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BETTER FROM DRAGONS BUT THEY STILL COME
Sept 17 - It was better from the NGDs but
ultimately they failed to get past a poor Munster side coming up short
A questionable converted
second-half touchdown by replacement Cian Bohane eventually put them
Munster clear after Hallam Amos' interception try for Dragons had
cancelled out Jean Kleyn's early score.
DRAGONS LIMP PAST ZEBRE
Sep 10 - A very poor performance from the
Newport Gwent Dragons saw them limp past Italian also-rans Zebre 11-6 at
DRAGONS CAPITULATE TO ULSTER
Sep 4 - Debutant Robert Lyttle scored two
tries as Ulster got their Pro12 campaign off to a winning start with a
29-8 victory over the Newport Gwent Dragons. A Nick Macleod penalty and
a Pat Howard try gave the Dragons an early lead but it was one way
traffic after that. 19 year old Lyttle and fellow winger Jacob Stockdale
touched down to help the Ulster to a 12-8 lead at the break. Further
tries came in the second half for Pienaar, Lyttle and Herring.
NGDs LOSE SEVENS CROWN
July 23 - Newport Gwent Dragons lost their
Welsh Premiership sevens crown to Cardiff Blues after the Cardiffians
scored with the last move of the match at the Arms Park to secure a
24-22 victory. The Dragons beat the Scarlets 26-12 before losing 21-19
to the Ospreys.
HARRIS JOINS NGDs
June 10 - Rotherham Titans' hooker Darran
Harris has joined Newport Gwent Dragons. The Welshman has also played
for Pontypridd and Llanelli.
CERI JONES BACK AT RODNEY PARADE
June 5 - Ceri Jones is to return to
Newport to join Kingsley Jones's new coaching team. The former Black and
Amber prop moved away from Newport with the advent of regional rugby to
make 200 appearances for Harlequins. He will become forwards coach for
Newport Gwent Dragons.
ZEBRE POUND DRAGONS
May 6 - Newport Gwent Dragons suffered
their tenth consecutive Pro 12 defeat as Zebre qualified for next
season's European Champions Cup with a shocking 47-22 victory.
The Italian side had also not won in 10 games but five tries and
fly-half Carlo Canna's 22 points secured a bonus-point victory. Two
second half tries from Rynard Landman and one from Wales wing Hallam
Amos were not enough for Kingsley Jones' side. Yet again the Dragons
finish the Pro 12 season as the lowest placed Welsh region.
As former Argus rugby correspondent Robin
Davey stated on Twitter "Only two things can rescue NGDs - someone with
a few million quid to spare in his back pocket then change the name to
Newport to increase support."
ANOTHER DEFEAT FOR DRAGONS
Apr 30 - Newport Gwent Dragons are still
without a win in the Pro 12 since January 29 following their latest
defeat to the Scarlets, by 20 to 34. In all the Dragons have lost 17 of
their 21 fixtures. Warren and Hughes scored tries for the NGDs converted
by O'Brien who also added two penalties.
MONTPELIER TOO STRONG FOR BRAVE NGDs
Apr 24 - Montpelier proved too strong for
a brave but ultimately overpowered Newport Gwent Dragons side. A series
of penalties and a Bismark du Plessis try gave the Springbok dominated
hosts a commanding but deserved 22-0 lead. A late response from the NGDs
saw them combine to put Hallam Amos through and then Carl Meyer for a
JONES GOES AT LAST
Apr 21 - Attempts to build up for the
important weekend clash in Europe were overshadowed by the departure of
NGDs Director of Rugby Lyn Jones. It is understood he has left the club
by mutual consent after disappearing from view due to a never ending
bout of illness.
COMMENT - It should have happened
earlier but the ending of Jones' failed reign hopefully means the
professional team can look elsewhere, preferably outside of Wales, for a
replacement and a new coaching team.
NGDs LOSE AT CARDIFF
Apr 16 - Cardiff continued their good
recent run with an emphatic 28-8 win over Newport Gwent Dragons at the
Arms Park. An Amos try and a Dorian Jones were all they could muster
against their dominant hosts.
MAJOR SHOCK AS NGDs BEAT GLOUCESTER
Apr 10 - Newport Gwent Dragons snatched a
shock win at Gloucester to reach the semi-finals of the European
Challenge Cup. Scrum-half Charlie Davies grabbed a close-range try after
76 minutes to put the holders out and end their 15-game unbeaten
Dragons fly-half Dorian
Jones kicked five penalties and Carl Meyer one in a close-fought game.
England back-rower Ben Morgan and Steve McColl scored home tries while
Greig Laidlaw kicked 11 points. They now face a tricky tie at
Montpellier, the second-placed side in the Top 14, who won 25-19 at Sale
Sharks on Friday night. Dragons director of rugby Lyn Jones, missed the
match through illness.
THE END OF THE DRAGONS BRAND?
Apr 7 - The Newport Gwent Dragons have
paved the way for new investment by announcing that Newport RFC and the
WRU will give up their share in the venture if a suitable investor comes
forward. However, NGDs Chairman Martyn Hazell has said a condition of
the deal is that the newly financed team must play at Rodney Parade.
There are no investors lined up but the move probably signals the end of
the 'Dragons' brand.
JONES BRUSHES OFF IRE OF FANS
Apr 2 - Coaches Lyn Jones and Kingsley
Jones were roundly booed by home fans in Newport last night as the
Dragons failed for the seventh match in succession. He brushed off
criticism as he told the Argus "We are all frustrated at losing but
there is no pressure on the players.......You just need to be tough
enough to get on with it and if people boo they boo and if they cheer
Jones record as coach to date is played 62
won 19 lost 43
AMOS STARS AS DRAGONS FAIL AGAIN
Apr 1 - Circus of Uncertainty
prophetically entertained the crowd before the start of the match. There
was certainly a lack of composure and decision making by key players for
the home team. Hallam Amos was once again outstanding for Newport Gwent
Dragons but ultimately they failed against the Ospreys at Rodney Parade
going down 20 points to 26. The NGDs winger scored two fine tries and
made another for Meyer in a fine display but the Ospreys had the better
of the game and of the referee's decisions. Irish referee Lacey often
favours defensive or negative play and made a series of decisions
penalising the Dragons on the attack where he believed they had not
cleared the ruck or tackle area.
For the Ospreys Hassler, Webb, Dan Evans
and Underhill all scored tries.
AMOS TRIES UNABLE TO SAVE NGDs
Mar 28 - Two excellent Hallam Amos tries
were not enough to beat Edinburgh at Rodney Parade on Easter Sunday. In
a crowd swollen by huge numbers of free tickets. A penalty exchange gave
Edinburgh a 9-3 advantage. The second half was much more open. Amos
scored an early try converted by Dorian Jones. Hamish Watson crashed
over for a converted score to make it 16-10. Amos crossed in the corner
on 54 minutes but Jones missed the crucial conversion to leave the
Dragons a point short.
LOSING STRETCH EXTENDED TO FIVE GAMES
BUT NO PRESSURE ON JONES
Mar 5 - Newport Gwent Dragons dreadful
recent run continued at Munster last night with a 26-5 Thomond Park
defeat. That is five games without defeat but there is no pressure on
clueless coach Lyn Jones, such is Welsh regional rugby.
Tries by Dave Kilcoyne and Ronan Scannell
helped the Irish province to a 12-0 half-time lead and Kilcoyne touched
down again in the sceond half.
Hallam Amos crossed the line for the visitors but James Cronin's try
ensured a maximum points return for his side.
DRAGONS PIPPED BY GLASGOW
Feb 26 -
Newport Gwent Dragons were edged out 18-15 by Glasgow in a poor game at
sand covered Rodney Parade on Thursday. Duncan Weir grabbed the decisive
try in the 73rd minute after a break by Josh Strauss, with the fly-half
also kicking eight points.
Alex Dunbar crossed for the only other
try just after the interval. The Dragons were restricted to five
penalties from the boot of fly-half Angus O'Brien.
DREADFUL DEFEAT FOR DRAGONS
Feb 20 - Pro12 bottom side Treviso beat
Newport Gwent Dragons 19-17 to earn a second straight win against Welsh
opposition. Having claimed a first victory of the season against Cardiff
Blues last time out, Treviso took the lead with an early try from Angelo
Esposito. Hallam Amos hit back for Dragons, only for Filo Paulo and
Ludovico Nitoglia's tries to put Treviso 19-10 ahead. Cory Hill touched
down to give the Dragons hope but Angus O'Brien missed his late
drop-goal attempt. Dragons stay 10th in the Pro12 and still without a
league away win this season, while Treviso remain bottom of the table.
CONNACHT RETURN TO TOP
Feb 12 - Connacht's late surge saw them
move to the top of the Pro12 with a bonus-point 22-21 win at Newport
Gwent Dragons. Matt Healy, Tiernan O'Halloran, Eoghan Masterson and
Bundee Aki crossed for the Irish side with Craig Ronaldson adding three
conversions. Tries from Adam Hughes and Ashton Hewitt plus eight Angus
O'Brien penalties allowed the Dragons to lead for much of the match.
NGDS COME CLOSE
Ulster moved to the top of the Pro12
table as a late Paddy Jackson penalty secured victory over the Newport
Gwent Dragons. Jackson's 78th-minute kick put Ulster ahead for the first
time in the game.An Adam Hughes try helped the lively Dragons lead 10-0
before Sean Reidy's score cut the margin to 10-7 by half-time at
Kingspan Stadium.After a Carl Meyer try extended the Dragons lead,
Ulster pressure yielded a penalty try but the visitors looked set to
hold on before Jackson's late kick.
NGDs BEAT OFF LEINSTER
Jan 29 - While beating Leinster is not
quite the accolade of past seasons Newport Gwent Dragons can take
considerable credit from their 23-13 victory on Friday night. Playing in
front of a small crowd (4,303) and in pouring rain the Dragons used
conditions to their advantage. Jason Tovey scored 18 points including a
try. Ashton Hewitt got the first but had a second ruled out.
HAS PROFESSIONAL RUGBY IN NEWPORT EVER
BEEN LESS AMBITIOUS?
Jan 26 - With no Pro12 side in the
European Cup quarters and no Welsh side in the mix for five years, with
the Newport Gwent Dragons perpetually at the foot of the Welsh teams in
the table you would expect a little desire to improve your lot but NGDs
Head Coach Lyn Jones thinks otherwise. He is quoted in the South Wales
Argus as saying the Dragons do not need to go wild in the transfer
market and that they have a ready pool of talent, when fit, to call
upon. This is despite their lack of success since the inception of
regional rugby in 2003 and their total failure in recent seasons. He
stated he would prefer to sign six new physios to six new players! He
offers a cheery 'good luck' to Cardiff are spending to improve their
squad. Has professional/top class rugby in Newport ever been less
ambitious to bring home winning rugby and iconic players to our City?
NGDs HEAVILY BEATEN
Jan 23 - Newport Gwent Dragons were
heavily beaten 38-5 by Sale in their pool decider in the Challenge cup
and seem set to face Gloucester away in the quarter finals. Ashton
Hewitt got their only try.
CAPTAIN CITED FOR BITING
Jan 18 - Newport Gwent Dragons captain
Rhys Thomas has been cited for biting during the game at Rodney Parade
on Friday and will answer the allegation at a hearing in London. Jan
20 update - he was cleared
DRAGONS IN POLE POSITION
Jan 15 - Newport Gwent Dragons maintained
their lead in Pool Two of the Challenge Cup with a bonus-point 31-18 win
over Castres last night
Hallam Amos marked his comeback with an early try. First half tries came
from Nic Cudd and Lewis Evans. Castres fought hard despite a red card
for Alexandre Bias, before Ashton Hewitt scored the vital fourth try.
Newport Gwent Dragons stay two points clear of Sale Sharks, who won 27-3
at Pau. The two face one another in Stockport next week.
DRAGONS BEATEN BY OSPREYS
Jan 2 -
Ospreys withstood a late Newport Gwent
Dragons comeback at the Liberty Stadium to secure a 12-7 win. Dan Evans
and Hanno Dirksen scored first-half tries but Ed Jackson's late try gave
the Dragons hope.
8226 - the new capacity at Rodney Parade?
The quoted attendance at Rodney Parade for the holiday fixture with
Cardiff Blues is a little chastening. According to Newport Rugby Club
the match was a sell out but the crowd only numbered 8,226.
'DERBY' ENDS IN LAST GASP DEFEAT
Dec 27 - The labels may have changed but
this was the latest in a string of matches where a Newport team
outplayed their Cardiff opponent only to be defeated at the last.
Full-back Rhys Patchell
landed a dramatic last-gasp penalty to secure a victory for
Cardiff Blues over Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade this afternoon
as Cardiff clawed their way back. Patchell had landed two penalties and
a conversion of a penalty try before, having missed a conversion of wing
Tom James' late try, he booted a touchline three-pointer to seal a 21-20
The Newport based
region had been 17-6 up during the second half after wing Ashton Hewitt
scored a first-half try and fly-half Dorian Jones booted three penalties
and a drop goal, with Jones' replacement Jason Tovey kicking a fourth
NGDs TRIUMPH IN PAU
Dec 20 -
Newport Gwent Dragons enjoyed a
comfortable bonus-point 34-17 win in Pau in the European Challenge Cup.
Three converted first-half tries from Cory Hill, Ashton Hewitt and Jason
Tovey gave the Newport based region a 24-0 lead at the break Carl Meyer
crossed after the break for a fourth try to secure the bonus point.
Paddy Butler, Mosese Ratuvou and Watisoni Votu all added tries for Pau.
NGDs EASILY BEAT PAU
Dec 12 - Newport Gwent Dragons retained
their European Challenge Cup hopes with a 22-0 win over Pau at Rodney
Parade. Scrum-half Sarel Pretorius ran from his own twenty for the first
try following two Dorian Jones penalties. Jones scored himself and added
two more penalties in front of a crowd of 4,202.
The two teams meet
again in Pau next Saturday,
FALETAU SIGNS FOR BATH AS WRU SPITE
LEAVES DRAGONS WITHOUT TRANSFER FEE
Dec 9 - Newport Gwent Dragons Chief
Executive Stuart Davies has stated that Taulupe Faletau's transfer to
Bath at the end of the season is the worst possible outcome for his
The Tonga-born 25-year-old has been
capped 52 times by Wales, and represented the British and Irish Lions
during the 2013 tour of Australia. "It's great news for the club, he's
signed for three years," Bath head coach Mike Ford told BBC Radio
Faletau, who has been with Dragons
since 2009, played four times as Wales reached the World Cup
quarter-finals. He had been expected to join Bath in October but the
move was blocked by Welsh coach Warren Gatland. A transfer fee of
£125,000 was believed to have been offered. Faletau is believed to have
signed to join the English giants despite ongoing dual contract talks
with the WRU and Gatland.
"It's the worst possible scenario for
the Dragons as an outcome," said Davies. "The value of the transfer was
significant. Some of the figures I've seen bandied around didn't do
justice to what it meant to us in terms of a figure. And obviously the
dual contract not going through now is the knockout follow-up."
Davies added that the outcome
vindicates their decision to attempt to ensure a transfer fee for a key
member of the Wales squad.
NGDs in SURPRISE WIN
Dec 6 -
Newport Gwent Dragons earned a shock Pro
12 win this afternoon by beating Munster 22-6 at Rodney Parade. The
victory underlined the fitful performance of the iRish teams this season
and was the NGDs first victory against non-Italian opposition. Rynard
Landman scored a late try to seal victory. Munster's Rory Scannell and
Dragons' Dorian Jones landed two penalties apiece in the opening period.
The Newport based region added a drop-goal and penalty before Landman
scored and Jones converted. Jason Tovey also added a late penalty.
EDINBURGH TOO STRONG FOR DRAGS
Nov 29 - Edinburgh put Newport Gwent
Dragons to the sword with an emphatic victory at Murrayfield by 32 to
13. The Scots proved too strong for a depleted Dragons side who have
only bettered Italian opponents in the Pro12 to date.
WP Nel's try set the home side on their
way with fellow prop Alasdair Dickinson, Tom Brown and Matt Scott
crossing in the second half. The NGDs had a remarkable four players
yellow-carded. Nic Cudd scored a late consolation try, they stay ninth
in the Pro12 table.
CASTRES EDGE EURO BATTLE
Nov 22 - Newport Gwent Dragons fell just
short against Castres in a pulsating encounter in the European Challenge
Cup. Daniel Kirkpatrick and Geoffrey Palis tries put Castres ahead at
the break but Dragons responded strongly in the second half. Carl Meyer
and Elliot Dee crossed as Lyn Jones' side took a deserved 26-17 lead.
But Thomas Combezou and Alex Tulou secured a bonus point win for Castres
with the game finishing 32-29 in favour of the home side.
NGDs START EURO CAMPAIGN WITH MORALE
Nov 15 - Newport Gwent Dragons beat much
depleted Sale in emphatic style to get their European Challenge Cup
campaign off to a strong start. The bonus point 30-12 victory began as
the home side
took a 17-0 lead into the break after tries from Newport captain Ollie
Griffiths, Rynard Landman and Adam Hughes, with Dorian Jones converting
Early second-half tries from James
Mitchell and Jonathan Mills brought Sale back into contention. Two Jones
penalties gave Dragons breathing space and a Matthew Screech try ensured
the win and a bonus point.
ULSTER SHADE ENCOUNTER IN NEWPORT
Nov 8 - A stirring late rally was not
enough to bring Newport Gwent Dragons a share of the spoils at
Rodney Parade. The Dragons started well but the quality of the Ulster
bench was the difference between the two sides. They stretched out the
positive margin in their favour as the game came to a close, winning
19-12. A try from
scrum half Marshall was converted by Jackson for Ulster who also slotted
four penalties. The NGDs also had four penalties, Dorian Jones kicked
three and Jason Tovey one.
SCARLETS EASILY BEAT OFF NGDs
Oct 30 - Llanelli Scarlets made it six out
of six by beating Newport Gwent Dragons at Parc y Scarlets.
FALETAU FORCED TO STAY FOR REST OF
SEASON, DRAGONS REFUSE TO DEFY UNION
Oct 30 - Newport Gwent Dragons flanker
Taulupe Faletau must remain in Newport until the end of the season after
the Welsh Rugby Union and more specifically Warren Gatland blocked his
move to Bath. The measure makes it more likely that the player will
leave at the end of season for the English club and that Newport will
not receive a much needed transfer fee.
NGDs BEAT ITALIAN OPPONENTS
TYLER FACING LONG LAY OFF
Oct 18 - Newport GD's star Tyler Morgan is
facing a long lay off following an arm injury sustained towards the end
of Wales' 23-19 defeat to South Africa yesterday.
DRAGONS HAVE THE BLUES
Oct 17 - Newport Gwent Dragons poor start
to the season continued with a 29-15 loss to Glasgow on Friday night.
HEAVY DEFEAT IN LEINSTER FOR NGDs
Oct 3 - Newport Gwent Dragons went down to
a heavy 37-13 defeat in Leinster this afternoon. Their only points came
from a Pretorious try and two penalties and a conversion from Tovey.
CALL UP FOR MORGAN
Sept 22 - Newport born Tyler Morgan will
join the Welsh World Cup squad in place of the injured Cardiff centre
NEWPORT GD's BEAT ITALIANS IN POOR
Sept 11 - In one of the worst rugby games
of recent memory Newport Gwent Dragons beat a poor Italian side, Zebre,
13-0 at Rodney Parade . The Dragons played in blue inspiring cries of 'StandUpforThe
GwentBlues' on Twitter and their rugby was as lacking in identity as
their kit. The small crowd of 4,159 watched for the main part in
silence. Ed Jackson scored the game's only try, which Jason Tovey
converted having earlier scored two penalties
CONNACHT DOWN NGDs
DRAGONS WIN SEVENS
Aug 29 - A strong Newport Gwent Dragons
team emerged victorious in the Singha Premiership Sevens at the Stoop.
Having reached last year's final the Newport based team went one better
dispatching holders Gloucester and then beating Wasps in a nail biting
final. Harri Keddie's late try earned Newport Gwent Dragons a dramatic
17-14 win. Newport's Elliot Frewen was named player of the tournament.
In a friendly at the Arms Park the senior
team made it a weekend double defeating Cardiff 35-28 in a friendly.
NGDs LOSE TO SCARLETS
Aug 22 - The Llanelli Scarlets ran out
29-20 winners over Newport Gwent Dragons in the friendly fixture at
Rodney Parade on Friday.
NGDs WIN OPENER
Aug 14 -
Newport Gwent Dragons kicked off their
pre-season campaign with a 48-12 win against English championship side
Nottingham. The NGDs trailed 12-10 at the interval at their Ystrad
Mynach training base in front of a crowd of just over a thousand.
Nottingham's Billy Robinson and skipper Paul Grant's tries came either
side of one by Hugh Gustafson. Nic Cudd, Phil Price and Nick Crosswell
were followed to the line by Keagan Bale and Carl Meyer as Dragons
ensured victory after the break. Angus O'Brien landed five conversions
and a penalty, while Jason Tovey kicked a first-half penalty and
MORGAN MAKES DEBUT
Aug 5 - Tyler Morgan from Caerleon will
make his Welsh international debut on Saturday against Ireland in
Cardiff. The Newport RFC product will play at outside centre against the
Six Nations champions with Hallam Amos at full back.
CEO ACKNOWLEDGES STRENGTH OF NEWPORT
CONTRIBUTION TO REGIONAL RUGBY
July 12 - Its a start...newish Newport
Gwent Dragons Chief Executive Stuart Davies has acknowledged the ongoing
contribution Newport has made to the regional rugby team and confirmed
things are unlikely to change. In an interview with Wales Online
"How much of your job
is building a regional identity for Newport Gwent Dragons?" He responded
"A huge part of it. We have to have a regional perspective. Clearly a
lot of what we do is Newport-centric, the venue etc and we have a loyal,
fantastic fan base in Newport. If you look at our season ticket sales
they are centred around this area, so it would be very silly to ignore
that and throw the baby out with the bath water."
On the relationship with Newport
County he was upbeat "Iím very
positive about that. I think we are the only venue in Britain that has
got three sides operating out of the same pitch, which is tricky
logistically and takes a bit of planning and co-operation, but we manage
it. We are fortunate we have a fantastic pitch which is coping with the
demands placed on it really well. County are important to us as a tenant
and important to the city. Thatís working well."
FALETAU EXPECTED TO MOVE TO ENGLAND
June 23 - Newport Gwent Dragons are
expecting a £250,000 transfer fee from any club intending to sign
DIFFICULT CHALLENGE CUP DRAW
June 17 -
Newport Gwent Dragons
are in the same Challenge Cup pool (Pool 2) as Sale, Castres and Pau
following today's competition draw in Switzerland.
Round 1: 12/13/14/15 Nov, Round 2: 19/20/21/22
Nov, Round 3: 10/11/12/13 Dec, Round 4: 17/18/19/20 Dec, Round
5: 14/15/16/17 Jan, Round 6: 21/22/23/24 Jan
7/8/9/10 April Semi-finals: 22/23/24 April
13/14 May (Grand Stade de Lyon)
SCARLETS HEAD TO NEWPORT FOR FRIENDLY
June 16 - Llanelli Scarlets are heading to
Newport to take on the Dragons in a friendly on August 21. The Newport
Gwent Dragons also take part in the Welsh leg of the Singha Premiership
Sevens at Cardiff on August 15. Their pre-World Cup Celtic League
campaign gets under way on September 4/5/6.
JONES GETS CONTRACT EXTENSION FOR
May 29 - Newport Gwent Dragons have
announced that director of rugby Lyn Jones has agreed a new two-year
deal. Jones' contract will now keep him at Rodney Parade until June 2017
despite the fact that the region has achieved tenth and ninth positions
in the Celtic League under his stewardship.
The former Wales
flanker was appointed Dragons director of rugby in June 2013 after his
time as head coach at London Welsh.
SMITH FINISHES OVER CONCUSSION WARNING
May 29 - Newport Gwent
Dragons have confirmed that Ashley Smith has retired on medical grounds
with immediate effect. The club says Smith has suffered a series of
concussive events and after expert advice he has decided to hang up his
The Newportonian was
identified at an early age as he went on to represent Wales throughout
the age grades and captained the U20s in the 2007 Six Nations