NEWPORT GWENT DRAGONS 2015/16

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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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

Sept 23 - Treviso scored three tries to earn their first win of the season and condemn Newport Gwent Dragons to a third defeat from four Pro12 games. A Tommaso Allan penalty was followed by centre Tommaso Benvenuti going under the posts, fly-half Allan converting. Rynard Landman struck back for the Dragons and Angus O'Brien added a penalty. Filo Paulo and Marco Fuser crossed for the Italians after the break.

 

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.

New wing Pat Howard scored the only try in the first quarter. Nick Macleod and Carlo Canna landed two penalties apiece in the first period. After the Dragons huffed and puffed but failed to convert attack into points.

 

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 converted score.

 

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 European run.

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 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 victory.

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 penalty.

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 club.

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 Bristol.

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 BOOSTING WIN

 

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 once.

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.

Father and son Regan King and Jacob Cowley appeared together for Scarlets as they grabbed a bonus point from James Davies' second try. Veteran prop Phil John also went over twice while the Newport based region's tries came from Jason Tovey and Sarel Pretorius. Tovey kicked the a penalty and conversion while former Newport team mate Aled Thomas kicked a penalty and conversion for 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

Oct 24 - Newport Gwent Dragons secured their second victory of the season with a deserved win over Treviso in the Pro12. Nic Cudd's first-half try, aided by Jason Tovey's 100% kicking record, saw the Newport based side win at Rodney Parade.

Treviso's only scores came from the boot of Jayden Hayward and they remain without a win. Dragons had lost their previous two games with their only win of the season having come against the other Italian side, Zebre.

 

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.

Simone Favaro got a bonus point with the last move of the game, following earlier touchdowns by Chris Fusaro, Zander Fagerson and Junior Bulumakau. Rynard Landman and Ashton Hewitt got a try in either half for the Dragons playing in their now familiar blue kit.

 

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 Corey Allen.

 

NEWPORT GD's BEAT ITALIANS IN POOR ENCOUNTER

 

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

Sept 4 - Connacht beat Newport Gwent Dragons 29-23 in Galway after a late try from Fionn Carr. A last minute penalty from Tom Prydie was then just enough to salvage a losing bonus point for the Newport based region. The Dragons also from scrum-half Sarel Pretorius and replacement James Thomas. Connacht's other tries came from Nepia Fox-Matamua and Danie Poolman. Connacht's Jack Carty kicked 14 points for , with Jason Tovey replying with 10 the NGD's.

 

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 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.

 

 

 

 

  FIXTURES 2015 - 2016

 

August
Fri, 14 Aug 2015 48 - 12 W Nottingham   F
Fri, 21 Aug 2015 20 - 29 L Scarlets H F
Sat, 29 Aug 2015 35 - 28 W Cardiff Blues A F
September
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 23-29 L Connacht A GP12
Fri, 11 Sep 2015 13-0 W Zebre Rugby GP12
October
Sat, 03 Oct 2015 13-37 L Leinster A GP12
Fri, 16 Oct 2015 15-29 L Glasgow A GP12
Fri, 23 Oct 2015 19-12 W Treviso GP12
Fri, 30 Oct 2015 15-25 L Scarlets A GP12
November
Sun, 08 Nov 2015 12-19 L Ulster GP12
Sun, 15 Nov 2015 30-12 W Sale Sharks Chal
Sat, 21 Nov 2015 29-32 L Castres A Chal
Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13-32 L Edinburgh A GP12
December
Sun, 06 Dec 2015 22-6 W Munster GP12
Sat, 12 Dec 2015 22-0 W Section Paloise Chal
Sat, 19 Dec 2015 34-17 W Section Paloise A Chal
Sun, 27 Dec 2015 20-21 L Cardiff Blues GP12
January
Fri, 01 Jan 2016 7-12 L Ospreys A GP12
Fri, 08 Jan 2016   P Ulster A GP12
15 Jan 2016 31-18 W Castres Chal
21 Jan 2016 5-38 L Sale Sharks A Chal
29 Jan 2016 23-13 W Leinster GP12
February
 5 Feb 2016 15-17 L Ulster A  
11 Feb 2016 21-22 L Connacht GP12
19 Feb 2016 17-19 L Treviso A GP12
25 Feb 2016 15-18 L Glasgow Warriors GP12
March
5 Mar 2016 5-26 L Munster A GP12
27 Mar 2016 15-16 L Edinburgh Rugby GP12
April
 1 Apr 2016 20-26 L Ospreys GP12
9 Apr 2016 23-21 W Gloucester A ECC
16 Apr 2016 8-28 L Cardiff Blues A GP12
23 Apr 2016 12-22 L Montpelier A ECC
30 Apr 2016 20-34 L Scarlets H GP12
May
6 May 2016 22-47   Zebre Rugby A GP12