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The Road to Cardiff Arms Park is underway as first round of Defender Cup concludes

Community | 11th November 2022

The Road to Cardiff Arms Park is underway as teams up and down the region went toe-to-toe in the first round of Defender Cup action.

The prestigious Defender Cup remains a very popular fixture in the grassroots calendar, with under-12, under-13 and under-14 sides competing for spaces on Finals Day at the home of Cardiff Rugby later this season.

The annual cup competition is once again supported by Land Rover this season, who continue to show their commitment to rugby at every level within the Cardiff Rugby region.

The first set of fixtures have now been concluded, with the results to be found below. The pool stage will continue until the new year, with a knockout round to follow.

Amongst those to have competed in recent weeks were defending cup champions, Pontyclun (U12s) and Aberdare (U14s).

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.

Under-15 and under-16 sides have also been included this year for the first time, but they will play in a different format where fixtures are played across one day at multi-pitch facilities.