NEWPORT GWENT DRAGONS 2014/15

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. Now it is coached by Lyn Jones who cannot bring himself to say Newport and constantly refers to the team as Gwent. 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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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 conversion.

 

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 Taulupe Faletau.

Faletau has a year left on his Dragons contract but could be bought out of that deal, with speculation the region could ask for as much as £250,000. He had an offer of a national dual contract withdrawn by the Welsh Rugby Union in May after he failed to meet a deadline. Faletau said at the time that changing his agent had "delayed" signing a dual contract, which would be co-funded by the WRU and the club.

 

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.

Qualifying rounds: 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
Quarter-finals: 7/8/9/10 April Semi-finals: 22/23/24 April
Finals: 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 FINISHING NINTH

 

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 boots.

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 Tournament.

DRAGONS DOWNED IN CORK

 

May 16 - As the Pro12 season came to a close Newport Gwent Dragons went down 50-27 to Munster at Thomond Park. The Irish region rattled in eight tries to secure a top two finish.

 

The Dragons were briefly ahead but were overwhelmed in the end.

Conor Murray scored two of his three tries in the first half with Andrew Smith, CJ Stander and Paul O'Connell putting Munster 33-10 ahead the break.

Ashton Hewitt had Dragons only first-half try with Tyler Morgan, Rhys Buckley and Jack Dixon also crossing. Keith Earls and Ronan O'Mahony added second-half tries as Munster secured a home semi-final against the Ospreys.

 

IAN GOUGH - LEGEND OF NEWPORT RUGBY TO RETIRE

 

May 9 - Newport Gwent Dragons' former Wales lock Ian Gough will retire from rugby at the end of the season. The 38-year-old started out where he is set to finish at Newport but also played for Pontypridd, Ospreys and London Irish. He was capped 64 times for Wales and played in two Grand Slam winning sides.

"I have had such a long rugby career and I have been lucky that my body has allowed me to do so in the pro era," he said. "My career is something that I will look fondly on and I have no regrets through the good times and the bad."

Goughie played his schoolboy rugby at Llantarnam Comprehensive and in 1995 at 6ft 4in and 14st 4lb was selected for Welsh Youth U18. Later played for Wales U19 and Wales A, as well as Irish Exiles and Ireland U21 - having qualified via an Irish grandfather. His Newport debut came on May 11 1996 at Stradey Park as a replacement for Alan Carter - this was also last and record 701st app for David Waters so he played last 10 mins on field with the great Muddy!. He was prominent in the very fine Newport Youth team of that era and having ascended to the first team was players player of the year in 1996/97. He left to join Pontypridd in 1998/9 making his Wales debut against Siouth Africa in 1998. He rejoined Newport in 2000/1 as part of the Tony Brown revolution and was part of second row combinations with Simon Raiwalui and Mike Voyle. Fittingly he played in Newport's final professional games including the home farewell a 61-9 defeat of Ebbw Vale in front of 7000 at Rodney Parade. He made 139 appearances for Newport scoring seven tries. He stayed with Newport Gwent Dragons until 2007/8 making 92 appearances before joining a successful Ospreys side and then, albeit briefly, a deal with London Irish, following his first attempt at retirement. He came back home to Newport for a final time in 2014/15 and has made ten appearances to date.

DRAGONS AVENGE EUROPEAN DEFEAT

May 8 - Newport Gwent Dragons beat Edinburgh 19-5 to avenge their European defeat. The Dragons edged a scrappy first half as three penalties (two from Jason Tovey and one from Tom Prydie) put them in front. A converted try from Huw Gustafson and a penalty from Tovey made it safe despite a McInally try for Edinburgh.

 

FALETAU SET TO CROSS BORDER

 

May 7 - Toby Faletau is set to leave Wales and Newport Gwent Dragons to play rugby in the Aviva Premiership, possibly at Bath. The Newport based number eight has failed to sign a dual contract offered by the Welsh Rugby Union and is, therefore, expected to move to England. His departure should involve a transfer fee as he is still under contract to Rodney Parade Limited. This disappointment for the Welsh Rugby follows their failure to sign Jamie Roberts, now destined for Harlequins.

 

SCARLETS PASS JUDGEMENT ON DRAGONS

 

Apr 25 - A 29-10 victory for Llanelli Scarlets so them edge back into the Pro12's top six as they beat Newport Gwent Dragons on the so called Judgement Day of Welsh regional fixtures in Cardiff. Tyler Morgan's try put Dragons in front, before the Scarlets hit back at the end of the first half. A dodgy Ken Owens try and a fine legitimate one from Scott Williams gave them a 17-10 lead at the interval. Liam Williams and Harry Robinson crossed after the break to make it a comfortable victory for the West Walians.

 

EDINBURGH OUTCLASS NGDs

 

Apr 18 - Newport Gwent Dragons' frailties were cruelly exposed by a rampant Edinburgh side at Murrayfield as their European Challenge Cup campaign came to an end with a 45-16 defeat. Despite fielding a second string back row Edinburgh's pack was too powerful for the Dragons and with scrum half Hidalgo-Clyne dictating matters there was little chance for the NGD's back line to sparkle. The Dragons were tactically inept appearing to freeze under the pressure of the occasion. They were also guilty of a number of infringements leading to three yellow cards from referee JP Doyle for Faletau (pulling down a maul), Jonathon Lewis (tackle area) and T Rhys Thomas (deliberate knock on).

 

Stuart McInally and Tim Visser ran in tries as Edinburgh reached the interval 21-9 ahead. Brok Harris plunged over to reduce the deficit when coach Lyn Jones appeared to be calling for them to kick a penalty. With the hosts in charge further tries came from Ben Toolis, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne and Dougie Fife.

 

NGDs NAME TEAM FOR EDINBURGH

 

Newport Gwent Dragons: Jason Tovey; Tom Prydie, Tyler Morgan, Jack Dixon, Hallam Amos; Dorian Jones, Jonathan Evans; Brok Harris, T. Rhys Thomas (capt), Dan Way, James Thomas, Cory Hill, Nick Crosswell, Nic Cudd, Taulupe Faletau.

Replacements: Rhys Buckley, Phil Price, Lloyd Fairbrother, Matthew Screech, James Benjamin, Luc Jones, Ashton Hewitt, Geraint Rhys Jones

 

Kick off - 7.45pm, BT Sport Referee - JP Doyle

 

ANOTHER BIG WIN FOR NEWPORT GWENT DRAGONS

Apr 11 - Newport Gwent Dragons came from behind to beat Celtic League challengers Leinster at Rodney Parade.The Newport based recovered region from 22-8 down.

Two tries from Ben Te'o and one from Jimmy Gopperth put Leinster in charge.

T Rhys Thomas had scored in the first half but man of the match centre Jack Dixon started the second-half fight-back and James Benjamin added a third to put them in front.

 

NGDs BEAT CARDIFF ON WAY TO SEMI

 

Apr 4 - In an error strewn but exciting encounter Newport Gwent Dragons made their way into the European Challenge Cup with a 25-21 victory over the Cardiff Blues in front of 8,119 at Rodney Parade. Their second half rally saw them dominate against depleted opponents with scrum half Tavis Knoyle playing at centre.

Tries from Hallum Amos and Nic Cudd and a penalty try saw the Newport based region through, despite late pressure from Cardiff. The visitors had mmuch the better of the first half and should have been further ahead. A try from scrum-half Lloyd Williams had given them the lead after four minutes. Gareth Anscombe went over in the 26th minute, they looked in command but the penalty try awarded just before half time by JP Doyle for Williams pulling back Jonathon Evans proved vital.

NGDs WIN IN ITALY

 

Mar 29 - Newport Gwent Dragons won for the first time in Treviso since 2007 to move up the Pro12  table ahead of Cardiff in ninth but way off qualification for the Champions Cup.

Tom Prydie scored two late tries, kicked three conversions and two penalties in a man-of-the-match display. Tries also came from Jonathan Evans and Hallam Amos in the 32-17 victory.

 

REGIONAL EURO CLASH STRUGGLING TO INTEREST FANS

 

Mar 26 - Only 6,000 tickets have been sold for the clash in the European Challenge Cup between Newport Gwent Dragons and Cardiff Blues. With just over a week until the clash Dragons business managers are hoping that sales will increase significantly in order to fill a reduced capacity at Rodney Parade (8,500). In December 2000 a Boxing Day fixture at the stadium attracting a crowd of 11,686 sold out over a week in advance of the match. Prior to that on 26 February 2000 9,500 saw Newport beat Cardiff at RP in the Welsh Cup on a Saturday evening. On 29 March 2002 13200 watched Cardiff beat Newport at the Arms Park in the Welsh Cup with an estimated 6000 fans there from Newport.

 

FINE WIN OVER ULSTER FOR NGDs

Mar 8 - Newport Gwent Dragons battled to a fine 26-22 victory over Ulster this afternoon at Rodney Parade. Their tries came from Rhys Buckley, Jonathan Evans and Carl Meyer in the second half. Craig Gilroy scored two tries for Ulster and Ross Adair their third in the dying minutes. Ruan Pienaar kicked seven points (a penalty and two conversions) as Ulster settled for a losing bonus point.

 

SENDING OFF CRUCIAL AS NGDs LOSE TO CONNACHT

 

Feb 23 - Connacht withstood a brave effort from 14-man Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade last night. Home captain Rynard Landman was sent off for elbowing Jack Carty in a first half where Craig Ronaldson and Eoghan Masterson scored Connacht's tries.

Hallam Amos crossed for the Dragons just before the break, and Jack Dixon's try gave the hosts further hope. But Mick Kearney's late score meant Amos' second could only secure a losing bonus point.

 

NGDs IN FINE WIN IN LEINSTER

 

Feb 16 - Tom Prydie's penalty gave the Newport Gwent Dragons a fine 16-14 win in Dublin.

An early Patrick Leach try helped the visitors to a 10-6 half-time lead but Dave Kearney touched down to nudge the hosts 14-13 ahead in the second half. But Tom Prydie took his personal tally to 11 points with the vital penalty.

 

NGDs RECOVER TO WIN

 

Feb 9 - Newport Gwent Dragons overhauled English Premiership strugglers London Welsh on Sunday recovering from a 13-3 deficit to emerge 17-13 winners at Rodney Parade in the LV Cup.

 

SHOCK AT CUP QUARTER FINAL TICKET PRICES

 

Feb 8 - Fans face a huge mark up for ticket prices for the European Challenge Cup Quarter Final between Newport Gwent Dragons and Cardiff Blues. The 'Gold' band tickets in the Bisley are priced at £35 with a £2 discount for season ticket holders (up from the normal advance price of £24). In addition, the Premier Lounge will be available for an additional £10 per ticket holder.

 

CUP MATCH SET FOR RODNEY PARADE

 

Jan 27 - The Challenge Cup quarter final between Newport GDs and Cardiff will take place at Rodney Parade it has been confirmed.

 

NGDs BEAT STADE, FACE CARDIFF NEXT

 

Jan 25 - Newport Gwent Dragons secured a European Challenge Cup home quarter-final with a convincing 30-19 win over Stade Francais in Pool 3 at Rodney Parade. They face Cardiff in the next round.

The Newport based side raced into a 16-0 lead after 22 minutes thanks to an Elliot Dee try and three Tom Prydie's penalties and a conversion. Depleted Stade made a fight of it and hit back with tries from Inu and Zhvania. T Rhys Thomas' try extended the Dragons lead before Bonfils' try made for a tense finish.

THREE SELECTED FOR WALES

 

Jan 21 - Taulupe Faletau, Hallam Amos and Tyler Morgan have all been selected as part of the Wales Six Nations squad.

 

AMOS STARS AS DRAGONS WIN IN NEWCASTLE

 

Jan 18 - Hallam Amos starred as Newport Gwent Dragons pulled off a fine win against Newcastle. Newcastle were fielding a depleted side but the manner of the Dragons' 40-29 victory was still emphatic.

The NGDs raced into a 35-3 lead at half-time with tries from Tyler Morgan, Andrew Coombs, Hallam Amos, Rynard Landman and a penalty try. Juan Pablo Socino, Chris Harris, Will Welch and Andy Saull crossed for Falcons after the restart.

But a second Amos score helped Dragons move five points clear in Pool Three. Newcastle could still finish level on points with Dragons if they claim a bonus-point victory against winless Bucharest Wolves in next week's final round of pool games. But Dragons would still top Pool Three as their head-to-head record against Falcons is better after only losing 26-30 in October's encounter at Rodney Parade. The Newport based region face Stade Francais at Rodney Parade next Saturday (kick off 3pm).

 

OSPREYS WIN POOR GAME

 

Jan 11 - A very poor spectacle ended at the Liberty this evening with a 22-11 victory for the Ospreys over the Newport Gwent Dragons.

Ospreys returned to the top of the Pro12 with a try from back-row Tyler Ardron and five Dan Biggar penalties. Dragons replacement Richie Rees's late try reduced the deficit. NGDs prop Brok Harris and Ospreys hooker Scott Baldwin were sin-binned.

 

CROSSWELL 'SIGNS' FOR NGDs

 

Jan 5 - It is reported New Zealander Nick Crosswell has signed for Newport Gwent Dragons and will join them next season. The 28 year old plays at loose forward. Crosswell had openly been looking for an overseas contract in Europe, or his main preference Japan, following his ninth season with the Manawatu Turbos. Outside half Steffan Jones has signed a permanent deal with Bedford.

 

CARDIFF GAIN REVENGE

 

Jan 1 - In front of 8,486 Newport Gwent Dragons were unable to achieve a festive double over Cardiff despite looking the more clinical of the two teams in the festive clash at Rodney Parade. Cardiff ran out 11-9 victors. Tom Prydie penalty gave the home side an early lead before Cardiff manufactured an easy try as Cory Allen went over for an easy try. A drop goal from Anscombe extended the lead before two Prydie penalties edged the Dragons in front. There was little to choose between the two teams and the standard of play, though committed, was generally poor. The Newport based region ignored penalty scoring opportunites before man of the match Anscombe put Cardiff in front with twelve to go. Prydie missed a late effort for the Dragons.

 

SURPRISE WIN AT CARDIFF

Dec 27 - Newport Gwent Dragons pulled off a surprise 23-17 win against Cardiff Blues at the Arms Park. The Dragons hooker Elliott Dee scored from a line-out drive and the Dragons pack also forced a penalty try. Cardiff fought back from 20-3 down with tries from Jarrad Hoeata and Tavis Knoyle but the Dragons gained a deserved Boxing Day victory.

 

 

NGDs BEAT ZEBRE

 

Dec 21 - In a poor quality encounter Newport Gwent Dragons beat Zebre 25-11. The Dragons led 13-6 at half time with a Prydie conversion and two penalties and a Wardle try. Amos and Landman added tries as Zebre were reduced at one stage to 13 men. Manici scored a try for Zebre. There was a crowd of 5824, swelled by discounted and free tickets issued.

 

ROMANIANS PUT TO THE SWORD

 

Dec 13 - Newport Gwent Dragons were victorious 69-17 at Rodney Parade last night against Bucharest Wolves running in eleven tries. In a blow to the Dragons they lost centre Ashley Smith after 3 minutes with a broken jaw.

Tries: Cudd, Wardle, Amos, Evans, Prydie (3), Thomas, Coombs, Geraint Rhys Jones, Luke Jones Cons: Geraint Rhys Jones (7)

 

DRAGONS TRIUMPH IN FREEZING CONDITIONS

 

Dec 7 - Newport Gwent Dragons overcame Romanian resistance yesterday morning to emerge with a bonus point 37-10 win over Bucharest Wolves. Despite conceding ten points early in the game the Dragons adjusted to the freezing conditions and ran in five tries. The match was switched from due to a waterlogged pitch at Stadium Arcul. It was played at a much smaller venue, the Ghencea Stadium, next to the home of Steaua Bucharest.

After Sean Morrell's early try for the Wolves, the Dragons hit back with an Ashley Smith's touchdown and eight points from Rhys Jones to give them a 13-10 half-time lead. In a dominant second half T Rhys Thomas, James Thomas and Andrew Coombs (2) all scored tries.

 

FEISTY EFFORT IN DEFEAT AT GLASGOW

Nov 30 - Pro12 leading lights Glasgow Warriors flattered to deceive as they edged out Newport Gwent Dragons 19-15 . The Newport based side led 9-6 at the interval, with Geraint Rhys Jones's three penalties to Duncan Weir's two. However, the Scots found an extra gear and a second-half penalty try and two more Weir penalties put them in front before a late Dragons rally closed the gap. The Dragons gained a losing bonus, their first Pro12 point since September 26!

 

DRAGONS HUMBLED

 

Nov 21 -  Despite leading 9-7 at half time Newport Gwent Dragons collapsed in the face of a second half onslaught at Rodney Parade going down 38-12.

Two from hooker Duncan Casey plus scores from centre Andrew Smith and wing Ronan O'Mahoney made it one-way traffic. Robin Copeland scored Munster's first half try while Ian Keatley kicked 13 points. Rhys Jones scored four penalties for the Dragons in front of a near 6000 crowd.

 

DUAL CONTRACTS CONFIRMED

 

Nov 18 - Newport Gwent Dragons boss Lyn Jones has confirmed his region's trio of Taulupe Faletau, Hallam Amos and Tyler Morgan have been offered and accepted dual contracts from the Welsh Rugby Union and the region.

 

DRAGONS THUMP OSPREYS

 

Nov 16 - Newport Gwent Dragons beat the Ospreys 51-35 at the Brewery Field in the LV Cup after leading 41-0 at half time. Lewis Evans (2), Cory Hill (2), Jonathan Evans and Ross Wardle all touched down.

 

ULSTER EASE PAST DRAGONS

 

Nov 2 - Ulster reacted to recent European defeats with a comfortable victory over a depleted Newport Gwent Dragons. Stuart Olding scored two tries with replacement Declan Fitzpatrick added a third as the home side recorded a 23-6 win. Two penalties from Paddy Jackson and a conversion from replacement Ian Humphreys competed the scores. Angus O'Brien scored two penalties for the NGDs.

 

SUPPORTERS SURVEY ASKS THE IDENTITY QUESTION

 

Oct 25 - Despite the fact that the Gwent Dragons could not sell more than 300 season tickets when they had the chance the Gwent faction at the regional side appears to have dressed a supporter survey up for its own purposes. The survey asks with the regional side embraces the so called Gwent region enough and also whether in future it should focus more on Gwent or on the city of Newport. Unfortunately, the survey does not address the many established rugby supporters who have walked away from rugby at Newport.

 

DRAGONS LOSE CUP INITIATIVE AS THEY SLUMP TO DEFEAT

Oct 24 - Newport Gwent Dragons lost the initiative in their Challenge Group with a disappointing defeat to Newcastle at Rodney Parade. The Falcons hit back from a seven deficit to win 30-26. Matthew Pewtner and Wales star Taulupe Faletau went over for the hosts before Lee Smith responded for Newcastle. Ashley Smith crossed for Dragons, but tries by Mark Wilson and Will Witty plus Rory Clegg's and Lee Smith's kicks gave Falcons the win.

DAVIES BECOMES NEW WRU CHAIRMAN

Oct 24 - Newport Gwent Dragons chief executive Gareth Davies has been elected chairman of the Welsh Rugby Union following a vote by the board of directors. David Pickering's 11-year tenure as chairman officially came to an end on Tuesday. Davies will step down from his role at Rodney Parade.

 

STUNNING WIN FOR DRAGONS

Oct 19 - Newport Gwent Dragons beat French Top 14 club Stade Francais in Paris to record their first win against a major side this season. The Newport based region came away with a bonus point with fly half Angus O'Brien at the helm, scoring 18 points. Stade Francais were much depleted but still would have expected victory.

Richie Rees, T Rhys Thomas, Hallam Amos and Nic Cudd went over for Dragons, who were level 15-15 at the break. Meyer Bosman scored Stade's try, converted by Morne Steyne, and Vincent Mallet kicked five penalties.

The NGDs were forced into a late change before the kick-off when full-back Rhys Jones was drafted into the bench instead of fly-half Jason Tovey.

 

EDINBURGH EASE PAST DISAPPOINTING DRAGONS

 

Oct 11 - Two struggling sides delivered a poor quality spectacle at Murrayfield but having scored just two penalties to nil in the first half Edinburgh delivered a more expansive second half performance and ran out comfortable winners. Newport Gwent Dragons were briefly ahead with Matthew Pewtner's converted score giving them a 7-6  lead but tries from Visser and Fife a conversion and two penalties from Heathcote saw the Scottish side home. Angus O'Brien added a penalty for the Dragons on another disappointing day.

 

NGDs LOSE POOR SPECTACLE

 

Oct 6 - Newport Gwent Dragons lost their second Welsh derby of the season going down 26-13 to the Scarlets in Llanelli. It was a poor spectacle with lots of errors.

Gareth Owen went over for the opening try and Kristian Phillips the second while Rhys Priestland kicked 13 points. A big Dragons scrum brought a try for Richie Rees, but Steven Shingler's home penalty provided the final points.

 

 

NGDs BEAT BOTTOM PLACED TEAM EASILY

Sep 29 - Newport Gwent Dragons coasted to their first win of the season earning a bonus point at the expense of Treviso, running out 33-15 victors. They move ahead of Cardiff in the Pro12 league table.

Hallam Amos crossed twice early on, with Ashley Smith and Jonathan Evans clinching the bonus point five minutes after the interval. Mat Luamanu and Leo Avua'a scored tries for Treviso in a generally poor quality game.

 

DRAGONS WAY OFF PACE

 

Sep 21 - Welsh rugby looks like it is in serious trouble with our sides way off the pace. In this Sky Sports televised Saturday afternoon match Glasgow Warriors were down to 14 men for all but a minute of the second half after flanker Tyrone Holmes was sent off, but still left Newport with a bonus-point win. Alex Dunbar went over before Holmes' red card for stamping and Josh Strauss, Tommy Seymour and Tim Swinson also touched down against disjointed hosts. Dragons' first try by Richie Rees - after Strauss' score - gave them hope.

 

LOCK CITED FOR STAMPING

Sep 14 - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs has been cited for an alleged stamp in Friday's PRO12 clash with Ospreys. The alleged incident of foul play, a stamp on an opponent contrary to Law 10.4 (b), occurred in the 50th minute of the match. Update - He was banned for three matches.

 

DRAGONS LATE CHARGE NOT ENOUGH

 

Sep 12 - More disappointment at Rodney Parade as the Ospreys beat Newport Gwent Dragons 17-15.

Excellent tries in each half from Eli Walker and Rhys Webb saw the Ospreys take charge of the game at Rodney Parade. But four second-half penalties from Newport born replacement Angus O'Brien kept the Dragons in touch. O'Brien nearly won it with a late drop goal as the home team mounted a late charge.

 

CONNACHT BEAT DRAGONS IN OPENER

 

Sep 7 - Eoin McKeon and Danie Poolman scored the tries as Connacht started their Pro12 campaign well but it was a disappointing start for the Newport Gwent Dragons. Nic Cudd got a try for the Dragons and the sides were tied 8-8 at half-time. A penalty by Darragh Leader and a fine try by Poolman restored Connacht's eight-point advantage.The Newport based region could not respond with a try but a 75th-minute penalty by Jason Tovey saw them take a losing bonus point home from Galway.

 

DRAGONS BEAT LYDNEY

 

Aug 24 - Newport Gwent Dragons won at Lydney 36-0 in their latest friendly clash. Aug 29 - The Dragons won at Ebbw Vale beating Northampton 27-25.

 

DRAGONS BEAT BRISTOL

 

Aug 17 - Newport Gwent Dragons beat Championship side Bristol 34-19 at Clifton RFC today.

 

 

GLOUCESTER BEAT NGDs in FINAL

 

Aug 8 - Newport Gwent Dragons reached the final of the Premiership sevens succumbing to Gloucester 19-12 at the Stoop.

 

BYRNE TO LEAD

 

July 31 - Lee Byrne has been selected as captain for the new season.

 

NGDs QUALIFY FROM  SEVENS

 

July 27 - Newport Gwent Dragons led the Premiership Sevens (Welsh round) in Cardiff last night and head to the final with Cardiff to meet the winners of the three English rounds.

 

Attendance: 3,385
  • Ospreys 21 Cardiff Blues 33
  • Newport Gwent Dragons 21 Scarlets 14
  • Newport Gwent Dragons 33 Ospreys 5
  • Cardiff Blues 22 Scarlets 7
  • Ospreys 28 Scarlets 61
  • Cardiff Blues 19 Newport Gwent Dragons 19

NGDs PLAY CONNACHT FIRST UP

 

July 10 - Newport Gwent Dragons opening fixture in the Guinness Pro 12 is away at Connacht on the weekend of September 5-7.

 

NGDs FACE EURO EXIT

 

June 26 - It was announced early this month that Newport Gwent Dragons will play Stade Francias Paris, Newcastle Falcons and a FIRA-AER 2 qualifier in the second tier European competition.

 

BT SPONSORS REGIONS

 

May 20 - The four Welsh rugby regions have agreed a £4.5 million sponsorship deal with BT Sport in a move that will see the broadcaster's logo appear on club jerseys and the Cardiff Blues' home stadium renamed. The new multimillion-pound agreement will run for three years.

Following the deal, the Cardiff Blues' ground will now be known as BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park. It is the first time that naming rights have been granted for the Arms Park. BT Sport will also become kit sponsor to Cardiff Blues Women's Rugby, although the men's team will continue to be sponsored by Airbus Group.

The four professional sides will participate in the Aviva Premiership Sevens alongside the twelve English sides at the start of next season.

The BT Sport logo will appear on the front of the home and away shirts of the Scarlets and the Newport Gwent Dragons. The logo will also be featured on the front of the Ospreys' home shirt and the back of the away kit to avoid a clash with an existing advertising partner.

 

 

 

 

  FIXTURES 2014 - 2015

 

August       F A Att
Sun, 17 Aug Bristol Rugby A F 34 19  
29-Aug Northampton Saints H F 27 25 2763
September            
6 Sep Connacht A GP12 16 11 4213
12 Sep Ospreys H GP12 15 17 7199
20 Sep Glasgow Warriors H GP12 13 33 5855
26 Sep Benetton Rugby Treviso H GP12 33 15 5162
October            
5  Oct Scarlets A GP12 13 26 7124
11 Oct Edinburgh Rugby A GP12 10 24 3156
18 Oct Stade Francais H ECC 38 22  
24 Oct Newcastle Falcons H ECC 26 30  
November            
1 Nov Ulster A GP12 6 23 13501
7 Nov Harlequins A LV= 21 31  
14 Nov Ospreys H LV= 51 35  
21 Nov Munster H GP12 12 38 5738
30 Nov Glasgow Warriors A GP12 15 19 6038
December            
5 Dec Bucharest A ECC 37 10 700
12 Dec Bucharest H ECC 69 17 3936
21 Dec Zebre Rugby H GP12 25 11 5824
26 Dec Cardiff Blues A GP12 23 17 10900
January            
1 Jan Cardiff Blues H GP12 9 11 8486
11 Jan Ospreys A GP12 11 22 7152
17 Jan Newcastle A ECC 40 29  
24 Jan Stade Francais H ECC 30 19  
February            
1 Exeter H LV= 32 37  
8 Feb London Welsh H LV= 17 13  
15 Feb Leinster A GP12 16 14 9250
22 Feb Connacht H GP12 25 30 4180
1 Mar Zebre Rugby A GP12 17 23 2483
March            
8 Mar Ulster H GP12 26 22 6019
28 Mar Benetton Rugby Treviso A GP12 32 17 3413
April            
4 Apr Cardiff Blues H ECC 25 21 8119
12 Apr Leinster H GP12 25 22  
17 Apr Edinburgh A ECC 16 45  
25 Apr Scarlets H GP12 10 29  
May            
9 May Edinburgh Rugby H GP12 19 5  
16 May Munster A GP12 27 50