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.
NEWS REGULARLY UPDATED
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.
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.
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
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
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),
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.
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 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 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.
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
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.
FIXTURES 2018 - 2019
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 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.