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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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NEWS REGULARLY UPDATED

AGM SET FOR AUGUST 12

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.

FRAMPTON IS PLAYER OF THE SEASON

May 17 - Adam Frampton received the Tommy Vile Supporters' Player of the Season at Newport RFC's End of Season awards at Rodney Parade last. Frampton performed with enormous credit in a very difficult season for Newport. The coaches player of the season was wing Jonny Morris. Clubman of the season was club secretary Dennis Bennett.

A number of major players retired from duty and in the time honoured ritual Dai Pattison and Sam Waldron standing on Newport bridge threw their boots into the Usk to mark the end of their careers (after Roy Burnett). True Newportonians!

COACHING CHANGES FOR BLACK AND AMBERS

Apr 30 - Tyron Morris, Risca Head Coach and Newport Gwent Dragons player Lewis Evans have joined the new coaching set up under Craig Warlow at Newport ahead of the 2015-16 season as the Black and Ambers attempt to redress their disappointments of the 2014-15 season.

NEWPORT END LOW SEASON ON HIGH NOTE

Apr 26 - Newport beat Aberavon 34-5 in the sunshine at Rodney Parade this afternoon running in five tries in the process. Geraint O'Driscoll, Alex Jeffries, Llywarch ap Myrrdin, Elliot Frewen and Ollie Griffiths all crossed for scores in a comfortable win. On a sad day for Black and Amber fans, Dai Pattison retired to a standing ovation after 59 minutes, Alex Frampton is leaving to play in London and Owen Broad and Sam Waldron have announced their plans to end their time at Newport.

Newoort have signed three Ebbw Vale players for next year - wing Wes Cunnlife, prop John Lavender and and back row Spencer Gibson.

NEWPORT OUTPLAYED AT PONTY

Apr 22 - Newport were completely outplayed at Sardis Road in their penultimate fixture going down 36-0 to Pontypridd. They play Aberavon in their final fixture at Rodney Parade on Sunday (kick off 2.30pm).

LATE TRY FOR NEWPORT AS THEY DOWN DROVERS

Apr 16 - Newport scrambled for a try with the last move of the game to snatch a 22-21 victory over Llandovery at Rodney Parade. The try was credited to all action centre Dominic Franchi. The Drovers had seemed destined for victory until Newport snatched the win. They had taken the lead after a penalty try just before  half time for persistent infringing at the scrum only to be pegged back to 10-10. Then a  Franchi break led to a try for Llywarch ap Myrddin before the Drovers with a try from Richard Brooks and two penalties from James Garland were 21-17 in front before the dramatic finale, Newport's first League win since January 17.

WARLOW IS HEAD COACH

Apr 16 - Newport RFC has announced Craig Warlow has announced Craig Warlow will be their Head Coach next season.
 

FoNR's Ł15k FOR NEWPORT RFC

Apr 12 - The tireless efforts of the Friends of Newport Rugby were again in evidence as they donated Ł15,120 to Newport RFC this week. The funds were raised by player sponsorships and match programme advertising.

Left - Will Evans (Newport RFC), Mike Frost, Newport Coach Craig Warlow and Chief Executive Stuart Davies

NEWPORT LOSE AGAIN

Apr 3 - Newport lost their latest local derby in the Premiership despite taking an early lead. The Black and Ambers eventually went down by 20 points to 13 against Cross Keys at Rodney Parade. Newport's try came from Adam Frampton with the rest of their points coming from Geraint O'Driscoll.

NEWPORT FLATTER TO DECEIVE IN CUP

Mar 27 - Newport flattered to deceive in the Cup yesterday. They threatened a surprise win at Carmarthen Quins only to fall victim to an interception try and an eventual defeat by 30-21 to their high flying opponents. Newport held a 21-13 lead at half time. Better news came from Bargoed where a late drop goal by the home team beat Swansea 21-18 assuring them of the title and ending any chance of Newport's relegation from the Premiership at the end of this season. 

NEWPORT DEFEATED AT THE GNOLL

Mar 20 - Newport's position at the foot of the Welsh Premiership was all but confirmed at the Gnoll as they lost 24-14 on Friday night. They will be looking nervously over their shoulders next Saturday as Bargoed play Swansea. Bargoed cannot be promoted as they fail the licence criteria, a victory for them is likely to confirm Newport's place for next year. Defeat for Bargoed could let Swansea (who can be promoted) in.

NEW ERA DAWNS WITH DISAPPOINTING LOSS

Mar 8 - The Craig Warlow era at Rodney Parade dawned with a disappointing 23-16 defeat to Cardiff at Rodney Parade.

Newport could not be faulted for effort and for long periods were dominant in the game. Their forwards won the set piece battle but at crucial times they knocked the ball on or or made the wrong decision. They seemed destined to get a result as they led by a point with seven minutes to play but Cardiff were the more composed of two very poor sides and showed slightly more class when it came to crafting scoring opportunities.

Newport were hampered by the early loss of Codey Rees at fly half. Geraint O'Driscoll filled the breach well. After conceding an early try, two penalties from O'Driscoll and a Nightingale try put them 11-5 in front. Cardiff came back strongly a converted Benham try and Gunter penalty put them 15-11 up. Adam Frampton capped a succession of Newport scrum penalties by crashing over to make it 16-15 before Cardiff crafted a nice handling move for a Benham try and a Dan Fish drop goal made it 23-16.

CRONK FINALLY STEPS DOWN

Mar 4 - The disastrous recent run of the Black and Ambers has finally brought an end to Sven Cronk's tenure as head coach. He resigned last night without making a statement.

The club website states "Sven Cronk has resigned as Newport RFC head coach. Sven has had a long association with Newport RFC. For the last 10 years he had been involved with Newport as coach or assistant coach and had previously played 183 games in Black and Amber, captaining the club in 1998/99. Sven had previously announced that he would not be continuing as head coach after this season but recent events have caused him to bring forward his finish date."

There is also a paean of praise from Chairman Will Godfrey. Godfrey stands accused of not acting in the interests of the club or supporters by allowing Newport to fall further into the mire. It is probably too late to salvage anything from the current season, Craig Warlow takes over as interim Head Coach with immediate effect.  

NEWPORT SET TO FINISH LAST BUT WILL BE SAVED BY THE RULEBOOK

Another desperate day for Newport. The Black and Ambers were completely outplayed by Bedwas to go down 42-14 at Rodney Parade yesterday. The result is a fitting reflection on the current state of play at Newport RFC in terms of the running of the team and the club. However, as outraged fans take to Twitter and Facebook the club is likely to be saved by Bargoed's unstoppable progress in the Championship. They are fifteen points ahead of Swansea, but do not an A licence in order to meet the promotion criteria. The passage left spells out the WRU's criteria for this season.

Swansea, Pontypool and North Walians RGC 1404 have been awarded A Licence status by the Welsh Rugby Union. It means only those three clubs can be promoted from the Swalec Championship to the Principality Premiership this season.

NEWPORT OVERCOME TATA STEEL

Feb 21 - Newport beat off the challenge of Tata Steel in Port Talbot by 41 points to 9 to progress to the next round of the Welsh Cup. The Black and Ambers comfortable victory was courtesy of six tries from Edwards 2, Jeffries, Partridge, Davies and Lewis with four conversions and a penalty from O’Driscoll.

NEWPORT LOSE AT LLANELLI

Feb 14 - Newport fell to another heavy defeat going down 31-11 at Parc Y Strade last night to Llanelli having been 14-3 adrift at half time. Jenkins got Newport's try, O'Driscoll scored two penalties, the Black and Ambers are four points adrift at the bottom with seven matches to play.

NEWPORT LACK LEADERSHIP AND CONTROL

Feb 7 - Another desperate day for a Black and Amber. Newport were truly second best to a much  better team and showed a complete lack of control and direction. Bridgend by far the more cohesive side and deserved their 23-13 victory. Bridgend scored three tries, Newport one through the ever consistent Elliott Frewen. Newport had a fine try by Owen Broad ruled out because of a forward pass. They were, however, always chasing the game and are now four points adrift at the foot of the Premiership and running out of matches to save their season. Newport lack leadership and control, on and off the field.

NEWPORT'S STIRRING WIN PUTS THEM TENTH

Andy Frampton rises to take Carmarthen ball in yesterday's match

Newport captured a fine 25-21 victory over Carmarthen Quins in an entertaining encounter at Rodney Parade. Newport were evidently very nervous in the first half, competitive at the set piece but with their backs sitting very deep. Quins took their best chance prop Ian Jones bursting through the non existent defence to score. Newport fought back well with sparky wing Johnny Morris deservedly going over for a try to put Newport in contention. Carmarthen did little but with Dan Jones kicking the goals were 13-8 up at half time.

Carmarthen extended their lead to 16-8 before Newport enjoyed a purple patch of form with Frewen, Frampton and skipper Ollie Griffiths prominent. 17 year old centre Barney Nightingale scored out wide and O Driscoll added the conversion on 54 minutes. Davies added a penalty to put Newport in front four minutes later. Quins subs added a new impetus to their performance. Gallagher scored what seemed a crucial try to put them back in front with 12 minutes to go. But Newport came surging back and playing with renewed intensity scrum half Owen Davies broke the line to crash over. O Driscoll converted and despite a late Quins effort Newport held on to move up to 10th in the table.

TATA DRAW FOR NEWPORT

Jan 14 - Newport face Championship side Tata Steel away as they head for the next round of the cup on the weekend of February 21/22. Centre Jamie Murphy has been banned for 12 weeks for his criticism of the referee at the away game at Llandovery.

A WIN AT LAST FOR NEWPORT

Jan 11 - Newport produced their first win since the beginning of November by beating Aberavon by the narrowest of margins in the SWALEC Cup. The Black and Ambers 11-10 win was their first since their 30-19 victory in the League over Llanelli. Geraint O'Driscoll opened the scoring, touching down after a Frewen break.  He added a penalty but the Wizards hot back with a line out ploy leading to a try by their hooker, converted. They added a penalty just before half time.

A bad tempered second half saw Chris Davies red carded after hitting Alex Jeffries. The Wizards were reduced to twelve men at one stage as their discipline broke down. O'Driscoll landed a penalty to put Newport in front and they held out to take a nervous victory.

NEWPORT FIGHT BACK IS TOO LATE

Jan 3 - Newport failed in their battle to overcome Aberavon at the Talbot Athletic Ground and have now dropped to bottom of the Premiership table. The Black and Ambers went down 20-16 and although they secured a bonus point, are now two points adrift of the Wizards. They have ten games left, seven at home, to rescue their season. The Wizards ran into a big lead in the first half, leading 20-6, via tries from Brown and a penalty try. Newport edged back into the match as Greenfield scored a try converted by Geraint O'Driscoll, the latter added a penalty to his two first half scores. Newport's next match is against Carmarthen Quins on 17th January. The intervention of the Cup match next week provides the perfect opportunity to change the side's coaching personnel in order to brief fresh life in to a season that is heading for disaster.

ARGUS TRYING TO STOKE PLAYER ALLOCATION ROW

Jan 2 - Newport face their most important game of the season with the addition of two Dragons players allocated to assist them against Aberavon. Outside half Angus O'Brien and Matthew Screech will join the Newport squad before their relegation battle against Aberavon. Given the importance of the game it is a pity that not all of Newport's coaching team will be in attendance. Unfortunately, too, the South Wales Argus is trying to stoke the player allocation row as it states that Cross Keys and Bedwas may not be happy that players allocated to them are now available to Newport. Both O'Brien and Screech have Dragons' contracts and are therefore employed by Rodney Parade Limited, run and owned by Newport Rugby. Ultimately, it will not help the business or the region if Newport fail to stave off relegation so player allocation should not be an issue for Newport RFC as it faces a significant battle to stay in Welsh rugby's Premiership. 

NEWPORT SLIP TO ANOTHER DEFEAT

Dec 27 - Newport were competitive in the mud at Pandy Park but ultimately were denied 14-9. The bonus point was small consolation for their efforts against Cross Keys. For long periods of the encounter they had the upper hand but could not convert their pressure, particularly in the second half, in to points. They scored three penalties via Geraint O'Driscoll. The two sides were separated by Matthews first half try.

NEWPORT LIMP TO LATEST DEFEAT

Dec 20 - Playing their first game for a month Newport predictably were overwhelmed by little Llandovery 35-6. The Black and Ambers face the prospect of relegation as they fell apart against the Drovers. No personnel changes have been made by Newport's management despite the disastrous season for the team and its dwindling group of supporters. Newport are one point away from the drop.

Newport wheel a Neath scrum in yesterday's match

NEWPORT SLEEPWALKING TOWARDS RELEGATION

Nov 23 - Newport appear to be sleep walking towards relegation following their latest calamity in the Welsh Premiership against Neath. The Welsh All Blacks were reduced to 14 men for much of the game due to a red card for a punch by their prop Aaron Coundley. Newport had some good possession and appeared to have an edge in the scrum but frequently made errors or mistakes particularly as they complacently sat on a 18-13 half time. Most of all they lacked the team ethic and leadership of fellow strugglers Neath. Morris and Davies scored tries for Newport, O'Driscoll added the remainder but missed a couple of crucial kicks.

BLACK AND AMBERS GET WIN AT LAST

Waldron waits for the kick off, O'Driscoll converts a penalty and big Sam leaves the field injured at half time

Newport put in a strong second half performance to defeat Llanelli at Rodney Parade by 30 points to 19. The West Walians proved obdurate if not creative opponents and the Black and Ambers found it difficult to break them down.

The first half saw an early try for Newport with outside half Mogg breaking through but the home side flunked several opportunities with poor passing and failures to pick up the overlaps outside. Llanelli edged back into the game and despite not playing any rugby to speak of scored three penalties to hold Newport to a 10-9 lead.

Llanelli were frequently penalised for spoiling and collected three yellow cards in the match as Newport exerted pressure with Huw Gustaffson making a big difference to the front row effort. The Black and Ambers started the second half strongly but could not find a way through until the last ten minutes. A multiplicity of phases following a maul from the forwards saw Murphy score. In similar vein Mogg skipped through a tired Llanelli defence. In an attempt to gain a bonus point Newport gifted Osbourne a late try.

SUPPORTERS CALL FOR END TO CRONK REGIME

Oct 25 - Newport's headlong rush to relegation continued today with their fourth defeat in a row away at Bedwas as pressure mounts of Newport RFC Chairman Will Godfrey. The Black and Ambers were briefly ahead at the Bridge Field before they fell away to a 29-16 defeat in front of 500 spectators. Their dreadful form with only one win in their first seven games must now surely see the end of Sven Cronk's reign as coach. Many supporters are calling for him to go through social media outlets after years of failure. Two tries from Budina and John overturned a one point Newport lead as result of a score by Owen Davies.

Newport's Board must now set out a clear vision for what the Black and Ambers are in the regional era and demonstrate some clarity of thought about who will lead the team before it is too late.

EBBW DEFY BLACK AND AMBERS AT THE DEATH

Cameron Regan evades Newport winger Jon Morris

Oct 19 - A rolling maul pulled down in front of the Newport posts in the fifth minute of injury time led to a penalty try for Ebbw Vale and defeat for the Black and Ambers by 31 points to 29. Despite building up a sixteen point lead on two occasions in the match Newport made several tactical errors and their weakness in the front row was cruelly exposed.

Newport captain Adam Brown wins the ball in the line out

Newport dominated the early stages. O'Driscoll scored three penalties in a fine display of place kicking. A converted try by Sam Cross gave them a 16-0 before Ebbw were granted a fortunate penalty try in the final play of the first half. The referee decided Newport were turning and disrupting the scrum but strictly speaking his decision was not in accordance with the rules of rugby. A penalty try should only be awarded if a try would probably have been scored not if the referee is frustrated with the scrum!

Ebbw came out fighting literally at the start of the second half and won an early penalty to reduce the deficit to six. But Newport, playing the much more fluent and attacking rugby, scored a well manufactured try through the sheer pace of Elliot Frewen as he burst through a ponderous defence. O'Driscoll added a penalty to make it 26-10.

The next stages of the match belonged to the Ebbw Vale scrum and maul. With Newport's prop Jenkins in the bin Ebbw grabbed the opportunity with two converted tries to reduce the margin to two points. Newport fought their way forward and appeared to have done enough when O'Driscoll slotted another penalty. But some defensive kicking errors by sub scrum half Andrew Quick left Ebbw was the opportunity to roll their maul and gain the penalty try to win the game at the death to the delight of their fans.

RUGBY TRUST EXPRESS DISAPPOINTMENT WITH CLUB

Oct 12 - Friends of Newport Rugby have made their most outspoken criticism of the player allocation policy of Newport RFC and Newport Gwent Dragons on their forum. Their statement reads "In light of the recent developments regarding the playing arrangements for the BIC games and the movement of NGD players from their allocated club (Newport) to play for another club (Cross Keys), FoNR wish to assure Newport RFC supporters that they are as concerned as many posters on this forum and will be in contact with the NRFC directors both verbally and through written communications to understand the current situation.

We share the disappointment with this latest development and will be seeking clarification on the developing situation and future impact on our club."

NEWPORT GAIN LOSING BONUS AT CARDIFF

Oct 11 - Newport gained a losing bonus at Cardiff Arms Park against high flying Cardiff but could have taken more from the game. The home team grabbed a 14-0 lead with two tries by Watkins and Watts-Jones converted by Gunter. Newport hauled themselves back in to the game with a try by Broad and two penalties by O'Driscoll. Gunter added a penalty for Cardiff on 38 minutes to make it 17-11 at the break. In the second half Newport narrowed the gap further with the only score, a penalty from O'Brien. Cardiff missed a stream of penalty chances but Newport were unable to capitalise and had to content themselves with a losing bonus point.

RAVENS SEAL NARROW WIN

Oct 5 - Newport languish near the bottom of the Premiership after this narrow defeat to Bridgend. The Ravens came back strongly in the second half to win 29-25 and gain their first win of the season. Newport still gained a losing bonus point and scored three tries through Pattison, Feehan and Monck. O'Driscoll added two penalties and two conversions.

NEWPORT WIN BUT EBBW RUE PENALTY MISSES

Sep 27 - No sympathy is required for Ebbw Vale in defeat from any self respecting Newportonian but it is possible to feel a twinge for their sub outside half Ian Smerdon who missed two late penalty kicks that might have tied the game today with Newport.

Newport had the luck of the draw and left Eugene Cross Park with a 25-22 victory. They took the early advantage through a try by wing Jon Morris, a drop goal by centre Jamie Murphy and scored five penalties via the reliable Geraint O’Driscoll. Cunliffe scored two unconverted tries for Ebbw. Ethan Davies added three penalties and Ian Smerdon one. Crowd - 950.

NEWPORT RFC MUST CHANGE OR DIE

Sep 20 - The decline in Newport RFC continues apace as once again they fell apart at home to League favourites Pontypridd. The convincing result (34-12) leaves Newport facing a battle against relegation. Along with Neath and Bridgend they have yet to secure a point in the table and face newcomers Ebbw Vale away next Saturday. They conceded four tries as they slipped to defeat on Friday night in front of a poor crowd of 850 swelled by the Ponty faithful.

The club is a hobby horse for people like Chairman Will Godfrey and has long since failed to capture the imagination of local rugby watching folk. The friendly status of the management regime means that coaches and managers are no longer responsible for the disastrous performances on the field by a team wearing one of the finest jerseys in rugby football. Irrespective of the views of its dying band of followers no one is accountable for the dreadful results on the field or the lack of prestige attached to the current day club. Its purpose as a project is no longer clear as it is not even considered as the leading club in the so-called Dragons region despite the fact it owns the professional side. Its only hope for survival is to tread water in the sea of mediocrity that is the Welsh Premiership, some hope.

BLACK AND AMBERS CAPITULATE

Sep 13 - Newport may find themselves as relegation fodder this season given the manner of their capitulation at Carmarthen Quins. The Black and Ambers were never in the match and only salvaged a modicum of respectability with a try by Mogg converted by Murphy who added a penalty.

NEWPORT WELL BEATEN AT PANDY PARK

Sep 6 - Newport were comprehensively outplayed by rivals Cross Keys, losing 31-12 at Pandy Park in the British and Irish Cup. A long season lies ahead. How much longer can this go on?

BLACK AND AMBERS WIN QUALIFIER

Aug 30 - Newport confounded expectations to easily dispose of Bedwas in the British and Irish Cup qualifier at the Bridge Field. The Black and Ambers ran out 41-25 winners and will face Cross Keys in the play off final. Cross Keys beat Ebbw Vale 16-13. Tries came from Morris (2), Will Evans, Robinson, O'Brien and O'Driscoll.

EALING TOO STRONG FOR NEWPORT

Aug 16 - Newport's depleted team were no match for Ealing Trailfinders. The Black and Ambers held the home side to 12-7 but were completely outplayed in the second half by the English side. Newport's match against Glynneath is off due to their inability to raise a team!

PORT WIN AGAINST BLACKHEATH

Aug 9 - Newport ran out comfortable winners against Blackheath desperate a late rally by 'the Club'. The Black and Ambers finished 18-15 victors.

NEWPORT WIN OPENER

Aug 2 - The Black and Ambers ran out 28-14 winners in a tricky opening friendly at Bargoed after being 14-0 down after 21 minutes.

WIZARD FIXTURE FOR PORT

July 29  It may be the depths of summer but the WRU has bizarrely drawn the Swalec Cup fixtures to be played on 10th January 2015! Newport play Aberavon at home.

WORST FIXTURE LIST EVER FOR NEWPORT RFC?

July 27 - Newport RFC's fixture list for 2014-15 must go on record as the worst the club has ever scheduled. Three home league fixtures before Christmas, no home holiday fixtures at all. Hardly the sort of thing that will sustain spectator interest through the early season. This business model cannot continue and is certainly not enough to create a reasonable income. The only hope is that by some fluke they slip in to the British and Irish Cup. Increasingly this is a marginalised team in a community league set up that offers no resilience or proper income.

MASSIVE BLOW FOR BLACK AND AMBERS

July 13 - Newport's new season plans are in disarray following news that the signing of fly half Dai Flanagan has fallen through. Flanagan has elected to join the Scarlets Academy as a coach.

NEWPORT B&I FIXTURE

Newport face Bedwas in the British and Irish Cup first round qualifier at the Bridge Field in August (date not set). They won there 17-10 in their League encounter on December 21.

FLANAGAN SIGNS FOR PORT

May 15 - Pontypridd fly-half Dai Flanagan heads up a quartet of new Newport recruits. The 28-year-old will head to the Black and Ambers from double-chasing Pontypridd and the club have also snapped up a pair of Ospreys and Bridgend backs in centre Nathan Edwards and full-back Jamie Murphy while back row forward Sam Feehan arrives from Cardiff. Prop Gethin Robinson has left Newport after 13 seasons to join Ebbw Vale.

 

     FIXTURES 2014 - 2015    

Date Opponent     F A
Sat, 02 Aug Bargoed F A 28 14
Sat, 09 Aug Blackheath F A 18 15
Sat, 16 Aug Ealing Trailfinders F A 19 43
Wed, 20 Aug Glynneath F A P  
Sat, 30 Aug  Bedwas BIC A 41 25
Sat 6 Sep Cross Keys BIC A 12 31
Sat, 13 Sep Carmarthen Quins PP A 10 44
Fri 19 Sep Pontypridd PP H 12 34
Sat, 27 Sep Ebbw Vale PP A 25 22
Sat, 04 Oct Bridgend Ravens PP A 25 29
Sat, 11 Oct Cardiff PP A 14 17
Sat 18 Oct Ebbw Vale PP H 29 31
Sat, 25 Oct Bedwas PP A 16 29
Sat, 01 Nov Llanelli PP H 30 19
Sat, 22 Nov Neath PP H 18 23
Sat, 20 Dec Llandovery PP A 6 35
27 Dec Cross Keys PP A 9 14
Sat, 03 Jan Aberavon PP A 16 20
Sun, 11 Jan Aberavon Cup H 11 10
Sat, 17 Jan Carmarthen Quins PP H 25 21
Sat, 24 Jan Pontypridd PP A P  
Sat, 07 Feb Bridgend Ravens PP H 13 23
Fri 13 Feb Llanelli PP A 11 31
Sat 21 Feb Tata Steel Cup A 41 9
Sat, 28 Feb Bedwas PP H 14 42
Sat, 07 Mar Cardiff PP H 16 23
20 Mar Neath PP A 14 24
27 Mar Carmarthen CUP A 21 30
Sat, 04 Apr Cross Keys PP H 13 20
Sat, 18 Apr Llandovery PP H 22 21
Tues 22 Apr Pontypridd PP A 0 36
Sun, 26 Apr Aberavon PP H 34 5
 

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