The Outlaws were born in 2015 out of a passion to bring Rugby League to the Rhondda. Initially the club consisted of just age-grade teams and played on various community pitches around the Rhondda. By 2017 the age-grade teams were struggling to attract new players and many of the previous players had moved on to college or university and the club was on the verge of folding completely due to insufficient participation.
In 2017, with the appointed of Clive Bachelor as Chairman and a host of new volunteers, the club underwent a rebirth; although the age-grades had temporarily gone the club was now utilising Pontypridd RFC’s Sardis Road ground as a base and introduced its first men’s open-age team. The men’s side played their first ever match on 20th May 2017 in the Welsh Premier League against the then reigning Champions Valley Cougars. It wasn’t a great start for the fledgling side, losing 10-80 at home. The poor start continued throughout the season with the Outlaws only picking up one win in the league (against Cardiff Blue Dragons away).
2018 saw a vast improvement with the men finishing 4th in the Welsh Premier League. Clive Batchelor had also put in place the foundations needed to grow the club. Unfortunately Clive didn’t live to see his plan come to fruition as he sadly passed away at the end of the 2018 season.
The rest of the committee carried on with taking the club forward and 2019 was a pivotal moment for the club. Age-grades were once again introduced with an Under 12s side competing for the first time. A women’s team was formed and played the first ever game of Women’s Rugby League in Wales when they took on Cardiff Blue Dragons. The men’s team won all but one game in the Welsh Premier League eventually being crowned Champions.
Things continue to go from strength to strength for the Outlaws. We now have a permanent home at Glyncoch and are the first community club in Wales to have achieved this. We have further expanded our age-grades with the introduction of an under 14s side and we entered the Challenge Cup for the first time ever in January 2019.
The club motto is “Hwy Clod Na Golud”. This roughly translates from Welsh to English as “Fame lasts longer than wealth”.