Ben Francis Cup to fill clubs' international gaps

9:34am Wednesday 17th September 2014

THE Ben Francis Cup is making a return after a three-year absence with a new-look format helping clubs fill gaps in their fixture list during the autumn internationals and Six Nations.

Caerphilly 1st XV game off after Tredegar no-show

7:37pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

CAERPHILLY firsts' fixture against Tredegar was over before a ball had been kicked as the Virginia Park outfit took to the field in a warm-up only to discover the Gwent side had insufficient players to muster a game.

Nigel Owens: I won't be afraid to caution rugby legends at Cwmbran dinner!

Campaign Series: Nigel Owens (5574325)

12:34pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

TOP referee Nigel Owens expects he will have to issue plenty of cautions to a trio of rugby legends when he is compere at a Cwmbran dinner.

Pontypool gets vital 'A' Licence

Campaign Series: Pontypool RFC court bid fails to stop relegation

12:03pm Monday 15th September 2014

Pontypool RFC today announced that the WRU has granted the club 'A Licence' status for the 2014/2015 season, which means they would be eligible for promotion to the Premiership.

Aberavon 18 Cross Keys 33

Campaign Series: GREAT GAME: Cross Keys' Adam Powell (picture from files)

3:23pm Sunday 14th September 2014

CROSS Keys scored their bonus-point try after 52 minutes but still found time for a fifth in their best-ever win at Aberavon, writes Howard Evans.

Carmarthen Quins 44 Newport 10

2:30pm Sunday 14th September 2014

AFTER just one game of the new Principality Premiership campaign Newport face the prospect of a tough winter, writes Chris Smart.

Ebbw Vale edge Llandovery in thrilling encounter

Campaign Series: WELCOME RETURN: Ashley Sweet is due to play a bigger part for Ebbw Vale this weekend in their crunch game

7:58pm Saturday 13th September 2014

AN EMOTIONAL day for Ebbw Vale saw them recording a stunning bonus point win over Llandovery at a highly charged Eugene Cross Park in a thrilling encounter.

Joy for Ebbw Vale and Cross Keys but misery for Newport

7:51pm Saturday 13th September 2014

EBBW Vale marked their return to the Principality Premiership with a superb 30-29 bonus point win over Llandovery at Eugene Cross Park in a thriller.

Blackwood boss: Swansea is the ultimate Championship test

Campaign Series: TOUGH START: Newbridge, captained by prop Ian George (right), endured a shocking Championship opener at Tondu

9:47am Saturday 13th September 2014

AFTER coming agonisingly close to toppling one of the Swalec Championship title contenders, Blackwood go in search of the biggest scalp in the league this afternoon.

PREMIERSHIP PREVIEW: Ebbw Vale ready for return to the big time

8:47am Saturday 13th September 2014

FOUR years after signing off with a defeat to champions Neath, Ebbw Vale make their long-awaited return to the Principality Premiership this afternoon.

Ebbw Vale: We can prosper back in the top flight

Campaign Series: Cross Keys RFC v Ebbw Vale RFC. Wesley Cunliffe kicks the ball forward. (9830404)

10:11am Friday 12th September 2014

EBBW Vale are confident that they have the quality to thrive in the Principality Premiership as they prepare to make their long-awaited return to the top flight.

Hard graft needed for another Newport win out west

Campaign Series: Ashton Hewitt (5544111)

10:09am Friday 12th September 2014

NEWPORT aim to maintain a superb record in Carmarthen when they open their Principality Premiership campaign against the Quins tomorrow (kick-off 2.30pm), writes Chris Kirwan.

Bedwas look to tighten up against Llanelli

10:05am Friday 12th September 2014

BEDWAS will hope to have ironed out their defensive deficiencies that cost them so dearly in their British and Irish Cup qualifier when they kick off their Principality Premiership campaign against Llanelli on Sunday.

Keys coach urges young Dragons pair to grasp their chance

Campaign Series: PROMISING PROP: Keys and Dragons loosehead Luke Garrett

10:05am Friday 12th September 2014

CROSS Keys head coach Greg Woods has called on Wales Under-20s internationals Scott Andrews and Luke Garrett to grasp their chance to impress in the absence of a pair of club stalwarts, writes Chris Kirwan.

Ex-Dragons scrum-half signs for Cross Keys

Campaign Series: SWIFT SERVICE: James Leadbeater

1:06pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

CROSS Keys have bolstered their squad with the re-signing of talented former Newport Gwent Dragons scrum-half James Leadbeater.

Cross Keys 31 Newport 12

Campaign Series: Cross Keys versus Aberavon
On a charge  Cross Keys Scott Matthews breaks some tackles on his way to scoring a try (3130967)

9:31pm Saturday 6th September 2014

CROSS Keys director of rugby Jonathan Westwood hailed his half-backs Ryan James and Angus O'Brien as well as flanker Scott Matthews as having the X-Factor between his men and Newport as the 2012 finalists emerged more than worthy victors in their British and Irish Cup play-off.

Gwent trio ready for the off in nip and tuck Championship

Campaign Series: NEW ARRIVAL: Centre Scott Williams is one of Newbridge's new signings (Picture: JASON CLARK)

9:04am Saturday 6th September 2014

PONTYPOOL have a tough start to the new Swalec Championship campaign but new director of rugby Alun Carter wouldn't have it any other way.

O'Briens lock horns as Keys host Newport in BIC battle

Campaign Series: SIBLING RIVALRY: Newport fly-half Matt O'Brien will line up against his brother Angus

8:07am Saturday 6th September 2014

THE British and Irish Cup qualifier between Cross Keys and Newport this afternoon (kick-off 2.30pm) could well be decided by battle of the O’Briens, writes Chris Kirwan.

Keys and Newport bosses expect a nailbiter

Campaign Series: BRUTAL BATTLE: Cross Keys number eight Adam Powell on the charge in last season's BIC qualifier win against Newport

10:05am Friday 5th September 2014

COACH journeys to Doncaster, Bedford and Penzance may not seem like the most glamorous of prizes but both Cross Keys and Newport are desperate to earn a spot in the British and Irish Cup.

Pooler bolster ranks ahead of Championship opener

6:02pm Thursday 4th September 2014

PONTYPOOL have bolstered their ranks with 10 new signings ahead of tomorrow's Swalec Championship opener at Bargoed, writes Chris Kirwan.

Maule leaves Scarlets for Bristol

Campaign Series: FRESH START: Gareth Maule has left the Scarlets for Bristol

12:19pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

CENTRE Gareth Maule is relishing a fresh challenge over the border after leaving the Scarlets for Bristol, writes Chris Kirwan.

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

Campaign Series: Newport RFC v Bedwas
Andrew Brown hold on to the ball (2887681)

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

Campaign Series: Newport RFC v Carmarthen Quins Jamie Jeune bursts through  (2655149)

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.






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