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Landmarks in women's sport

The first recorded women’s rugby match in Wales took place in 1917 – and it was played to raise money for the soldiers fighting in France and Belgium. Rugby for men was closed down during the wartime period from 1914 to 1918.

That game took place on December 16th 1917, when Cardiff Ladies played Newport Ladies, Newport winning 6-0
Most of the Cardiff players were working at Wm Hancock Ltd, a brewery in the city, while the Newport team were mainly from at Lysaghts Ltd – an iron and steelmakers who would have been making munitions or other war materials. The Newport team is pictured below.

On 15 March 1918 two teams of munitions workers from Newport played in Barry see the report below from the Barry Dock News. More detail to follow as we are still researching this article.