I n 1882 Gladstone was the Prime Minister, Britain was at war with Egypt, and a channel tunnel was being dug from Dover to France!
It was also the year that one of Wales’ oldest rugby union clubs was formed, Dinas Powis RFC. The parish of St Andrews, within which Dinas Powys sits, had a total population of less than 500 and only 5,000 people lived in nearby Penarth vastly different to the conurbation that we know today.
Situated upon the common in the picturesque county of the Vale of Glamorgan, the club has remained in situ pretty much since the day it was established by a group of farm labourers all those years ago.
Over the intervening years the club has developed from a single senior mens team into one that has a thriving mini and junior section, and in 2014 two senior mens teams – the 1st XV and the Dinas ‘Dingos’ (our 2nd XV).
Following hugely successful 2014/15 season in which the ‘Villagers’ (as Dinas Powis RFC are affectionately known) were only defeated in a single league fixture, the club gained promotion and now play within SWALEC Division 2 East Central.