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
BLACK AND AMBERS ANNOUNCE NEW FIXTURES
Aug 6 - Newport will play Pontypridd, Swansea University, Aberavon and Bridgend respectively all on consecutive Saturdays away from home starting from August 14. Kick off times are 2.30pm. The new Premiership Cup will start on September 18 with Newport in an East Group (with Merthyr, Ebbw Vale, Cardiff, RGC and Pontypridd).
PLAN FOR NEW SEASON COULD SEE FIXTURES BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER
Aug 1 - The first senior, 15-a-side competitions for male and female
senior players, played under modified Laws to reduce contact in the scrum
and maul, are set to run from September to
BUTTRESS INTERVIEW LEAVES MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS
Jan 24 2021 - An interview given by Dragons CEO David Buttress has left more questions than answers about the future of Newport RFC at Rodney Parade. In the course of the interview with Wales Online he states 'three teams at Rodney Parade is not possible to manage in the long term' he then states 'Newport RFC's home is Rodney Parade. It always should be...' . He states by way of conclusion 'its a question of sitting down with Newport and working out how we make Rodney Parade part of their long-term future..' Elsewhere he notes the need to replace the playing surface, carry out stadium improvements and his intention to work towards a partnership with Newport County. The intention seems clear to move some Newport RFC games to an alternative venue. On Twitter Buttress stated he has 'huge compassion' for the history of Newport RFC 'I'll do what I can' but states all Dragons games will be played at RP.
Comment - there are two issues here, the toxicity and failure of the Dragons brand and the need to preserve most Newport games at Rodney Parade (RP). Newport County will always play their games at RP and so will the professional rugby team. Rebrand the main professional team to a Newport identity, retain Newport RFC as a second team. Give a commitment to play at least seven of Newport's twelve home fixtures at Rodney Parade and play all remaining matches on a modified pitch at Newport Stadium.
MEMORIAL GATES LISTED
Sept 26 - The Memorial Gates at Rodney Parade have been granted Grade Two
Listed Building status by Cadw.
NEWPORT ANNOUNCE SIGNINGS
Sept 12 - Newport RFC has announced some new signings in anticipation of a new season not being far away.
Wales under-20s hooker Will Griffiths is staying at Rodney Parade after signing for Newport RFC after being released by the Dragons. In addition, 30 year old scrum half Rhys Downes has returned to Newport after playing in 2012/13. Newport hope to return to training in the next month and to return to action in November or December. However, it remains to be seen whether spectators will attend or whether games could be streamed.
TRIBUTES PAID TO MATTHEW J WATKINS
Mar 10 - Former Newport and Wales centre Matthew J Watkins has died at
the age of 41 after a long illness. Watkins, who won 18 caps, retired in
2011 and revealed in 2013 he had a rare form of pelvic cancer.
NEWPORT PULL OFF PONTY WIN
Mar 1 - Newport confounded expectations with a fine 17-12 win over Pontypridd at Sardis Road. Newport – Tries – M Dwyer, A Mann, G Harris; Con – M O’Brien.
COMFORTABLE WIN FOR NEWPORT
Feb 7 - Newport won a comfortable 17-0 victory over Swansea at Rodney Parade. Tries came from Frewen and Morris with additional points from Matt O'Brien.
FREWEN INSPIRES NEWPORT WIN
Jan 31 - Elliot Frewen inspired Newport to a comfortable 20-3 win over relegation rivals Ebbw Vale at Rodney Parade on Friday night. Frewen made a number of breaks against a limited Ebbw side. The Black and Ambers moved into seventh place, 11 points ahead of bottom placed Bridgend with three games in hand. Ebbw tool the lead but it was Newport's night with tries for Morris, Lang and O'Driscoll, O'Brien added a conversion and penalty.
WIZARDS EDGE OUT NEWPORT
Jan 10 - Newport missed a late penalty opportunity to beat Aberavon at Rodney Parade. The kick by Matt O'Brien left Newport down by 10 points to 8. Newport mounted a huge defensive effort after an early Harry Lang try but struggled to overcome their opponents marshalled by Aled Thomas.
LAST GASP WIN FOR BLACK AND AMBERS
Jan 5 - A last minute penalty kick gave Newport victory by 38 to 36 in a memorable and exciting match at the Brewery Field. Newport raced into a seemingly unassailable lead only to be pegged back by the Ravens. They were up 21-3 at half time through tries from Morris, debutant Ben Carter and a penalty try that led to a yellow card for Bridgend’s tight head. Newport extended their advantage to 28-3 with a converted Tayler try. The first wave of Bridgend recovery brought two tries reducing Newport’s lead to thirteen points. Matt O’Brien converted his own try to make it 35-15 before the second wave of Bridgend pressure brought three converted tries and a yellow card for Palmer. With Bridgend ahead by a point Newport were awarded a penalty and O’Brien duly converted for a much needed victory.
NEWPORT CLAIM LOSING BONUS AT CARMARTHEN
Dec 14 - Newport claimed a losing bonus as they continue to flirt with relegation. A late converted try gave them a point as they went down 26-20 at Carmarthen.
CONCERN OVER NEWPORT RENT PROPOSAL FOR RODNEY PARADE
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.
LLANELLI DENY NEWPORT BONUS POINT
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.
NEWPORT SUFFER PONTY HEARTBREAK
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!.
DOMINANT PACK LEADS NEWPORT TO BONUS POINT WIN
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
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).
PENALTIES WIN IT FOR WIZARDS
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.
BLACK AND AMBERS HONOUR SPRINGBOK VICTORY ON HIGHLY CONTROVERSIAL TOUR
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.
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.
NEWPORT OUT OF CUP
Sep 13 - Newport were bundled out of the Cup by Carmarthen Quns who won comfortably 36-25 at Rodney Parade.
GOOD OPENER FROM BLACK AND AMBERS
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.
NEWPORT WIN AT DINGS
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
FRIENDLY DRAW / NEW SIGNINGS
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
PORT SIGN MERTHYR PROP
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.
FIXTURES 2019 - 2020
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.