Newport eyeing British and Irish Cup after stylish second half in Bedwas

Campaign Series: CRUCIAL SCORE: Full-back Geraint O'Driscoll got Newport back in the game on the stroke of half-time

12:44pm Sunday 31st August 2014

IT looked like Newport were going to endure a long afternoon against Bedwas after 15 minutes of their British and Irish Cup qualifier at Bridge Field.

Cross Keys 16 Ebbw Vale 13

7:36pm Saturday 30th August 2014

CROSS Keys head coach Greg Woods has called on his men to step up a gear or face the prospect of being knocked out of the British and Irish Cup on Saturday by Newport.

Keys and Newport triumph in BIC play-offs

5:36pm Saturday 30th August 2014

CROSS Keys and Newport will clash for the right to represent Gwent in the British and Irish Cup after they won their regional semi-finals.

Tense derbies expected in race for the BIC

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8:54am Saturday 30th August 2014

A PAIR of tight tussles are expected when Gwent’s Premiership quartet start their season by battling for the right to represent the region in the British and Irish Cup, writes Chris Kirwan.

Ebbw look to make a big statement against Keys on their return to the big time

Campaign Series: FRIEND TURNED FOE: Dorian Jones will pull the strings for Cross Keys against his old Ebbw Vale teammates

10:20am Friday 29th August 2014

EBBW Vale coach Jason Strange says his side need to cope with the pressure when they make their return to the big time against Cross Keys tomorrow afternoon.

Teenager Ollie Griffiths named as Newport captain

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10:02am Friday 29th August 2014

NEWPORT have named teenager Ollie Griffiths as their new club captain and will hope the all-action openside can inspire them to victory at Bedwas tomorrow afternoon.

Former Wales pair give Pooler a helping hand

Campaign Series: ADVICE: Phil Davies passes on tips to Pontypool

12:05pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

PONTYPOOL have been given a helping hand in preparations for the coming Swalec Championship season by former Wales internationals Phil Davies and Ceri Jones.

Dates set for Rodney Parade beer festival

11:45am Monday 25th August 2014

THE Friends of Newport Rugby Trust will be holding their annual beer festival at Rodney Parade on September 19 and 20.

No joy for Gwent quartet in National 7s

7:24pm Sunday 24th August 2014

GWENT failed to impress once again the Foster’s National 7s with all four Principality Premiership teams getting an early opportunity to sample the sponsor’s product at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.

NHSOB looking to profit from WRU scheme again

8:20am Tuesday 19th August 2014

NEWPORT High School Old Boys are looking to once again benefit from the Welsh Rugby Union’s Participation Points scheme.

Mixed friendly fortunes for Gwent Premiership sides

11:22am Monday 18th August 2014

NEWPORT and Ebbw Vale suffered pre-season defeats but Bedwas enjoyed an away success as the Gwent sides continue preparations for their crunch British and Irish Cup qualifiers, writes Chris Kirwan.

Newport set for Ealing tester

9:18am Saturday 16th August 2014

NEWPORT will come up against plenty of familiar faces when they make their first visit to Ealing Trailfinders this afternoon.

Titans and Saint gunning for a Newport double at finals day

9:17am Saturday 16th August 2014

NEWPORT Titans hope to lift the Shield for the third time when they take on Valley Cougars at South Wales Conference finals day tomorrow afternoon.

Black and Ambers sign promising fly-half Julian Mogg

9:02am Wednesday 13th August 2014

NEWPORT have signed former Bristol academy prospect Julian Mogg to pull the strings at fly-half in the coming season, writes Chris Kirwan.

Newport stalwart Bobby Owen passes away

2:03pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

FORMER Newport centre Bobby Owen has died at the age of 89.

Bedwas stick with captain Grainger

12:27pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

SIMON Grainger has kept the Bedwas captaincy for the coming season and the 33-year-old back row forward could potentially lead a side that includes Newport Gwent Dragons skipper Lee Byrne.

Newport rugby league star admits drugs offence

7:24pm Thursday 7th August 2014

NEWPORT-BORN Wigan Warriors academy player and Wales rugby league international Rhys Pugsley has been suspended for two years after testing positive for anabolic steroids.

Newbridge ring the changes ahead of Championship campaign

9:00am Friday 25th July 2014

RHYS Bowen and Kristian Owen have joined the Newbridge management team ahead of the Swalec Championship season, writes Chris Kirwan.

Former Rodney Parade favourite Mike Poole lands coaching job in Cork

Campaign Series: IRISH OPPORTUNITY: Former Newport and Dragons wing Mike Poole has landed a coaching job in Cork

9:02am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

MIKE Poole will cut his coaching teeth in the Irish city where he locked horns with an All Blacks legend and saw yellow for a tip tackle after landing a job in Cork, writes Chris Kirwan.

Pooler to hold supporters evening

5:08pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

PONTYPOOL will give an update on their bid to get the green light for promotion when they hold a supporters evening.

Torfaen Tigers looking to clinch top spot on intriguing final day

7:04am Saturday 19th July 2014

TORFAEN Tigers are attempting to clinch top spot in the South Wales Conference when they host Valley Cougars A on the final day of the regular season.

Bedwas boss: New recruits are a perfect fit

7:11am Friday 18th July 2014

HEAD coach Steve Law believes his new Bridge Field recruits fit perfectly into the Bedwas blueprint, writes Chris Kirwan.

Swalec Championship fixtures: Blackwood host RGC on opening day

5:26pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

BLACKWOOD will open their Swalec Championship season by welcoming promotion hopefuls RGC 1404 to Glan-yr-Afon Park while Pontypool and Newbridge go on their travels.

Pooler set up pre-season encounter with Quins

11:31am Wednesday 16th July 2014

PONTYPOOL will prepare for the Swalec Championship season by hosting Principality Premiership title hopefuls Carmarthen Quins.

Pooler strengthen pack with Jeune return

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12:05pm Monday 14th July 2014

PONTYPOOL have bolstered their pack ahead of the coming Swalec Championship campaign by securing the return of experienced front row forward Jamie Jeune, writes Chris Kirwan.

PREMIERSHIP FIXTURES: Ebbw Vale host Drovers on return to top flight

Campaign Series: TRY SCORER: Ebbw Vale captain Damien Hudd touched down during the away win over Cardiff Met last weekend

6:00am Monday 14th July 2014

EBBW Vale will get the chance for revenge for a rare home defeat when they make their return to the Principality Premiership on September 13.

Cross Keys and Bedwas set to clash in Ystrad Mynach

8:06am Saturday 12th July 2014

CROSS Keys and Bedwas will prepare for the new season with a friendly encounter at Newport Gwent Dragons' new training base, writes Chris Kirwan.

English trio await Gwent side in BIC

12:30pm Friday 11th July 2014

GWENT'S representative in the British and Irish Cup will enjoy group stage trips on the motorway rather than racking up some air miles after being drawn with a trio of English opponents, writes Chris Kirwan.

Hancock gunning for promotion after return to Pooler

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12:00pm Friday 11th July 2014

FLY-HALF Tom Hancock is aiming to help Pontypool return to the Principality Premiership after signing up for a third spell at the club.

Newport snap up hooker Will Evans

9:01am Thursday 10th July 2014

NEWPORT have bolstered their front row by signing hooker Will Evans from Moseley, writes Chris Kirwan.

Newport suffer Flanagan blow but swoop for sevens ace Cross

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9:33am Wednesday 9th July 2014

NEWPORT have suffered mixed fortunes in the transfer market – Dai Flanagan's move to Rodney Parade has collapsed but the Black and Ambers have snapped up Wales Sevens ace Sam Cross.

Tigers keep up title push

Campaign Series: TRY TIME: Mike Edwards crashes over

10:23am Tuesday 8th July 2014

TORFAEN Tigers continued their winning run in the Welsh Conference South with a scrappy 36-14 win over Cardiff Spartans.

Jones heads back to Ebbw

11:28am Monday 7th July 2014

EBBW Vale have continued to strengthen their squad ahead of their Principality Premiership return by securing the return of centre Adam Jones, writes Chris Kirwan.

Stiff challenge for Keys in Foster's 7s

2:24pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

CROSS Keys will once again attempt to topple champions Pontypridd when they lock horns in the opening round of the Foster's National 7s, writes Chris Kirwan.

Pooler sign influential flanker Rob Nash


12:03pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

PONTYPOOL have fired a signal of intent in their bid to return to the Principality Premiership by securing the return of flanker Rob Nash, writes Chris Kirwan.

Newport Saracens begin pre-season training

11:12am Tuesday 1st July 2014

NEWPORT Saracens RFC pre-season training starts tonight at 6.30pm at the club’s ground off the Southern Distributor Road.

Ex-Dragon Coundley pens Neath deal

5:31pm Monday 30th June 2014

FORMER Newport Gwent Dragons loosehead prop Aaron Coundley has signed for Principality Premiership side Neath, writes Chris Kirwan.

Titans bid to stun Bulls

6:11am Saturday 28th June 2014

NEWPORT Titans are looking to prevent Bridgend Blue Bulls from going to the top of the Welsh Conference South when they clash at Pyle RFC this afternoon (kick-off 2pm).

Welsh rugby's new league structure is confirmed

4:28pm Friday 27th June 2014

A NEW national league structure for Welsh rugby has been confirmed for next season after a ballot of clubs saw a significant majority vote to adopt the new format.

Pooler retain core of their squad

2:24pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

PONTYPOOL director of rugby Alun Carter has expressed his delight at retaining the core of the squad ahead of the coming Swalec Championship season, writes Chris Kirwan.

Welsh clubs wait to learn BIC fate

12:49pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

THERE will be a draw to determine which group each Welsh regional representative will enter in next season’s British and Irish Cup, writes Chris Kirwan.

Tigers keep setting the pace while Casey runs wild for Titans

Campaign Series: TOP TEAM: Torfaen Tigers are leading the way in the Welsh Conference South

7:54am Tuesday 24th June 2014

TORFAEN Tigers remain top of the Welsh Conference South after a comfortable 48-4 win at Cardiff Spartans.

Nantyglo celebrate title

Campaign Series: 21.06.14 Far left, Nantyglo RFC Captain, Nick Philppen, accepts the Swalec league 4 east champions trophy from Mal Beynon of the WRU.© Huw Evans Agency (7393023)

4:36pm Sunday 22nd June 2014

Nantyglo RFC have celebrated their SWALEC Division 4 East title by lifting the trophy for the first time today (Saturday 21st June). Mal Beynon of the WRU presented the trophy, which was hard earned via a difficult win against Cwmbran RFC back in May. The team clawed back from a half time score of 7 - 12 to take home a convincing 18 -12 victory.

Pooler director Jeffreys warns of bleak future

4:04pm Thursday 19th June 2014

POOLER corporate director Ben Jeffreys has warned the Welsh Rugby Union not to bury their heads in the sand despite seeing off a vote of no confidence.

Cross Keys beef up their front row

10:21am Thursday 19th June 2014

CROSS Keys have bolstered their pack by signing hooker Jon Howard from Championship runners-up Cardiff Met, writes Chris Kirwan.

Date set for second National Sevens tournament

12:55pm Tuesday 17th June 2014

PONTYPRIDD will attempt to retain their title when the second Foster’s National Sevens takes place at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.

Scots withdraw from British and Irish Cup

5:15pm Friday 13th June 2014

SCOTTISH clubs have pulled out of next season’s British and Irish Cup.

Stuart Lawrence returns to Pooler as backs coach

9:41am Monday 9th June 2014

PONTYPOOL have added to their management team by appointing Stuart Lawrence as backs coach, writes Chris Kirwan.

Alun Carter appointed as Pontypool director of rugby

Campaign Series: Former Pontypool RFC and Wales international Alun Carter has written a book called The Good The Bad and The Ugly : The Rise and Fall of Pontypool RFC (1141950)

6:02pm Saturday 7th June 2014

PONTYPOOL have moved swiftly to appoint former Wales head analyst Alun Carter as their director of rugby, writes Chris Kirwan.

Mike Hook: Pooler will join me in the Premiership

10:00am Saturday 7th June 2014

MIKE Hook expects to be joined in the Principality Premiership by Pontypool after making the tough decision to leave for Bridgend.

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