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Wales call for Eli Walker

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9:28am Tuesday 13th October 2015

ELI Walker has been called up to Wales’ World Cup squad to replace the injured Liam Williams.

Fighting Irish win bruising clash with Les Bleus

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6:56pm Sunday 11th October 2015

IT’S just as well that Ireland have swapped their Newport base for Cardiff because walking 10 metres will seem like a mile tomorrow after their victory against France in a brutal World Cup clash at the Millennium Stadium.

Wales ace Liam Williams' World Cup over

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10:16am Sunday 11th October 2015

WALES wing/full-back Liam Williams’ World Cup is over after he limped off in the heart-breaking loss to Australia.

Wales will bounce back against the Boks, pledges Sam Warburton

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7:58pm Saturday 10th October 2015

CAPTAIN Sam Warburton has backed Wales to bounce back from their World Cup anguish against Australia by repeating their success against the Springboks in the quarter-finals.

Reports of Irish grumbling over Newport base for crunch World Cup clash

Campaign Series: FLYING IN: Former world leaders including Irish Bertie Ahern and Ukrainian Viktor Yushchenko will be at the Celtic Manor this week discussing ways to create a more peaceful world

2:00pm Friday 9th October 2015

IRELAND have a formidable record at the Millennium Stadium but it is reported that the Six Nations champions are not exactly overjoyed with their Newport base ahead of their World Cup showdown with France.

Dragons wing Pewtner still waiting for concussion green light

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12:00pm Friday 9th October 2015

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons winger Matthew Pewtner is still being monitored over a concussion suffered at the Singha Premiership 7s in pre-season.

Australia flanker Michael Hooper banned for Wales clash

Campaign Series: ALL-ACTION FLANKER: Michael Hooper was everywhere for Australia, as was fellow flanker/number eight David Pocock

12:36pm Tuesday 6th October 2015

AUSTRALIA will be without flanker Michael Hooper for Saurday’s World Cup clash with Wales at Twickenham after the Wallabies vice-captain pleaded guilty to a charge of foul play.

Shaun Edwards: Wales can't afford a World Cup hangover

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3:58pm Sunday 27th September 2015

WALES’ stunning World Cup win at Twickenham led to plenty of sore heads on Sunday morning but Shaun Edwards has revealed the “restrained” squad were already plotting how to avoid a World Cup hangover against Fiji.

Wales boss Warren Gatland: My battling players have made me so proud

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11:19pm Saturday 26th September 2015

EMOTIONAL Wales boss Warren Gatland has declared their stunning fightback win against World Cup hosts England was down to courage and desire.

England 25 Wales 28 - Gatland's walking wounded upset the odds

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10:10pm Saturday 26th September 2015

NEVER has there been a Wales victory as brave – Warren Gatland’s walking wounded struck a crushing blow against World Cup hosts England to move to within touching distance of the quarter-finals.

Wales select Dragons ace Hallam Amos for Twickenham cauldron

Campaign Series: FINE DISPLAY: Dragons winger Hallam Amos produced a strong performance in Wales' World Cup opener

11:00am Thursday 24th September 2015

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons winger Hallam Amos has got the nod for Wales’ crunch World Cup clash with England.

Gatland: Wales can't get dragged into an English slugfest

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10:22am Monday 21st September 2015

WARREN Gatland hopes his charges have learnt their lesson from the Six Nations as Wales prepare for a crucial clash with World Cup hosts England.

Wales can top magical 2011 World Cup experience, insists Dragons ace Taulupe Faletau

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10:00pm Wednesday 16th September 2015

TAULUPE Faletau enjoyed the experience of a lifetime in New Zealand four years ago but the Wales number eight is hopeful of bettering it with a successful World Cup on home soil.

Jackson frustrated with Dragons' wastefulness

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10:49pm Friday 11th September 2015

ED Jackson was left to lament an error-strewn performance after Newport Gwent Dragons struggled to a 13-0 Guinness Pro12 victory against Zebre.

LIVE: Dragons v Zebre

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6:30pm Friday 11th September 2015

UPDATES from Rodney Parade as Newport Gwent Dragons take on Zebre in the Guinness Pro12 (kick-off 7.05pm).

Wales 23 Italy 19 - Wales suffer World Cup injury woe

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7:02pm Saturday 5th September 2015

WALES endured a disastrous World Cup warm-up against Italy – winning a dour encounter but seeing key figures Rhys Webb and Leigh Halfpenny stretchered off at the Millennium Stadium.

LIVE: Wales v Italy

Campaign Series: BACK ON FORM: George North hit top form for Wales in the Six Nations finale against Italy

4:00pm Saturday 5th September 2015

UPDATES from the Millennium Stadium as Wales host Italy in their final World Cup warm-up (kick-off 5pm).

Jones left to rue Dragons' sluggish start

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10:04pm Friday 4th September 2015

DIRECTOR of rugby Lyn Jones was disappointed to taste defeat in Newport Gwent Dragons’ Guinness Pro12 opener but believes the performance at the Sportsground bodes well for the season.

No rest for Faletau as key man is included for Wales final tune-up

Campaign Series: KEY FIGURE: Wales and Dragons number eight Taulupe Faletau is concentrating on the Six Nations finale rather than dual contract talks

11:01am Thursday 3rd September 2015

WALES boss Warren Gatland has resisted the temptation to rest key man Taulupe Faletau for Saturday’s warm-up Test with Italy – taking the Newport Gwent Dragons back rower's streak of Tests to 19.

Ireland 10 Wales 16

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4:31pm Saturday 29th August 2015

WALES enjoyed a perfect pre-World Cup tonic by ending Ireland’s nine-Test home winning streak at the Aviva Stadium.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Nothing wrong with opting for those with miles on the clock ahead of youth

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Wales v Ireland
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7:00am Thursday 27th August 2015

ON AUGUST 27, 1995 Blur were sitting proudly on top of the charts after winning their battle with Oasis while rugby had just gone professional. Tyler Morgan’s mum was also heavily pregnant.

Dragons hopeful over Crosswell injury but Coombs suffers setback

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10:56am Saturday 22nd August 2015

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons are confident the injury suffered by Nick Crosswell is only a minor one after the New Zealander was forced off against the Scarlets but lock Andrew Coombs faces a delay in his comeback.

LIVE: Newport Gwent Dragons v Scarlets

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6:14pm Friday 21st August 2015

UPDATES from Rodney Parade as Newport Gwent Dragons take on the Scarlets in a pre-season friendly (kick-off 7pm).

Pooler and Ebbw set for derby clash

Campaign Series: FIERCE BATTLE: Ebbw Vale's Spencer Gibson fends off Pooler's Mike Barber in last season's meeting at Pontypool Park

1:29pm Friday 21st August 2015

TWO title hopefuls will hope to show signs of summer progress in a Gwent derby friendly at Pontypool Park tomorrow afternoon (kick-off 2.30pm).

Dragons qualify for the Stoop after winning Welsh 7s title

Campaign Series: OPPORTUNITY TAKEN: Newport winger Elliot Frewen impressed for the Dragons in the Premiership Rugby 7s

5:56pm Saturday 15th August 2015

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons will go to finals night of the Singha Premiership 7s at the Twickenham Stoop as Welsh champions after triumphing in Cardiff.

Dragons return to action with thumping win over Nottingham

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9:03pm Friday 14th August 2015

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons blew away the cobwebs with a 48-12 friendly success against Nottingham in Ystrad Mynach.

Wales international Jones to lead Dragons in 7s

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12:12pm Wednesday 12th August 2015

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons will be captained by Wales international Geraint Rhys Jones at the Singha Premiership 7s at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday afternoon.

Dragons duo will profit from Millennium experience - Gatland

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6:10pm Saturday 8th August 2015

WALES boss Warren Gatland believes Newport Gwent Dragons novices Tyler Morgan and Hallam Amos will reap the rewards from a taste of being under the Test match spotlight despite a challenging afternoon against the Irish.

Wales 21 Ireland 35

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4:30pm Saturday 8th August 2015

TEPID Wales fluffed their lines on their World Cup audition after being put to the sword by Ireland at the Millennium Stadium.

LIVE: Wales v Ireland

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1:00pm Saturday 8th August 2015

UPDATES from the Millennium Stadium as Wales take on Ireland in a World Cup warm-up (kick-off 2.30pm).

Wales coach urges Dragons tyro Tyler Morgan to show his defensive steel

Campaign Series: IMPRESSIVE CAMEO: Dragons centre Tyler Morgan made an impression off the bench in Treviso

12:28pm Friday 7th August 2015

TYLER Morgan has been told to make a case for his defence when making his Wales debut against Ireland at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.

Dragons poster boy Tyler Morgan hoping to make a World Cup statement

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8:00pm Thursday 6th August 2015

TEENAGER Tyler Morgan will join James Hook in a World Cup audition on Saturday just four years after having a poster of the Wales star on the wall of his bedroom.

Tyler Morgan to make debut as Wales v Ireland squad revealed

Campaign Series: NATIONAL SERVICE: Tyler Morgan in action against Fiji during last year's Junior World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand

11:02am Tuesday 4th August 2015

TEENAGE centre Tyler Morgan will make his Wales debut against Ireland at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday while his Newport Gwent Dragons teammate Hallam Amos will also get the chance to press his World Cup claims.

Samson Lee could miss England World Cup clash - Wales boss Warren Gatland

Campaign Series: ON THE CHARGE: Wales tighthead Samson Lee

11:05am Thursday 30th July 2015

WARREN Gatland says that key tighthead Samson Lee is still ‘touch and go’ for the start of Wales’ World Cup campaign.

Dragons' young Wales trio set for World Cup audition against Irish

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10:41am Thursday 30th July 2015

THE talented young Newport Gwent Dragons trio of Hallam Amos, Tyler Morgan and Jack Dixon are likely to get the chance to push their World Cup causes when Wales take on Ireland next weekend.

Rodney Parade beer festival to be held on Dragons-Exiles weekend

Campaign Series: PACKED HOUSE: Rodney Parade was full to the rafter for the New Year's Day derby between Newport Gwent Dragons and Cardiff Blues

11:30am Wednesday 29th July 2015

THE FRIENDS of Newport Rugby Trust annual beer festival is returning to Rodney Parade for a fifth year – and will coincide with a County fixture for the first time.

Ebbw Vale favourite and former Test ref Ernie Lewis passes away

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11:51am Tuesday 28th July 2015

FORMER Ebbw Vale fly-half and international referee Ernie Lewis has passed away at the age of 91, writes Chris Kirwan.

Rhys Thomas chosen as Dragons captain

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8:00am Tuesday 28th July 2015

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons have appointed hooker Rhys Thomas as their captain for the coming season.

Frustrating wait goes on after WRU hold fire on BIC and Premiership decision

4:53pm Wednesday 24th June 2015

WELSH Rugby Union bosses have decided to hold fire on a decision on the future of the British and Irish Cup and expansion of the Principality Premiership.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Transfer fees, release clauses and service station deals inevitable as rugby mirrors wise football moves

Campaign Series: Dragons v Stade Francais. Taulupe Faletau is brought to ground. (16884251)

7:00am Thursday 25th June 2015

A BUSINESS decision. The description of how Newport Gwent Dragons were going to have to approach the Taulupe Faletau situation.

Mouth-watering Euro ties await Dragons

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5:35pm Wednesday 17th June 2015

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons could be going head-to-head with All Blacks great Conrad Smith, Samoan try machine David Smith and mercurial England fly-half Danny Cipriani in the European Rugby Challenge Cup.

Dragons to host Scarlets in pre-season

Campaign Series: MISFIRING: Wing Aled Brew on the charge against the Scarlets but the Dragons' attack was disjointed once again

12:01pm Tuesday 16th June 2015

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons will tune up for the Guinness Pro12 by welcoming the Scarlets to Rodney Parade.

Dragons sign up Adam Warren and Nick Scott

Campaign Series: SET FOR DRAGONS: Scarlets centre Adam Warren (picture courtesy of South Wales Evening Post)

8:00am Thursday 11th June 2015

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons have bolstered their backs with the signings of Adam Warren and Nick Scott.

David Young makes early Dragons departure

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2:51pm Thursday 4th June 2015

TIGHTHEAD prop David Young has left Newport Gwent Dragons after one season to join London Scottish.

Wales U20 10 France U20 19

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5:21pm Tuesday 2nd June 2015

WALES Under-20s will have to repeat their Six Nations victory over England if they are to make the semi-finals of the Junior World Championship after suffering a loss to France in their tournament opener.

Dragons ace Tyler Morgan gets call-up to Wales World Cup training squad

Campaign Series: IMPRESSIVE CAMEO: Dragons centre Tyler Morgan made an impression off the bench in Treviso

1:18pm Wednesday 27th May 2015

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons centre Tyler Morgan has been called up to Wales’ World Cup training squad after being pulled out of the Under-20s squad for the Junior World Championship because of Jonathan Davies’ injury blow.

Munster 50 Dragons 27

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4:52pm Saturday 16th May 2015

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons’ ended their season with a 50-27 thumping at the hands of a fired-up Munster side who will now enjoy home advantage against the Ospreys in the Guinness Pro12 semi-finals.

LIVE: Munster v Newport Gwent Dragons

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2:26pm Saturday 16th May 2015

UPDATES from Musgrave Park as Newport Gwent Dragons finish their season by taking on Guinness Pro12 title hopefuls Munster (kick-off 3pm).

Lyn Jones delighted with Dragons' defensive snap

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9:37am Saturday 9th May 2015

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons boss Lyn Jones lauded the defensive desire of his charges as they signed off their Rodney Parade campaign with a Guinness Pro12 win against Edinburgh.

Ian Gough full of hope for Dragons young guns as he calls time on incredible career

Campaign Series: SEASONED CAMPAIGNER: Ian Gough was one of a number of experienced players in Dragons’ line-up against Ospreys

8:00am Friday 8th May 2015

RODNEY Parade favourite Ian Gough believes he is leaving a Newport Gwent Dragons side that is on the up after hanging up his boots.

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