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The best rugby grounds in Wales

There are over 300 grassroots rugby clubs across Wales with many set in incredibly idyllic locations.

Now, of course, we all think our home rugby club is the best, but when Gist Vile reached out to fans across the country, we asked them to put forward some of the best they’ve visited around Wales.

We gathered responses on Facebook last month and also monitored the replies to a story that we did last year, where we chose our top 26 grassroots grounds.

There were a number of supporters telling us that we’d missed out a few on that occasion so we thought we’d compile a list of readers’ suggestions.

Nominations came in from all over the country and represent all levels of the game outside the pro set-up.

Here are your shouts for the best grounds in Wales…

Have your say on you favourite grounds in the comments below.

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ABERTILLERY PARK – ABERTILLERY BG RFC

Receiving a number of submissions was the home of Abertillery BG.

Abertillery Park has hosted the likes of the All Blacks and Australia in years gone by when they played touring matches at the venue.

Lately, though, there have been issues with vandalism at the venue and, earlier this year, the club were attempting to raise £10,000 to restore it and protect it from future issues.



Abertillery Park

THE REC – PENCLAWDD RFC

The home of Penclawdd RFC is one of those that benefits from the natural beauty on offer in Wales.

One side of the ground boasts breathtaking views of the Loughour estuary and it was no surprise to see calls for it to be included on this list.



The view of the Loughor estuary at Penclawdd RFC’s ground

PONTYPOOL PARK – PONTYPOOL RFC

One of the great Welsh rugby grounds that can generate a memorable atmosphere.

It received a several shout outs from our readers and it comes as little surprise given the scenery that surrounds it and the history it boasts.



Pontypool Park

PARC MAWR – BONYMAEN RFC

Reader Dai Allen described the home of Bonymaen as ‘the top of the world’ with the club’s youth Twitter account calling it ‘God’s little garden’.

It’s easy to see why when you take in the views on offer and a certain Alun Wyn Jones once graced the field as a youngster.



A general view of Parc Mawr, home of Bonymaen RFC

THE REC – BEDLINOG RFC

A ground that looks stunning under the floodlights, with the silhouetted landscape behind the perfect backdrop.

Also, it has a shelter next to the scoreboard with a wood burner, which is a nice touch.



Bedlinog’s ground, The Rec


The shelter, complete with wood burner

WELFARE GROUND – HAFODYRYNYS RFC

A nomination for the home of Hafodyrynys RFC.

The village is set between Crumlin and Pontypool and the Welfare Ground boasts stunning views of the surrounding mountains.



A general view of The Welfare Ground, home of Hafodyrynys RFC

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NORTH ROAD – LAMPETER TOWN RFC

A good shout came in for Lampeter Town RFC, whose ground on North Road has stunning views of the surrounding hillside.

It also has a relatively new clubhouse, which is always nice.



A view of North Road, home of Lampeter Town RFC

FLINT RFC

Set on the banks of the River Dee, with the Wirral just across the water and the remnants of Flint Castle in the background, this is a truly picturesque venue.

Reader Malcolm Connah said: “When I captained Flint seconds nearly every team, especially the English teams, said it was the nicest place they ever played.”

It’s easy to see why.



A view of Flint RFC

ABERGELE RFC

Set in Pentre Mawr Parc, Abergele’s pitch is surrounded by woodland, creating the perfect setting.

DYFFRYN PENNAR PARK – MOUNTAIN ASH RFC

With a small stand on one side of the pitch and mountains surrounding it, the home of Mountain Ash is a cracking setup.

The pitch is regularly in great shape too.

Branded ‘probably the best grassroots ground in Wales’ by one reader.

VIRGINIA PARK – CAERPHILLY RFC

The venue has hosted top class rugby in the past and was the setting for a regional derby between the Dragons and Cardiff in 2017.

A cracking facility.



A general view of Virginia Park when the Dragons hosted Cardiff in 2017

THE ATHLETIC GROUND – GOWERTON RFC

Another setup that was tipped as “the best in Wales” by one of our readers, who commented: “Great surface to play on. Clubhouse and changing rooms right next to it.”



Nigel Owens referees Gowerton v Crymych in 2019

CENTRAL PARK – BLAINA RFC

A cracking little setup with the mountains overlooking the stand on the far side of the pitch.

Not many teams in Division 3 can boast a stand for their supporters and the view just adds to it all.



Blaina RFC’s Central Park

GRAIG PARK – PENYGRAIG RFC

One of the top grounds in the Rhondda Valley, Graig Park has long been used as a neutral venue for local cup semi-finals and finals.

The pitch is always in great nick but not always the easiest place to go and get a result!



A view of Graig Park

SARDIS ROAD – PONTYPRIDD RFC

Of all the established Premiership grounds, the one that received the most nokinations was Sardis Road, home of Pontypridd RFC.

This famous venue has played host to some great occasions, particularly when Ponty were battling it out with Europe’s top clubs.

Has been updated in recent years and now boasts an artificial pitch.



A general view of Sardis Road

THE GNOLL – NEATH RFC

Nowadays, the ground looks in good nick, indeed.

The playing surface is billiard-table flat. The stand remains a fine viewing area. And when the locals start up their drum-beat chant of “Neath! Neath! Neath!” the atmosphere can be warlike and, for home players, inspirational.

The clubhouse has stood the test of time. A great club, a great ground to visit.



A general view of the Gnoll in 2014

BREWERY FIELD – BRIDGEND RFC

Another of the notorious old Premiership grounds and the home of Bridgend RFC.

The Brewery Field was also where the Celtic Warriors played the majority of their home games when they were around and the Ospreys also take the occasional trip there.

That speaks to the facilities on offer and the quality of the pitch. Another cracking ground.



A general view of the Brewery Field in 2019

SULLY SPORTS RFC

One that is probably not on this list due to the quality of the facilities but, again, the location is incredible.

Bigger clubs surround it but Sully Sports has a remarkable view.



The stunning view from Sully Sports RFC’s ground

THE WELFARE GROUND – PORTH RFC

Never an easy place to go, especially during the winter months!

Set into the hillside, there is a row of terraced housing on one side and views of the surrounding mountains on the others.

A great ground.



Porth Harlequin’s home pitch, Welfare Road

PENRHYS PARK – TYLORSTOWN RFC

One of the most stunning rugby venues in Wales, situated on the side of Penrhys Mountain.

The ground boasts amazing views of the Rhondda Fach Valley. A tough place to go in the winter!



Tylorstown RFC’s Penrhys Park

PARC DREFACH – ABERAERON RFC

If Tylorstown’s pitch is up there, then Aberaeron’s home ground is definitely in the mix as well but for different reasons.

The view you get from here out over the sea is phenomenal. Got to be a front-runner for most picturesque ground in Wales.



Aberaeron RFC’s ground, located on the Ceredigion coast

THE OLD PARISH – MAESTEG RFC

Views of the entire Llynfi Valley are on offer from the table-top venue.

A compact stand faces a seated area opposite. The club’s iconic black-and-amber colours are evident all around. The playing surface remains as good as it ever was. There is a welcoming clubhouse, rebuilt and refurbished after fire damage in 2013.

Spectating at the Old Parish remains an experience to savour.



The Old Parish – Maesteg RFC’s ground

THE WELFARE GROUND – CAMBRIAN RFC

Another ground with a beautiful backdrop but spend too much time looking at it and you’ll be in trouble.

‘The Tump’ has been a notoriously difficult place to go.



The Welfare Ground, the home of Cambrian Welfare RFC

BORDER PARK – TREFF-Y-CLAWDD RFC

It’s not going to be a short trip for many clubs to get to Border Park because, as the name suggests, it’s situated right on the border between Wales and England.

But the journey to Knighton is worth it. The setting is idyllic.



Tref-Y-Clawdd’s Border Park

LAWRENCE PARK – PONTYCYMMER RFC

This is one where you kind of have to just let the picture do the talking really.

A stunning backdrop of the Garw Valley. Any club would be proud to have that.



Pontycymmer RFC’s Lawrence Park

TYNEWYDD RM PARK – TREHERBERT RFC

One of the more uncompromising grounds around, the sign above the entrance to the playing surface that reads ‘Welcome to Hell’ kind of sets the tone for your afternoon!

However, the home of the Devils is set at the foot of the Rhigos Mountain, providing a pretty good backdrop.



Tynewydd RM Park, the home of Treherbert RFC

GLAN YR AFAN PARK – BLACKWOOD RFC

Just a very solid rugby ground. The colours that frame the pitch are striking, the surface is good and the stand is of a good size. With the clubhouse at one end as well, it’s all there for you.



Blackwood RFC’s Glan yr Afan Park

LASGARN VIEW – GARNDIFFAITH RFC

The word unforgiving springs to mind. On a mountain between Pontypool and Blaenavon, ‘The Garn’ is pretty exposed to the elements and the wind whips through more often than not.

Stunning views, mind, and was also the scene of a famous Welsh Cup upset when they beat Bridgend.



Garndiffaith RFC’s ground, Lasgarn View

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