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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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Aug 13 - Newport beat Coventry 32-19 on Saturday at Rodney Parade.

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 Fund.

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 authorises release."

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 years.

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.

Ross 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 the scrum.

MORE SIGNINGS FOR BLACK AND AMBERS

Jul 2 - Newport RFC 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 Dai Pattison, 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 come.

Pre-season friendlies arranged thus far -

August 7th : Blaenavon (A) - part of the Ken Jones Statue Appeal

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 Parade.”

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 Ambers.

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 try.

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

2003/4 Winners P30 W27 D1 L2
2004/5 Second Verifying
2005/6 Fifth Verifying
2006/7 Third P26 W 16 D2 L8
2007/8 Seventh P26 W12 L14
2008/9 Second P26 W18 L8
2009/10 Third P26 W18 L8
2010/11 Seventh P26 W14 D1 L11
2011/12 Eleventh 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.

PORT DRUBBED

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 Ambers.

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 and Ambers.

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 exercise.

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 trouble.

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, Pewtner.

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 this

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 Robling (3).

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 four.

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.

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 2011 - 2012      LEAGUE TABLE

 Date KO  Opponents   Key F A
Fri, 12 Aug  19:00 Rumney  77 0
Sat, 20 Aug  15:00 Coventry  25 15
Sat, 03 Sep  14:30 Llanelli  PP  25 37
Sat, 10 Sep  14:30 Bridgend  PP  27 45
Sat, 17 Sep  14:30 Neath  PP  16 36
Sat, 24 Sep  14:30 Pontypool  PP  36 20
Sat, 01 Oct  14:30 Carmarthen Q  PP  36 33
Sat, 08 Oct  14:30 Aberavon  PP  3 19
Sat, 15 Oct  14:30 Pontypridd  PP  24 30
Sat, 22 Oct  14:30 Tonmawr  PP  34 21
Sat, 29 Oct  14:30 Llandovery  PP  20 30
Sat, 05 Nov  14:30 Bridgend  PP  30 32
Sat, 12 Nov  14:30 Bedwas  PP  20 29
Sat, 19 Nov  14:30 Llandovery  PP  6 22
Sat, 26 Nov  14:30 Swansea  PP  16 21
Sat, 10 Dec  14:30 Bedwas  PP  17 23
Sat, 17 Dec  14:30 Carmarthen Q PP  23 30
Mon, 26 Dec  14:30 Cross Keys  PP  22 40
Mon, 02 Jan  14:30 Cardiff  PP  22 6
Sat, 07 Jan  14:30 Llanelli   PP  P  
Sat, 14 Jan  14:30 Tonmawr  PP  20 13
Sar 28 Jan   Ebbw Vale Cup 13 26
Sat, 11 Feb  14:30 Cardiff  PP  36 19
Sat, 25 Feb  14:30 Aberavon  PP  19 40
Sun 04 Mar  14:30 Neath  PP  23 20
Fri, 09 Mar  14:30 Pontypridd  PP  24 15
Tues, 13 Mar  14:30 Cross Keys  PP  14 51
Sat 31 Mar 14.30 Swansea PP 32 21
Tues 10 Apr 19.30 Llaneli PP 8 55
Sat, 14 Apr  14:30 Pontypool  PP  17 27

KEY - Home fixtures in Amber. PP=Welsh Premiership F = Friendly C= 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.