George North starts as Northampton bring the big guns to Ebbw Vale

George North starts as Northampton bring the big guns to Ebbw Vale

George North starts as Northampton bring the big guns to Ebbw Vale

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NORTHAMPTON are bringing their big guns to Ebbw Vale with Wales wing George North set to lead the charge against Newport Gwent Dragons tomorrow evening.

The English champions head to Eugene Cross Park with a formidable side as they prepare for next Friday’s Aviva Premiership opener against Gloucester.

North starts on the left wing for the Saints and is joined in the starting XV by England stars Dylan Hartley, Courtney Lawes, Tom Wood, Luther Burrell and Ben Foden.

The Dragons have named an extended squad for the match and director of rugby Lyn Jones said on Tuesday that Wales and Lions number eight Taulupe Faletau will start after sitting out the pre-season wins against Bristol and Lydney.

Dragons: L Byrne, G R Jones, T Prydie, M Pewtner, P Leach, T Morgan, J Dixon, B Nightingale, A Brew, J Tovey, A O’Brien, D Jones, J Evans, R Rees, B Stankovich, O Evans, E Dee, R Thomas, L Fairbrother, D Way, D Young, R Landman, I Gough, M Screech, C Hill, A Coombs, L Evans, N Cudd, S Matthews, A Powell, J Thomas, T Faletau.

Northampton: B Foden, K Pisi, G Pisi, L Burrell, G North, W Hooley, L Dickson, A Cobisiero, D Hartley (captain), S Ma’afu, C Lawes, C Day, C Clark, T Wood, S Manoa. Replacements: R McMillan, A Waller, G Denman, J Craig, C Dolan, T Harrison, J Fisher, J Fotual’i, J Wilson, D Waldouck, J Elliott, H Packman, J Skelcey, S Olver.

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5:51pm Thu 28 Aug 14

newport15 says...

interesting to see how many out of townies attend after all the crying about playing in Newport , from what i have heard the bulk of the tickets sold are from the NP postcodes, shame on you valley fans
interesting to see how many out of townies attend after all the crying about playing in Newport , from what i have heard the bulk of the tickets sold are from the NP postcodes, shame on you valley fans newport15
  • Score: -3

6:03pm Thu 28 Aug 14

poolerboy says...

newport15 wrote:
interesting to see how many out of townies attend after all the crying about playing in Newport , from what i have heard the bulk of the tickets sold are from the NP postcodes, shame on you valley fans
I wonder how many townies will leave the comfort of their town and travel to the valleys?
[quote][p][bold]newport15[/bold] wrote: interesting to see how many out of townies attend after all the crying about playing in Newport , from what i have heard the bulk of the tickets sold are from the NP postcodes, shame on you valley fans[/p][/quote]I wonder how many townies will leave the comfort of their town and travel to the valleys? poolerboy
  • Score: -3

6:39pm Thu 28 Aug 14

blackandamber says...

poolerboy wrote:
newport15 wrote:
interesting to see how many out of townies attend after all the crying about playing in Newport , from what i have heard the bulk of the tickets sold are from the NP postcodes, shame on you valley fans
I wonder how many townies will leave the comfort of their town and travel to the valleys?
Well I won't be for one.
[quote][p][bold]poolerboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]newport15[/bold] wrote: interesting to see how many out of townies attend after all the crying about playing in Newport , from what i have heard the bulk of the tickets sold are from the NP postcodes, shame on you valley fans[/p][/quote]I wonder how many townies will leave the comfort of their town and travel to the valleys?[/p][/quote]Well I won't be for one. blackandamber
  • Score: -10

6:48pm Thu 28 Aug 14

stevey says...

blackandamber wrote:
poolerboy wrote:
newport15 wrote:
interesting to see how many out of townies attend after all the crying about playing in Newport , from what i have heard the bulk of the tickets sold are from the NP postcodes, shame on you valley fans
I wonder how many townies will leave the comfort of their town and travel to the valleys?
Well I won't be for one.
'nuff said then!
[quote][p][bold]blackandamber[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]poolerboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]newport15[/bold] wrote: interesting to see how many out of townies attend after all the crying about playing in Newport , from what i have heard the bulk of the tickets sold are from the NP postcodes, shame on you valley fans[/p][/quote]I wonder how many townies will leave the comfort of their town and travel to the valleys?[/p][/quote]Well I won't be for one.[/p][/quote]'nuff said then! stevey
  • Score: 6

6:49pm Thu 28 Aug 14

corpardguy says...

Anyone who can get to this and doesn't cannot be a true rugby fan but a bigoted idiot. Its two top professional rugby sides in a wasteland of second division rugby.... why wouldn't you want to see genuine internationals having a go at each other. Especially at this time of the season, everyone will have a point to prove. There will be mistakes and good and bad decisions made on both sides, but overall its going to be valuable for both teams and the fans.
Northampton by 12...........
Anyone who can get to this and doesn't cannot be a true rugby fan but a bigoted idiot. Its two top professional rugby sides in a wasteland of second division rugby.... why wouldn't you want to see genuine internationals having a go at each other. Especially at this time of the season, everyone will have a point to prove. There will be mistakes and good and bad decisions made on both sides, but overall its going to be valuable for both teams and the fans. Northampton by 12........... corpardguy
  • Score: 8

6:52pm Thu 28 Aug 14

stevey says...

newport15 wrote:
interesting to see how many out of townies attend after all the crying about playing in Newport , from what i have heard the bulk of the tickets sold are from the NP postcodes, shame on you valley fans
"from what you have heard"? Well you may have heard wrong, been listening to the wrong people or just hearing what you want?
There are many locals enquiring about the game, not what I've heard but what I've witnessed. So sad to be stuck in that rut, you need to get out of N******T and smell the fresh valley's air, will do your brain cell good.
[quote][p][bold]newport15[/bold] wrote: interesting to see how many out of townies attend after all the crying about playing in Newport , from what i have heard the bulk of the tickets sold are from the NP postcodes, shame on you valley fans[/p][/quote]"from what you have heard"? Well you may have heard wrong, been listening to the wrong people or just hearing what you want? There are many locals enquiring about the game, not what I've heard but what I've witnessed. So sad to be stuck in that rut, you need to get out of N******T and smell the fresh valley's air, will do your brain cell good. stevey
  • Score: 5

6:56pm Thu 28 Aug 14

stevey says...

corpardguy wrote:
Anyone who can get to this and doesn't cannot be a true rugby fan but a bigoted idiot. Its two top professional rugby sides in a wasteland of second division rugby.... why wouldn't you want to see genuine internationals having a go at each other. Especially at this time of the season, everyone will have a point to prove. There will be mistakes and good and bad decisions made on both sides, but overall its going to be valuable for both teams and the fans.
Northampton by 12...........
"Wasteland of second division rugby"? Been better class rugby here than at many grounds, then again it may not be good enough for you corpardguy, we must make you a lord, I'm sure you deserve it and know best.
[quote][p][bold]corpardguy[/bold] wrote: Anyone who can get to this and doesn't cannot be a true rugby fan but a bigoted idiot. Its two top professional rugby sides in a wasteland of second division rugby.... why wouldn't you want to see genuine internationals having a go at each other. Especially at this time of the season, everyone will have a point to prove. There will be mistakes and good and bad decisions made on both sides, but overall its going to be valuable for both teams and the fans. Northampton by 12...........[/p][/quote]"Wasteland of second division rugby"? Been better class rugby here than at many grounds, then again it may not be good enough for you corpardguy, we must make you a lord, I'm sure you deserve it and know best. stevey
  • Score: -3

7:06pm Thu 28 Aug 14

rugbyfan66 says...

newport15 wrote:
interesting to see how many out of townies attend after all the crying about playing in Newport , from what i have heard the bulk of the tickets sold are from the NP postcodes, shame on you valley fans
Most of Gwent has an NP postcode you idiot, including me in Ebbw Vale. And, yes, I am going
[quote][p][bold]newport15[/bold] wrote: interesting to see how many out of townies attend after all the crying about playing in Newport , from what i have heard the bulk of the tickets sold are from the NP postcodes, shame on you valley fans[/p][/quote]Most of Gwent has an NP postcode you idiot, including me in Ebbw Vale. And, yes, I am going rugbyfan66
  • Score: 17

8:03pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Warbles says...

Here we go again; grow up the lot of you.
Here we go again; grow up the lot of you. Warbles
  • Score: 9

8:25pm Thu 28 Aug 14

newport15 says...

rugbyfan66 wrote:
newport15 wrote:
interesting to see how many out of townies attend after all the crying about playing in Newport , from what i have heard the bulk of the tickets sold are from the NP postcodes, shame on you valley fans
Most of Gwent has an NP postcode you idiot, including me in Ebbw Vale. And, yes, I am going
meant NEWPORT postcode sorry, enjoy the game and see you at RP against the hairsprays, hope your passports valid
[quote][p][bold]rugbyfan66[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]newport15[/bold] wrote: interesting to see how many out of townies attend after all the crying about playing in Newport , from what i have heard the bulk of the tickets sold are from the NP postcodes, shame on you valley fans[/p][/quote]Most of Gwent has an NP postcode you idiot, including me in Ebbw Vale. And, yes, I am going[/p][/quote]meant NEWPORT postcode sorry, enjoy the game and see you at RP against the hairsprays, hope your passports valid newport15
  • Score: -7

8:30pm Thu 28 Aug 14

newport15 says...

stevey wrote:
newport15 wrote:
interesting to see how many out of townies attend after all the crying about playing in Newport , from what i have heard the bulk of the tickets sold are from the NP postcodes, shame on you valley fans
"from what you have heard"? Well you may have heard wrong, been listening to the wrong people or just hearing what you want?
There are many locals enquiring about the game, not what I've heard but what I've witnessed. So sad to be stuck in that rut, you need to get out of N******T and smell the fresh valley's air, will do your brain cell good.
thanks for the advise stevey but as i work in the ebbw/tredegar areas and am well aware of the fresh air with little industry and bitter and twisted locals myself and my brain cell will remain in the city thanks
[quote][p][bold]stevey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]newport15[/bold] wrote: interesting to see how many out of townies attend after all the crying about playing in Newport , from what i have heard the bulk of the tickets sold are from the NP postcodes, shame on you valley fans[/p][/quote]"from what you have heard"? Well you may have heard wrong, been listening to the wrong people or just hearing what you want? There are many locals enquiring about the game, not what I've heard but what I've witnessed. So sad to be stuck in that rut, you need to get out of N******T and smell the fresh valley's air, will do your brain cell good.[/p][/quote]thanks for the advise stevey but as i work in the ebbw/tredegar areas and am well aware of the fresh air with little industry and bitter and twisted locals myself and my brain cell will remain in the city thanks newport15
  • Score: -6

9:56pm Thu 28 Aug 14

poolerboy says...

corpardguy wrote:
Anyone who can get to this and doesn't cannot be a true rugby fan but a bigoted idiot. Its two top professional rugby sides in a wasteland of second division rugby.... why wouldn't you want to see genuine internationals having a go at each other. Especially at this time of the season, everyone will have a point to prove. There will be mistakes and good and bad decisions made on both sides, but overall its going to be valuable for both teams and the fans.
Northampton by 12...........
Well said.
[quote][p][bold]corpardguy[/bold] wrote: Anyone who can get to this and doesn't cannot be a true rugby fan but a bigoted idiot. Its two top professional rugby sides in a wasteland of second division rugby.... why wouldn't you want to see genuine internationals having a go at each other. Especially at this time of the season, everyone will have a point to prove. There will be mistakes and good and bad decisions made on both sides, but overall its going to be valuable for both teams and the fans. Northampton by 12...........[/p][/quote]Well said. poolerboy
  • Score: 5

11:52pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Frankfurt says...

newport15 wrote:
interesting to see how many out of townies attend after all the crying about playing in Newport , from what i have heard the bulk of the tickets sold are from the NP postcodes, shame on you valley fans
Ebbw Vale has NP postcodes!
[quote][p][bold]newport15[/bold] wrote: interesting to see how many out of townies attend after all the crying about playing in Newport , from what i have heard the bulk of the tickets sold are from the NP postcodes, shame on you valley fans[/p][/quote]Ebbw Vale has NP postcodes! Frankfurt
  • Score: 3

10:07am Fri 29 Aug 14

Robert Shillabeer says...

The Townies are afraid there may be a very good crowd which will show how sad many from Newport are really. I live in Caldicot but am from Ebbw Vale originally. Ain't it time we stopped this childish thing about Newport v Ebbw Vale and all just enjoyed the rugby.
The Townies are afraid there may be a very good crowd which will show how sad many from Newport are really. I live in Caldicot but am from Ebbw Vale originally. Ain't it time we stopped this childish thing about Newport v Ebbw Vale and all just enjoyed the rugby. Robert Shillabeer
  • Score: 6

3:04pm Fri 29 Aug 14

pettsy says...

newport15 wrote:
stevey wrote:
newport15 wrote:
interesting to see how many out of townies attend after all the crying about playing in Newport , from what i have heard the bulk of the tickets sold are from the NP postcodes, shame on you valley fans
"from what you have heard"? Well you may have heard wrong, been listening to the wrong people or just hearing what you want?
There are many locals enquiring about the game, not what I've heard but what I've witnessed. So sad to be stuck in that rut, you need to get out of N******T and smell the fresh valley's air, will do your brain cell good.
thanks for the advise stevey but as i work in the ebbw/tredegar areas and am well aware of the fresh air with little industry and bitter and twisted locals myself and my brain cell will remain in the city thanks
Your brain cells remain " in the city" ( snigger snigger ) but you work in Ebbw /Tredegar. hmmmmm........you're a bus driver ,aren't you ???
[quote][p][bold]newport15[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]newport15[/bold] wrote: interesting to see how many out of townies attend after all the crying about playing in Newport , from what i have heard the bulk of the tickets sold are from the NP postcodes, shame on you valley fans[/p][/quote]"from what you have heard"? Well you may have heard wrong, been listening to the wrong people or just hearing what you want? There are many locals enquiring about the game, not what I've heard but what I've witnessed. So sad to be stuck in that rut, you need to get out of N******T and smell the fresh valley's air, will do your brain cell good.[/p][/quote]thanks for the advise stevey but as i work in the ebbw/tredegar areas and am well aware of the fresh air with little industry and bitter and twisted locals myself and my brain cell will remain in the city thanks[/p][/quote]Your brain cells remain " in the city" ( snigger snigger ) but you work in Ebbw /Tredegar. hmmmmm........you're a bus driver ,aren't you ??? pettsy
  • Score: 0

3:10pm Fri 29 Aug 14

pettsy says...

newport15 wrote:
stevey wrote:
newport15 wrote:
interesting to see how many out of townies attend after all the crying about playing in Newport , from what i have heard the bulk of the tickets sold are from the NP postcodes, shame on you valley fans
"from what you have heard"? Well you may have heard wrong, been listening to the wrong people or just hearing what you want?
There are many locals enquiring about the game, not what I've heard but what I've witnessed. So sad to be stuck in that rut, you need to get out of N******T and smell the fresh valley's air, will do your brain cell good.
thanks for the advise stevey but as i work in the ebbw/tredegar areas and am well aware of the fresh air with little industry and bitter and twisted locals myself and my brain cell will remain in the city thanks
Your brain cells " remain in the city " ( snigger snigger). But you work in the Ebbw/ Tredegar area.....hmmm....you
're a bus driver aren't you ??
[quote][p][bold]newport15[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]newport15[/bold] wrote: interesting to see how many out of townies attend after all the crying about playing in Newport , from what i have heard the bulk of the tickets sold are from the NP postcodes, shame on you valley fans[/p][/quote]"from what you have heard"? Well you may have heard wrong, been listening to the wrong people or just hearing what you want? There are many locals enquiring about the game, not what I've heard but what I've witnessed. So sad to be stuck in that rut, you need to get out of N******T and smell the fresh valley's air, will do your brain cell good.[/p][/quote]thanks for the advise stevey but as i work in the ebbw/tredegar areas and am well aware of the fresh air with little industry and bitter and twisted locals myself and my brain cell will remain in the city thanks[/p][/quote]Your brain cells " remain in the city " ( snigger snigger). But you work in the Ebbw/ Tredegar area.....hmmm....you 're a bus driver aren't you ?? pettsy
  • Score: 0

3:12pm Fri 29 Aug 14

pettsy says...

So good I posted it twice !!!
So good I posted it twice !!! pettsy
  • Score: 0

4:14pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Newport76 says...

How could any true Dragons supporter not want to watch this match. Having seen the Northampton team with all of their superstars playing, the watching spectators are in for a real treat. With well over 2,000 tickets already sold and many more likely to pay 'on the gate', it should be a cracking atmosphere. The ground has just undergone a 'facelift' with it's new covered terrace area looking resplendent. If you won't go up to Ebbw Vale to watch 'your team' play, how do you honestly expect supporters from Ebbw Vale and the surrounding area to come down to Newport every other week or so?
How could any true Dragons supporter not want to watch this match. Having seen the Northampton team with all of their superstars playing, the watching spectators are in for a real treat. With well over 2,000 tickets already sold and many more likely to pay 'on the gate', it should be a cracking atmosphere. The ground has just undergone a 'facelift' with it's new covered terrace area looking resplendent. If you won't go up to Ebbw Vale to watch 'your team' play, how do you honestly expect supporters from Ebbw Vale and the surrounding area to come down to Newport every other week or so? Newport76
  • Score: 8

4:31pm Fri 29 Aug 14

lclint005 says...

Anyone know if there is any tickets left if so how much please?
Anyone know if there is any tickets left if so how much please? lclint005
  • Score: 0

12:21am Sat 30 Aug 14

stevey says...

newport15 wrote:
stevey wrote:
newport15 wrote:
interesting to see how many out of townies attend after all the crying about playing in Newport , from what i have heard the bulk of the tickets sold are from the NP postcodes, shame on you valley fans
"from what you have heard"? Well you may have heard wrong, been listening to the wrong people or just hearing what you want?
There are many locals enquiring about the game, not what I've heard but what I've witnessed. So sad to be stuck in that rut, you need to get out of N******T and smell the fresh valley's air, will do your brain cell good.
thanks for the advise stevey but as i work in the ebbw/tredegar areas and am well aware of the fresh air with little industry and bitter and twisted locals myself and my brain cell will remain in the city thanks
best keep it there methinks.
[quote][p][bold]newport15[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]newport15[/bold] wrote: interesting to see how many out of townies attend after all the crying about playing in Newport , from what i have heard the bulk of the tickets sold are from the NP postcodes, shame on you valley fans[/p][/quote]"from what you have heard"? Well you may have heard wrong, been listening to the wrong people or just hearing what you want? There are many locals enquiring about the game, not what I've heard but what I've witnessed. So sad to be stuck in that rut, you need to get out of N******T and smell the fresh valley's air, will do your brain cell good.[/p][/quote]thanks for the advise stevey but as i work in the ebbw/tredegar areas and am well aware of the fresh air with little industry and bitter and twisted locals myself and my brain cell will remain in the city thanks[/p][/quote]best keep it there methinks. stevey
  • Score: 0

12:26am Sat 30 Aug 14

stevey says...

Newport76 wrote:
How could any true Dragons supporter not want to watch this match. Having seen the Northampton team with all of their superstars playing, the watching spectators are in for a real treat. With well over 2,000 tickets already sold and many more likely to pay 'on the gate', it should be a cracking atmosphere. The ground has just undergone a 'facelift' with it's new covered terrace area looking resplendent. If you won't go up to Ebbw Vale to watch 'your team' play, how do you honestly expect supporters from Ebbw Vale and the surrounding area to come down to Newport every other week or so?
So true Newport76, you obviously are able to look from other peoples standpoint, wish there were more like you.
[quote][p][bold]Newport76[/bold] wrote: How could any true Dragons supporter not want to watch this match. Having seen the Northampton team with all of their superstars playing, the watching spectators are in for a real treat. With well over 2,000 tickets already sold and many more likely to pay 'on the gate', it should be a cracking atmosphere. The ground has just undergone a 'facelift' with it's new covered terrace area looking resplendent. If you won't go up to Ebbw Vale to watch 'your team' play, how do you honestly expect supporters from Ebbw Vale and the surrounding area to come down to Newport every other week or so?[/p][/quote]So true Newport76, you obviously are able to look from other peoples standpoint, wish there were more like you. stevey
  • Score: 2
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