Our History

Established in 1897 under the initial captaincy of Orphie Evans Tumble RFC were one of the most successful rugby teams in the old West Wales Rugby Union, and are still highly regarded for all that they achieved. The club's peak in terms of success came during the 1980's where they managed the feat of winning the President Cup five times, the Challenge Cup four times and the West Wales Championship three times. Rugby was however being played in Tumble almost a whole century before then.


The club first won the Challenge Cup in 1933, and retained ownership of the trophy for a further two seasons. In season 1937/38 the club was crowned West Wales Champions for the first time.


In season 1945/46 the club won it's first post war trophy when it picked up the Challenge Cup for the fourth time. Tumble successfully defended the trophy the following season. The club won the Challenge Cup in 1946/47 and the Championship again in season 1949/50.


During the next three decades the club's success waned a little. Tumble only won the Challenge Cup twice, in seasons 1962/63 and 1971/72. Then came the Eighties - what can be seen as the club's Golden Era.


In 1983/84 Tumble were crowned West Wales Champions for the first time in 34 years, a title they reclaimed the following year, along with the Challenge Cup. They held onto the cup for a further four years and in 1987/88 they won the West Wales Championship for the last time.


In 1990 Tumble gained Heineken National League status. In 1991/92 the club won the Heineken League Division 4 Championship. In 1995/96 the club reclaimed the Challenge Cup for the twelfth time. The club celebrated it's centenary in season 1996/97. In 2006/07 the club won the WRU Division 3 West Championship and the Brains SA Bowl. The club suffered successive relegations in seasons 2007/08 and 2008/09. The season 2009/10 saw the Magpies win WRU Division 4 West as well as adding the Brains SA Plate to the trophy cabinet. Further trophies followed when the won the Brians SA Bowl for the second time in 2011/12 season defeating Seven Sisters 27-26 at Dunvant RFC.  This win ensured that Tumble RFC became the first clib to win the 'treble' of WWRU Cup, Bowl and Plate. 2013/14 saw the disappointment of a bottom place finish and subsequent relegation.  The appointment of Chris Davies, Marc Kinnaird and Hugh Gustafson as a coaching unit saw the club recover to secure a fourth place finish in Division 3 West A for 2014-15. Season 2015-16 will go down as another successful one in the history of the club with the 1st XV clinching the Division 3 West B championship by a point from second placed Lampeter Town. The Magpies finished the seaon with a playing record of played 20, won 16, drawn 1, lost, points 79.


One of Tumble's most notable players, was Welsh international Archie Skym. Although Skym had already moved to Llanelli RFC at the time he was first capped, he came to the attention of larger clubs when representing Tumble. He joined the team from a local side at Drefach, and in December 1926 left Tumble for the Scarlets.


Gareth Davies the former Cardiff, Wales and British Lions outside half of the late 70's early 80's and current Welsh Rugby Union chairman was born in Tumble and played youth team rugby for the club before moving into the first class game. Another notable former player is Richard Rees the former Neath, Newport, Swansea, Scarlets and Wales wing.


Dwayne Peel the former Llanelli Scarlets, Sale Sharks, Bristol, Wales and British Lions scrum half is a product of the club's junior system as are Bath's Darren Allinson formally of the Cardiff Blues, Nicholas Cudd of the Newport Gwent Dragons and Hugh Gustafson and Daniel Evans of the Ospreys. Current Wales Under 20 outside half Billy McBryde played for the club's junior section before moving to Llanelli RFC and the Scarlets Academy while his father Robin (Wales forwards coach) is a club vice-president. Gareth Williams, a former club junior section player is the Wales 7's head coach and assistant coach for the Team GB Olympic Rugby 7's squad.