Mark Rhydderch Roberts
Born: in Crickhowell 19:07:1962
Height: 5ft 10ins
Weight: 15st 8lbs
Education: Brecon HS, Swansea University, Polytechnic of Wales and Bath University.
Achievements :Welsh Schools U19s, Swansea Univ. Welsh Students and Welsh Academicals XVs.
Debut game: 11th September 1985 v Alberta Province XV
Final game: 30th November 1985 v Neath
Number of Appearances: 10
Joined Bath from Pontypridd
Crickhowell-born Mark Roberts’ rugby career began with a host of plaudits, comprising his 1980-83 involvement in the Welsh Secondary Schools U19s, Swansea University, Welsh Universities, Welsh Students, Welsh Academicals and Abertillery RFC (with which his father had previously played during the 1950s and 60s) teams.
Mark’s Pontypridd RFC career spanned the 1983-85 seasons, where he played at hooker making 30 appearances and scoring 2 tries – alongside some of the finest talent to have graced the Black and White shirt, including Jeremy Pugh, Marco Orsi, Gary Jones, Carl Groves and the mighty Bob Pemberthy amongst others.
Mark left Ponty to link up with Bath RFC as first choice hooker (1985-86) before graduating and moving to London in late 1986. He maintained his links with his homeland by keeping a house in Crickhowell, and playing for Newport RFC from 1987-89 and Ebbw Vale RFC from 1989-90. Mark also graced the Breconshire Representative team numerous times during the ten years spanning 1980-90.
Furthermore, Mark made a number of appearances for Saracens and London Welsh during the 1986-87 season.
Mark suffered a badly cut head (requiring 30stitches whilst playing for Bath against Pontypridd RFC which was widely covered in all the national newspapers. As a result of this the club dropped fixtures against the Welsh club. Later in the season, his last game, he suffered with broken ribs
Mark moved to London to work and played for Saracens and London Welsh clubs in the 1986/87 season followed by appearances for Newport and then Ebbw Vale clubs.
Throughout his career Mark represented Breconshire County XVs winning the Welsh title twice.
Mark retired from first class rugby in 1990.