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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Nov 23 - A number of Newport supporters have taken to Twitter to express their concern at a potentially significant increase in their rent for using Rodney Parade. The club had previously owned Rodney Parade (or as part of Newport Athletic Club) since 1875 but following a shareholders' meeting last year it was sold to the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU). The WRU rent review is expected to increase the charge Newport pay for facilities and stewards. However, supporters have expressed concern that the proposal could see the figure increase to as much as £2,500 per game, well over double the current fee. Rodney Parade Chief Executive David Buttress has not responded to questions on social media but has offered to meet fans following next week's shareholders meeting.




Nov 23 - Newport were denied a bonus point as a late penalty to Llanelli gave them a 23-15 victory at Stradey Park. Newport produced an improved second half performance. Frewen and Bartlett got the tries, one was converted by O'Driscoll who also added a penalty.




Nov 17 - Newport suffered heartbreak at Rodney Parade as a late score for Pontypridd denied them victory. The 37-35 scoreline left the Black and Ambers with two losing bonus points. They scored four tries through Webber, Hill, Moore and Richards only to be denied by a penalty from a Dragons Academy player, Diggie Bird!.





Nov 10 - Newport beat Bridgend 22-0 with their pack in dominant form at Rodney Parade. The Black and Ambers scored four tries to earn a bonus point. The Ravens' No.8 Iestyn Merriman received a straight red for illegal use of the elbow.



Nov 2 - Newport pulled off a fine defensive display to beat Llandovery for the first time on their home patch in nine years by 9 points to 3. Matt O'Brien's three penalties were enough to seal a hard won victory. The victory ended a poor recent run including defeats at Swansea (28-31) and at home to Merthyr (17-29).





Oct 13 - Aberavon and Newport swapped the lead several times at the Talbot Athletic Ground yesterday before Aberavon finally added the score to emerge victorious. Aberavon scored an early try and penalty to build a 10 point advantage before Dai Richards scored a try for Newport. Harris Lang added a second try for Newport out wide to put them 12-10 up before they conceded two converted penalties to Aberavon.



Oct 5 -  Newport RFC state they are delighted that former South African captain Tommy Bedford will be guest of honour and guest speaker at a dinner to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Newport RFC’s 1969 victory over the South Africa team in which Tommy played in the back row.
Tommy had 25 test caps for the Springboks with 3 as captain and was vice-captain for the UK tour of 1969. Whilst studying in the UK at Oxford he became a Blue and also captained the university.
This golden anniversary is being celebrated by Newport RFC and Friends of Newport Rugby with a dinner at Rougemont School on the evening of Friday November 29th. Tickets are £40 each or can be bought in tables of 8. Contact commercial director Kevin Jarvis for further details and to book your place – 

It was a highly controversial tour with opponents of the anti-apartheid regime stating that participation in sport with the white only Springbok team condoned the South African regime and its racist policies. The Home Nation boards held firm and backed the tour, using the age-old "politics and sport don't mix" defence. But the damage to the image of the game grew with each news bulletin and the rugby became increasingly inconsequential.


Games had been played in an often ugly atmosphere. At Newport the Times recalls "Four hundred shouting, banner-waving demonstrators made their point, without violence, when the Springboks came to Wales today. And the Rugby men of Newport made their point too, with a magnificent victory - by 11 points to six, in fact. A solid wall of policemen held back chanting protesters as the crowd streamed into the ground. Spectators were jeered, hissed and greeted with shouts of "shame"."


Security issues were highlighted when the team bus was hijacked en route to the England international at Twickenham. On the morning of the match at Twickenham the South African squad boarded their team coach to head to the ground. A man they assumed to be the driver got on, started the engine and pulled away from the central London hotel. Only then did several players flag that a number of the party were still not there; within seconds they realised the man driving was a protestor. A fight ensued as they battled him for control and eventually the coach crashed into parked cars. "We spent all our time surrounded by police cordons and barbed wire, never mind having our bus hijacked," Tommy Bedford said previously. It was a shaken team which eventually arrived at Twickenham.




Sep 13 - Newport were bundled out of the Cup by Carmarthen Quns who won comfortably 36-25 at Rodney Parade.




Sep 7 - Newport emerged victorious from a tough derby encounter at Eugene Cross Park beating Ebbw Vale 29-23. Their tries came from Gardner, Richards (2) and a penalty try. O'Brien converted two and added a penalty as the Black and Ambers ran into a 22-6 half time lead before being pegged back in the second half.




Aug 31 - Newport comfortably beat Dings Crusaders of Bristol 28-24 in their last friendly before the season commences. The home side got a couple of late tries. Newport's scores came from Richards and Wright (2). League action starts next week against Ebbw Vale at Eugene Cross Park, kick off 5.30pm. Website to be updated




Aug 24 - Newport drew with Cinderford away 38-38. They signed winger Ryan Gardner from Brynwar, back row Reuben Tucker returns.




Aug 10 - Newport beat Pontypridd 33-27 in a friendly at Sardis Road yesterday




Jun 30 - Newport RFC are pleased to announce the signing of front row forward Louis Jones. Louis featured heavily for Merthyr in recent seasons and brings the versatility of playing on either side of the scrum.
Head Coach Ty Morris is very pleased with his first announced signing. ‘Louis has been a regular performer for Merthyr for a number of seasons showing that he ins knows what it takes to succeed and win at the highest level year after year. He is comfortable on both sides of the scrum and is exactly what we need at Newport for the new season.’
Newport face Ebbw Vale at Eugene Cross Park in their opening league fixture on Sept 7, before home games against Carmarthen Quins (Cup) and Bridgend


     FIXTURES 2019 - 2020    

Sat, 7 Sep Ebbw Vale A 29-23
Fri, 13 Sep Carmarthen Quins (CUP) H 25-36
Sat, 12 Oct Aberavon A 12-16
Sat, 19 Oct Swansea A 28-31
Sun, 27 Oct Merthyr H 17-29
Sat, 2 Nov Llandovery A 9-3
Sat 9 Nov Bridgend Ravens H 22-0
Sat, 17Nov Pontypridd H  
Sat, 23 Nov Llanelli A 15-23
Sat, 7 Dec Cardiff H  
Sat, 14 Dec Carmarthen Quins A  
Sat, 28 Dec Ebbw Vale H P
Sat, 4 Jan Bridgend Ravens A  
Sat, 11 Jan Aberavon H  
Sun, 19 Jan Swansea H  
Sat, 25 Jan Merthyr A  
Sun, 16 Feb Llandovery H  
Sat, 29 Feb Pontypridd A  
Sat, 7 Mar Llanelli H  
Sat, 21 Mar Cardiff A  
Sat, 28 Mar Carmarthen Quins H  
Sat, 4 Apr Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 A  
Sat, 18 Apr Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 H  

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


"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.