Gareth Davies: New deal increases pressure on Dragons to produce more Wales talent

Free Press Series: TV DEBATE: Newport Gwent Dragons chief executive Gareth Davies

4:54pm Friday 29th August 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons chief executive Gareth Davies admits that the fresh deal with the Welsh Rugby Union has put the heat on the region to produce more international talent, writes Chris Kirwan.

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

Free Press 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.

Dragons captain Lee Byrne excited by Saints challenge

Free Press Series: TOUGH TEST: Dragons captain Lee Byrne is ready to take on Northampton

9:03am Friday 29th August 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons captain Lee Byrne believe tonight's clash against English champions Northampton is the ultimate test as they count down to the start of the Guinness Pro12.

Saints stars to give Dragons a bruising warm-up

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8:37am Friday 29th August 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons wanted a stern pre-season test ahead of their Guinness Pro12 opener in Galway but the news that filtered through from Northampton just after midday yesterday may have prompted a few gulps.

WRU and regions confirm new deal

5:20pm Thursday 28th August 2014

THE Welsh Rugby Union and Regional Rugby Wales have ended their long-running dispute by signing a new six-year agreement.

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

Free Press Series: Northampton Saints George North is tackled by Ospreys Jeff Hassler during the Heineken Cup, Pool One match at Franklins Gardens, Northampton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 20, 2013. See PA story RUGBYU Northampton. Photo credit sho

12:47pm Thursday 28th August 2014

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.

Newport's James Collins out of Andorra clash

Free Press Series: File photo dated 26/03/2011 of James Collins. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday October 9, 2013. West Ham defender James Collins has been called into the Wales squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Belgium, the Football Ass

11:37am Thursday 28th August 2014

West Ham United defender, James Collins, has withdrawn from the Wales squad to face Andorra on September 9. Collins is suffering with a hamstring injury.

Huw Bevan ready to help Dragons young talent thrive after Indian summer with England

Free Press Series: NEW CHALLENGE: Newport Gwent Dragons high performance manager Huw Bevan

9:19am Thursday 28th August 2014

AFTER helping to usher in a new dawn for English cricket, Huw Bevan is relishing the chance to aid in the development of Newport Gwent Dragons' crop of burgeoning talent.

Fired-up Andy Powell will be a Dragons hit - Scott Quinnell

Free Press Series: NEW BOY: Andy Powell has been backed to shine for Newport Gwent Dragons  by Scott Quinnell

9:04am Thursday 28th August 2014

SCOTT Quinnell believes Newport Gwent Dragons will profit from fired-up powerhouse number eight Andy Powell wanting to sign off with a bang.

Dragons tyro Scott Matthews out to impress against Saints

Free Press Series: BRIGHT PROSPECT: Dragons flanker Scott Matthews carries hard against Bristol

8:35am Thursday 28th August 2014

TENACIOUS flanker Scott Matthews hopes to make another pre-season impression when Newport Gwent Dragons host the English champions in Ebbw Vale tomorrow evening, writes Chris Kirwan.

Glamorgan seamer John Glover retires from pro cricket

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9:48pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

GLAMORGAN seamer John Glover is retiring from professional cricket to pursue other employment opportunities following long-term injury.

Coleman won't say yes or no on potential Ched Evans return

Free Press Series: Sheffield United and Wales footballer Ched Evans Sunday July 31, 2011.  (8431777)

4:30pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

WALES boss Chris Coleman is making no assurances on the international future of Ched Evans.

Coleman won't quibble wherever Andorra game is staged/Dibble

Free Press Series: File photo dated 13/08/2013 of Wales manager Chris Coleman. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday September 6, 2013. Chris Coleman managed to take the spotlight off Gareth Bale by losing his passport and missing Wales' final preparations for ton

4:13pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

WALES manager Chris Coleman admits life’s a pitch for an international manager and ideally he doesn’t want his side to have to play on an artificial surface in Andorra, writes Michael Pearlman.

Bale and Ramsey named in Wales' squad for Andorra qualifier

Free Press Series: CONFIDENT: Aaron Ramsey

2:39pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

WALES boss Chris Coleman has named Real Madrid's Gareth Bale and Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey in his squad for the opening Euro 2016 qualifer in Andorra.

Former Wales pair give Pooler a helping hand

Free Press 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.

Lyn Jones: Dragons pack face litmus test against powerful Saints

Free Press Series: POWERFUL: Former Wales lock Ian Gough is among the signings that will strengthen the Dragons' pack

9:34am Wednesday 27th August 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons director of rugby Lyn Jones says Friday's clash with Northampton will provide an early indication of whether they have the required grunt up front this season.

Regions ready for the off after a summer of discontent

Free Press Series: Glasgow Warriors Al Kellock, MunsterÕs Peter OÕMahony, ConnachtÕs John Muldoon, Newport Gwent DragonsÕs Lee Byrne, Cardiff BluesÕ Matthew Rees, ScarletÕs Ken Owens, LeinsterÕs Jamie Heaslip, UlsterÕs

7:42am Wednesday 27th August 2014

GOOD things come to those who wait and there will certainly be plenty of relief when the Guinness Pro12 gets under way next weekend.

Adam Jones should be at the Dragons, says Wales forwards coach

Free Press Series: Adam Jones (4649318)

10:02pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

WALES star Adam Jones should have signed for Newport Gwent Dragons, says national forwards coach Robin McBryde.

Lee Byrne attends PR012 London season launch

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12:26pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

THE Guinness PRO12 was launched at the Diageo headquarters in Park Royal, London, today with all 12 clubs’ captains and coaches in attendance.

Dragons suffer Netani Talei injury blow

Free Press Series: SIDELINED: Dragons number eight/blindside Netani Talei

9:36am Tuesday 26th August 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons have been handed a pre-season injury blow with back row forward Netani Talei set to be sidelined until the New Year because of a foot injury.

Teams heading to Newport for Rugby World Cup

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9:19am Tuesday 26th August 2014

THE Celtic Manor and Newport High School will be used by Ireland and Georgia at next year’s Rugby World Cup.

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.

Lydney 0 Dragons 36

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6:09pm Sunday 24th August 2014

THE SIZE of the victory was comfortable but Newport Gwent Dragons didn’t have thing all their own way when beating Lydney 36-0 in a pre-season friendly.

Prop David Young: Championship battles will help me scrum strongly for Dragons

10:02am Saturday 23rd August 2014

TIGHTHEAD David Young believes a season in the brutal, attritional English Championship will help him play his part in fostering a scrummaging culture at Newport Gwent Dragons, writes Chris Kirwan.

Dragons unveil new kit

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9:43am Saturday 23rd August 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons have unveiled their new home kit for the coming season.

Lewis Evans to skipper youthful Dragons side at Lydney

Free Press Series: Chance for more Dragons to impress against Falcons

8:02am Saturday 23rd August 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons will be captained by back row forward Lewis Evans in tomorrow’s pre-season friendly against Lydney (kick-off 3pm), writes Chris Kirwan.

Steve Jones excited by fresh start after Dragons departure

Free Press Series: Newport Gwent Dragons Scrum Coach Steve Jones (1086067)

3:42pm Friday 22nd August 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons legend Steve Jones is excited about the next chapter of his rugby career after landing a job at Gower College Swansea.

We were afraid of England, says Wales' women's boss

Free Press Series: DEFEAT: Sarah Wiltshire goes for goal against England

11:17am Friday 22nd August 2014

WALES’ women’s football manager Jarmo Matikainen admitted his players were afraid of star-studded England on Thursday night, writes Andrew Penman.

Dragons prospect Scott Andrews on the up thanks to his second row mentors

Free Press Series: YOUNG LOCK: Newport Gwent Dragons prospect Scott Andrews

9:34am Friday 22nd August 2014

LOCK Scott Andrews is looking to show the fruits of his labour on the training paddock when he lines up for Newport Gwent Dragons against Lydney on Sunday.

Women's World Cup qualifier: Wales 0 England 4

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8:55pm Thursday 21st August 2014

ENGLAND’S women sealed their place at next year’s World Cup thanks to a comprehensive victory at the Cardiff City Stadium that leaves Wales’ qualification hopes in the balance.

Welsh women ready to take on old enemy England

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12:50pm Thursday 21st August 2014

WALES’ women’s football manager Jarmo Matikainen has warned his players not to get carried away with playing rivals England tonight, writes Andrew Penman.

Glamorgan chief Hugh Morris excited by India's return to the Swalec Stadium

Free Press Series: England's Hugh Morris speaks during the press conference at the Sofitel Hotel, Brisbane, Australia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday November 25, 2013. See PA story CRICKET England. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire. RESTRI

12:08pm Thursday 21st August 2014

GLAMORGAN have got used to the eyes of the cricketing world being on the Swalec Stadium but chief executive Hugh Morris admits it’s special when India are the visitors.

Aled Brew ready to go on the run for the Dragons after Biarritz frustration

Free Press Series: STRONG RUNNER: Aled Brew goes on the charge for the Dragons against Leinster in 2012

8:50am Thursday 21st August 2014

WING Aled Brew is relishing the chance to go on the charge again for Newport Gwent Dragons after two seasons of being starved of the ball in the south of France.

New recruit Lloyd Fairbrother learning fast and eyeing Dragons starting spot

Free Press Series: IN SUPPORT: Lloyd Fairbrother on his first Dragons outing against Bristol

10:05am Wednesday 20th August 2014

TIGHTHEAD Lloyd Fairbrother is enjoying learning about the dark arts of scrummaging from fellow new recruit Boris Stankovich and has set his sights on a spot alongside him in the Newport Gwent Dragons front row.

McLoughlin gutted to miss out on a medal

Free Press Series: The IPC Athletics Swansea 2014 T37 100m Semi Final Heat 2.  Pictured wearing 287 competing for GBR is Jenny McLoughlin from Chepstow recording a Personal Best time 14.38 seconds, qualifying for the final. (9448736)

9:30am Wednesday 20th August 2014

JENNY McLoughlin admitted it was a blow not to come away with a medal on day one of the IPC European Athletics Championships after setting a personal best in the semi-finals.

Dragons on the hunt for another fly-half

Free Press Series: MAIN MAN: Jason Tovey is the Dragons' only senior fly-half

9:05am Wednesday 20th August 2014

HEAD coach Kingsley Jones says Newport Gwent Dragons are on the lookout for a new fly-half – but they won't make a panic buy.

Wales U18s overpowered by South Africa

11:41am Wednesday 20th August 2014

WALES Under-18s team manager Kevin George insists his young charges gained a huge amount from playing their powerful South African counterparts.

Adam Jones excited by fresh challenge in Cardiff

Free Press Series: Adam Jones (4648920)

4:41pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

WALES prop Adam Jones says he is relishing a new challenge after rejecting a contract offer from the Ospreys to sign for Cardiff Blues.

Byron Hayward: Future bright for Dragons U18s after English double

2:37pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

BYRON Hayward believes Newport Gwent Dragons' under-18s have shown they have the talent to become Welsh champions after recording a terrific English double, writes Chris Kirwan.

Time is right for a female coach, says Wales' women's boss

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11:46am Tuesday 19th August 2014

WALES’ women’s football manager Jarmo Matikainen says it could be time for a female coach to succeed him – after he’s guided the side to next year’s World Cup, writes Andrew Penman.

Dragons aim to heed referee Hennessy's warnings

Free Press Series: ON THE CHARGE: Dragons blindside flanker Andrew Coombs carries hard against Bristol

9:04am Tuesday 19th August 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons are hoping to help stay on the right side of the law with some help from a Welsh whistler.

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.

Kingsley Jones delighted with Dragons' first workout

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10:21am Monday 18th August 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons head coach Kingsley Jones hailed a valuable first hit-out after seeing his side beat Bristol 34-19.

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.

Bristol 19 Newport Gwent Dragons 34

Free Press Series: Bristol v Dragons. Rynard Landman touches down. (9378509)

4:50pm Sunday 17th August 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons enjoyed victory in their first hit-out of 2014/15 after running four tries past Bristol in a 34-19 success at Clifton.

Kingsley Jones: Valuable Bristol hit-out will expose Dragons' flaws

10:26am Saturday 16th August 2014

HEAD coach Kingsley Jones hopes Newport Gwent Dragons will reap the rewards of a more packed pre-season schedule, writes Chris Kirwan.

Rynard Landman aiming to provide the Dragons with plenty of grunt up front

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9:47am Saturday 16th August 2014

THE MANTRA of a South African lock is a simple one – smash rucks, carry hard.

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.

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