Press Releases 2014-2015

Commemorative kit launched to celebrate the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter as the birthplace of Rugby in Wales


‌The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is preparing to celebrate the 2015-2016 rugby season as the 150th anniversary since the first rugby match in Wales was played in Lampeter.

The Rev. Professor Rowland Williams – who was Vice Principal of St David’s College, Lampeter at the time - introduced the game to the College’s students with the first competitive matched played against Llandovery College on the University’s playing fields in Lampeter in 1866.

To mark this historic milestone, UWTSD Lampeter rugby teams will be playing in a new commemorative jersey this season.

The design of the jersey replicates the Jersey worn by the University in the centenary match against a Wales select XV in 1966. This game featured stars of the Welsh game including Barry John, Carwyn James and UWTSD fellow, Delme Thomas.

The traditional black and yellow hoops (the colours of Saint David) are complimented by a touch of scarlet on the sleeves to mark the significance of Wales. Reference to the 150 year celebration is made on the left sleeve with the new logo that has been developed by the University for these Commemorative Celebrations.    

Former Wales and British Lions, Delme Thomas and Roy Bergiers - both honorary fellows of the University - were on hand to present members of the UWTSD rugby teams with their new look jersey for the season.

The Venerable Randolph Thomas, Chair of UWTSD council said: “It’s a privilege to have two Welsh rugby icons - Delme and Roy - present the jerseys to our students. We look forward to seeing the students play in their new-look jerseys and are excited about the season of events planned to commemorate 150 years since the first rugby match in Wales was played on the University’s playing fields.”

During the 2015 / 2016 season, the University will be hosting a series of events to celebrate this special anniversary.

The University’s celebrations have gained the full support of the WRU and the events planned will include a printed booklet to document the origin of Welsh rugby in Lampeter; an exhibition of rugby artefacts to be displayed in the Roderic Bowen Library and a permanent commemorative sculpture carved form the stone of the old Canterbury building to be situated on the Campus. Celebrations will culminate with a showcase rugby match and dinner in March 2016.

UWTSD kick started the celebrations in June when the Webb Ellis Cup visited Lampeter as part of the 2015 Rugby World Cup trophy tour.

Note to Editor

  1. For more information please contact Sian-Elin Davies, Senior PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676908 / 07449 998 476 or via email at
  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014