Fans and businessmen of the area resurrected the team, naming it Bridgend Ravens. The name comes from the nickname of the former Bridgend RFC club, who were known as the Ravens. The club currently play in the Welsh Principality Premiership, and have had mixed success in their short life. They play their matches at the Brewery Field that they now have to rent from the Celtic Crusaders Rugby League Club owned by Leighton Samuel.

On July 1 2007 it was announced that ex-Wales prop Peter Rogers had signed for the Ravens.


Chris Stephens and his coaching team worked extremely hard over the summer, and have recruited a number of exciting players, and although the club has lost players such as Nathan Strong, Chris Davies and Grant Epton who have opted for pastures new, last season's star performers including Nicky Griffiths, Dean Fitzgerald (who both have Ospreys Development Contracts) Gareth David, Mike Powell etc. have remained, and these have been added to with some exciting signings.

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