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
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
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.
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
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
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
NEWPORT OUTPLAYED AT PONTY
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
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
- 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
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
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
NEWPORT LOSE AT LLANELLI
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
|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
A WIN AT LAST FOR NEWPORT
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
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
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
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
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
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
- 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