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Cardiff Rugby Defender Cup kicks off

Community | 18th October 2022

The Cardiff Rugby Defender Cup kicked off at rugby clubs across the region earlier this month, with all eyes on Cup Final Days and an opportunity to play on the iconic Cardiff Arms Park pitch.

Teams at under-12, under-13 and under-14 age groups from every corner of the region will compete against each other for a place in the prestigious finals, which will be held during the spring.

For the first time this season, under-15 and under-16 sides are also involved in the Cup, but will play in a slightly different format, where fixtures will be played across one day at a multi-pitch facilities. The first Cup Day was held in September at Barry RFC, with more than 280 players participating. 

With three tiers of competition - cup, plate and bowl - the Defender Cup encourages fun and competitive participation for players of various abilities, with 750 teams entered.

In total, more than 4,000 aspiring local rugby players will take part and it is expected that a further 8,000 will be involved in supporting their respective sides, with the competition held as a collaboration between Cardiff Rugby Community Foundation and the Welsh Rugby Union.

The Cardiff Rugby Defender Cup has continued to grow from strength to strength and is amongst the pinnacle for grassroots rugby within the region. It marks a celebration of the very best that junior rugby across the region has to offer, and has often provided a grounding for future Blue and Blacks stars.

To keep up to date with the latest from the Cardiff Rugby Defender Cup, please follow @CardiffRugbyCup on Twitter.