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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ANOTHER PREMIERSHIP SHAKE-UP

Jun 12 - The Principality Welsh Premiership is set to be divided into two groups of eight teams in east and west Wales. It is understood these plans have been approved by the clubs and will need to be ratified by a Welsh Rugby Union board.
Aberavon, Bridgend, Carmarthen Quins, Llandovery, Llanelli, Neath, RGC 1404 and Swansea will form the west. Holders Merthyr, Bargoed, Bedwas, Cardiff, Cross Keys, Ebbw Vale, Newport and Pontypridd are in the east.
The clubs will play each other home and away in the first half of the season with more local derbies and less travel before all 16 sides join together, with points being carried over from the regional format.
The sides will then play each other once meaning clubs will have 29 guaranteed league games.
There will be no end-of-season play-offs and the side who finishes top of the table will be crowned overall champions.
This format would replace last season's competition when clubs were split into two sections of eight midway through the campaign based on positions in the table. There were only 22 guaranteed games for clubs in this competition.
Overall winners Merthyr won the Tier One final by defeating Aberavon while Newport were the Tier Two winners after beating Neath.

WRU APPROACHES COUNCIL REGARDING GROUND DEVELOPMENTS

Jun 10 - The Welsh Rugby Union has approached Newport City Council to assist with improvements regarding the ground and amenity at Rodney Parade. Hopefully, this will result in the Council taking some control over the venue if as expected the Dragons cease to exist as a professional side in the next few years.

WRU Chief Executive Martyn Phillips stated "It could be that we need to have a couple of the first Newport County games away rather than home if we need that window. Nobody wants that in that competitions need a home and away rhythm but we might need a bit of slack in August to get that done. It's going to be a hybrid, grass and artificial, that should be comfortable with three teams playing on it."
Rugby would not be a problem as the season does not start until September and no friendly matches have been arranged to be played in Newport.
Phillips previously said that the Union will spend "quite a chunk of money" on the hybrid pitch and they are also talking to Newport City Council about funding for a revamped Rodney Parade.
"We built up a relationship with the council through talks on the deal and we know that they've got ambitions for the stadium and the regeneration of Newport generally," said Phillips.
"It's a city centre venue and we want to make sure that anything that we do is good for sport and good for Newport as well."

PARTRIDGE FLIES BACK HOME

Jun 10 - Dan Partridge is not transferring to Cardiff and has signed a new two year contract to remain at Rodney Parade. The popular 27 year old second row passed 50 appearances for Newport this season and is firmly established in the boiler house of the team. In addition Newport have added the following second row cover - Joe Bartlett (Ebbw Vale) Jonathon Kenny (Bridgend) and James Little (Cardiff Met).

NEWPORT WIN TIER TWO FINAL

May 20 - Newport easily overcame Neath at the Gnoll tonight by 32 points to 14 to win the Tier Two Final. Despite being buoyed by travelling support the Black and Ambers were behind 14-10 after 48 minutes. A try by Partridge, followed by a penalty for O'Driscoll and two further tries, one from O'Driscoll and one by virtue of a penalty try saw them home and brought to a successful end a very difficult season on and off the field.

NEWPORT REACH TIER TWO FINAL

May 12 - Newport produced a dramatic fightback to beat Llanelli 22-17 in the Tier Two semi final at Rodney Parade. Fifteen points in the last sixteen minutes of the game overcame the West Walians who had seemed in complete control. A try from Partridge was followed by a penalty by O'Driscoll before Matthew Prosser crashed over to seal victory with the try converted by O'Driscoll. Newport will face either Neath or Cross Keys in the 'best of the rest' final at Rodney Parade next Saturday.

NEWPORT SHAREHOLDERS BACK WRU TAKEOVER PLAN AFTER TENSE VOTE

May 10 - The Welsh Rugby Union's takeover of the Newport Gwent Dragons has been overwhelmingly approved by Newport RFC shareholders at a crucial vote on the future of the rugby in the city and the region.
A majority of 81% voted in favour of the proposals at a meeting at Rodney Parade exceeded the required threshold of 75%.
The vote means the WRU will also purchase the Rodney Parade site from Newport RFC as part of the £3,750,000 deal. Although although the actual amount received  will be £2.85m as £1.5m is owed to creditors including the Union. As part of the deal, benefactors Tony Brown and Martyn Hazell are writing off the majority (84 per cent) of the £5.63m they are owed. £600,000 will be paid to Newport RFC by way of compensation and to provide for running costs.
Shareholders were informed of "additional provisions" before the vote, which include opening a club museum and keeping profits from bar sales on match days.
"We will be doing everything possible to ensure the long-term success of the Dragons, but the hard work starts now," said WRU chief executive Martyn Phillips.
"All parties recognise that, from a Dragons perspective, significant improvement is required on and off the pitch and that now is the time for a new approach.
"Our investment is equally designed to safeguard Newport RFC and its rich history at Rodney Parade."
League Two football club Newport County agreed a 10-year lease to use Rodney Parade in 2013 and were reassured they have a future at the ground, despite the WRU saying they view it as a "rugby venue".
The nine-acre Rodney Parade site is included in the deal and one of the first issues will be to install a new pitch that will be acceptable to the Dragons, Newport RFC and Newport County. "We plan to press the button on that and have that in place before the start of next season," said Phillips. "Clearly that needs to be acceptable to Newport County which it will be. They have a licence to play here and we want to have a strong partnership with them. We said consistently we would have liked to put an artificial surface down because we want this to be a vibrant rugby hub. We can't do that at the moment so it will be a form of Desso hybrid pitch. We have identified a manufacturer and it will take quite a chunk of money."

Argus journalist Chris Kirwan wrote "I sincerely hope that he (Phillips) inwardly recognises that a lot of bridges are to be built with the people of Newport who are still vital to the success of the Dragons. There are a lot of Black and Ambers who will harbour resentment at the very fact they were put in such a position by the mismanagement of others....The majority of the 2,000-or-so season ticket holders come from the city and it will be interesting to see how sales go now that the Rodney Parade future is secured for 2017/18. Plenty of freebies have been dished out in recent seasons but it's punters that are needed."

The long meeting was dominated by the tension around the vote. However, Newport RFC Chairman  Will Godfrey revealed that abortive discussions had taken place within a consortium of local businessman and with Newport Council who were prepared to offer £4 million for the site but not to commit to invest in facilities.
 

THE WRU COMPROMISES, BUT WILL IT BE ENOUGH?

May 7 - Following a meeting with shareholders and supporters attended by WRU chief executive Martyn Phillips, a circular has been issued to address a number of issues raised. It has confirmed additional provisions for Newport RFC, including a pledge that Newport RFC would have "secure playing rights at Rodney Parade for as long as professional rugby is being played there".
The current David Watkins Suite in the Bisley stand will be available on Newport RFC match days, or for events run and managed by them, with all profit to be retained by the club. The existing Education Suite could also be fitted-out with memorabilia to act as a Newport RFC museum.
The letter addressed concerns over a perceived lack of a business plan, saying that the likely trading position had been set out, but that it would be up to the future ownership to determine how to run the club.
It added that in the event of a vote against the takeover the club would likely be forced to "to cease to trade almost immediately" as "no viable and realistic funding options have presented themselves".
Stuart Davies, the chief executive of Newport Gwent Dragons and Newport RFC, said: "I think the documentation and further discussions have been well received, and we thought it would be beneficial ahead of the vote to capture the main themes in an additional release.

COMMENT - this might appease a few shareholders and offer succour to FONR but it does nothing to end the uncertainty regarding Rodney Parade. The WRU's offer regarding the future of Newport RFC means zero if the Dragons cease to exist as a professional entity. Shareholders have very few positive reasons to vote yes and the WRU does nothing to address the failure to offer the market value for Rodney Parade or provide for Newport RFC in the future.  
 

FONR - SECOND LETTER TO SHAREHOLDERS

Read it here

NEWPORT LOSE AT HOME

Apr 30 - Newport were very much second best slumping at home 26-9 to Llanelli on Saturday.

NEWPORT BEAT BARGOED

Apr 23 - Newport beat Bargoed in Ystrad Mynach yesterday by 15 points to 11 to maintain their lead position of Tier 2 of the Principality Premiership. Tries came via a penalty try and Llywarch ap Myrrdin. 

FONR - 'REGIONAL TEAM BEING PLACED BEFORE NEWPORT RFC'

Apr 10 - Friends of Newport Rugby have issued a statement to Newport RFC shareholders warning them that there are key questions about the WRU proposal to take over Rodney Parade remain unanswered. They state that no business plan exists for Newport RFC exists and that the position of debts owed to directors remains unclear. It goes on to say that the proposed deal will see the ground sold to the WRU for a fraction of the cost. FONR add 'the recent meeting was told the proposed deal is 'the only way' but we believe the directors are putting the regional side ahead of Newport Rugby Fotball club and that there may be alternative options which will enable Newport RFC to retain most of the ground.'

Comment - Shareholders should listen to FONR. No organisation has done more to keep the name of Newport RFC alive in recent years. Their concerns about the WRU deal and the future of Newport RFC are justifiable. There are no clear answers as to why the ground is being sold at a cut down price or how the debts of directors are  being dealt with. Blind faith in the WRU is not enough. Why does Newport RFC have to give up everything to ensure the survival of professional rugby in the area?

NEWPORT BEAT SWANSEA IN DIRE ENCOUNTER

Apr 9 - A decent crowd at Newport swelled by ranks of ex players saw the Black and Ambers succeed 28-10 in their game against Swansea. Ap Myrddin, Smith, Jenkins and O'Brien scored the tries with four conversions by Arwel Robson. For the most part the match was a dire encounter littered with errors and bad temper and fighting.

BOARD UNABLE TO JUSTIFY WRU PROPOSAL - SUPPORTERS GIVE THEM ROASTING

Mar 28 - The meeting of Newport RFC supporters with their Board of Directors was a fractious and unsatisfying affair last night. Most of the major questions regarding the WRU proposal remained unanswered. CEO Stuart Davies admitted he did not have a business plan for the operation of Newport RFC post-takeover and that he did not know the full value of the Rodney Parade land asset. Director Jim McCreedy appeared dismissive of the work carried out by Friends of Newport Rugby, although is understood to have apologised.

Today Friends of Newport Rugby issued the following statement " Members of Friends of Newport Rugby and their committee joined with shareholders and supporters for the session with the CEO of Newport RFC, Stuart Davies and directors Will Godfrey and Jim McCreedy.
Unfortunately answers to most of the important questions were not forthcoming. Stuart Davies was asked by four successive speakers what was the business plan for Newport RFC to survive without a ground or clubhouse? How would they raise the funds necessary to compete in the Welsh Premiership? Eventually he was forced to concede what had become obvious and admit that there was no plan formulated at this stage but that work would be done before the shareholders meeting.
In the view of the Trust, this goes against the oft quoted mantra that the survival of Newport RFC was a prime objective in the negotiations. It is difficult to understand how the board could sign Heads of Terms without a clear vision for the future of the club.
The other key question is to what extent the directors will write off their secured loans. Again there was no answer to this, although it would appear that the question has been raised at board meetings with no resolution. Will Godfrey did advise the meeting that he would not be looking for repayment of any loans. The loans from other directors are far higher and Newport shareholders need to know where they stand in the light of past promises. If the shareholders are to make an informed choice then the board must provide answers to important questions and do so well in advance of the shareholders meeting so that they can be discussed properly."


WRU TAKEOVER PLAN - NO GUARANTEES FOR NEWPORT RFC

Mar 26 - The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) are offering no guarantees to Newport RFC in their proposed July 1 takeover plan set to be considered by shareholders shortly. The WRU is not prepared to guarantee a time period at which Newport can play at their historic Rodney Parade ground. In a further sleight they have announced plans to remove Newport from the name of the regional team.

The WRU run team they claim will represent the 73 teams in District A / Gwent. However, those clubs have never invested a penny in the running of professional rugby in the area. Newport RFC would therefore relinquish ownership of the ground and face a very uncertain future under the proposals put forward by the WRU.

NEWS SPECIAL - RODNEY PARADE SELL OUT here

NEWPORT GAIN FINE GNOLL VICTORY

Mar 18 - Victories at Neath are much easier to come by now than in the bygone days of Welsh rugby. Newport picked up a convincing 25-9 victory as they continued their improved recent form. Frewen, Ap Myrddin and Jones got the tries with two conversions and two penalties added by O'Driscoll. 

FoNR EXPRESS GRAVE CONCERNS AT HAZELL MOVE

Mar 11 - Friends of Newport Rugby have expressed grave concerns at moves by Martyn Hazell to drop his involvement in Newport RFC and Rodney Parade. The statement says "Friends of Newport Rugby are gravely concerned about the future of Newport RFC and the potential sale of its assets. With the recent press articles, social media speculation and comments from Newport RFC & Dragons CEO Stuart Davies, FoNR have requested meetings with Stuart, the Newport RFC Board and most recently the WRU CEO Martyn Phillips & Chairman Gareth Davies. The rejection of a meeting by the CEO of Newport RFC and the lack of reply from the Newport RFC board is worrying, especially when the WRU CEO & Chairman have arranged to meet FoNR. This lack of communication with the club could lead to the assumption that decisions are being made concerning Newport RFC, which are not in the best interests of the club.

FoNR have gifted over £250,000 to support Rodney Parade and Newport RFC over the last decade and the fact that the CEO and board are ignoring the opportunity to discuss the situation is very disappointing.

FoNR will continue to request for the detail of the current negotiations to be shared so that we can act in the best interests of Newport RFC. If required FoNR will seek legal advice on behalf of shareholders and supporters of Newport RFC so that we get the best outcome for our world famous club.

Now is the time for supporters to get behind our club before it is too late. We need to ensure Newport RFC keeps its home, identity and assets. "

NEWPORT RFC LTD RECORDS BIG LOSS

Mar 6 - The company behind Newport Gwent Dragons and Newport RFC has slipped to a loss following a disappointing season for the Pro12 side and a reduction in payments from the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU). The Dragons have recently been linked with a full takeover by the WRU, which currently owns the club in a 50-50 joint venture with Newport RFC.

The latest accounts for Newport Rugby Football Club Ltd show a pre-tax loss of £754,840 in the year ending 31 May 2016, compared to a £184,809 profit in 2014/15. Turnover also reduced to £7.2m from £7.9m the previous year. The company put the loss down to a mix of factors that led to "significantly less funding for the Newport Gwent Dragons" during the year.

BLACK AND AMBERS HONOUR EIGHT MORE

Mar 5 - The annual Hall of Fame dinner was held on Friday. Eight more players and administrators were honoured. John Anthony, George Boots, Andrew Coombs, Fred Cox, Dennis Perrott, Paul Turner, Paul Watts and Jack Wetter all received recognition. The award for former groundsman Fred Cox was collected by his daughter Pat. George Boots and Jack Wetter were also represented by family descendants.

NEWPORT BEAT CARDIFF RAGS

Feb 25 - An early kick off saw Newport beat Cardiff 17-8 at Rodney Parade in the Premiership B competition yesterday.

PONTY PUT NEWPORT OUT

Feb 18 - A late surge from Newport was not enough to beat Pontypridd at Sardis Road in the Cup. The Black and Ambers went down 34-29.

NEWPORT START SECOND ROUND OF LEAGUE WITH A WIN

Feb 5 - The rather pointless second tier competition of the League commenced with a 25-14 victory for Newport at Bridgend. Newport's tries from Craig Attwell (2), Hadyn Palmer and a penalty try.

NEWPORT THROUGH

Jan 26 - A fight-back by Newport put them through to the next round of the Cup as they beat Swansea 21-18.

NEWPORT LOSE TO BOTTOM SIDE

Jan 7 - Newport embarrassingly slipped to a 17-16 defeat to struggling Bargoed this afternoon. The Black and Ambers only try came deep in injury time to Rhodri Jones. Matt O'Brien scored three penalties and a conversion.

NEWPORT HAMMER NORTH WALES TEAM

Jan 2 - Newport hammered the North Wales team, RGC1404, as they recovered from their festive loss at Cross Keys. The Black and Ambers ran out easy 41-17 winners on a heavy Rodney Parade pitch. With one match to go the WRU has confirmed its stupid and pointless plan to split the league table into top 8 / bottom 8. Newport are currently tenth and even if they beat Bargoed with a bonus point cannot make the top 8. Tries: Jenkins (6), Penalty (28), Ap Myrddin (37), Partridge (0,71), Mock (76) Conversions: Robson (6,28,37), O'Brien (0,71,76) Penalties: Robson (40,62,40,62)

BOXING DAY TRADITION LIVES ON

Dec 26 - The traditional Boxing Day fixture produced a familiar result - a win for Cross Keys. The Keys did not cross Newport's line but were awarded two penalty tries as Newport succumbed 23 points to 8.

NEWPORT BEAT WIZARDS

Dec 3 - Newport continued their improvement with a hard fought 30-24 victory over third placed Aberavon at Rodney Parade. Tries - Frewen (2), Riley, Morris Pen - O'Brien Drop Goal - Robson, Cons - O'Brien (2) 

NEWPORT EDGE OUT CARMARTHEN

Nov 26 - Newport beat Carmarthen 25-24 at home to continue their big recent improvement. Newport scorers: Tries – Rhodri Jones, Jon Morris, Reuben Tucker, Conversions – Matt O’Brien (2), Penalties –.O’Brien (2) 

BLACK AND AMBERS BEAT BOTTOM CLUB

Nov 17 - Newport won comfortably against bottom club Swansea by 25 to 14 at St Helen's. The Black and Amber tries came from Johnny Morris, Geraint O’Driscoll and Matt O’Brien, the latter converted two and kicked two penalties.

O'BRIEN LEADS NEWPORT CHARGE

Nov 13 - Newport pulled off a fine win defeating Llandovery 21-16 this afternoon with a match winning performance from outside half Matt O'Brien. The Newport fly half scored three penalties and converted his own match winning try after 62 minutes. Geraint O'Driscoll scored Newport's other try in the first half. Attendance - 577.

NEWPORT EDGE OUT NEATH

Nov 4 - Newport, winless at home, pulled off their second win of the season narrowly beating Neath 12-10 at the Gnoll. This was Newport's third consecutive win at Neath. All Newport's scoring came in the first half. Three penalties and a drop goal from Matt O'Brien gave them a 12-3 half time advantage. Neath grabbed an early try and applied significant pressure in wet conditions but ultimately to no avail. Newport edged up to fourteenth in the league! Attendance - 250

TIME FOR WARLOW TO GO?

Oct 29 - Newport's disastrous season continued with another abject performance against Bridgend and a 19-7 defeat. They have failed to win any home league games and have only been competitive in half of the fixtures they have played this season. Bridgend built up a 19-0 before Newport emptied the bench and scored a converted try from Arwel Robson. Attendance - 648.

Comment - Is it time to call a halt on the Craig Warlow experiment? Newport had the option to go elsewhere this year but stuck with Warlow with disastrous results. The city needs to strong rugby and football teams and Newport needs to cement its place as the top team in the 'region' this does not help that strategy.

NEWPORT WIN AT BEDWAS

Oct 12 - The Black and Ambers ran out 41-26 victors against Bedwas at the Bridge Field in the curtain-raiser in Pool A of the WRU Challenge Cup. Attendance - 250

HEAVY DEFEAT AT PONTY

Oct 8 - Newport threatened to cause an upset with an early Rhodri Jones try but Ponty came roaring back with six tries to ease to victory, scoring two late on pick up the bonus point. Attendance - 800

Scorers: Pontypridd: Tries: B Coombes, A Webber (2), H Barnes, J Davies; Cons: C Hall (4); Pen: C Hall. Newport: Tries: R Jones, G O’Driscoll; Con: M O’Brien.

NEWPORT PUT TO THE SWORD BY MERTHYR

Sept 29 - Newport came back to earth tonight with a severe beating at the hands of Merthyr going down by 50-26 at Rodney Parade. The Black and Ambers were second best to a Merthyr side packed with talent and they could only manage a scoring flurry in the last quarter. Attendance - 546.

Newport scorers: Tries – E Frewen, C Coleman, L Ap Myrddin, G O’Driscoll, Conversions – A Robson (3). Merthyr scorers: Tries – O Davies (2), K Evans (3), E Siggery, R Downes, Conversions – M Jarvis (6), Penalty – M Jarvis.

NEWPORT OFF THE MARK AT LLANELLI

Sept 25 - Newport got off the mark in the Welsh Premiership by beating Llanelli at Parc y Scarlets edging to a 17-13 win. A late try by Adam Brown added to earlier tries from Owen Davies and Henry Palmer was enough to secure victory. Attendance - 400

NEWPORT LOSE TO FORTUNATE EBBW

Sept 17 - Newport remain winless after not getting the run of the ball at Eugene Cross Park. The Black and Ambers narrowed the deficit down to six points and were piling on the pressure when an Ebbw breakaway brought them a try and ultimately a 33-17 margin of victory.

Ebbw Vale Tries: R Kynes, C Leversley, J Lewis Cons: J Lewis (3) Pens: J Lewis (4) Newport Tries:B Lampitt, A Hewitt Cons: M O’Brien (2) Pens: A Robson

ABJECT NEWPORT FALL TO BEDWAS

Sep 11 - There was a big turnout of Newport supporters this afternoon hopeful of a better season for the Black and Ambers. But they disappointed by a feeble effort from the home side who were outplayed and out-muscled by Bedwas. Bedwas won the match 20-12. They clinched victory with a flowing move, with fifteen minutes to go,that ended with a try under Newport's posts. Bedwas tried to help Newport by forgoing kicks at goal and by having three players yellow carded including influential outside half Richard Powell. They were no great shakes themselves but worked hard and defended stoutly whereas Newport looked tentative in defence and missed several key tackles. A very effort from Newport. Attendance - 632

OPENING MATCH DISAPPOINTMENT FOR NEWPORT

Sep 3 - Newport had to settle for a losing bonus point following a narrow defeat to Cardiff by 25-22 at the Arms Park. Despite scoring three tries away from home Newport were unable to take advantage. The difference was a long range penalty from outside half Jarrod Evans for Cardiff. Attendance - 750. Scorers – Cardiff, Tries: R Williams, C Young (2), Cons: J Evans (2), Pens: J Evans (2). Newport, Tries: J Lavender, E Frewen, G Harris, Cons: M O’Brien, A Robson, Pens: M O’Brien

NEWPORT  WIN PLATE FINAL AT SEVENS

August 28 - Newport won the Plate Final 33-14 against RGC1404 in the Foster's Sevens at the Cardiff Arms Park today. Newport lost 19-12 against Aberavon  in the first round and as a result were relegated to the Plate competition. In the first round of the Plate they accounted for Swansea 22-14 before trouncing Pontypridd 40-5 in the semi final scoring six tries. Lywarch ap Myrddin scored and converted the opening try against their North Walian opponents RGC1404 in the Plate Final. RGC1404 responded immediately. ap Myrrdin repeated the dose to make it 14-7 to the Black and Ambers. Arwel Robson capitalised on an RGC mistake to increase the advantage with a converted touchdown just before half time. Sevens specialist Elliott Frewen squeezed through to increase the lead before Wes Cunnliffe added a fifth as Newport eased home to victory before a late consolation RGC try.

NEWPORT DEFEATED BY COVENTRY

August 20 - Newport continued their pre-season preparations with a 56-40 defeat away at Coventry. Their final friendly fixture against Hartridge RFC at Llanwern High School on Tuesday kicks off at 7pm.

Update  Newport won 45-3 against Hartridge. Adam Brown is captain for the new campaign.

NEWPORT LOSE FRIENDLY

August 14 - Newport lost their opening friendly narrowly at Rodney Parade going down 24-22 to Rosslyn Park.

FRIENDLY ADDED

July 23 - Newport will play Hartridge RFC on the 4G surface at Llanwern as part of their pre-season preparations on August 23rd in the evening.

ANOTHER PROP SIGNS

July 10 - Newport RFC has announced the signing of local lad Fraser Young. Fraser played for Pill Harriers before signing for Pontypool last season but made several appearances on permit for the black and ambers during the campaign. Fraser bolsters the ranks of props in the squad and has already started training hard for the new season.

PREM FIXTURES ANNOUNCED

July 9 - Newport's new season fixtures have been announced by the WRU with Newport's opening encounter at the Arms Park against Cardiff on September 3.

PROP AND CENTRE JOIN NEWPORT AS THEY BUILD STRONG SQUAD

June 30 - Newport have signed Pontypool player of the season 20 year old Garin Harris as they build a strong squad for the new season. The tight head prop is believed to have great potential. In addition the Black and Ambers have signed 23 year old centre Tom Pascoe, who previously played for Cardiff and Pontypridd but has just returned from a spell in Australia. He joins new centres Chay Smith and Tom Riley.

Newport will play Coventry away at the Butts Park Arena on Saturday August 20 (kick off 3pm).

RILEY BACK AT NEWPORT

June 16 - Former player Tom Riley has re-joined the Black and Ambers after a spell at centre with Cornish Pirates. The 31 year old from Pontypridd made 27 appearances for Newport previously and 60 for Newport Gwent Dragons.

WARLOW SAYS TOUR GOOD FOR TEAM BUT NOT FOR RUGBY

June 11 - Newport coach Craig Warlow has said his team's two match tour of Newfoundland in Cardiff was good for team bonding but not necessarily rugby. Newport lost both games (18-7 to the Rock and 31-17 to Swilers),

NEW PLAYERS SIGN UP

June 11 - Newbridge forwards Dan Mock and Kyle Tayler have joined Newport for the new campaign. In addition, the squad has been bolstered by the addition  of Cross Keys back row Reuben Tucker and Cardiff Met centre Chay Smith.

PRE-SEASON FRIENDLIES

May 15 - Newport RFC will play Rosslyn Park at home on Sunday August 14th and Coventry at the Butts Park Arena on August 20th as part of their warm up for the 2016-17 campaign.

     FIXTURES 2016 - 2017    

Date Opponent     F A
Sun, 14 Aug Rosslyn Park F H 22 24
Sat,20 Aug Coventry F A 40 56
Tues, 23 Aug Hartridge RFC F A 45 3
Sat,28 Aug SEVENS Cardiff   plate W  
Fri, 2 Sept Cardiff PP A 22 25
Sun, 11 Sept Bedwas PP H 12 20
Sat 17 Sep Ebbw Vale PP A 17 33
Sun, 25 Sep Llanelli PP A 17 13
Thurs, 29 Sep Merthyr PP H 26 50
Sat, 08 Oct Pontypridd PP A 12 36
Sat, 29 Oct Bridgend Ravens PP H 7 19
Thurs, 03 Nov Neath PP A 12 10
Sun 13 Nov Llandovery PP H 21 16
Thurs,17 Nov Swansea PP A 25 14
Sat, 26 Nov Carmarthen Quins PP H 25 24
Sat, 03 Dec Aberavon PP H 30 24
Mon,26 Dec Cross Keys PP A 8 23
Mon,02 Jan North Wales team PP H 41 17
Sat, 07 Jan Bargoed PP A 16 17
Wed,25 Jan Swansea Cup H 21 18
Sat,4 Feb Bridgend PP H 25 14
Sat,11 Feb Bargoed PP A P  
Sat,18 Feb Pontypridd Cup A 29 34
Sat,25 Feb Cardiff (12 noon) PP H 17 8
Sat,18 Mar Neath (11am) PP A 25 9
Sat, 8 Apr Swansea PP H 28 10
Sat, 22 Apr Bargoed PP A 15 11
Sat,29 Apr Llanelli PP H 9 28
Wed, 3 May Cross Keys PP H 22 29
Sat,12 May Llanelli (semi final) PP2 H 22 17
Sat,19 May Neath (final) PP2 H 32 14
 

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.