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WRU END NEWPORT'S ASSOCIATION WITH
FIRST CLASS RUGBY
Jun 25 - Newport will no longer be
associated with first class rugby after the Welsh Rugby Union stated
they would be removing it along with Gwent from the professional side
based in the City.
COMMENT - the Pro12 is
an unsustainable shambles with the Dragons expected to disappear in 2020
anyway. The WRU are misconceived. The major rugby audience comes from
Newport, it looks like loyal season ticket holders will have to traipse
around the area in addition to matches at RP to watch an under
performing side which no longer represents them.
JACKMAN TAKES HELM AT NGDs
Jun 12 - Former Ireland hooker Bernard
Jackman has been appointed as the new head coach of the Newport Gwent
Dragons. Jackman will start his role next week when he takes over from
Kingsley Jones, who has been appointed to lead the Welsh Rugby Union's
"It is a huge honour to join at such an exciting time," said Jackman.
The WRU will take over control of the Dragons on 1 July after Newport
RFC shareholders voted through plans for them to do so earlier in June.
A review of the coaching set up at the Dragons was undertaken by WRU and
Dragons chief executives Martyn Phillips and Stuart Davies - and
involved Lions and Wales head coach Warren Gatland.
CARDIFF BEAT NGDs
May 7 - Cardiff Blues took seventh place
in the Pro12 as they ground out victory in an uninspiring encounter with
struggling Newport Gwent Dragons.
The win and results in France mean Cardiff Blues go to Stade Francais
for a European Champions Cup semi-final play-off on 19 or 20 May. At
Caerphilly the hosts' Carl Meyer scored off Angus O'Brien's cross-kick.
But Blues hit back with tries by Matthew Morgan and Willis Halaholo
before Dragons' Sam Beard went over. Gareth Anscombe kicked the rest of
Blues' points with O'Brien and Meyer adding Dragons' extras.
The hosts' off-loading and wide passes caught Blues cold in the opening
minutes. Crowd at Caerphilly's Virginia Park 5167.
LATE COMEBACK BEATS NGDs
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.
Jonathan Davies broke the Dragons' resistance with the opening try after
an hour, before Liam Williams went over in the opposite corner. Adam
Hughes scored a late consolation for the Dragons, who remain 10th in the
Pro12 table, while Scarlets overtake Ospreys in third place.
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.
Federico Ruzza and Derick Minnie's tries helped Zebre to a 15-7 lead at
the break with Cory Hill responding. Edoardo Padovani and Johan Meyer
added two more for Zebre and Adam Hughes' reply was not enough for
After fly-half Carlo Canna kicked the first of his nine points with the
game's first penalty, visiting Wales lock Hill crossed and Angus O'Brien
added the extras.
ULSTER WIN IN NEWPORT AGAIN
NEWS SPECIAL - RODNEY PARADE SELL OUT
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.
Dragons announced last April they were seeking further investment but a
sale of the region has not materialised. The WRU owns a 50% stake in the
Dragons, with Newport RFC owning 50%.
Talks are still ongoing between the WRU and the region. Newport had
previously targeted 'independence' from the WRU - who were willing to
sell their current 50% stake in the region - but further involvement
from the Welsh Union is thought to be attractive to potential investors.
According to the Western Mail Newport Gwent Dragons chairman Martyn
Hazell also promised to write off any debts owed to him as a condition
of any sale leaving the organisation effectively debt free.
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
Rory Hughes, Ratu Tagive, Lee Jones, Mark Bennett and Peter Horne all
touched down before Tyler Morgan scored a late try for the visitors.
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
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.
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.
O'Brien's two drop-goals extended their lead but Niyi Adeolokun's try
set up a tense finale for the Dragons.
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.
Iurii Kushnarev's penalty gave the Russians the lead and Dragons
responded thanks to Pat Howard but Enisei went ahead through Dmitrii
Gerasimov's try. A minute later, Sam Beard crossed for Dragons but
Enisei soon took control.Two tries from Stanislav Selskii in either half
in addition to Valery Morozov going over gave the hosts a bonus-point
IMPROVEMENT CONTINUES AS NGDs SEE OFF
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
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.