Bridgend Ravens are a semi-professional rugby union club based in Bridgend, south Wales.
The original Bridgend side, Bridgend RFC, were merged with Pontypridd RFC for the 2003-2004 season to become one of five Welsh regions in the recently restructured Celtic League. The resulting club, the Celtic Warriors, had a relatively successful first season on the field, finishing fourth in the league, however, poor crowd attendances and a debt of �300,000 led to the WRU buying the club out and disbanding them at the end of the season. Bridgend RFC continued as a semi-professional club playing in the Welsh Premiership, which they had won for the first time the season prior to their merger with Pontypridd RFC.
The name Bridgend RFC is owned by the former owner of the Celtic Warriors, Leighton Samuel. In order to concentrate on the Celtic Warriors, Samuel decided to withdraw his financial backing of Bridgend RFC. Fans and businessmen of the area resurrected the team, naming it Bridgend Ravens. The name comes from the nickname of the former Bridgend RFC club, who were known as the Ravens. The club currently play in the Welsh Principality Premiership, and have had mixed success in their short life. They play their matches at the Brewery Field that they now have to rent from the Celtic Crusaders Rugby League Club owned by Leighton Samuel.
On July 1 2007 it was announced that ex-Wales prop Peter Rogers had signed for the Ravens.
2006/2007 - 11th (of 14) Principality Welsh Premiership; Semi-Final of Konica Minolta Cup (Knocked out by Cardiff RFC 23-16)
2005/2006 - 2nd (of 14) Principality Welsh Premiership; Round Four of Konica Minolta Cup (Knocked out by Neath RFC 11-3)
2004/2005 - 3rd (of 17) WRU National League; Semi-Final of Konica Minolta Cup (Knocked out by Llanelli RFC 20-10)
2003/2004 - 7th (of 16) WRU National League; Semi-Final of Konica Minolta Cup (Knocked out by Neath RFC 29 - 14)
2002/2003 - 1st (of 9) in WRU National League; 7th (of 8) in Pool B of Celtic League; Semi-Final of Principality Cup (Lost to Newport RFC 27-23)
2001/2002 - 9th (of 11) in Welsh/Scottish League; 6th (of 8) in Pool A of Celtic League; Quarter-Final of Principality Cup (Lost to Llanelli RFC 46-24)
2000/2001 - 5th (of 11) in Welsh/Scottish League; Quarter Final of Principality Cup (Lost to Neath RFC 23-21)
1999/2000 - 9th (of 11) in Welsh/Scottish League
1998/1999 - 6th (of 8) in WRU National League
1997/1998 - 7th (of 8) in WRU National League
1996/1997 - 8th (of 12) in WRU National League
1995/1996 - 5th (of 12) in Heineken League
1994/1995 - 5th (of 12) in Heineken League
1993/1994 - 6th (of 12) in Heineken League
1992/1993 - 6th (of 12) in Heineken League
1991/1992 - 4th (of 10) in Heineken League
2003/2004 - Celtic Warriors 4th (of 12) in Celtic League
Notable Former Players
Note: The following players play(ed) for Bridgend RFC or Bridgend Ravens.
- Steve Fenwick
- Chris Horsman
- Dafydd James
- Gareth Thomas
- JPR Williams
- JJ Williams
The Brewery Field