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Pontypool RFC

Pontypool Rugby Football Club is a Welsh rugby union team currently playing in the Welsh Premier Division Their home ground is Pontypool Park, (Pontypool). The great days of Pontypool RFC were in the 1970s and 1980s, when Ray Prosser was coach for eighteen years from 1969.

An away match at Pontypool was a daunting experience for even the strongest sides during this period. Their best ever season was probably 1987-88, when they won 35 matches out of 36, scoring 1011 points.


The club's strength during its glory days was its forwards, particularly the legendary "Pontypool Front Row" celebrated in song by Max Boyce. The Pontypool Front Row also known as the "Viet Gwent", (motto "We may go down; we may go up; but we never go back") was made up of Graham Price, Bobby Windsor and Charlie Faulkner and played as a unit 19 times for Wales, only finishing on the losing side four times. They also played as a unit for the British and Irish Lions in several midweek matches, though never in a test.

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