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Hearing Aid Solutions are proud sponsors for the Welsh Deaf Rugby Union Team. Wales Deaf Rugby Union sponsored by Hearing Aid Solutions. The history of the WDRU is very interesting.

History of Welsh Deaf Rugby

The early days of Wales Deaf Rugby began back in 1995. During a meeting at Swansea Deaf club, the boys discussed their love of playing rugby. Because of this, Swansea deaf rugby club was formed. Coincidentally, the Deaf boys from Newport Deaf club were thinking along the same lines. As a result they set up their Deaf rugby club within Pill Harriers Sports and Social Club in Pillgwenlly, Newport. They called themselves the Pill Harriers Deaf Rugby Club. 

The Swansea Deaf and Newport Deaf rugby teams played against each other for the first time in October 1995 in Tredegar Park, Newport. Swansea won 52-0 and the return match was played in Loughor RFC in March 1996. Swansea won the match scoring 26-0. As a result, more matches followed and deaf rugby players and spectators alike enjoyed the game.  As deaf club rugby grew it was agreed by both clubs to establish a formal Wales Committee structure in 1996.

From this Committee, a Constitution and Rules of our Organisation was written, including the creation of a Membership scheme. Wales Deaf Rugby Football Club was born and therefore charitable status was then granted. As a result this allowed them to increase the scope of their fund-raising.

Latest Welsh Deaf Match News

Wales Deaf reclaimed the ‘Broadstreet Cup’ with a hard fight and absorbed victory against England Deaf in the first of two tests at Cardiff Arms Park. Our match photographer managed to capture some amazing shots of the team in action.  Martyn and Pippa Scott are pictured below (left) with David Cobner (Chairman Welsh Deaf Rugby Union) and Dennis Gethin (President of Welsh Rugby Union). The second test will be played in Manchester on Saturday 13 April 2019.