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 LOSE FRIENDLY
August 14 - Newport lost their opening friendly narrowly at Rodney Parade going down 24-22 to Rosslyn Park.
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.
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.
SHOCKING PERFORMANCE ENDS NEWPORT HOPES
Apr 23 - A truly shocking an inept performance left Newport fans dismayed at Rodney Parade yesterday. Any outside hope of achieving a bonus point was extinguished by an emphatic Llanelli performance that left Newport 48-20 adrift. A lack of commitment with tackles not made and players not keeping their defensive left Llanelli with acres of space and support as they ran rampant in the second half. Newport started well with a memorable trundle of a try from Matt O'Brien but quickly ran out of steam to end the season on a thoroughly disappointing note. They were in a strong position with five games to go but flattered to deceive and ultimately their home defeat to Carmarthen and scrum capitulation at Cross Keys ended their season.
PONTY TOO HOT FOR NEWPORT
Apr 19 - Pontypridd were far too strong and street-wise for Newport as they strolled to an emphatic 38-20 scoreline. The final outcome flattered Newport as, in a familiar recent fashion, they conjured up a couple of scores in a late rally but were out-gunned for much of the game.
SCRUM POWER BEATS NEWPORT
Apr 10 - Newport's play-off hopes hang in the balance after a 24-16 defeat at Pandy Park. Scrum weaknesses were exposed by Keys to allow the home side two penalty tries in the last ten minutes of the contest. However, there was a late twist as Cross Keys skipper Richards was sent off for kicking Matt O'Brien in the head just as he was poised to touch down. The referee awarded a penalty try then the Black and Ambers tried to snatch an unlikely draw at the end. Newport are currently second two points adrift of leaders Ebbw Vale with two to play
Remaining fixtures - Ebbw Vale 69 points (Aberavon home) Newport 67 points (Pontypridd away, Llanelli home) Pontypridd 66 points (Cardiff away, Newport home, Bedwas home), Llandovery 63 points (Carmathen away, Cardiff away, ) Cross Keys 63 points (Neath away, Aberavon away, Bedwas home) Aberavon (Ebbw Vale away, Cross Keys home)
NEWPORT LOSE AND FALL BACK IN PLAY OFF RACE
Apr 5 - An abject performance from Newport saw them go down 26-22 to Carmarthen Quins flunking their chance to go to the top of the Premiership on the night Cross Keys beat Ebbw Vale. They lie third with three to play.
Carmarthen's quick fire start brought two tries in the first few minutes. Brendan Lampitt's score from a rolling maul converted by Arwel Robson made it 8-16 before Carmarthen stretched their lead with a try and conversion. Elliot Frewen snatched a try collecting a grubber kick with four minutes to go. In the seventh minute of injury time Frewen scored a try converted by O'Brien.
Newport face an awkward must-win trip to Pandy Park on Saturday.
TWO LATE BONUS POINTS AT LLANDOVERY
Apr 2 - A late try for Newport secured two bonus points after they left themselves with too much to do at Llandovery. Llandovery almost had the game sewn up at half time, with the score at 30 points to 8, their only try from Brendan Lampitt. Wes Cunliffe cut through on 65 minutes to make it 30-16 before Jacobs scored for the Drovers. But Newport cut the deficit with a try from John Morris with three minutes to go and then Rhodri Jones try at the death secured two crucial points.
NEWPORT SEE OFF KEYS
Mar 26 - The Black and Ambers are second in the Welsh Premiership after seeing off local rivals Cross Keys, their first victory over the Keys since March 29 2013 in proper competitive fixtures with six defeats in between. Keys demonstrated plenty of grunt but totally lacked any finesse. Their tactics were very borderline throughout the match, they were lucky to emerge with one yellow card after constantly infringing in the ruck and tackle area. Newport were fortunate too. After playing with the elements in the first half the wind magically changed direction as rain squalls scurried across Rodney Parade at half time. The first half was scoreless with Newport the more fluent side in a poor advert for second tier rugby and plenty of off the ball wrestling. In the second half Newport's outside half Arwel Robson played the percentages well turning the Keys defence. Newport picked up their first try from a maul with Adam Brown crashing over. Robson slotted a fine conversion. Keys hit back with a typical James Ledbetter effort, he skipped past some poor tackles to find his way to the line against the run of play. With the score at 8-6 Newport upped the tempo and after a series of attacks they instigated a maul with several of the backs joining the fray before prop Alex Jeffries reached out to score.
NEWPORT BLAST CARDIFF WITH STORMING SECOND HALF EFFORT
Mar 13 - Newport blasted Cardiff in the second half at Rodney Parade yesterday to secure a 42-24 bonus point win to open up the possibility of securing a League winners and a play off position. Jon Lavender crashed over for the initial score as Newport barged over after a line out. Centre Richard Smith equalised for Cardiff after a Knoyle kick through. A rolling maul from Cardiff led to a try for Viggers. Full back Llywarch ap Myrrdin caught another chip to side step over to even the cores. With all tries converted the scores were level at 16-all.
A converted try from Morris put the Black &Ambers back in front before Cardiff hit back with a Knoyle try. The returning Geraint O'Driscoll scoring Newport's bonus point try put them in front 30-24 before Newport added two further penalties via Arwel Robson. Elliot Frewen added a fifth in injury time, converted by Robson. Newport are just behind leaders Ponty and Ebbw with two games in hand.
NEWPORT SITTING PRETTY AFTER BONUS POINT WIN
Feb 21 - Newport played on at Rodney Parade when other games were postponed elsewhere yesterday and are sitting pretty on top of the Welsh Premiership after a 30-16 win over Bridgend.
The Black and Ambers started in blistering fashion with a try in two minutes after outside half Matt O’Brien’s break put full back Llywarch Ap Myrddin in for the opening score after just two minutes. Tries followed from Wes Cunliffe and Brendan Lampitt as Newport opened up a 24-8 half time lead. In the second half a rolling maul led to Dan Partridge's unconverted bonus point try. Newport scorers: Tries – L Ap Myrddin, W Cunliffe, B Lampitt, D Partridge, Conversions – M O’Brien (3).
BLACK AND AMBERS CONTINUE TITLE CHALLENGE
Feb 14 - Newport recorded their first proper win of 2016 in emphatic style against fourth placed Aberavon. Forced to play on a Sunday due to internationals and to County's match yesterday the Black and Ambers quickly established ascendancy over their opponents. Rhys Jenkins touched down for a converted try. The Wizards via Morgan Williams tied the scores before a rolling maul led to a try converted by O'Brien for a 16-8 lead at half time to Newport. After 54 minutes Brendan Lampitt squeezed over for the Black and Ambers, O'Brien converted to make it 24-8. Arwel Robson added a penalty to conclude the scoring (26-8) after 67 minutes. Newport are four off the top with games in hand on their rivals.
NEWPORT FINISH STRONGLY AFTER DISASTROUS START
Jan 31 - Newport lost 42-28 at Bedwas yesterday but rescued some of their self respect in the final quarter. Matt OBrien (x2), Rhodri Jones and Wes Cunliffe all scored late tries to rescue a bonus point in an otherwise very poor performance at the Bridge Field. Attendance - 300
CUP LOSS FOR NEWPORT
Jan 16 - Newport slumped to a home defeat by 30 to 12 to Carmarthen Quins in the Swalec Cup this afternoon. Alex Jeffries and James Greenfield got tries for the Black and Ambers who were always behind the Quins and now miss out on a home tie with Bedwas, who beat Pontypool 19-11 at the Park. Attendance - 756
Jan 10 - Newport's Cup game with Carmarthen Quins today was postponed this morning due to a waterlogged pitch. Their third called off game in consecutive weeks.
Time to develop Hazell stand?
Jan 2 - The Hazell Stand at Rodney Parade is an antiquated facility that has been made just about fit for purpose by the additional steel cladding added to its exterior. Toilet facilities are very basic and access way in to the stand from the main ground are via Rodney Road now well used due to nearby housing developments. Several years ago there were proposals to combine the redevelopment of the ground with student housing. Now as the city centre improves and develops perhaps it is time to look at the Hazell Stand and Burnett Suite and the potential to improve the terracing on the Hazell Terrace particularly near to the entrance adjacent to the North Terrace?
A new stand could provide much increased opportunities for hospitality and realise significant additional revenue for the club. As the City Council seeks new sites for hotels perhaps it could look at combining areas of the stadia with a potential commercial development with car parking nearby or within the main ground? This has worked successfully at other cricket, football and rugby grounds. Visiting supporters would have a ready made facility onsite with easy access across the footbridge to the attractions now provided in the city centre.
SARDIS ROAD UNPLAYABLE
Jan 2 - Sardis Road is unplayable following recent heavy rainfall causing the postponement of Newport's table topping clash with Pontypridd.
PANDY PARK PITCH UNFIT
Dec 26 - The top of the table Principality Premiership clash between Cross Keys and Newport has been postponed. Leaders Keys had been meant to welcome the second-placed Black and Ambers to Pandy Park but torrential rain has made the pitch unplayable. Newport travel to Pontypridd next Saturday.
BLACK AND AMBERS TROUNCE NEATH
Dec 5 - Newport beat bottom placed Neath in a comfortable bonus point victory at Rodney Parade this afternoon. The scoring started early on with Jon Lavender going over after dominance of possession for the Black and Ambers. The unconverted score was followed by a penalty try on 17 minutes as the Neath scrum folded under pressure. Five minutes later Evan Whitson added a third try. Shortly before half time Neath lost Tom James to a yellow card. Newport made it 30-0 after 53 minutes with a converted Paul King try. Henry Palmer made it five tries after good work from Rhodri Jones. With three minutes of normal time to play Julian Mogg made it 44-0 as Neath fell apart. Attendance - 721
NEWPORT GO TOP WITH BONUS POINT WIN AT LLANELLI
Nov 27 - Newport are top of the Principality Premiership after a fine win at Llanelli watched by a handful of spectators. The Black and Ambers were comfortably the stronger and the score line flattered the Scarlets as they scored a late try to secure a losing bonus point. Elliot Frewen opened the scoring chasing a chip through from Ryan James. Soon afterwards Wes Cunliffe scored out on the right touch-line after some nice passing. Llanelli mauled over a line out but Newport hit back with a brilliant move for Llywarch ap Myrrdin to sprint through. With the half time score at 20-8 the Black and Ambers continued to play some fine rugby constructing a try for Palmer to secure the bonus point. Newport added a penalty as LLanelli scored again. With the match getting ever deeper into injury time a very sympathetic referee secured a late converted try for the West Walians.
KING'S CUP 1919
Nov 28 - A book launch is taking place at Rodney Parade regarding the forerunner to the modern day World Cup. Taking place in 1919 at the end of the war it was called the King's Cup and was won by the New Zealand Army. The RFU website describes it as follows
A round-robin format was approved between six teams who would contest the ‘Inter-Services and Dominions Rugby Championship’. The six teams were the British Army, the New Zealand Army, the Australian Imperial Forces, the South African Forces, the Canadian Expeditionary Forces and the Royal Air Force.
The British Army won all of their games but lost to New Zealand, who looked set for a clean sweep until they were defeated by Australia. The Australians were knocked out of contention by a defeat to the Royal Air Force, which left the British Army and New Zealand joint top of the table.
A decider was arranged and New Zealand defeated the British Army 9-3 at Twickenham. Three days later they defeated the French Army at the same ground before receiving the King’s Cup from King George V.
Written by Howard Evans and Phil Atkinson the booked is being launched by St. David's Press in association with the Friends of Newport Rugby Trust and the Rugby Memorabilia Society. The event takes place on December 14th at 7pm.
CHALLENGE CUP MATCH OFF
Nov 14 - Newport's match with Bedwas in the Challenge Cup was called off this morning due to torrential rain and a waterlogged pitch at Rodney Parade.
NEWPORT SHIFT BOXING DAY GAME TO CROSS KEYS
Nov 11 - in an odd move Newport have asked Premiership leaders Cross Keys to reverse their remaining fixtures so that the western valley side have the benefit of the revenue from a home match on Boxing Day. The decision, it is claimed, is intended to preserve the Rodney Parade pitch at the end of December where it could face three games on three consecutive days.
BLACK AND AMBERS CRUSH EBBW
Nov 7 - Newport atoned for their heavy defeat at Eugene Cross Park earlier this season by crushing Ebbw Vale 34-14 at Rodney Parade yesterday. A late try by Elliot Frewen sealed a four try bonus point for the Black and Ambers as they comfortably outpaced their in-form opponents. Ryan James opened the scoring before Ebbw struck back with an Edwards try to make it 10-8 to the Port before John Morris crossed in the corner just before half time,18-8 with Arwel Robson's conversion. Ebbw briefly narrowed the margin to 18-14 with an Ashley Sweet effort before Frewen scored the first of his two tries. He outpaced Ebbw's defence after a brilliant run on 53 minutes. Robson converted again. His late effort followed a kick through also converted by the excellent Robson. Attendance - 752
NEWPORT THROW AWAY BIG LEAD AT CARDIFF
Nov 1 - Newport threw away a big lead against their old rivals Cardiff yesterday at the Arms Park to go down to a 36-28 defeat. They were on the front in the first half scoring three tries from Sam Cross and Arwel Robson (2) as they accumulated a 22-8 lead. But they were virtually invisible in the second half as the Blue and Blacks dominated the game scoring four tries to secure the game before a late try by Sam Cross and conversion by Arwel Robson secured two bonus points. Newport pressed for the equalising score as the game closed but were unable to find a way through.
DEPLETED NEWPORT TOO STRONG FOR DROVERS
Oct 24 - A Newport team depleted by call ups to the NGDs Premiership Select was still too strong for Llandovery at Rodney Parade this afternoon. Newport comfortably held off the West Walians to record a 28-20 victory. Number eight Sam Cross had a fine game and was the pick of the forwards on display. Tries by Mogg and Cross in the first half kept Newport in contention 14-16 at half time. After the break the Black and Ambers were dominant a fine slip pass by Cross led to John Lavender crashing over on the left wing. A surging run by Cunliffe led a bonus point try as Newport mauled their way over. The Drovers slotted a penalty to conclude the match and gain a losing bonus point. An emphatic display by Newport despite the loss of key players. Pictures from the game here Attendance 537
NEWPORT IN FINE WIN ON THE ROAD
Oct 18 - Newport made it three wins on the road with a 30-22 victory over Carmarthen. The Black and Ambers had started strongly going 14 points up at the break following tries by Jenkins and Cunliffe. They were pegged back to 14-8 and Carmarthen surged into the lead with two tries including a brilliant score by Hardy. With thirteen minutes to play a penalty try brought Newport level before a fine try by Ed Howley and a penalty from the excellent Arwel Robson saw Newport comfortably home and up to fifth in the table.
NEWPORT SEE OFF RAVENS
Oct 10 - Newport grabbed a big 48-28 win at the Brewery Field to see off bottom team Bridgend, scoring six tries to four in the process. The tries came from Fairbrother, Aled James, a penalty try, Whitson, Nightingale and Cunliffe. Evan Whitson grabbed the bonus point try, crashing over from a driving line out.
DUBIOUS PENALTY FOILS NEWPORT
Oct 3 - A dubious late penalty awarded by referee Wayne Davies led to defeat by 26 points to 24 for Newport at the Talbot Athletic Ground. Newport took an early with a Dan Partridge try before Aberavon pegged them back and then took the lead after 24 minutes. Newport were awarded a penalty try due to a deliberate knock on just before half time to take a 16-14 lead.
Aberavon kicked a penalty and then scored a converted try to make it 24-16 after 53 minutes. There were no further scores until outside half Arwel Robson crashed over and converted his own try to level the scores two minutes into four minutes of injury time. The referee played six awarding Aberavon the penalty that won the game and denied the Black and Ambers.
BLACK AND AMBERS HONOUR THE WELSH GUARDS
Sept 30 - Newport beat the Welsh Guards 59-0 at Rodney Parade in a match to commemorate the centenary of the Guards. The Guards had hosted Newport at Pirbright Barracks in Surrey last month as part of pre-season preparations. They will receive the Freedom of the City of Newport on October 1st.
NEWPORT SQUEEZE HOME
Sept 26 - Newport beat Bedwas but ran out of puff badly as they were put to the test by the villagers. Newport seemed home and dry when they put together a scintillating eighty metre move with Griffiths feeding Brew on the outside break before he passed to Frewen who side stepped his way over to make 24-6 with the conversion early in the second half. But the Black and Ambers lost composure and were fortunate to squeeze home 24-22 with Bedwas scoring two late tries and threatening their line at the end of the game.
The new six point try rule means that games are played at break-neck speed with very few sides opting to take the two point penalty option preferring instead to go for the potential eight points available. However, the game often resembles rugby league with straight attacking and defensive lines and very little variety in play. If we want to play rugby league then let's do that instead. It also means that negative play is rewarded, sides can give away penalties and defend their lines. It easy to lose a lead or to gain one scoring seems slightly superfluous at times as the game seems to be all about phases and possession.
Newport started the game with a line up bearing little resemblance to the team that proved effective against Pontypridd. They struggled, particularly at half back. With enforced changes due to injury Robson and James resumed their partnership from the previous week and for twenty minutes the Black and Ambers had some control...before they ran out of steam.
Newport's tries came from Frewen (2) and Robson , all three converted by Robson. Bedwas also scored three.
NEWPORT PUSH PONTY ALL THE WAY
Sept 19 - Newport gave champions Pontypridd a major fright before going down 44-38 at Rodney Parade yesterday. Newport played the more enterprising rugby but ultimately fell foul of Ponty's rolling maul in a messy but entertaining encounter. Despite the sunshine a small crowd was swollen by about two hundred Pontypridd fans. Newport's lack of power at forward told despite some fine, flowing rugby and excellent inter passing. The Black and Ambers gained two bonus points from the encounter.
Tries: Wes Cunliffe (9), Barney Nightingale (50), Ryan James (58), Craig Attwell (70), Ollie Griffiths (79), Conversions: Arwel Robson (9) (50) (70) (79). Attendance - 900
NEWPORT FALL AT EBBW
Sep 12 - Newport came crashing to earth at Eugene Cross Park as they submitted to Ebbw Vale 30 points to 6 today. The Black and Ambers were in contention until Ollie Griffiths was yellow carded following an altercation with Harri Keddie. Ebbw took the opportunity to pile forward for a try and never looked back. They were at the wrong end of several decisions from referee Craig Evans, the final scoreline flattered Ebbw who gained their first home win over Newport since 2008. Attendance - 500
CELEBRATION OF NEWPORT RFC
Sep 11 - The Friends of Newport Rugby Trust have been working in partnership with the Newport Museum and Art Gallery to create an exhibition celebrating the 140 year anniversary of Newport RFC, Newport's greatest sporting team. The exhibition will take you on a journey exploring the ups and downs of this historic club from its inception in 1874 through to the present day. On display will be a selection of the vast collection of rugby memorabilia held by Newport RFC from over the past 140 years. There will also be a range of audio and visual exhibits.
The exhibition runs from Saturday 12 September through to Saturday 16 April 2016 and is a must see for all rugby fans. The Museum and Art Gallery is open Tuesday to Friday 9.30am to 5pm and Saturdays 9.30am to 4pm and entry is free.
BLACK AND AMBERS WIN OPENER
Sept 5 - Newport opened their account at Neath with a fine 26-22 victory in the opening league fixture of the season. A late penalty try was sufficient to give them victory, a fourth try and five league points. Newport dominated much of the match with tries for Nightingale, Palmer and Attwell before Neath surged into a 22-18 lead. With four minutes to go Elliott Frewen was tackled within ten metres having taken a tap penalty preventing a certain try. The victory was marred somewhat by late red card decisions against Newport's Adam Brown and Neath's Nicky Downes. Ollie Griffiths was the pick of the Black and Ambers.
NEWPORT BEAT ABERCARN
Aug 20 - Newport beat Abercarn 60-12 at Llanwern High School, the fixture was switched at the last minute from Rodney Parade due to heavy rain. Their ten tries included a hat trick from centre Paul King. The match was curtailed to an hour due to the lack of floodlights.
NEWPORT AT ROSSLYN PARK
Report & Pictures here
WRU SHARE 'NOT WORTH HAVING'
Aug 12 - Newport RFC Chairman Will Godfrey stated the WRU's 50 per cent share in Newport Gwent Dragons is 'not worth having' at a general meeting of Newport shareholders. In the first meeting since 2010 Godfrey was left to fight the Board's corner as fellow directors Hazell, Mason and McCreedy sat amongst an audience of around 100. Other directors including Dylan Matthews did not attend. Tony Brown was too ill to make it although Godfrey noted his slightly improved health. The purpose of the meeting to vote through resolutions to remove share limits and capitalise loans amongst other matters went the way of the Board. However, there were some lively exchanges with shareholders and a clear message that the branding of the Dragons must pay more attention to the city of Newport and its Black and Amber heritage.
Godfrey encountered resistance when questioned about the charges placed against the ground with respect to loans made. He said the club owes the bank £1 million with respect to improvements made to the ground and there is a £300k overdraft facility underwritten by himself and Hazell. He revealed that personal loans totalling over £5million owed to Directors would need to be capitalised. He stated that the loans were mainly necessary in order to fund extensive improvements at Rodney Parade rather than to bail out the Dragons.
In other exchanges he revealed that Newport County pay a rent of £75k per annum for facilities at Rodney Parade and Newport RFC received a cross company income from their subsidiary company, the Dragons. He said the annual running costs of Newport RFC amount to £300k but that the likes of Merthyr were now pump priming the wage market for semi-professional rugby. He said the other Gwent clubs contribute 'absolutely nothing' to the professional side.
He was challenged to make a commitment to an annual general meeting but gave a simple undertaking to hold the next meeting at the end of next season. He was also asked to clarify the relationship between Newport RFC and its subsidiaries but did so with little success.
He confirmed that the other share in the Newport GD's is available but that there are strings attached that may restrain the business more than the current set up. Shareholders called for greater attention to marketing of both teams and for more black and amber in the playing strip and links to the historical Newport RFC brand. CEO Stuart Davies agreed to consider the messages when putting together the Dragons marketing aims.
NEWPORT SHAREHOLDERS SET TO CHALLENGE DRAGONS' BRANDING
Aug 4 - Newport RFC shareholders are set to challenge the Dragons board painful pandering to the so-called Gwent region at the AGM meeting next week. A group of shareholders are set to call on the Newport brand to be more distinctly represented in terms of playing colours and support. Supporter David Williams told the Argus "We are not pushing for a name change but for the brand to be stronger. They have done everything they can to ignore the Newport support and have ignored the Black and Amber elephant in the room. "
The group's goals are :
100% owned Pro team
July 20 - Newport RFC Limited shareholders are set to meet at Rodney Parade on August 12 to agree accounts for the last four years and vote on new Articles of Association, protecting the colours, logo, and location of the club.
NEWPORT SHAREHOLDERS STILL WAITING FOR AGM
July 18 - The shareholders of Newport RFC are still waiting for a promised Annual General Meeting at which they hope to discuss the running of professional rugby in the City. At a recent AGM of Newport RFC they were advised that a shareholders meeting is imminent. Shareholders have expressed concerns in social media about the direction the organisation is taking, the failure to discuss taking standalone responsibility for the club and the lack of Newport colours and branding in the marketing of the professional side.
PREMIERSHIP TO INCREASE IN 16/17
June 30 - The WRU has confirmed the Welsh Premiership will increase to 16 from 2016/17 with no relegation from the division for three seasons. A new Welsh Challenge Cup competition involving the Premiership sides will cater for their loss of involvement in the British and Irish Cup competition.Only clubs which achieve a full A licence will be considered for promotion to the new league structure. Clubs must register their applications for A licences by August 31 and will be given until 18 December 2015 to achieve licence criteria. These clubs will then be made aware of the funding structure available if they achieve promotion.
NEWPORT TO PLAY ROSSLYN PARK
June 30 - Newport renew rivalries with English Division One side Rosslyn Park in a pre-season friendly in Roehampton on Saturday August 15 at 3pm.
SIX MORE FOR NEWPORT
June 16 - Newport have re-signed six players for their 15/16 squad - Adam Brown, Will Evans, Jon Morris, Matt O'Brien, Brendan Lampitt and Rhys Jenkins are preparations continue for the new season. All the players are Newport-born.
PREMIERSHIP RULES SET TO BE CHANGED AGAIN
June 14 - In yet another bizarre twist the Welsh Rugby Union has tabled a proposal to increase the Welsh Premiership from 12 to 16 teams. This would mean four teams from the existing Championship would be 'fast-tracked' in to the Premiership.
The WRU have a long and unauspicious history of changing rules either in mid-season or between seasons.
BLACK AND AMBERS BRING BACK FOUR STARS
May 31 - Geraint O’Driscoll and Elliot Frewen have both re-signed for the Black & Ambers for next season. The club states "It is no secret that these players were being sought by a number of other clubs but their loyalty lies with the B&A’s and they are staying with Newport RFC."
O'Driscoll won the Principality Points Leading Scorer Award in 2013/4 being the only player to pass 200 points in the Premier League that season while Elliot won the Principality Leading Try Scorer Award in 2012/3 but injury curtailed his appearances last season.
Newport also welcome back two popular past players to the Rodney Parade fold after their travels. They are back-row Craig Attwell who has spent the last year in Australia and second row / back row Rhodri Jones returning from Ireland and who made 21 appearances in season 2012/3.
FIXTURES 2015 - 2016
KEY - PP=Welsh Premiership F = Friendly C= Cup Kick off times Sat 2.30pm Wed 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.