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

Free Press 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

Free Press Series:

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

Free Press Series:

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

Free Press 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

Free Press Series:

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

Free Press 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

Free Press 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

Free Press Series:

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

Free Press Series:

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

Free Press 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

Free Press Series:

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

Free Press Series: Fans to decide Dragons' logo

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

Free Press Series:

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

Free Press 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.

Jason Tovey in at 10 for Dragons' Edinburgh clash

Free Press Series: Tovey to pull the strings for Keys in Penzance

12:17pm Thursday 7th May 2015

JASON Tovey will make his first start at fly-half since January in Newport Gwent Dragons Guinness Pro12 encounter with Edinburgh at Rodney Parade tomorrow evening (kick-off 7.30pm).

Lyn Jones: Dragons failed to cope with the big-game pressure

Free Press Series:

10:59pm Friday 17th April 2015

LYN Jones admitted that Newport Gwent Dragons failed to cope with the big-match pressure of their European Challenge Cup semi-final against Edinburgh.

Edinburgh 45 Dragons 16: Euro trip ends in painful thrashing

Free Press Series:

9:45pm Friday 17th April 2015

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons’ terrific European jaunt ended in a painful 45-16 thrashing as Edinburgh powered their way to the Challenge Cup final.

LIVE: Edinburgh v Newport Gwent Dragons

Free Press Series:

6:13pm Friday 17th April 2015

UPDATES from Murrayfield as Newport Gwent Dragons take on Edinburgh in the semi-finals of the European Rugby Challenge Cup.

TEAM NEWS: Dragons move prop Brok Harris for Edinburgh semi-final

Free Press Series: FESTIVE BOW: Dragons prop Brok Harris

12:12pm Thursday 16th April 2015

BROK Harris will switch to loosehead prop in Newport Gwent Dragons’ European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final against Edinburgh.

Dragons' team spirit can help make Euro history - Rynard Landman

Free Press Series: BRUISING BATTLE: Rynard Landman forces Josh Navidi backwards in the Boxing Day clash between Newport Gwent Dragons and Cardiff Blues

2:00pm Tuesday 14th April 2015

RYNARD Landman is confident that Newport Gwent Dragons can make history by qualifying for the European Rugby Challenge Cup final thanks to their never-say-die spirit.

LIVE: Newport Gwent Dragons v Leinster

Free Press Series: Fans to decide Dragons' logo

3:18pm Sunday 12th April 2015

UPDATES from Rodney Parade as Newport Gwent Dragons host Leinster in the Guinness Pro12 (kick-off 4.15pm).

Lyn Jones: I'm so proud of my battling Dragons

Free Press Series:

4:16pm Saturday 4th April 2015

LYN Jones hailed Newport Gwent Dragons’ win in a tense derby with Cardiff Blues as a massive step forward for the region.

Newport Gwent Dragons 25 Cardiff Blues 21 - Derby delight at Rodney Parade

Free Press Series:

2:48pm Saturday 4th April 2015

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons will play in the semi-finals of the European Rugby Challenge Cup after clinging on for victory in a topsy-turvy derby clash with Cardiff Blues.

LIVE: Newport Gwent Dragons v Cardiff Blues

Free Press Series: ON THE CHARGE: Dragons centre Jack Dixon carries hard against the Blues on New Year's Day

10:32am Saturday 4th April 2015

UPDATES from Rodney Parade as Newport Gwent Dragons host Cardiff Blues in the quarter-finals of the European Rugby Challenge Cup (kick-off 12.45pm).

BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Dragons taking a huge risk by hoping strong bench can tilt tight tussle their way

Free Press Series: KEY MAN: Cardiff Blues know they will have to keep Newport Gwent Dragons number eight Taulupe Faletau quiet on Saturday

4:54pm Friday 3rd April 2015

IT'S Newport Gwent Dragons' biggest game for eight years, arguably ever, and director of rugby Lyn Jones has decided to take an almighty gamble.

Richie Rees set to stay with Dragons - as academy coach

Free Press Series: Richie Rees (10572710)

12:52pm Friday 3rd April 2015

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons scrum-half Richie Rees is set to stay with the region – as academy skills coach.

Treviso 17 Newport Gwent Dragons 32

Free Press Series:

9:49pm Saturday 28th March 2015

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons will head into their European showdown with Cardiff Blues with a spring in their step after a first ever league win in Treviso.

Wales edged out by England in Hong Kong 7s

Free Press Series:

12:23pm Friday 27th March 2015

WALES have it all to do on day two of the Hong Kong Sevens after being edged out by England in their tournament opener.

Dragons ace Taulupe Faletau given supersub role in Treviso

Free Press Series: INJURY BLOW: Taulupe Faletau is set to miss the Dragons' game against Cardiff Blues on Boxing Day

12:09pm Friday 27th March 2015

WALES star Taulupe Faletau is on bench duty for Newport Gwent Dragons as they prepare for their European showdown with a Guinness Pro12 encounter at Treviso.

Italy 20 Wales 61: Gatland's men put the heat on title rivals

Free Press Series:

2:32pm Saturday 21st March 2015

WALES delivered on their pre-match pledge to pile the pressure on England and Ireland in the tussle for the Six Nations title thanks to a sensational second half display in Rome.

LIVE: Italy v Wales

Free Press Series: Wales' Alun Wyn Jones is tackled by Italy's Alessandro Zanni during the RBS 6 Nations match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 1, 2014. See PA story RUGBYU Wales. Photo credit should read:

11:21am Saturday 21st March 2015

UPDATES from the Stadio Olimpico as Wales take on Italy in their bid for the Six Nations title.

Dragons fly-half Angus O'Brien gets Wales Sevens call

Free Press Series: BRIGHT PROSPECTS: Fly-half Angus O'Brien starts for the Dragons at Ulster while wing Ashton Hewitt, pictured in support against Glasgow, is on a young bench

2:25pm Wednesday 18th March 2015

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons fly-half Angus O’Brien has been called up by Wales Sevens for the tournaments in Hong Kong and Japan.

Dragons lock Rynard Landman fails in appeal against ban

Free Press Series: Rynard Landman delivers the high tackle that saw him sent off (19061303)

2:22pm Wednesday 18th March 2015

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons lock Rynard Landman has failed in his bid to get his six-week suspension for elbowing reduced and will miss the European showdown with Cardiff Blues.

Wales 23 Ireland 16

Free Press Series:

4:39pm Saturday 14th March 2015

WALES won a Six Nations classic at the Millennium Stadium to end Irish Grand Slam hopes and head to Rome with a shot at the title.

Dragons lock Rynard Landman appeals against six-week ban

Free Press Series: Rynard Landman delivers the high tackle that saw him sent off (19061303)

10:55am Friday 13th March 2015

LOCK Rynard Landman is attempting to feature in Newport Gwent Dragons’ bid for glory in the European Rugby Challenge Cup after appealing against the decision to suspend him for six weeks for catching Connacht’s Jack Carty with his elbow.

LIVE: Newport Gwent Dragons v Ulster

Free Press Series: Fans to decide Dragons' logo

3:21pm Sunday 8th March 2015

UPDATES from Rodney Parade as Newport Gwent Dragons take on Ulster in the Guinness Pro12 (kick-off 4pm).

Rodney Parade to host derby double-header

Free Press Series: BRIGHT PROSPECT: Teenage centre Tyler Morgan on the attack for the Dragons against the Blues

2:29pm Saturday 7th March 2015

THERE will be a derby double-header at Rodney Parade on Easter Saturday with Newport Gwent Dragons’ European quarter-final against Cardiff Blues followed by Newport’s clash with Cross Keys.

Coombs back to boost Dragons for Ulster challenge

Free Press Series: ON THE CHARGE: Andrew Coombs will be looking to carry hard for the Dragons in Dublin

12:11pm Friday 6th March 2015

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons have been boosted by the return of Wales lock Andrew Coombs for Sunday’s visit of Guinness Pro12 title hopefuls Ulster (kick-off 4pm).

ZEBRE 23 DRAGONS 17

Free Press Series: Ashley Smith makes a break

7:28pm Sunday 1st March 2015

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons can empathise with Scotland after being stunned by Italian opposition, paying the price for failing to turn pressure into points against Guinness Pro12 bottom club Zebre.

Boris back for Dragons' Connacht clash

Free Press Series:

12:06pm Friday 20th February 2015

BORIS Stankovich will make his first start for three months for Newport Gwent Dragons against Connacht at Rodney Parade on Sunday (kick-off 4pm).

Dragons suffer Elliot Dee injury blow

Free Press Series:

12:10pm Wednesday 18th February 2015

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons have suffered an injury blow after hooker Elliot Dee underwent shoulder surgery.

Gatland's delight at hard-fought success

Free Press Series:

9:16pm Sunday 15th February 2015

WARREN Gatland expressed his delight that his Wales charges grasped their shot at redemption with victory in Scotland.

Wales get campaign off the ground with 23-26 win in Scotland

Free Press Series: Wales' Rhys Webb scores a try during the RBS Six Nations match at the BT Murrayfield Stadium, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 15, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire (18540733)

5:58pm Sunday 15th February 2015

Scotland 23 Wales 26

Tovey returns at full-back for Dragons' Leinster test

Free Press Series: Tovey to pull the strings for Keys in Penzance

12:25pm Friday 13th February 2015

JASON Tovey’s reward for leading the second half-comeback against London Welsh last weekend is a recall to the starting line-up for Sunday’s Guinness Pro12 trip to Leinster.

Dragons ace Tyler Morgan to see specialist about knee problem

Free Press Series:

8:00am Monday 9th February 2015

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons centre Tyler Morgan is to see a specialist to get an expert opinion on a persistent knee problem.

LIVE: Dragons v London Welsh

Free Press Series:

1:52pm Sunday 8th February 2015

UPDATES from Rodney Parade as Newport Gwent Dragons take on London Welsh in the LV= Cup (kick-off 2.30pm).

Gatland: Sluggish start to second half cost Wales, but that was no second-string England

Free Press Series:

1:07am Saturday 7th February 2015

WARREN Gatland bemoaned Wales’ second half collapse after a deflating 21-16 loss to England in the Six Nations opener at the Millennium Stadium.

Ticket details announced for Dragons' Saturday Euro derby clash against Blues

Free Press Series: CHASING THE BLUES: Rynard Landman and the Dragons are five points back on the men from Cardiff

4:11pm Friday 6th February 2015

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons’ European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final against Cardiff Blues has been given a Saturday lunchtime slot.

Pat Leach starts on Dragons return

Free Press Series: INJURY BLOW: Pat Leach suffered a knee injury in the Dragons' win against Northampton

12:16pm Friday 6th February 2015

CENTRE Pat Leach returns against London Welsh in the LV= Cup on Sunday as Newport Gwent Dragons prepare for the return of the Guinness Pro12.

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