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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
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
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.
IAN GOUGH - LEGEND OF NEWPORT RUGBY TO
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
"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
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
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.
Rhys Buckley, Phil Price, Lloyd Fairbrother,
Matthew Screech, James Benjamin, Luc Jones, Ashton Hewitt, Geraint Rhys
Kick off - 7.45pm, BT Sport Referee - JP
ANOTHER BIG WIN FOR NEWPORT GWENT
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.
REGIONAL EURO CLASH STRUGGLING TO
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
SENDING OFF CRUCIAL AS NGDs LOSE TO
NGDs IN FINE WIN IN LEINSTER
Feb 16 - Tom Prydie's penalty gave the
Newport Gwent Dragons a fine 16-14 win in Dublin.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
FEISTY EFFORT IN DEFEAT AT GLASGOW
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.
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
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
STUNNING WIN FOR DRAGONS
EDINBURGH EASE PAST DISAPPOINTING
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.
NGDs BEAT BOTTOM PLACED TEAM EASILY
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
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
DRAGONS LATE CHARGE NOT ENOUGH
Sep 12 - More disappointment at Rodney
Parade as the Ospreys beat Newport Gwent Dragons 17-15.
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
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
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.
- Ospreys 21
Cardiff Blues 33
Gwent Dragons 21 Scarlets 14
Gwent Dragons 33 Ospreys 5
Blues 22 Scarlets 7
- Ospreys 28
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
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
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
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.