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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NEWS REGULARLY UPDATED

 

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: Tries: J Morris, C Smith, M Reed, E Frewen, G Watkins; Cons: M O’Brien (5); Pens: M O’Brien (3).
 

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 – Tries: M O’Brien (2), T Pascoe, K Tayler; Cons: M O’Brien (3), Pens: M O’Brien
 

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.
Prizes were distributed to the winners by Newport's captain Rhys Jenkins and FoNR's Media Officer Rhys Jones. Both the club and FoNR were very pleased to be involved and congratulate everyone who took part. A special mention to Bob Taylor of Newport Schools who has enthusiastically run rugby events for school children in Newport for many years.

 

 

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 permanent.
'Manny', as he is known to everyone is an extremely enthusiastic and tough player. He is very good around the pitch as well as competing in the set piece. An extremely likeable and well respected member of the squad, Manny has the prospect of becoming a fans favourite with his 100% efforts and could be a corner stone of the Newport RFC pack for many years to come. Newport RFC stated "His performances in recent months have shown that he is more than capable of holding his own in the premiership and everyone associated with the club is looking forward to seeing him develop at Rodney Parade."

 

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.
The first signing of the summer to announce is experienced loose head prop Dan Preece. Dan has been the mainstay in the No.1 jersey for Bedwas for many seasons and will bring a vast amount of experience to add to the Black and Amber pack.
Loose head prop Lewis Smout has made the short trip down the valley to join Newport from Cross Keys. The strong forward came through the Blues Academy and has played for Cardiff and Pontypridd in the Premiership as well as The Keys.

Newport make the journey to Rosslyn Park in the leafy Roehampton area of London on August 11 for a friendly match. Here are pictures of their last trip there.

 

     FIXTURES 2018 - 2019    

        F A
Sat, 04 Aug   A Risca  105
Sat, 11 Aug   A Rosslyn Park  26 33 
Sat, 18 Aug   A Newbridge  54
Thu, 23 Aug     Swansea  21 10 
Sat, 01 Sep 14:30 A Carmarthen Quins 29 12
Sun, 09 Sep 14:30 H Bargoed 44 30
Sat, 15 Sep 14:30 A Cardiff 27 29
Sun, 23 Sep 14:30 H Bedwas 22 17
Sun, 30 Sep 14:30 H Llanelli 17 30
Fri, 05 Oct 19:10 A Aberavon 35 38
Sat, 13 Oct 14:30 A Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 15 8
Sat, 20 Oct 14:30 H Bridgend Ravens 28 17
Sat, 27 Oct 14:30 A Neath 20 17
Fri, 09 Nov 19:15 H Swansea 9 3
Fri, 16 Nov 19:15 A Ebbw Vale 27 20
Fri, 23 Nov  19:15 A  Pontypridd 25 43
Sat, 01 Dec 14:30 A Merthyr 30 28
Sat, 08 Dec 14:30 A Llandovery 10 43
Sun, 16 Dec 14:30 H Carmarthen Quins    
Sat, 22 Dec 14:30 A Bargoed    
Sat, 29 Dec 14:30 A Cross Keys    
Sat, 05 Jan 14:30 H -Cup Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404    
Sat, 12 Jan 14:30 H Cardiff    
Sat, 19 Jan 14:30 A Bedwas    
Sat, 02 Feb 14:30 H Llanelli    
Fri, 08 Feb 19:15 A Aberavon    
Sun, 17 Feb 14:30 H Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404    
Sat, 02 Mar 14:30 A Bridgend Ravens    
Fri, 08 Mar 19:15 H Neath    
Sat, 23 Mar 14:30 A Swansea    
Sat, 30 Mar 14:30 H Ebbw Vale    
Sat, 06 Apr 14:30 H Pontypridd    
Sat, 13 Apr 14:30 H Merthyr    
Sat, 20 Apr 14:30 H Cross Keys    
Sat, 04 May 14:30 H Llandovery    
 

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.