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A few Brecon RFC milestones from 1868 - 2022
 1868 First recorded rugby match played in Brecon on 21st March between a Brecon Team and Abergavenny. In October Brecon Town Football (Rugby Club) is formed.
1875 H.W. Davies, Brecon Club secretary, invited representatives of all other South Wales Clubs to a meeting at the Castle Hotel, Brecon where the South Wales Football Club was formed.
1881 A Welsh select team played England at Blackheath in February. A member of the Welsh team was a Brecon club committee member,
R. D. Garnons Williams (Standing far right), later to be killed in action during WW1. The team was soundly defeated and the repercussions led to the formation of the Welsh Rugby Union following a meeting of 11 Clubs at the Castle Hotel Neath. Brecon RFC was one of the Founding Members.
1885 E.P. Alexander, Brecon, wins his first of his 5 Welsh Caps against Scotland.
1898 Brecon defeated Llwynypia in the SW Challenge Cup. Llwynypia, at the time, was a premier Welsh team boasting a number of internationals, including Willie Llewelyn. The Western Mail report stated that, “Brecon scored one of the prettiest tries I have ever seen and we shall hear more of this Club.”
Standing on the far right is G.Hyatt Williams, Brecon Town Clerk. He served as an officer of the club and referee.
1914 to 1927 Rugby ended in Brecon with the onset of WW1. The team reformed in 1919 but struggled to find the support it had experienced before the War. D.V.P. Lewis took on the role of captain in 1926 and 27 but the club then seems to gone into decline with no further record of Rugby in the Town until 1946.
1946 Brecon RFC was re-formed. W.H. (Bill) Clement, former secretary of the WRU joins the Club. Bill won 6 Welsh caps just prior to the War and went on the 1938 Lions Tour to South Africa.
1963 Ken Rowlands successfully establishes Brecon Youth team.
1966 Brecon RFC moves into its first Clubhouse at No 10 The Struet.
1968 Brecon RFC regains WRU Club status. 1974 First Overseas Tour to Germany.
1978 Purchase of Parc de Pugh leads to move from the Gas Works Pitch.

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