Mar 26 - John Andrew's late try secured 14-man Ulster a crucial win against Newport Gwent Dragons. Ulster twice opened a seven-point lead through tries by wing Craig Gilroy and full-back Jarrod Payne.
NEWPORT GWENT DRAGONS 2016/17
One of the greatest mistakes in the history of Newport rugby was the partnership with Ebbw Vale to form the Gwent Dragons regional rugby side. The new team launched on July 28 2003 was an unmitigated disaster with Marcus Russell at the helm. Only a small number signed up for season tickets and Newport supporters collected 10,000 signatures for the City to be included in the name. Despite his initial error Newport backer Tony Brown stepped in on August 21 2003, renaming the side 'Newport Gwent Dragons'. The team is now run as a joint arrangement between Newport and the WRU under the management of Rodney Parade Limited. Newport fans were further alienated when a Director, Martyn Hazell, asked them not to shout 'Newport' at home games. From difficult beginnings the team has now established a core support of 4-5,000 but has failed to make any inroads in the Celtic League or European Cup. It was coached by Paul Turner, his record was little short of disastrous. Since 2005 the region had not finished above 7th in the Celtic League and has been the bottom placed Welsh side in all but one of his seasons at Rodney Parade. It was coached by Lyn Jones who cannot bring himself to say Newport and constantly referred to the team as Gwent. He has been succeeded by Kingsley Jones. The team no longer plays in black and amber, often turning out in blue, the colours of Cardiff. For more information go to http://www.newportgwentdragons.com/
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SCARLETS OVERCOME NGD RESISTANCE
Apr 15 - The Scarlets climbed up to third
place in the Pro12 with a gritty victory over Newport Gwent Dragons at
the Judgement Day fixture in Cardiff. Dragons shackled the Scarlets and
led 6-3 after a first half of attrition.
DRAGS LOSE TO ZEBRE
Apr 8 - Italian strugglers Zebre powered
to a bonus-point win over Newport Gwent Dragons to rise off the bottom
of the Pro12. Zebre overtook Treviso in the Italian rivalry for a place
in the top-tier European Champions Cup.
ULSTER WIN IN NEWPORT AGAIN
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HENSON SIGNS FOR NGDs
Mar 18 - Wales' double Grand Slam winner
Gavin Henson is to join Newport Gwent Dragons from Bristol in the summer
on a two-year contract. Henson, 35, won the last of his 33 Wales caps
against England in 2011 and also played one Test for the British and
Irish Lions in 2005. "This is a hugely important signing and exactly
what we need," said Dragons head coach, Kingsley Jones.
NEWPORT SET TO CEDE CONTROL OF FIRST CLASS RUGBY IN CITY
Mar 5 - A deal that would see the Welsh
Rugby Union become the majority stakeholders in Newport Gwent Dragons is
expected to be completed this month.
Mar 4 - Glasgow ran in seven tries to
secure a 47-17 bonus point win over the Newport Gwent Dragons at
Scotstoun. Rynard Landman's try helped the Welsh side into an early 10-0
lead, but two superbly-taken tries from Nick Grigg gave Warriors the
THRASHING FOR DRAGONS
Feb 18 - The Newport Gwent Dragons lost narrowly 14-9 in Connacht
MUNSTER EASE PAST NGDs
DRAGONS OUT OF ANGLO WELSH
Feb 4 - An abandoned game but a result that stands against Newcastle (6-15) and a defeat at Gloucester (13-24) has put Newport Gwent Dragons out of the Anglo Welsh Cup.
NGDs DUMPED OUT OF CHALLENGE CUP
Jan 21 - Newport Gwent Dragons went out of
the European Challenge Cup with a 36-19 defeat against pool leaders
Brive in cold conditions in France. The Newport based side went 15
points down inside quarter of an hour as Soso Bekoshvili and Taku
Tries for Tavis Knoyle and Sarel Pretorius restricted the half-time
deficit to 22-14. The latter grabbed a breakaway second, but Brive's
powerful forwards drove over twice in the second half to seal a
CARDIFF SET TO STEP IN TO SOLVE FIXTURE DILEMMA
Jan 21 - Cardiff are set to step in to solve a Rodney Parade fixture dilemma. Two fixtures are set for May 6 as Newport Gwent Dragons kick off against Cardiff at 5.30pm and Newport County face Notts County at 3pm. With governing bodies claiming fixture primacy Cardiff have offered to stage the rugby fixture at the Arms Park with all ticket revenue going to the Rodney Parade professional team.
NGDs BEAT RUSSIANS
Jan 13 - Newport Gwent Dragons keep their European Challenge Cup knock-out stage hopes alive with a bonus-point win over Enisei-STM of Russia. The hosts left it late but secured a vital bonus point in their 34-10 victory over Enisei-STM. Harri Keddie touched down late - with his second - for the bonus point after T Rhys Thomas and Rhys Buckley crossed. Wings Denis Simplekevich and Igor Kurashov scored for enterprising Enisei at either end of the second half. Dorian Jones kicked eight home points while replacement Angus O'Brien converted Buckley's and back-row replacement Keddie's scores.
ARGUS CORRESPONDENT BACKS NEWPORT SUPER CLUB
Jan 12 - South Wales Argus
rugby correspondent Chris Kirwan has backed a Newport super club as a
more effective way of branding professional rugby in the area.
Professional rugby in the Newport and Gwent region has struggled since
2003 and new finance is being sought. Kirwan states "The notion that
club rugby fans already on the terraces watching Pontypool, Ebbw Vale,
Newbridge, Cross Keys, Brynmawr, Nantyglo are going to come in their
droves to watch professional rugby is a daft one. It would surprise some
and dismay others to learn that so many supporters (and plenty of
officials) I encounter have no appetite to be part of anything else.
They might watch the odd professional game on the box but club rugby is
the passion to which they devote their limited time and money. Take that
to its natural conclusion and many don't care a jot if it really was a
Newport superclub, in fact some would welcome that if it gave more
clarity to the level of rugby they watch . Fingers crossed there will
soon be fresh investment at Rodney Parade and some new blood on the
board. If that happens I'd make one big plea – stop trying to be
everything for everyone. There is little point spending great time and
effort trying to convince Tommy from New Inn that he could be spending
£20 on a ticket for Rodney Parade on a Friday night when he is quite
happy spending his £7 at Pontypool Park on a Saturday afternoon. It sure
as hell isn't happening the other way around with clubs well aware that
the pound only goes so far in these austere times."
NGDs SEE OFF POOR ITALIAN SIDE
OSPREYS WIN MUDBATH
CARDIFF WIN FESTIVE FIXTURE
Dec 26 - Cardiff Blues beat Newport Gwent Dragons 27-16 at the Arms Park, with all the points coming in the first half. Cardiff dominated possession and territory with tries from Dacey, Shingler and Navidi. Ashton Hewitt scored the Dragons only try, with their other points added by Angus O'Brien in a low quality spectacle.
NGDs RETURN FAVOUR TO WORCESTER
Dec 16 - The return European fixture saw Newport Gwent Dragons comfortably beat Worcester 22-7.
WORCESTER SEE OFF DRAGS
Dec 10 - Worcester kept their slim European hopes alive with a great second-half comeback to beat Newport Gwent Dragons. Entering the final minute before the break, Warriors trailed 6-0 to a drop goal and a penalty from Angus O'Brien. But prop Val Rapva Ruskin's converted try got them going - and the home pack took total control after the interval. Winger Dean Hammond and centre Max Stelling both scored, either side of two penalty tries, before speedster Ashton Hewitt's two late tries for Dragons. Stand-off O'Brien converted both for an individual 10-point haul, while his opposite number, Canadian international Connor Braid, landed four of his five conversion attempts, on his Warriors debut.
DRAGONS OVER-POWERED BY LEINSTER
NGDs DISPOSE OF SCOTS
NGDs STUN WEST WALIANS
DRAGONS PLAYED OFF PARK BY TIGERS
Nov 12 - Leicester Tigers proved too strong for Newport Gwent Dragons at Welford Road finishing 42-3 winners in the Anglo-Welsh Cup tie this afternoon.
NGDs FINE WIN OVER CHAMPIONS
Nov 5 - Newport Gwent Dragons won just
their second game in the Pro12 this season as they overcame a late
Connacht comeback at Rodney Parade. Ashton Hewitt went over to put the
hosts in the lead while Angus O'Brien kicked the Dragons further ahead.
Two Jack Carty penalties put champions Connacht back into the game at
the break before Hewitt touched down once more.
Oct 30 - Wing Keelan Giles scored two tries as Ospreys claimed a bonus-point win over Newport Gwent Dragons. The 18-year-old took his tally to eight scores in four matches after Tom Habberfield and Scott Baldwin crossed in the first half. Matthew Screech and Pat Howard claimed Dragons' consolation tries as they went down 35-17 at the Liberty Stadium.
RUSSIAN SHOCK FOR DRAGONS
Oct 23 - Enisei-STM added another European
scalp after beating Worcester as they sealed a bonus point win against
the Newport Gwent Dragons.
IMPROVEMENT CONTINUES AS NGDs SEE OFF BRIVE
Oct 14 - Newport Gwent Dragons generally reserve their best performances for the European Challenge Cup and so it proved tonight. The NGDs continued the improvement shown at Llanelli with a fine 37-16 win over Brive.
CLOSE CALL FOR NGDs AT LLANELLI
Oct 8 - Llanelli Scarlets recovered from a 13-point deficit to claim a bonus-point win against Newport Gwent Dragons. A try by Hallam Amos and two by Adam Warren saw the visitors take a 20-7 lead after 35 minutes.
Liam Williams' score just before half-time changed the momentum and Scarlets upped the intensity after the break. Jonathan Evans scored a superb solo try and Steff Evans added a second to his first half score to secure the bonus point just after the hour. Sarel Pretorius' try made for a nervy finish and earned Dragons two bonus points, but Scarlets held on for their third consecutive win after losing their opening three games of the season.
GLASGOW OVERPOWER DRAGONS
Sept 30 - Glasgow ended a run of
successive defeats with a hard-earned away win against Newport Gwent
Dragons. The visitors led 16-3 at half-time thanks to hooker Corey
Flynn's try from a rolling maul and three penalties by Finn Russell.
Dragons fought back strongly to lead through early second-half tries by
Sam Hobbs and Jack Dixon. But prop Alex Allan's solo score restored
Glasgow's advantage before a late Russell penalty sealed victory.
DRAGONS LOSE IN ITALY
BETTER FROM DRAGONS BUT THEY STILL COME UP SHORT
Sept 17 - It was better from the NGDs but ultimately they failed to get past a poor Munster side coming up short by 20-16.
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 Rodney Parade.
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.
FIXTURES 2016 - 2017