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Aug 13 - Newport beat Coventry 32-19 on Saturday at Rodney
NEWPORT START SEASON IN WINTRY BLAENAVON
Aug 8 - On a wet night with the mist drifting down over the
mountain it was more akin to January than August at Blaenavon but Newport
eventually got the better of their opponents. The Blaenavon XV also included
players from other teams, including Pontypool. Playing with the slope they
gave a good account of themselves against a scratch Newport outfit. After a
scoreless first half Newport broke through quickly. Will Richards scored two
tries including an interception. The forwards rolled a maul that was
collapsed by the home side with a penalty try awarded and Adam Frampton also
scored. All four were converted for a 28-0 win. Blaenavon are still to score
a point against Newport. The match raised Ł600 for the Ken Jones Memorial
STILL NO FIXTURES FOR NEW SEASON
Aug 3 - With less than a month to the start of the season
there are still no published fixtures for the 12 team ring fenced and
inevitably deadbeat Welsh Premiership. The delay is partly attributable to
the recent Court case involving Pontypool. The Newport RFC website states "A
draft fixture list has been sent to the Premier clubs so that any potential
problems can be rectified. Fixtures will be published as soon as the WRU
NEWPORT SETS UP JUNIOR ACADEMY
July 25 - It may have lost its youth team but a new venture
may boost its ability to recruit young rugby talent in the city and in
Monmouthshire. Newport RFC has entered into a strategic partnership with the
WRU and Dragons Junior Academy based at Newport High School which has
resulted in the addition of specialist support for players over the next two
Newport RFC and Newport High School, through the WRU, have
agreed a partnership that will enhance provision for players aged 16 - 18
who are enrolling on the new Junior Academy service at Newport High School.
The partnership will create two part-time positions – a skills coach and
conditioning coach - who will work with both players at the Junior Academy
and players at Newport RFC.
The conditioning coach’s position will be filled by Gareth
Smith with Newport player, Rhys Jenkins, the new skills coach. Funding for
these two posts will be part provided by Friends of Newport Rugby (FoNR).
Secretary of FoNR, Kevin Jarvis, said: “FoNR is
pleased to contribute to this venture and we look forward to seeing young
players developing and coming through the academy to play for Newport and
possibly play professional rugby”.
UNFORTUNATE TWIST FOR PORT
Jul 14 - In an unfortunate twist of fate Newport will face
rivals Cross Keys in the revamped British and Irish Cup next season along
with Connacht 'A' and Newcastle.
NEWPORT ADD FIVE MORE
Jul 7 - Newport RFC has made another five signings for the
2012/13 season as the Black and Ambers continue their recruitment process.
Joining Newport RFC are prop John Lavender who has been playing for Bargoed
RFC, second row forward Rhodri Jones who can also cover the back row and
open side flanker Craig Attwell who had a spell with the Dragons Academy
playing hooker but has now reverted to his original position in the back row
and enjoyed a very successful season last year.
Coombs who captained Newbridge for the last three seasons will join Newport.
He is a proven hard working back row player who consistently delivers as a
player and James Jones will also link up with the squad, James has enjoyed a
spell playing in France and is an experienced prop who covers both sides of
MORE SIGNINGS FOR BLACK AND AMBERS
Jul 2 -
has announced the signing of six more players for the new season, three with
experience at a professional level. Joining from the Newport Gwent Dragons
are prop Gethin Robinson, flanker Rhys Jenkins and scrum half James
Leadbeater – all three have played for Newport before having been Newport’s
contracted regional players last season. Also signing contracts with the
Black and Ambers are hooker Ryan Prosser, outside half Tom Hancock and
centre Adam Davies. Back for the new season from last year's squad are
Andrew Brown, promising hooker Dale Rogers and locks Dafydd Rosser and Adam
Frampton. Other forwards who remain from last season are versatile back row
Sam Waldron, Carl Townsend and number 8 Hywel Stoddart. The backs who have
re-signed are last season's top try scorer and wing / full back Elliot
Frewen, wing Owen Broad and utility player Alan Awcock.
BLACK AND AMBERS ANNOUNCE NEW SIGNINGS
June 16 - Newport have considerably strengthened their squad
ahead of the new season by recruiting six new players. Making a return to
Newport is scrum half and crowd favourite Andrew Quick from Pontypool. He
will be joined in Black and Amber colours by Cardiff's Craig Everett a
versatile ball-carrying back row forward, Pontypool outside centre Dan
Robinson who is a proven try scorer and will give the side creativity,
Cardiff Rags outside half Scott Sneddon who is renowned for his very good
kicking game and will give the side field position, attacking fullback
Geraint O’Driscoll from Pontypool who has experience of regional rugby and
is an excellent goal kicker with a good all-round game and exciting scrum
half Rhys Downes who joins from the Blues Academy and has a big future ahead
of him. Newport has also confirmed the release of four players, Scott
Williams, Gareth Bowen, Craig Hill and Alex Jones with more signings to
Pre-season friendlies arranged thus far -
August 7th : Blaenavon (A) - part of the Ken Jones Statue
August 11th : Coventry (H) at Rodney Parade
August 25th : Cornish Pirates (A) - KO 5PM at Penzance
RUGBY TEAMS WELCOME FOOTBALL TO RODNEY PARADE
June 1 - Football will be played at Rodney Parade on a
regular basis for the first time since the war following the historic
ground-share deal between Newport RFC and Newport County.
Rodney Parade Limited Chief Executive Chris Brown said “We
are obviously delighted that we have been able to reach agreement and that
football is coming to Rodney Parade.
“One of the keys to our Business Plan is ensuring that we generate the
maximum revenue from non-rugby match days and bringing in the football goes
a long way to helping us achieve that.
Whilst Newport County play many more matches than either the Dragons or
Newport, they play a significant number of midweek fixtures and with the
football season starting a month before the rugby, fixture congestion will
be kept to a minimum.
“This has been a complex negotiation and it has been of paramount importance
to us that the needs of The Dragons and Newport RFC are met. We are
confident that this agreement will protect the interests of all of our
supporters, both in ensuring that their sporting calendar undergoes the
minimum possible alteration and obtaining an additional revenue stream which
can help guarantee the future of regional and premiership rugby at Rodney
PONTYPOOL BEAT NEWPORT
Apr 14 - The local paper said bragging rights were at stake
in this fixture. I am afraid, not any more. Next to nobody is interested in
this fixture aside from a hardcore in the Eastern Valley. Pontypool
concluded a truly appalling season for the team that runs the regional side
and owns Rodney Parade by running out comfortable winners 27-17. 15-3 down
at half time, Townsend and Awcock scored late tries for the Black and
Malcolm Thomas, one of Newport's greatest players, has
died aged 82. He was part of two Grand Slam-winning teams, winning 27 caps
for Wales between 1949-59 and scored 152 points in 32 appearances for the
British and Irish Lions on tours to New Zealand in 1950 and 1959, playing in
four Tests. Thomas was a fine Newport player during one of its greatest
periods making 276 appearances scoring 79 tries. He was part of the Newport
team to beat Australia 11-0 in 1957.
NEWPORT FALL TO SHAMBOLIC DEFEAT
Apr 10 - With nothing to play for Newport fell to a heavy
defeat at Scarlets Park (sic) losing 55-8 to Llanelli. Only scorers were
Bowen with a penalty in the first half and Dale Rogers with a 69 minutes
Newport season ticket holders can watch the Newport Gwent
Dragons v Treviso at Rodney Parade free of charge. A dreadful season will
come to an end with their fixture at Pontypool on Saturday.
NEWPORT TAKE FIVE AGAINST SWANSEA
Mar 31 - Newport secured all five points with a fine 32-21
victory over Swansea. Tries came from Plummer, Frewen (2) and Leadbetter .
Gareth Bowen converted three and added two penalties.
Newport have improved since the New Year winning six of their
eight league fixtures not forgetting their ignominious loss in the Cup to
Ebbw Vale. However, they face the prospect of their worst finish in the
League since the inception of regional rugby in 2003. They are currently
tenth, playing record played 24 won 9 lost 15 points for 545 against 653
bonus points 11 overall points tally 47.
Newport record in League post regional rugby
P30 W27 D1 L2
P26 W 16 D2 L8
P26 W12 L14
P26 W18 L8
P26 W18 L8
P26 W14 D1 L11
P26 W9 L17
SHAMEFUL DEFEAT FOR NEWPORT
Mar 13 - Newport went down to a shocking 51-14 defeat to
Cross Keys on Tuesday as further evidence of how the balance of power in the
Dragons region has shifted in favour of a club that has contributed little
or nothing to Newport Gwent Dragons.
PONTY OUTPLAYED BY RESURGENT PORT
Mar 10 - Newport accounted for Pontypridd by 24-15 in a fine
encounter at Rodney Parade. The Black and Ambers scored two interception
tries but were by far the most fluent of the two teams. Ponty played a very
narrow game trying to drive up the middle of the field but lacked guile and
creativity. Newport's defence was outstanding throughout. Soddart, Frampton
and Awcock scored tries for Newport. (The Black and Ambers play Cross Keys
away on Tuesday night).
BLACK AND AMBERS FEND OFF NEATH
Mar 4 - Newport held off a fierce fightback from Neath to
claim an excellent 23-20 victory at Rodney Parade today. The Black and
Ambers points all came in the first half with tries from Jenkins and Frewen,
converted by Ledbetter, who also added three penalties. Neath with the wind
at their backs whittled the lead away but could not find the killer punch.
Newport were drubbed 40-19 by Aberavon at the Talbot Athletic
Ground. 23-0 down at half time they made a better fist of it in the second
half with tries by Pewtner and Stoddart.
NEWPORT HIT FORM
Feb 11 - Newport put together some of their their best form
of the season to beat Cardiff 36-19 at Rodney Parade on Saturday. After a
scrappy first half where Newport were fortunate to be in front (Ryan James
got an interception try) they cut loose. With James playing at 9 instead of
10 they began to dominate their ragged opponents and scored two good tries
through Frewen and Amos.
EBBW EASE PAST NEWPORT
Jan 28 - A shocking display from Newport led to their
ignominious exit from the Swalec Cup at the hands of Ebbw Vale by 26 points
to 13 at Rodney Parade to cap a truly dreadful season for the Black and
PORT BEAT TONMAWR
Jan 14 - Newport pulled off a rare double this season beating
Tonmawr 20-13 with two tries from Darren Walters and Matthew Pewtner.
NEWPORT BEAT THE OLD ENEMY
Jan 2 - Newport won their first game since October 22 and
their away game of the season with a comprehensive display against Cardiff.
The Cardiff club side were no match for the Black and Ambers who were
comfortably ahead early on, mastering the difficult conditions. They were
17-0 to the good at half time with tries from Ledbetter and Frewen. Cardiff
fought back in the second half with Newport reduced to 14 men at one stage
but Pewtner finished the scoring off with a long range effort for the Black
NEWPORT RFC - DEAD OR ALIVE?
Dec 26 - A few hundred fans turned up to Rodney Parade for
today's Boxing Day fixture with Cross Keys, many evidently could not be
bothered. The lure of the Premiership is not great and this has to be the
worst Newport side assembled in a Black and Ambers shirt in recent memory.
It appeared not many of the players could be bothered either such was the
lack of intensity, organisation and above all, defence. Nor could the
coaches be sufficiently involved to get on the touchline and get their team
moving forward. They spend most matches in their lofty perch on the
television gantry in the new stand.
Cross Keys had two tries inside the first fifteen minutes.
They walked down the right wing for the first and had little problem
exposing the Newport defence near the rucks and out wide. They had secured
their bonus point in just under half an hour. Newport were reduced to
kicking long distance penalty goals at 30-12 down they kicked a penalty to
reduce the score to 30-15 as if admitting that it was a damage limitation
After a chaotic and error strewn second half including
cautions for Awcock and Hill the final score was 40-22. Newport's eighth
defeat in a row! While some were wholehearted and committed I was struck by
several Newport players backing off tackles. Some have played for Cross Keys
and Newport perhaps they don't know who they are playing for or why? After
all, the games are dress rehearsals for regional rugby anyway aren't they?
At one point Keys ten Steffan Jones was going off injured I half expected
Newport's outside half Matthew Jones to step in to his position. Its only a
matter of time. Matthew Jones, by the way, had no tactical plan and
displayed no sense of urgency throughout the match. Time and again he kicked
the ball long and invited Keys to run the ball back.
Newport fans vented their anger at the players and the
coaches too far away to hear. Perhaps Will Godfrey, Cronk and Gray ought to
sit with Newport fans and hear their frustrations? Any self respecting coach
would be considering their position. Dragons manager Bob Beale did sit in
the main stand, perhaps he enjoyed himself at least? No doubt the other
people with no loyalty to Newport who are involved in Rodney Parade Limited
will be pleased to see this nuisance of a club going through such a heap of
DEFEAT FROM THE JAWS OF VICTORY
Nov 6 - Newport were 30-18 up with only a few minutes to play
but conceded two late tries to run out losers to Bridgend by 32-30.
This is Newport's seventh defeat in ten matches, seven of which have been
played at home. This is comfortably their worst start to a season since the
side was relegated to the obscurity of non-professional rugby. The two late
tries contributed to a hat trick for wing Kristian Phillips. Newport were up
20-8 at half time and were comfortably in front for much of the game. They
scored four tries through Frewen, Pattison, Brown,
NEWPORT GO FROM BAD TO WORSE
Oct 29 - Newport RFC may be an ailing, if not dying, rugby
institution but there is still a hardcore of 800-1000 supporters who shell
out money to support it. They deserve better than the abject dross being
played by the current team. They lack ideas and communication and were once
again found wanting yesterday against distinctly average opposition.
Llandovery were 20-3 up at half time after a half in which Newport scrum
half Ryan James spent more time slowing possession down than passing it out.
The back three play was haphazard, kicking mis-directed and too few forwards
were willing to work together to carry the ball forward. Sam Waldron was
yellow carded for the third time this season (now facing a ban) and his
stupid indiscretion allowed the Drovers to emphasise their narrow advantage.
In the second half there was an early burst a try from the industrious but
limited Scott Williams but the Drovers hit back to seal it. Frampton got a
late try for the Black and Ambers. Dreadful.
NEWPORT IMPROVE TO BEAT STRUGGLERS
Oct 22 - Newport recovered well after truly dreadful first
half performance to overcome Tonmawr. They were well adrift 16-6 at the
break but came back strongly in the second half to win by 34-21.
NEWPORT GAIN POINT AT PONTY
Oct 16 - In a brave performance Newport fought back well to
gain a bonus point at Pontypridd. In their best performance of the campaign
the Black and Ambers went down 30-24. Mitchell Williams, Owen Broad and Sam
Waldron crossed for the tries for Newport with James Ledbetter kicking three
penalties. Pontypridd scored a controversial first half penalty try which
ended up being the difference between the sides.
COMMENT - Despite Wales excellent efforts in the World
Cup, domestic rugby is in parlous state. The prospect of a ten team
Premiership next season with no indication of how they are to raise funds or
generate match income is the latest in a long line of measures destined to
destroy the club game. Go on the Welsh Rugby Union website and look at the
number of missing results, one sided fixtures, abandoned or postponed
matches. Think about the loss of youth and student rugby. Better still read
NEWPORT - DREADFUL
Oct 8 - Newport were completely clueless against Aberavon at
Rodney Parade and were lucky to escape with a 19-3 defeat. The performance
epitomised their dreadful early season form. They were without Lewis Robling
who had played in a key role in last week's win but there was little
evidence of communication or organisation although they did perform bravely
against unimpressive opponents.
NEWPORT WIN WITH LAST KICK
Oct 1 - Newport won an entertaining clash against Carmarthen
Quins by 36-33 with the final kick of the match at Rodney Parade. The Black
and Ambers again played fitfully, in very warm energy-sapping conditions.
They started poorly allowing the Quins to find holes in their defence and
conceded an early try. But they stormed back, playing some excellent rugby,
with fine inter-passing to take a 24-10 lead with tries from Owen Broad,
Elliot Frewen and a lung busting charge from number 8 Hugo Ellis. It was
24-13 at half time. Carmarthen dominated much of the second half, and
despite penalties from Lewis Robling for the Port, clawed back the deficit
with three tries. The final try was unconverted leaving the scores at 33
apiece. Newport breathlessly blundered down field and were granted a penalty
by a particularly supercillious and unsympathetic referee, Gareth Butler.
Robling, who had a mixed match in terms of distribution and general play,
was again impeccable with his kick giving Newport an undeserved victory.
PORT BATTLE PAST POOLER
Sep 24 - Newport comfortably disposed of Pontypool 36-20 at
Rodney Parade, battling past their Eastern Valley rivals. Newport won the
game in the opening twenty minutes scoring two brilliant tries a long range
effort from Ifan Evans and a chip and collect from Alan Awcock. Not much to
report after that, Newport collected a bonus point for four tries and there
was the inevitable, disappointing mass fight leading to a red card for
Pooler's Luke Dychoff.
NEWPORT FAIL AT NEATH
Sep 17 - Newport continued with their poor opening to the
season with a 36-16 defeat against Neath at the Gnoll. Briefly it looked as
if they would be competitive taking a 16-15 lead early in the second half
before Neath pulled away. Newport: Try: W Rees-Hole. Con: L Robling. Pens: L
BRIDGEND TOO STRONG FOR BLACK AND AMBERS
Sep 10 - Newport were again completely outplayed by
Premiership opposition as they went down at Bridgend 45-27. They salvaged a
bonus point by scoring four tries but this should not hide the paucity of
their forward effort. No problem though as their results don't matter this
season, the WRU decided to include the Black and Ambers in their ridiculous
scheme for a 10 team Premiership from next season.
DISASTROUS START FOR PORT
Sep 4 - Newport were comprehensively outplayed by Llanelli at
Rodney Parade yesterday. The West Walians showed more pace and more guile
against a Black and Amber side who missed far too many tackles. Llanelli
were fired forward by their outstanding half backs, number 10 Jordan
Williams looks a fine prospect. Down 8-26 at half time Newport fought back
to secure a four try bonus but new scrum-half Ryan James was red carded by
Cardiff referee Gwyn Morris for an alleged foul. Broad, Awcock, Rees-Hole
and Ledbetter got Newport tries as they slipped to 25-37 defeat.
NEWPORT WIN AWAY
Aug 20 - Newport beat Coventry 25-15 away this afternoon.
WALK IN THE PARK FOR PORT
Aug 13 - A healthy crowd watched Newport comfortably dispose
of Rumney by 77-0 at Rodney Parade. Playing in an uncharacteristic red and
black strip Newport played fitfully and lacked set piece cohesion, going
backwards in early scrums. But they displayed excellent fluency and
footballing skills with new full back Elliot Frewen the pick of the
threequarters. Eleven tries were scored including three for the excellent
Owen Broad, all converted by Gareth Bowen and Lewis Robling.
NEWPORT WIN SEVENS
Aug 7 - Newport were crowned Men of Gwent Sevens champions
for the fourth year in succession beating Cross Keys 19-12 in the final. The
Black and Ambers beat Pontypool, Bedwas and the Skill School in the pool
matches. Winger Owen Broad was man of the tournament. Newport carried off
the Ł1250 prize in front of a crowd of 2000. In a day of warm sunshine and
showers the club enjoyed a profitable day with the Rodney Hall thronged with
fans to watch England beat Wales and the beer and cider festival proving
extremely popular with most of the offers sold out. Kevin Jarvis of Friends
of Newport Rugby stated "Over 180 gallons of beer plus 4 containers of cider
were all consumed by just after 1600 on Saturday afternoon."
Newport beat Pontypool 26-12, Bedwas 24-19, Skills School
26-10 and Cross Keys 19-12. Owen Broad scored seven tries, Elliot Frewen
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.