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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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SEVENS TOURNAMENT KICKS OFF NEW SEASON

Aug 1 - This Saturday sees the return of the annual Worthington's Men of Gwent Sevens Tournament. From 12 noon until the evening nine teams from across the region will be competing for the trophy. Not only will supporters be able to cheer for the team of their choice but they will also be able to see the new Bisley Stand taking shape before the official handover on 29th August.

The Wales vs. England game will be shown at 2:30 pm on the big screen in Rodney Hall. Players from the Dragons will be in attendance until 1 pm. These include new signings Joe Bedford, Darren Waters, Jamie Smith and Tom Brown. Friends of Newport Rugby has organised a beer festival which is open until 11pm. Live music will be provided by local talent and there will be a wide range of real ale and traditional ciders.

BIG INJURY BLOW BEFORE SEASON STARTS

July 9 - Newport has suffered a major blow with prop Gethin Robinson likely to be ruled out for the whole of next season. Robinson has suffered a ruptured achilles tendon.

BLACK AND AMBER SIGNINGS ANNOUNCED

Jun 19 - In an attempt to avert the crises that beset the Newport team last season due Dragons' call-ups and injuries the Black and Ambers have announced nine new signings. They are - Danny Ajuwa, wing, Ebbw Vale; Ifan Evans, wing, Aberystwyth;  Elliot Frewen, full back, Tonmawr; Will Rees Hole, centre, UWIC; Ryan James, scrum half; Charlie Johnstone, centre, Bedwas; Luke Plummer, centre; Dale Rogers, hooker; Hywel Stoddart, back row, Pontypridd. The official website states "These 9 new signings together with players retained from last season will result in a larger squad of Newport RFC contracted players than previously. This will make the team less dependant on regional players. The full squad will be brought up to approx 32 players with the allocation of Dragons /academy players." Scrum half Nicky Griffiths has joined English Division One side Jersey.

Newport will play Rumney at home on August 12 and English side Coventry away on August 20.

BROAD AND BROWN ACKNOWLEDGED / BISLEY STAND UPDATE

Jun 18 - At the end of season Newport RFC awards evening Owen Broad won the (defunct) Supporters Club Player of the Season award and Andrew Brown the Players' Player of the Year award.

Work is moving at a rapid pace on the new Bisley Stand at Rodney Parade. The stand is on schedule for handover on 29th August 2011. The metal framework and brickwork has been completed for much of the stand with the windows starting to be installed in the function suite and hospitality boxes.

The windows have been fitted for the hospitality boxes and are currently being fitted in the function suite. On the Hazell side, the re-cladding is almost complete and will match the finish on the Bisley Stand. The whole stand is in the process of being re-painted ready for the new season.

NEWPORT BEATEN

May 20 - In a fitting end to a poor season Newport were beaten 25-18 in a dreadful game at Cross Keys. Dog pooh was removed from Pandy Park in the first half and Cross Keys scored a breakaway try in the second half. Newport were heavily penalised by referee Wayne Davies. Words fail me.

TONMAWR OUTCLASSED

May 8 - Newport outclassed Tonmawr 31-5 to win their British and Irish Cup play off semi-final 31-5 at Rodney Parade yesterday. The Black and Ambers face Cross Keys away on Thursday at 7.30pm in the play off final. Newport raced in to a 31-0 interval lead with some fine attacking rugby including a brilliant individual try from inside his own 22 by scrum half JHonathon Evans. Other tries came from Brown, Wheaton and Broad. Tonmawr had a more effective second half but lacked creativity and blundered through the middle for the most part, managing just one try.

BLACK AND AMBERS FINISH ON HIGH NOTE

Apr 23 - A stunning comeback from Newport produced an unlikely victory over Aberavon by 42-41 at Rodney Parade. The Black and Ambers were 34-16 down with 19 minutes to go but produced an array of outstanding attacking rugby to deprive the Wizards of their hard earned, commanding position in the match. Owen Broad scuttled over for a last minute try converted by Gareth Bowen to give Newport the last gasp win and a home match against Tonmawr in the qualifier for the British and Irish Cup (May 7).

NEWPORT EASE PAST DROVERS

Apr 16 - Newport comfortably disposed of Llandovery 29-18 at Church Bank. Four tries from Hugo Ellis (2), Owen Broad and Andrew Brown produced a bonus point for the Black and Ambers.

NEWPORT BEAT CARDIFF IN THRILLER

Apr 10 - In a chaotic but exciting encounter Newport beat Cardiff 27-21 at Rodney Parade to maintain their hopes of a place in the British and Irish Cup next year. The Black and Ambers buoyed by a 1200 plus crowd at Rodney Parade did just enough in a game marked by shambolic refereeing of the breakdown. Referee Bricknell (?) seemed to be engaged in an experimental form of the game where the offside rule was not applied for the entire match. The resulting chaos did not help either side but at least it meant the ball changed hands at regular intervals. Similarly, he had no idea what was going on in the scrum. Newport had a clear advantage, Cardiff picked a tactical fight and Gethin Robinson and his Cardiff Rags counterpart were sin-binned in the second half.

In a see saw exchange from the outset Cardiff took the advantage, building a 15-10 lead midway through the first half, Newport's try coming from scrum half Ledbetter, Cardiff scoring through. Newport gained the lead for the first time after many phases of possession saw Ledbetter hurtle through the gap, Bowen converting to give them a 17-15 advantage. The second half saw Cardiff initially benefit from the fight and yellow cards before Newport scored the decisive try through Rhodri Gomer-Davies converted by Bowen and Robling added a late penalty in a desperate climax to the match typified by more breakdown skirmishes.

NEWPORT EDGE OUT TONMAWR

Apr 2 - Newport edged out Tonmawr 35-31 scoring four tries to earn an extra bonus point at Rodney Parade. Newport's tries came from Pewtner (2), Brown and Palmer.

DEFEAT AT NEATH

Mar 29 - Newport slid to a 35-12 defeat at Neath tonight with a makeshift side no match for the Premier League high flyers.

PORT SQUEEZED OUT

Mar 26 - A score with the final move of the match gave Swansea a 39-36 victory over Newport in the Cup at St.Helens.

NEWPORT NO MATCH FOR CARDIFF

Cardiff beat Newport 42-16 on March 19 in a comfortable home win.

NEWPORT SLUMP TO DEFEAT

Mar 13 - Newport slumped to a 33-25 defeat at Llanelli conceding four tries. They scored three, two from Matthew Pewtner and a penalty try, two penalties and two conversions were added by Gareth Bowen.

BLACK AND AMBERS FIGHT BACK FOR DRAW

Mar 6 - Newport maintained their unbeaten record against local regional sides with a 23-all draw with Cross Keys at Pandy Park yesterday afternoon. Two Matt Evans tries and two Rhys Jones conversions in the last fifteen minutes snuffed out a 14 point Keys lead established with twenty minutes to play. Jones also added three penalties.

NEWPORT TOO STRONG FOR KEYS

Feb 27 - Newport easily held off Cross Keys in yesterday's morning kick off at Rodney Parade. The Keys were spiky and ill-disciplined but managed to prevent Newport from achieving the try bonus point some of their play deserved. Newport bettered Keys' much vaunted pack in all spheres of the game, edging the scrum and dominating the line out. The breakdown was very messy at times but there was a fair competition for the ball. It was in the centre where Newport cut through on a number of occasions with Matt Evans prominent but failed to capitalise on all their chances. Having said that, against the wind, they put in a fine first half performance, establishing an excellent lead with tries from Gethin Robinson and Rhys Jones. Keys managed a try of their own to cut the margin to eight points before Jones and Newport moved on to a 24-10 winning advantage.

NEWPORT COAST THROUGH

Feb 20 - Newport coasted through to the quarter finals of the Swalec Cup with a 69-17 victory over Division 1 side Blackwood at Rodney Parade. Newport, playing in a change strip of red, were far too strong for their opponents, and ran in 10 tries. The other quarter finalists in next week's draw are Merthyr, Cardiff, Aberavon, Pontypridd, Tonmawr, Llandovery and Swansea. Next up Newport play at Swansea in the quarter finals on 26 March.

GOOD RUN COMES TO END

Feb 13 - Newport's recent good run came to an end at St.Helen's yesterday. Despite looking the more dangerous team the Black and Ambers surrendered a healthy half time lead of 18-13. Mike Poole scored two tries for the Port, Gareth Bowen added a conversion and two penalties.

NEWPORT THUMP FELINFOEL

Feb 5 - Newport emphatically disposed of Felinfoel to set up a home tie with Blackwood in the next round of the Welsh Cup. The Black and Ambers beat the West Walians 74-15. The referee called time twelve minutes early! Eleven tries for Newport including three for Owen Broad.

FELINFOEL MATCH OFF - Newport's cup match cancelled due to a frozen pitch. According to the rules of the competition 'postponed matches must be played within 10 days of original specified date either at original venue or at venue and time determined by the Home Club.'

PORT BEAT PLYMOUTH

Jan 26 - Newport bowed out of the British and Irish Cup with a win in Plymouth by 24 to 13. Newportclaimed the victory by scoring four tries to Albion's two. Prop Dai Pattison crossed for two of their tries from driving mauls, with Adam Frampton and Owen Broad collecting the visitors other touch downs. Wayne Sprangle and Jamie Tripcony, on his first start for the club, scored Albion's tries. Att - 762.

NEWPORT'S FANTASTIC FINALE

Jan 22 - Two injury time tries illuminated a cold, dark Friday evening at Rodney Parade as Newport ended Cornish Pirates' unbeaten run. The Black and Ambers were twelve points down as they approached stoppage time but then they cut loose in impressive fashion. A try out wide for Andrew Brown had seemed like a consolation but was duly converted by Matthew Jones to make the score 32-27. From the kick off Newport were seemingly penned in by the Pirates defence until after moving from side to side Matthew J Watkins found a change of pace to cut through a tackle and he was joined by wing Owen Broad who initially lost his balance before being propelled forward. Broad out-sprinted Wes Davies in a sixty metre foot race to send the home fans in to raptures. Matthew Jones converted with the final kick of the game to give Newport a 34-32 win.

The tries from the Black and Ambers were a stunning finale to a feisty encounter. For much of the first half the Pirates were dominant, mainly through use of the driving maul. Tyrone Holmes scored a try very early on for the Cornish as they battered the Newport pack. However, Newport were much more fluent in open play and snatched the lead after a Matt Evans try before Holmes recovered it from more driving play just before half time. Flanker Chris Morgan claimed a third Pirates try from another driving maul after 49 minutes before Evans again replied for the Newport. Jones` conversion cut the Pirates lead to two before Tom Luke's fine individual break from twenty two metres just past the hour mark seemed to have sealed the game with a bonus point score as Cook converted for the Pirates.

Newport never gave up and with Pirates flanker Chris Morgan sin-binned they produced a rousing finish to this British and Irish Cup match.

NEWPORT WIN IN SCOTLAND

Jan 16 - Newport pulled off a fine 25-23 win in Scotland against Currie in the British and Irish Cup on Friday night. Tries in the first half from Awcock and Broad led to an 18-8 advantage. A Currie revival saw the home team snatch the lead 23-18 before Jon Evans scored a try under the posts converted by Rhys Jones for a Newport win in the dying minutes of the game.

PORT HOLD OFF BEDWAS

Jan 9 - Newport held off a second half fight back from Bedwas at the Bridge Field to emerge 28-25 winners. The Black and Ambers scored three tries all from Nathan Brew, Gareth Bowen converted two and kicked three penalties including a vital three points right at the end of the game, with his side reduced to 14 men. Craig Hill and Andrew Awcock performed impressively on their return to the Newport team.

SLIM VICTORY OVER LEAGUE STRUGGLERS

Jan 3 - Newport failed to fire against Premiership strugglers Glamorgan Wanderers at Rodney Parade and despite naming a strong side had to be content with a 26-20 victory and no bonus point. Newport tries came from Hugo Ellis, Matthew Pewtner and Tom Cheeseman with a conversion and three penalties from Rhys Jones. The Dragons' latest signing Mike Petrie made an impressive second half debut at scrum half for Newport.

CROSS KEYS - match postponed on Christmas Eve due to ice and snow

PLYMOUTH - match postponed due to ice and snow

NEWPORT IN CRISIS

Dec 11 - Newport's threadbare resources were badly exposed by Worcester Warriors at Sixways today. The Black and Ambers were heavily beaten with the match over at half time but also had to contend with the loss of Andrew Coombes, the red card awarded for an alleged kick at an opponent's head. Worcester playing a number of their development squad scored seven tries through Andy Short, Matt Kvesic, Joe Carlisle, Greg King, Callum Black, Ed Shervington and Tom Arscott. Carlisle, who had a fine game, also added 23 points with the boot. Newport's points came from full-back Alan Awcock's try and five points from stand-off Chris Wannell. The Black and Ambers finally went down 58-10, a pale shadow of last year's team in the same competition and now having only a double over Pontypool to show for their last ten matches. The team is truly in crisis, but aside from a few hardy followers, does anybody care? Attendance - 2844.

NEWPORT PULL OUT ALL THE STOPS AT POOLER

Nov 9 - Normally the other district 'A' clubs regard games against Newport as their cup final. This season it seems the Black and Ambers are taking on the role of underdog in a desperate and pointless attempt to remain top club in the region. So far their best two performances this season have been against Pontypool. On Tuesday night after a dreadful run of four home defeats Newport played with power and purpose outscoring the Eastern Valley side by three tries to nil to record a 22-15 victory.

WORK STARTS ON NEW RODNEY PARADE

Oct 23 - Newport RFC states "Work has started on the greatly-anticipated development of Rodney Parade this week as both Newport Gwent Dragons and Newport RFC look forward to enjoying the new facilities, which will include corporate boxes and a 300-capacity function room.

The first phase of work due to be completed in January is the re-development of the terracing being the Family Stand at the north end of the ground. This will be followed by the removal of the Family Stand to accommodate supporters from the Argus Terrace during work on the new stand.

With supporters from the Argus Terrace accommodated in the Hazell Terrace and the regenerated terracing on the North side, work to demolish the Argus Terrace will begin in the New Year with the new stand due to be completed ready for next season."

FIGHT BACK TOO LATE FOR PORT

Oct 17 - Newport produced a brilliant second half fight back to pull within five points of Leinster 'A' but were left to rue their poor opening to the match. The Black and Ambers were 23-6 behind at half time having been cut to shreds by Leinster's fluency and speed. The Port ended the match outscoring their dominant Irish opponents by 4 tries to 3, with a brace for Hugo Ellis and touchdowns for Nicky Griffiths and Rhodri Gomer Davies. Despite losing out overall 33-28 Newport claimed two bonus points from the game.

NEWPORT BEAT POOLER IN ENTERTAINING CLASH

Oct 9 - Newport comfortably beat Pontypool 20-8 in an entertaining clash at Rodney Parade last night. The Black and Ambers opened the scoring with a fine Lewis Broad try, converted by Lewis Robling, who followed on with a penalty shortly afterwards. He and Shaun Connor exchanged penalties for a 13-3 advantage to the Port at half time.

The only yellow card of the match went to Pooler replacement lock Dale Critchley after 60 minutes. During this spell in the bin bustling wing Matthew Pewtner snapped up Newport’s second try. But Pooler finished the scoring, former Newport wing Mike Burke went over for a 77th-minute try.

ABERAVON EASE PAST PORT

Oct 2 - As expected Newport were unable to sustain their winning run away to Aberavon. Despite holding their hosts to 15-all at half time they fell away to a 41-25 defeat. Newport's tries came from Robling, Leadbetter and Leach. Robling added two penalties and two conversions.

DREADFUL NEWPORT SQUEAK WIN

Sep 27 - Newport pulled off a thoroughly disappointing 17-16 victory over Bedwas yesterday afternoon. For the most part the Black and Ambers were second best to their lively opponents as if playing in a muted fashion owing to having to wear Dragons shirts. They were 10 down at half time before Gethin Robinson brought them back in to the match with a try. As Newport increased the pressure winger Jamie Davies sprinted under the posts, his try converted by Robling for a 17-13 lead. Bedwas added a penalty before Newport held out for the win.

PORT WIN AT A CANTER

Sep 22 - Newport made hard work of beating a poor Carmarthen Quins side at Rodney Parade last night. The Black and Ambers were held 3-3 at half time and lost centre Gareth Chapman with a suspected broken ankle.  A driving maul brought a try for Dai Pattison early in the second half.  Sam Waldron added a second before Quins' south sea islander Timani piled over. Newport front row forward Arthur Ellis ran in a 60 metree interception try before competing the scoring with a second. Lewis Robling added four penalties and two conversions.

NEWPORT EASE TO VICTORY

Sep 19 - Newport eased to a 39-31 victory over Glamorgan Wanderers at the Memorial Ground yesterday but were hit by a late come back. The Black and Ambers were 36-9 ahead but the Wanderers came back to 36-31 before Lewis Robling edged Newport into an eight point lead. Newport's tries came from Chapman, Broad, Evans (2) and Wannell. After last week's disaster against Swansea the Black and Ambers recovered their composure to pick up five points.

NEWPORT OUTPLAYED

Sep 12 - Newport paid the price for an appalling and disjointed performance at Rodney Parade yesterday. They were 26 points to 5 down at half time to a fluent and exciting Swansea side.  Their recovery in the second half could have been more significant but Swansea recovered their composure and finished the match more strongly. Brown, Leadbetter and Chapman got Newport's tries. Wannell got a penalty and conversion but generally had a poor game at outside half. He was overshadowed by Matthew Morgan for the Whites.

NEWPORT EASE TO VICTORY

Sep 4 - Newport eased to victory at Carmarthen Quins yesterday. The Black and Ambers recovered from a 14-9 half time deficit to record a 30-14 victory. Three tries came in the second half with a brace from from Adam Hughes, a penalty try, all converted by Rhys Jones, who also added three penalties.

LATE TRY WINS IT FOR BLACK AND AMBERS

Aug 30 - A try in the tenth minute of injury time by Chris Wannell gave victory to Newport in an exciting clash at Rodney Parade on Saturday. The try put Newport 40-36 ahead after a remarkable topsy turvy match characterised by disjointed play and inconsistent refereeing. Scrum half returnee Alex Walker was in excellent form for the Port. Five tries came from Waldron, Hill, Leach, Awcock, Wannell, three penalties from Rhys Jones and two conversions from Jones and one from Wannell.

PORT WIN

Aug 22 - Newport opened their account this season with a 22-15 victory over Launceston in Cornwall yesterday afternoon.

PORT FIXTURE CHANGES

Aug 20 - Due to problems with Dragons home and Neath sharing their ground with soccer team the following has been agreed :

Newport vs. Neath at Rodney Parade on Sunday 24th October at 2:30PM/ Neath vs. Newport at the Gnoll on Saturday 5th February at 2:30PM / The away game against Tonmawr will be played on Sunday 14th November (Wales playing Australia on Saturday). Alex Jones has been named as captain for the forthcoming campaign.

NEWPORT WIN SEVENS AGAIN

Aug 9 - Newport RFC were crowned Men of Gwent Sevens champions for the third time on the weekend after overcoming the Dragons Academy 45-17 in the final of the annual competition at Rodney Parade.  The tournament saw 10 teams compete for the title. Newport beat Newport HSOB 52-0 in the initial round, Newbridge 31-14 in the quarter finals and Bedwas 31-5 in the semis.

TOUGH DRAW FOR NEWPORT

July 5 - Newport's reward for their top 4 placing in the Welsh Premiership is a very tough draw in the British and Irish Cup. Their group is as follows - Pool A: Cornish Pirates, Currie, Leinster, Newport, Plymouth Albion, Worcester Warriors. their opening match is at home against Leinster on October 15 or 16.

NEWPORT TO PLAY FRIENDLY IN CORNWALL

June 17 - Newport will face Launceston in Cornwall in a pre-season match on Saturday August 21.

SERIOUS CONCERN OVER DALE DEPARTURE

June 6 - Newport RFC's effective role as the Gwent Dragons second XV seems to have been confirmed by the departure of long serving back row Richard Dale from the club. Dale's father states that his son received and signed a contract for the season six weeks ago. On the TalkNewport messageboard his father states "Unlike a number of the other players he doesn’t have an agent. Doesn’t want or feel he needs one. He’s had offers from other clubs in Wales and England; always does. But never seriously considers them. He’s been with Newport since he was 16 and didn’t have any intention of going anywhere else." However, despite the signing of the contract he was soon surplus to requirements "One afternoon last week, during a coaching session with a group of youngsters, he had a phone call telling him that the Dragons had allocated players to Newport and therefore Newport would not honour his contract. He was out."

Coach Sven Cronk has denied any involvement in the decision. The decision underlines the stark reality of the set up at Newport. The close relationship between the various arms of Rodney Parade Limited effectively means that the Dragons management can dictate key parts of the Newport side. Premiership rugby is a training ground for regional rugby which is a dress rehearsal for the supposed be-all and end-all, international rugby. Results, club affiliations and identities are irrelevant. The real question is.. why does anyone support this set up at all, inevitably it will lead to the slow lingering death of Newport RFC.

A recent Dragons' announcement "Dragons spread their wings" is featured on the Newport RFC website and makes things very clear. It states "The likes of Newport’s Andrew Coombs, Cross Keys’ Lloyd Burns, Jevon Groves, Nathan Buck and Steffan Jones and Bedwas’ Phil Price and Tom Cooper will all train with the Dragons in the week before turning out for their clubs if not required for Magners League or Heineken Cup action.........The older members of the Academy – the likes of Wales Under-20s skipper Dan Watchurst - will be based with Newport while Pooler will get the younger talent and be first port of call if senior Dragons need game time."

COOMBS WINS TOP AWARD

May 27 - Newport captain Andrew Coombs was named Premiership player of the year at last night's awards dinner in Cardiff.

BLACK AND AMBER SIGNINGS

May 20 - Newport have made three impressive early season signings. 22 year old Rhys Jones has joined from Cornish Pirates and will form a strong half back partnership with 17 year old Welsh Academy scrum half Jonathon Evans. Centre Gareth Chapman also rejoins Newport from Cardiff. Unfortunately, Gareth Wyatt has decided to return to hometown club Pontypridd.

     FIXTURES 2010 - 2011      LEAGUE TABLE here

Aug 21 Launceston F 22 15
Aug 28 LLANELLI P 40 36
Sep 4 Carmarthen P 30 14
Sep 11 SWANSEA P 20 38
Sep 18 Glam W P 39 31
Sep 22 CARMARTHEN P 34 10
Sep 26 BEDWAS P 17 16
Oct 2 Aberavon P 25 41
Oct 9 PONTYPOOL P 20 8
Oct 17 LEINSTER B 28 33
Oct 24 NEATH P 12 31
Oct 30 PONTYPRIDD P 18 23
Nov 6 LLANDOVERY P 11 21
Nov 9 Pontypool P 22 15
Nov 13 Tonmawr P 12 19
Nov 20 Pontypridd P 15 30
Nov 26 CARDIFF P P  
Dec 1 ABERAVON P P  
Dec 4 Swansea P P  
Dec 11 Worcester B 10 58
Dec 18 Plymouth B P  
Dec 26 Cross Keys P P  
Jan 3 GLAM W P 26 20
Jan 8 Bedwas P 28 25
Jan 15 Currie B 25 23
Jan 22 CORNISH PIRATES B 34 32
Jan 26 Plymouth B 24 13
Feb 5 Felinfoel C 74 15
Feb 12 Swansea P 18 27
Feb 19 BLACKWOOD C 69 17
Feb 26 CROSS KEYS P 24 10
Mar 5 Cross Keys P 23 23
Mar 13 Llanelli P 25 33
Mar 19 Cardiff P 16 42
Mar 26 Swansea C 36 39
Apr 2 TONMAWR P 35 31
APR 9 CARDIFF P 27 21
Apr 16 Llandovery P 29 18
APR23 ABERAVON P 42 41
MAY7 TONMAWR P* 31 5

KEY - Home fixtures in upper case. P=Welsh Premiership F = Friendly C= Cup B = British /Irish Cup P*=Playoff (British and Irish Cup)

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.