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

Free Press 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

Free Press 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

Free Press 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

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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

Free Press 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

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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

Free Press 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.

Titans and Tigers chasing home success

6:21am Saturday 7th June 2014

Jordan Williams is Pooler's pick

6:01am Friday 6th June 2014

BACK row forward Jordan Williams was named as player of the season at Pontypool's end of season awards.

Head coach Mike Hook leaves Pooler for Bridgend

Free Press Series: MM 27.3.10 PONTYPOOL MIKE HOOK (3508373)

11:16pm Thursday 5th June 2014

HEAD coach Hook has left Pontypool to take charge of the backs at Premiership outfit Bridgend.

New Ebbw signings have regional quality - Jason Strange

Free Press Series: Newport RFC v Bedwas
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9:02am Thursday 5th June 2014

EBBW Vale boss Jason Strange has challenged new recruits Ethan Davies and James Leadbeater to push for a return to regional rugby by shining at Eugene Cross Park, writes Chris Kirwan.

Titans up and running after superb win in the capital

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6:44am Tuesday 3rd June 2014

NEWPORT Titans record their first victory of the Welsh Conference season after a convincing 52-8 win against Cardiff Spartans.

Champions Tigers gunning for a hat-trick of wins

6:20am Saturday 31st May 2014

TORFAEN Tigers chase a repeat of last season’s grand final when they take on Valley Cougars in the South Wales Conference this afternoon (kick-off 2pm).

Scott Matthews named as Premiership newcomer of the year

Free Press Series: Cross Keys versus Aberavon
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11:00pm Tuesday 27th May 2014

CROSS Keys flanker Scott Matthews was named as newcomer of the year at the Principality Premiership Awards Dinner, writes Chris Kirwan.

Tributes paid to former Ebbw Vale player Lee Banks

1:22pm Friday 23rd May 2014

TRIBUTES have been paid to former Ebbw Vale rugby player Lee Banks after his death at the age of 38.

Dragons excited by Ystrad Mynach training upgrade

Free Press Series: Caerphilly County Borough Centre for Sporting Excellence was officially opened by specially invited guests.  Pictured is Dragons player Andrew Coombs trying out the new weights room with Wales Head Coach Warren Gatland looking on. (6430292)

4:06pm Wednesday 21st May 2014

CHIEF executive Gareth Davies says Newport Gwent Dragons have “no excuses” now that they have state-of-the-art training facilities at their disposal.

Newport stalwart Gethin Robinson excited by fresh challenge at Ebbw

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10:48am Wednesday 21st May 2014

NEWPORT stalwart Gethin Robinson is relishing a new Gwent rugby challenge after penning a deal with Ebbw Vale, writes Chris Kirwan.

Woods: Keys players have done themselves proud despite double disappointment

Free Press Series: Pontypridd v Cross Keys
Phil Williams is stopped in his tracks (6311356)

3:15pm Monday 19th May 2014

CROSS Keys may have been the bridesmaids on two occasions but head coach Greg Woods has hailed his charges for a super season.

Steelmen vote Regan as their star man

9:31am Monday 19th May 2014

CAMERON Regan was voted as player of the year by his Ebbw Vale teammates at the Championship champions' awards night.

Keys come up short in final

Free Press Series: Pontypridd v Cross Keys
Leon Andrews can't find a way through the Ponty defence (6311361)

7:40pm Sunday 18th May 2014

CROSS Keys suffered a second dose of heartbreak at the hands of Pontypridd after being overpowered 38-17 in the Principality Premiership final at Sardis Road.

Keys look to make history by stunning Ponty in title shootout

Free Press Series: Pontypridd v Cross Keys Swalec Cup Final. Leon Andrews tries to break through. (5923193)

10:21am Saturday 17th May 2014

CROSS Keys will be fuelled by Millennium Stadium heartbreak when they attempt to become Principality Premiership champions for the first time tomorrow evening (kick-off 5.30pm).

Same again as Keys bid for historic title triumph

Free Press Series: Cross Keys v Llandovery. Tom Lampard goes in aggressively. (5376967)

9:35am Friday 16th May 2014

THE PLAYERS that put Cross Keys 80 minutes away from a first title have been charged with finishing the job against Pontypridd in Sunday's Principality Premiership final (kick-off 5.30pm).

Crawshay's go for experience in Czech encounter

1:58pm Thursday 15th May 2014

CRAWSHAY’S Welsh have chosen an experienced squad for their tour of the Czech Republic at the end of the month.

Keys coach: We need to take the game to Ponty to win the title

Free Press Series: Elliott Jones (5544127)

10:18am Tuesday 13th May 2014

CROSS Keys head coach Greg Woods believes his side can win their first Principality Premiership title as long as they don't go into their shells at Pontypridd on Sunday, writes Chris Kirwan.








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