BLACK AND AMBER   

Newport’s premier sporting team now sadly consigned to semi-professional status. Founded in 1875 they are conquerors of all the major touring teams. Many great players have graced the hallowed turf of Rodney Parade. Following the reorganisation of the game Newport now play in the Welsh Premiership with teams like Llandovery and Bedwas.

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NEWPORT FINISH SEASON WITH FLOURISH

 

May 4 - Newport finished the season with a flourish beating high flying Llandovery 33-22 in bright sunshine at Rodney Parade. Newport were down 10-5 but Chay Smith playing his last game for the club scored an impressive double. Scrum half Ryan James announced his retirement before the game.

Tries - O'Brien, Smith (2), Morris, Lucas. Cons O’Brien 4

 

NEW COACH APPOINTED

 

April 28 - Forwards coach Ty Morris has taken over as head coach of the Black and Ambers in place of the departing Craig Warlow

 

FoNR BOOST NEWPORT RFC FUNDS

 

April 26 - Friends of Newport Rugby have given another financial boost to the Black and Ambers – taking their total contribution to £50,000.
The Trust was set up at the start of the regional rugby era to provide support to the club, both through volunteering and by raising money through membership fees, matchday raffles, the monthly draw and a weekly lottery..
On Saturday FoNR treasurer Simon Man presented Newport chairman Will Godfrey with a cheque for £22,160, adding to the £25,000 that was handed over before Christmas.

 

NEWPORT STORM BACK

 

April 21 - After a fitful first half Newport stormed back to beat Cross Keys 43-24 at Rodney Parade easing their recent slide in fortunes.
Scorers: Tries - Elliot Frewen (2), Chay Smith, Geraint O’Driscoll, Matthew Reed (2), Jon Morris; Cons - Geraint O’Driscoll (4)

 

NEWPORT SLIDE CONTINUES

 

Apr 15 - Newport lost 26-18 to Merthyr at Rodney Parade as they fell to their fourth successive defeat. Scorers: Tries: G O’Driscoll, G Harris; Con: G O’Driscoll; Pens: G O’Driscoll (2)
 

PONTY HAMMER NEWPORT

 

Apr 7 - Newport were hammered 46-7 by Pontypridd at Rodney Parade this afternoon.

 

HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES NAMED

 

Apr 6 - Friends of Newport Rugby hosted the annual Newport RFC Hall of Fame on Friday and once again it was a well supported event with the best of ‘Black & Amber’ being celebrated. Eight former players were inducted: Roger Bidgood, Gordon Britton, Sven Cronk, Ken Davies, Del Haines, Tom England, Jerry Shea & Geoff Whitson
 

ERRORS PROVE COSTLY FOR NEWPORT

 

Mar 31 - Newport threw away an 11 point lead to Ebbw Vale at Rodney Parade yesterday. A Rhys Jones drop goal with the final kick of the game gave the away side an unexpected victory. Ebbw only had the chance because of Newport's failure to secure a line out from the final move of the game. Instead of throwing the ball to the front of the line the Newport hooker went long and after a series of drives Ebbw took their opportunity. Newport had for the first hour played most of the rugby and scored a fine try through Jenkins after Frewen had mad a break. Unfortunately Newport's full back was one of many injuries during the match for the Black and Ambers. They gifted two tries to Ebbw but the away team's indiscipline led to five penalties from Matt O'Brien. The match seemed won but in the final stages Newport gave it away.

 

NEWPORT GO DOWN AT SWANSEA

 

Mar 15 - Newport, struggling with player availability, suffered some injury setbacks in the course of the match at Swansea and went down 27-5, It was their first away defeat since December 8. Josh Skinner got Newport's only try in the 79th minute.

 

UNDER STRENGTH NEWPORT HAMMER NEATH

 

Mar 8 - An under strength Newport team was too strong for lowly Neath at Rodney Parade. The Black and Ambers eased to a 48-14 win. Newport Scorers: Tries: H Palmer, H Lang, T Lucas, M Burgess, C Smith, C Williams, E Frewen, D Thomas; Cons: H Simons (4).

 

NEWPORT CLING ON AT BREWERY FIELD

 

Mar 1 - Having built up a big half time lead Newport were left to cling on at the Brewer Field as they struggled to contain a resurgent second half effort from Bridgend. They held out to win 17-15. Scorers: Bridgend – Tries: J Collier, C Williams; Con: R Evans; Pen: R Evans. Newport – Tries: C Smith, J Skinner; Cons: H Simons (2); Pen: H Simons.

 

NEWPORT EASE PAST LLANELLI

 

Feb 23 - Newport eased past Llanelli with a forward display running out 33-10 winners last night. They have moved up to fifth place in the Welsh Premiership
Newport: Tries: H Simons (7, 32), T Pascoe (20), A Evans (35), J Reid (80). Cons: M O'Brien (8, 21, 36, 80+1)
Llanelli: Tries: K Evans (3). Cons: T Prydie (4). Pens: T Prydie (17)

 

RGC TOO STRONG FOR PORT

 

Feb 17 - RGC1404 proved too strong for Newport despite a final flourish from the home side bringing respectability to the score-line. The Black and Ambers lost 28-25
Tries: Evans (10), Smith (55), Penalty (79), Taylor (80) Penalties: O'Brien (38)

 

ANOTHER DRAW FOR NEWPORT

 

Feb 9 - Newport could only draw against a 14-man Aberavon side at the Talbot Athletic Ground. The match ended 13-13. Richards and Thomas got the tries, O’Brien added a penalty.

 

LLANELLI MATCH OFF

 

Feb 1 - Newport's match with Llanelli is an early victim of the snowy weather and has been called off.

 

BLACK AND AMBERS THROW AWAY ADVANTAGE

 

Jan 19 - Newport threw away an 18 point advantage to draw 18-all at Bedwas. The dramatic comeback by their struggling opponents was assisted by a yellow card incurred by Ryan James.

Scorers: Tries: A Evans, M Reed. Conversions: H Simons. Penalties: H Simons (2)

 

NEWPORT GO DOWN TO CARDIFF IN CRACKER

 

Jan 12 - Newport gained two bonus points as they came off just second best to Cardiff in a fine match at Rodney Parade. Ian Botham graced the match with his presence to watch grand-son Jim who was playing the Cardiff back-row. But it was Newport who started the match more strongly with a fine side stepping run from Frewen opening the scoring. Thompson capitalised on a Newport error to romp home for Cardiff's first before Newport played with fluidity to create tries for Reed and Richards. Playing with the wind Newport had a 17-7 advantage.

Cardiff dominated the early stages of the second half and Newport's lead disappeared as they took charge. Newport continued to play with abandon pegging Cardiff's lead back with an O'Brien penalty and Evans try after Newport pushed off the ball on their scrum. Cardiff added a penalty to make it 31-27 before they closed the game out with a rolling maul. In the final minutes Newport scored a losing bonus point try from Burgess. Cardiff had a match-winning scrum half in Martin Roberts who, along with replacement No.8 Morgan Allen, snapped up a brace of tries each while outside half Gareth Thompson who also kicked a penalty and four conversions and replacement back Steffan Jones also added a conversion. Ultimately for all their verve and sparkle Newport made a few too many mistakes that Cardiff capitalised on and the Blue and Blacks were more clinical in finishing their moves. The game was well refereed by Nigel Owens who took to Twitter to congratulate the teams on a brilliant match. Newport: Tries: E Frewen, M Reed, D Richards, W Evans, M Burgess Pens: M O’Brien Cons: M O’Brien (2) Cardiff: Tries: G Thompson, M Roberts (2), M Allen (2) Pens: G Thompson Cons: G Thompson (4), S Jones
 

 

UNDER-STRENGTH PORT GO OUT OF CUP

 

Jan 6 - RGC proved too strong for Newport as they dumped the under-strength Black and Ambers out of the Cup 35-17 in a home tie switched to the Arms Park due to County's FA Cup game with Leicester. The Black and Ambers conceded four tries in the first thirty minutes.
Scorers: Newport – Tries: G O’Driscoll (33), M Reed (58) D Preece (79). Con: H Simons (33). RGC 1404 - Tries: E Jones (4); H Evans (21, 23) T Hughes (27) I Evans (42). Cons: B McBryde (4, 23) Pens: B McBryde (17, 52).
 

NEWPORT HAMMER HAPLESS KEYS

 

Dec 30 - Newport proved too strong for struggling Cross Keys at Pandy Park on Saturday. The match was tight for the first forty minutes but the Black and Ambers strength in depth told and they pulled away for an emphatic win. Newport scored seven tries in all and scored 24 points without reply in the second half.

 

Tries: C Smith, Penalty, E Frewen (2), G O’Driscoll, C Williams. Conversions: M O’Brien (4), H Simons. Penalties: O’Brien

 

ANOTHER DOUBLE AS NEWPORT BEAT STRUGGLING BARGOED

 

Dec 23 - Newport pulled away from Bargoed during a key period in the second half when the home side had Rhys Buckley sent off. Buckley had used Twitter to criticise the standard of officiating recently and ironically was sent off for back-chat to the referee. Newport's four tries came from Richards, Mann and Frewen (2). Two were converted by O'Brien, with three penalties also added in the 33-23 victory. Newport's cup tie with RGC1404 will take place at the Arms Park on January 5, 18.30 kick off.

 

NEWPORT COMPLETE CARMARTHEN DOUBLE

 

Dec 16 - Newport struggled to get past a spirited Carmarthen side at Rodney Parade eventually emerging 22-15 winners, completing the double over the West Walians. With conditions proving extremely difficult due to recent wet weather there were three tries from Bartlett, Preece and Smith, two converted by O'Brien and a penalty from O'Brien.

 

DROVERS TOO STRONG FOR NEWPORT

 

Dec 8- Llandovery proved too strong for Newport beating the Black and Ambers 43-10 and by six tries to one at Church Field. Newport's only try came from Watkin, converted by O'Brien with Simons adding a penalty. They return home for the clash with Carmarthen having taking two wins from four difficult away fixtures.

 

MAGNIFICENT NEWPORT END MERTHYR'S RUN

 

Nov 30 - A hugely impressive performance by Newport saw them end Merthyr's unbeaten run with 30-28 victory at the Wern. A late converted Frewen try was enough to see the Black and Ambers secure a famous victory. Smith and Lang also scored with man of the match Hadyn Simons adding three penalties and three conversions.

 

NEWPORT OUT-GUNNED BY PONTY

 

Nov 23 - Newport failed to keep pace with Pontypridd going down 43-25 to the title chasers. The home sides opened impressively but Newport responded impressively and two second half tries from Frewen and Bartlett added to earlier score from Morris had them briefly in the hunt only for Ponty's Webber to seal the scoring. Newport continued to rally with the forwards prominent at the end and Frewen in fine form. League leaders Merthyr are up next.

 

NEWPORT EXTEND WINNING RUN AT EBBW

 

Nov 16 - Newport extended their winning sequence to five with an excellent win over Ebbw Vale at Eugene Cross Park. Their victory by 27-20 was the first step in a difficult series of away games. After an early O'Brien penalty Ebbw took command. A converted Chay Smith try after half an hour changed the complexion of the score. With home skipper Kynes off the field Newport added tries through O'Brien and Frewen. Although Ebbw came back, the second half was a stalemate concluded with a late penalty from O'Brien. 

 

 

NEWPORT BEAT SWANSEA IN DOWNPOUR

 

Nov 11 - In extremely difficult conditions Newport beat Swansea 9-3 courtesy of three Matt O'Brien penalties. The win at Rodney Parade precedes a month of very difficult away games for the Black and Ambers against the top four teams in the League starting with Ebbw Vale next Friday. If they can secure six points from those games they will be doing very well.

 

LATE TRY GIVES NEWPORT WIN AT NEATH

 

Oct 27 - Late try by Johnny Morris gave Newport a 20-17 win in cold conditions at bottom club Neath, their third victory in a row. Scorers: Try: D Richards, J Morris; Cons: M O’Brien (2); Pens: M O’Brien (2).

 

NEWPORT EASE TO WIN OVER RAVENS

 

Oct 20 - Newport beat Bridgend 28-17 in a rare Saturday home fixture. Newport scored three tries including two from man of the match Matt O'Brien who amassed a personal tally of 23 points.

 

NEWPORT BACK ON TRACK WITH FINE WIN

 

Oct 13 - Newport got their season back on track with a fine win over RGC1404 at Colwyn Bay by 15 points to 8. In rain-swept conditions Newport scored a penalty try, Matt O'Brien a penalty and man of the match Johnny Morris added a vital try. Newport are currently seventh.

 

MAGNIFICENT FIGHT-BACK SECURES TWO BONUS POINTS

 

Oct 5 - Newport mounted a magnificent fight back to score three late tries after Aberavon had blown them away earlier in a hectic game at Rodney Parade. The final score of 38-35 left Newport with two much needed bonus points as they battle for the top eight. An early Jonny Morris try was countered by three converted efforts for the Wizards. Chay Smith brought the Port closer, O'Brien converted. Aberavon number 8 Iwan Temblett made it 26-15 before an O'Brien penalty narrowed the gap to eight points. Luke Davies and Jac Morgan added a brace to make it 38-18. The Black and Ambers were rampant from then on, Will Evans, Tom Lucas and Geraint O'Driscoll added three more, critically only one was converted, leaving the Black and Ambers tantalisingly three adrift.

 

NEWPORT EASE PAST BEDWAS

 

Sep 22 - Newport eased past Bedwas at home by 22 points to 17 at Rodney Parade this afternoon. They started strongly with a Johnny Morris try but the scores were levelled through an interception try. Rhys Jenkins added Newport's second from a driving maul after an attacking penalty. Elliot Frewen scored their third after a break by Pascoe. Bedwas responded with a Tear-Bourge try and a very late converted try by Crane.

 

 

CARDIFF EDGE OUT OLDEST RIVALS

 

Sep 15 - Cardiff, perhaps predictably, ended Newport's unbeaten run with a narrow victory over their oldest rivals by 29-27 at the Arms Park. The lead changed hands on several occasions but Newport had to content themselves with a losing bonus point.

 

Newport scorers – Tries: H Lang, J Morris, C Smith; Cons: M O’Brien (3); Pens: M O’Brien (2)

 

NEWPORT DOMINATE BARGOED IN EASY WIN

 

Sep 9 - Newport beat Bargoed in comfortable fashion in front of a large crowd by 44-30 allowing their opponents respectability with two late tries.


Newport: Tries: J Morris, C Smith, M Reed, E Frewen, G Watkins; Cons: M O’Brien (5); Pens: M O’Brien (3).
 

NEWPORT MAKE WINNING START

 

Sep 1 - Newport made a winning start to their Premiership campaign with a 29-12 victory over Carmarthen Quins.  The Black and Ambers outscored the Quins by four tries to two and had the man of the match in fly-half Matt O’Brien, who notched a personal haul of 19 points in an outstanding display of running and kicking.
Newport – Tries: M O’Brien (2), T Pascoe, K Tayler; Cons: M O’Brien (3), Pens: M O’Brien
 

NEWPORT COMPLETE SOLID PRE-SEASON

 

Aug 24 - Newport ended their pre-season in fine fashion beating Premiership rivals Swansea 21-10 at Risca.

 

BLACK AND AMBERS EASE TO WIN AT OLD HUNTING GROUND

 

Aug 18 - Newport eased to a 54-5 victory over Newbridge in a friendly at the Welfare Ground. Initially, Newbridge took a 5-3 lead but Newport quickly took charge including a hat trick of tries from Hadyn Simons.

 

NEWPORT LOSE FRIENDLY AT THE LAST

 

Aug 11 - Newport went down 33-26 in a game of three thirty minute periods at Rosslyn Park. The Black and Ambers took an early lead through a Matt O'Brien try but were foiled at the last by a try in injury time from the home side.

 

NEWPORT EASE TO FRIENDLY WIN

 

Aug 4 - Newport eased to a 105-3 win over Risca. Matthew Read was prominent. The club signed Cross Keys skipper Josh Skinner earlier in the week to bolster their squad. They travel to London to face Rosslyn Park next Saturday.

 

PREMIERSHIP ATTRACTS TV COVERAGE

 

Aug 4 - Principality Premiership rugby games will be live next season on BBC Wales.

Matches from the 2018-19 campaign will be shown on Friday evenings on BBC Two Wales and the BBC Sport website.

Ebbw Vale against Aberavon will kick off the coverage on 7 September, which will include festive derby matches on Boxing Day and New Year's Day while Scrum V on Sunday will show highlights. 

Newport feature in only one game on BBC 2 on Friday October 5 at home to Aberavon.

 

NEWBRIDGE CLASH FOR NEWPORT

 

Jul 21 - Newport will travel to Newbridge to face their old rivals in a friendly on August 18.

 

NEWPORT FOSTER ROUGEMONT LINK

 

Jun 16 - Newport RFC and Friends of Newport Rugby Trust were delighted to be able to support the Newport Primary Schools annual 7's tournament that was held today at Rougemont School. The club are developing close links with Rougemont and FoNR have sponsored the school 7's competition for some years, so it was an excellent joining together of both organisations efforts.
Prizes were distributed to the winners by Newport's captain Rhys Jenkins and FoNR's Media Officer Rhys Jones. Both the club and FoNR were very pleased to be involved and congratulate everyone who took part. A special mention to Bob Taylor of Newport Schools who has enthusiastically run rugby events for school children in Newport for many years.

 

 

BLACK AND AMBER SIGNINGS

 

Jun 9 - Newport RFC have signed scrum-half Geraint Watkin and retained the services of lock Andrew Mann and back row Josh Reid. The Black and Ambers are losing ex-Dragons academy half-back Owen Davies next season as the 22-year-old is concentrating on his studies at Cardiff University. The scrum-half made his Newport debut against Bedwas in 2014 and made 76 appearances for the club.

Andrew Mann played regularly for Newport in the latter half of the season on permit from Blaenavon making a big impression and makes the move permanent.
'Manny', as he is known to everyone is an extremely enthusiastic and tough player. He is very good around the pitch as well as competing in the set piece. An extremely likeable and well respected member of the squad, Manny has the prospect of becoming a fans favourite with his 100% efforts and could be a corner stone of the Newport RFC pack for many years to come. Newport RFC stated "His performances in recent months have shown that he is more than capable of holding his own in the premiership and everyone associated with the club is looking forward to seeing him develop at Rodney Parade."

 

NEWPORT FOCUS ON FRONT ROW REPLACEMENTS

 

Jun 2 - Newport's main area of recruitment during the summer months is the front row after the departures of John Lavender, Nicky Boyce and Matt Prosser. Replacing these three loose head specialists required much searching for quality players.
The first signing of the summer to announce is experienced loose head prop Dan Preece. Dan has been the mainstay in the No.1 jersey for Bedwas for many seasons and will bring a vast amount of experience to add to the Black and Amber pack.
Loose head prop Lewis Smout has made the short trip down the valley to join Newport from Cross Keys. The strong forward came through the Blues Academy and has played for Cardiff and Pontypridd in the Premiership as well as The Keys.

Newport make the journey to Rosslyn Park in the leafy Roehampton area of London on August 11 for a friendly match. Here are pictures of their last trip there.

 

     FIXTURES 2018 - 2019    

        F A
Sat, 04 Aug   A Risca  105
Sat, 11 Aug   A Rosslyn Park  26 33 
Sat, 18 Aug   A Newbridge  54
Thu, 23 Aug     Swansea  21 10 
Sat, 01 Sep 14:30 A Carmarthen Quins 29 12
Sun, 09 Sep 14:30 H Bargoed 44 30
Sat, 15 Sep 14:30 A Cardiff 27 29
Sun, 23 Sep 14:30 H Bedwas 22 17
Sun, 30 Sep 14:30 H Llanelli 17 30
Fri, 05 Oct 19:10 A Aberavon 35 38
Sat, 13 Oct 14:30 A Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 15 8
Sat, 20 Oct 14:30 H Bridgend Ravens 28 17
Sat, 27 Oct 14:30 A Neath 20 17
Fri, 09 Nov 19:15 H Swansea 9 3
Fri, 16 Nov 19:15 A Ebbw Vale 27 20
Fri, 23 Nov  19:15 A  Pontypridd 25 43
Sat, 01 Dec 14:30 A Merthyr 30 28
Sat, 08 Dec 14:30 A Llandovery 10 43
Sun, 16 Dec 14:30 H Carmarthen Quins 22 15
Sat, 22 Dec 14:30 A Bargoed 33 23
Sat, 29 Dec 14:30 A Cross Keys 45 19
Sat, 05 Jan 18:30 H(cdiff) Cup Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 17 35
Sat, 12 Jan 14:30 H Cardiff 32 38
Sat, 19 Jan 14:30 A Bedwas 18 18
Sat, 02 Feb 14:30 H Llanelli P  
Fri, 08 Feb 19:15 A Aberavon 13 13
Sun, 17 Feb 14:30 H Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 25 28
Fri 22 Feb 19:15 H Llanelli 33 10
Sat, 02 Mar 14:30 A Bridgend Ravens 17 15
Fri, 08 Mar 19:15 H Neath 48 14
Sat, 23 Mar 14:30 A Swansea 5 27
Sat, 30 Mar 14:30 H Ebbw Vale 29 31
Sat, 06 Apr 14:30 H Pontypridd 7 46
Sat, 13 Apr 14:30 H Merthyr 18 26
Sat, 20 Apr 14:30 H Cross Keys 43 24
Sat, 04 May 14:30 H Llandovery 33 22
 

KEY - PP=Welsh Premiership F = Friendly C= Cup Kick off times Sat/Sun 2.30pm Wed/Thurs/Fri 7.15pm

GIVE THE TEAM BACK TO THE CITY!

"It was blindingly obvious years ago that the Dragons would have the devil’s own job winning over an unwilling county to support them but they have positioned themselves badly in their market. The regime of Tony Brown, in days when Newport were Newport, had its critics but compared with the present operation, they were light years ahead. They had a chief executive in Keith Grainger and a director of marketing in Phil Davies who were ambitious and driven, and so full of ideas that by the end of the season, you were almost prepared to consider emigration in order to escape them... One of the other key elements, as I have said many times, is for the club to be returned to its city, for all silly county tags to be removed and for Newport to become Newport again. It is the only way to maximise crowds and income." Stephen Jones 'Sunday Times' 14/05/06

Heineken Cup, Pool 4
Newport 28-17 Bath (13/10/00) BBC report
 

Newport announced their arrival in Europe by recording a brilliant victory over 1998 Heineken Cup winners Bath at Rodney Parade.

The Black and Ambers, roared on by a capacity 11,000 crowd, blitzed Bath through three first half tries.

And the 22-10 interval advantage proved too much of a hurdle for Bath to overcome, despite replacement fly-half Shaun Berne's try 12 minutes from time and persistent late pressure. Newport prospered because they took their chances, leaving Bath to dig deep ahead of next Saturday's tough pool four trip to Munster. The home side survived a nervous closing 10 minutes after being reduced to 14 men when their South African skipper Gary Teichmann was sinbinned for killing possession.

"It is now my strong view, given the above circumstances, that such viability and success can best be achieved if the infrastructure of Gwent Dragons is subsumed into the existing operations of Newport RFC." Marcus Russell, August 20 2003. 

 

 

Jan 1897 - Rugby's first superstar and Black and Amber hero Arthur Gould, leading Wales for the last time, steers them to a victory over England at Newport. Wales won by 1 Goal and 2 Tries (11) to Nil. He retired with 27 Welsh caps and having led his country 18 times - national records at the time. This giant of Newport and Welsh sport ought to be properly commemorated in his home city.