BLACK AND AMBER
Newportís 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 BEAT EBBW WITH LAST KICK
Sep 17 - The final kick of the game from Matt O'Brien gave Newport a deserved 27-25 bonus point win over Ebbw Vale at Eugene Cross Park. The Black and Ambers allowed Ebbw to come back into the game after taking a commanding lead (they were 17-5 up at half time) but O'Brien's kick was enough to secure a bonus point victory. Tries - Smith, Lavender, Simons (2) Cons - O'Brien (2) penalty - O'Brien.
NEWPORT SEE OFF PONTY IN EXCITING WIN
Sep 9 - A 45 metre penalty from Matt O'Brien was the difference between the two sides as Newport stormed back to form with a 29-27 victory over Pontypridd. The home side retrieved a deficit on a number of occasions to cap their victory with four tries and a bonus point against heavy hitting opponents. Burgess, Morris, Cunliffe, Howells got the tries, three converted by O'Brien and he also added the vital match winning penalty.
NEWPORT SET FOR LONG SEASON?
Sep 3 - Newport seem set for a long and difficult season after they went down comprehensively yesterday to Bedwas at the Bridge Field by 29 points to 7. Their only try came from a second half maul with Will Evans getting the touch down converted by Matt O'Brien. Attendance 470
UNSATISFACTORY START FOR NEWPORT
Aug 28 - A crowd of 715, a beautiful day, long queues at the bar and a match against their oldest rivals...what could go wrong? Unfortunately, for Newport, events on the pitch heavily favoured Cardiff and for most of the match they were comprehensively outplayed. The final 31-19 score-line flattered the home side. They were beaten up front, half back and their only tactic of merit was a rolling maul which brought scoring opportunities and the sniff of a bonus point. Their defensive effort improved in the second half and there was no doubting the wholehearted effort and commitment in temperatures in the mid-twenties. There were lots of new faces and it is very difficult to judge a team on one outing.
Off the field the club could only take cash transaction for tickets which was slightly bizarre given they have had time to get banking facilities in place. However, there was a huge effort by volunteers to ensure the day went well and that security and stewarding went well. Hopefully, the club made some money from what could have been a bumper day.
Evans, Lang and Palmer got Newport's tries.
NEWPORT LOSE FRIENDLY
Aug 23 - Newport lost to English League One side Ampthill 29-11 on Saturday.
THE FULL FORCE OF WRU RULE LEAVES NEWPORT RFC REELING
July 31 - The full consequences of the Welsh Rugby Union's takeover has left Newport RFC reeling as it has been denied use of facilities and changes administrative arrangements. Following the takeover of Rodney Parade Newport RFC's historic clubhouse will not be in use this season. In addition due to the prohibitive cost of stewarding the entire stadium only the Bisley Stand will be available to the club for home matches. The WRU has agreed to allow the Black and Ambers to use the David Watkins bar in the Bisley Stand and to receive revenue from the bar. As yet the Club has been unable to produce season ticket offers. It seems likely that the offer in the coming season could comfortably exceed last year's price for non-concession tickets - £90. The new landlord is undertaking other ground work including hospitality boxes at south end being taken down, new floodlights on the Hazell Stand, disabled access being upgraded and work on safety being carried out in the Hazell Terrace and Stand.
COMMENT - Newport RFC has endured the most difficult close season imaginable. The club has lost pretty much everything retaining only short term rights to play at its own ground. Disentangling the Club from Rodney Parade Limited and starting the new journey as an independent club was never going to be an easy one. There have been delays some inevitable and some not so. The Club urgently needs to get its season ticket offer out to fans who have already made commitments to the professional side in some cases. The Dragons have a poor season ticket base, this is an opportunity to set a competitive price that will encourage fans to get behind the City's premier rugby club. Newport RFC must get the message out quickly or lose vital business.
FIXTURES 2017 - 2018
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 devilís 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.