Dragons hit by injury blow as Jack Dixon faces three months out

Free Press Series: BRIGHT TALENT: Teenage centre Jack Dixon is one of many exciting young players in the Dragons' ranks

8:10am Monday 22nd September 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons centre Jack Dixon faces three months on the sidelines because of a wrist injury.

Dragons left with no margin for error against Treviso after third spluttering display on the spin

Free Press Series: Taulupe Faletau (10572700)

4:48pm Sunday 21st September 2014

THE Newport Gwent Dragons management declared that there would be "no excuses" for not pushing on this season yet unfortunately they are coming thick and fast.

Dragons 13 Glasgow 33

Free Press Series:

4:29pm Saturday 20th September 2014

NOT even a red card for Glasgow flanker Tyrone Holmes could help Newport Gwent Dragons from avoiding a pointless afternoon at Rodney Parade.

Dragons v Glasgow

Free Press Series:

2:24pm Saturday 20th September 2014

UPDATES from Rodney Parade as Newport Gwent Dragons take on in-form Glasgow in the Guinness Pro12.

Dragons' delight at snapping up centre Ben John

Free Press Series: NEW BOY: Ben John has signed for the Dragons on loan from the Ospreys

8:32am Saturday 20th September 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons are hoping that Ben John will be a reassuring, Pat Leach-like figure in their midfield after signing the Ospreys centre on an emergency loan.

Nic Cudd: Dragons must combat Glasgow's breakdown threat

Free Press Series: IN THE THICK OF IT: Dragons flanker Nic Cudd will put his body on the line against Glasgow

8:03am Saturday 20th September 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons and European champions Toulon were the only sides that Glasgow failed to beat last season and the Rodney Parade region will have to be at their tenacious best if they are to stun the Warriors this afternoon.

Centre Ben John signs on loan from Ospreys to help injury-hit Dragons

Free Press Series:

12:09pm Friday 19th September 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons have signed Ben John on loan from the Ospreys with the centre slotting straight into midfield for tomorrow’s Guinness Pro12 clash with Glasgow.

Dragons to keep a close eye on Glasgow's flying Fijian

Free Press Series: DANGER MAN: Newport Gwent Dragons need to keep Niko Matawalu quiet

9:02am Friday 19th September 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons must get to grips with one Glaswegian who certainly has no qualms about going it alone when they attempt to get their Guinness Pro12 campaign up and running at Rodney Parade.

LEWIS EVANS: Bath tune-up sets us up for Glasgow challenge

Free Press Series:

9:00am Friday 19th September 2014

WE will be hunting our first win of the Guinness Pro12 season when we take on Glasgow tomorrow afternoon – and preparation has been excellent with a little bit of help from some English rivals.

Kingsley Jones delighted with progress of Dragons' pack

9:46pm Thursday 18th September 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons may be struggling for numbers in the backs but their forwards appear to be in good shape ahead of tomorrow's Guinness Pro12 clash with Glasgow (kick-off 2.40pm), writes Chris Kirwan.

Dragons fixture headache solved

Free Press Series:

10:36am Thursday 18th September 2014

THE LV= Cup has had a fixture reshuffle to avoid a clash with Newport Gwent Dragons’ Guinness Pro12 encounter with Ulster.

Ashley Smith straight back in to boost injury-hit Dragons

Free Press Series: Ross Wardle keen to learn off Dragons midfield partner Ashley Smith

9:18am Thursday 18th September 2014

ASHLEY Smith has only just returned to full training after six months on the sidelines but will answer Newport Gwent Dragons’ SOS against Glasgow on Saturday.

Dragons boss: Andrew Coombs must learn after putting the boot in

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

9:04am Thursday 18th September 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons head coach Kingsley Jones believes Andrew Coombs has learnt a harsh lesson after being slapped with a three-week ban for carelessly catching Alun Wyn Jones on the head with his boot.

Dragons down to the bare bones for Glasgow

Free Press Series: Dragons squad 2014-15. Jason Tovey (9444142)

4:56pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons are down to the bare bones in the backs for Saturday’s Guinness Pro12 clash with in-form Glasgow at Rodney Parade.

Premiership action crucial for Dragons tyro Angus O'Brien - Neil Jenkins

Free Press Series: BRIGHT START: Angus O'Brien impressed on his Dragons debut

9:36am Wednesday 17th September 2014

WALES skills coach Neil Jenkins believes plenty of rugby, whether with Cross Keys or Newport Gwent Dragons, is vital in the development of promising fly-half Angus O'Brien.

Dragons boss: Prop Lloyd Fairbrother can be our Samson Lee

Free Press Series: BRIGHT START: Tighthead Lloyd Fairbrother has impressed in the Dragons' front row

9:19am Wednesday 17th September 2014

LLOYD Fairbrother has been tipped to follow in the footsteps of Wales tighthead Samson Lee after making a bright start to life with Newport Gwent Dragons.

Three-week ban for Dragons forward Andrew Coombs

Free Press Series:

9:40pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons forward Andrew Coombs has been banned for three weeks for stamping on the head of Alun Wyn Jones.

Italians and Romanians battle to face Dragons

Free Press Series: (10416324)

1:21pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons will move a step closer to knowing their final European opponents this weekend when the first leg of the Rugby Challenge Cup qualifiers takes place.

Defensive don Nic Cudd so valuable to Dragons - Kingsley Jones

Free Press Series: Ospreys heading east without talisman Alun Wyn Jones

8:52am Monday 15th September 2014

NIC Cudd may only stand at 5ft 10is but head coach Kingsley Jones says the openside flanker has proved that he is a defensive titan for Newport Gwent Dragons.

Dragons forward Andrew Coombs cited

Free Press Series:

7:48pm Sunday 14th September 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons forward Andrew Coombs has been cited following an incident in the second half of last Friday’s 17-15 loss to the Ospreys.

Dragons lacking patience in attack, admits Kingsley Jones

Free Press Series: ON THE CHARGE: Lewis Evans carries the ball hard for the Dragons against the Ospreys

11:33am Saturday 13th September 2014

HEAD coach Kingsley Jones admits that Newport Gwent Dragons are missing the calming influence of injured centres Ashley Smith and Pat Leach after another error-strewn display.

Dragons 15 Ospreys 17

Free Press Series: Dragons versus Ospreys
BREAKING THROUGH Dragon Rynard Landman (10316740)

9:41pm Friday 12th September 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons were condemned to a derby defeat by the Ospreys after a late comeback inspired by teenage debutant Angus O'Brien fell agonisingly short.

Lyn Jones: Dragons must hunt and harass Ospreys in Rodney Parade cauldron

9:31am Friday 12th September 2014

LYN Jones has demanded Newport Gwent Dragons "hunt down and harass" the Ospreys at a raucous Rodney Parade this evening to show that the gap has closed on the Welsh pacesetters.

LEWIS EVANS: After Obama hopefully the Dragons can keep Newport in the limelight

Free Press Series:

9:00am Friday 12th September 2014

WITH the excitement of the Nato summit over – the constant flash of blue lights, protesters and general hype in the city – hopefully the Dragons can keep Newport in the limelight.

Wales pair back for Dragons

Free Press Series: Taulupe Faletau to start Dragons' Pro12 opener  in Connacht on the bench

12:34pm Thursday 11th September 2014

WALES internationals Taulupe Faletau and Hallam Amos return to the starting line-up for Newport Gwent Dragons’ Guinness Pro12 clash with the Ospreys tomorrow night (kick-off 7.35pm).

Ian Gough: Young Dragons are leaving us old heads fearing the axe

Free Press Series: BRIGHT PROSPECT: Elliot Dee and his fellow young guns are piling the pressure on the Dragons' seasoned campaigners

9:04am Thursday 11th September 2014

IAN Gough admits that the Newport Gwent Dragons young guns are leaving the seasoned campaigners sweating on their places.

Ospreys heading east without talisman Alun Wyn Jones

Free Press Series: Ospreys heading east without talisman Alun Wyn Jones

7:38am Thursday 11th September 2014

THE Ospreys have opted against bringing back talisman lock Alun Wyn Jones against Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade tomorrow evening (kick-off 7.30pm).

Dragons hope Rodney Parade factor sends Ospreys into meltdown

Free Press Series: Bristol v Dragons. Lee Byrne on the ball. (9378555)

9:10am Wednesday 10th September 2014

CAPTAIN Lee Byrne has asked the Newport Gwent Dragons faithful to turn Rodney Parade into a bear pit on Friday night to expose the Ospreys to the type of atmosphere that he used to dread.

Dan Biggar: Ospreys young guns need to step things up in Rodney Parade cauldron

Free Press Series: BOOT-IFUL: Ospreys fly-half Dan Biggar shines when kicking out of hand as well as from the tee

8:26am Wednesday 10th September 2014

THE Ospreys may have got their Guinness Pro12 campaign off to a flying start but Wales ace Dan Biggar says they need to up their game to avoid a Rodney Parade "stuffing" on Friday night.

Hallam Amos back to bolster Dragons midfield against Ospreys

Free Press Series: Hallam Amos (5574339)

5:33pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

WALES international Hallam Amos will return for Newport Gwent Dragons against the Ospreys and is poised to line up in midfield.

Dragons lock Ian Gough desperate to earn an Ospreys reunion

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

9:05am Tuesday 9th September 2014

LOCK Ian Gough is hoping to get the chance to slug it out with his former side as a pick-me-up after Newport Gwent Dragons' disappointing start to the Guinness Pro12.

Pro12 credibility harmed by TMO farce - Dragons boss Lyn Jones

Free Press Series: Lyn Jones pleased despite Dragons' lack of a bonus

9:04am Monday 8th September 2014

LYN Jones believes the Guinness Pro12 will continue to lag behind the Aviva Premiership until it brings in television footage to decide big calls in all games after Newport Gwent Dragons were hit by a controversial decision in their season opener.

Errors galore as Dragons waste golden chance for rare win in Ireland

Free Press Series: ON THE CHARGE: Dragons number eight  Andy Powell is tackled by Connacht prop Denis Buckley (Picture: Mike Shaughnessy)

5:08pm Sunday 7th September 2014

ON the face of it a losing bonus point at the Sportsground wasn't a disastrous start to the Guinness Pro12 for Newport Gwent Dragons. In reality it was a golden opportunity to end their Irish hoodoo wasted.

Connacht 16 Newport Gwent Dragons 11

Free Press Series: Newport Gwent Dragons versus Bath Rugby in the Amlin Challenge Cup
BLOOD BATH Dragons Nic Cudd knows he's been in a game (3376696)

6:57pm Saturday 6th September 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons’ miserable record in Ireland continued after they slipped to a 16-11 defeat to Connacht in their Guinness Pro12 opener.

Stankovich: Dragons need to repeat Saints show in Galway

Free Press Series: TOP PROP: Loosehead Boris Stankovich

10:03am Saturday 6th September 2014

PROP Boris Stankovich says Newport Gwent Dragons have taken encouragement from standing toe-to-toe with Northampton's powerful pack but has stressed that it will count for nothing come 5pm.

Lyn Jones: Dragons need a flying start

Free Press Series: CENTRAL FIGURE: Jack Dixon will lead the charge for the Dragons from midfield

9:02am Saturday 6th September 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons boss Lyn Jones has called on his charges to make a fast start in their bid to rid their tag as Wales' worst-performing region.

Will Greenwood tips Dragons for Pro12 playoffs

Free Press Series: STRONG DISPLAY: Andy Powell offloads in the Dragons' win against Northampton

8:01pm Friday 5th September 2014

ENGLAND World Cup winner Will Greenwood has tipped Newport Gwent Dragons to qualify for the Guinness Pro12 playoffs.

Dragons hand debuts to quintet while teen centre Barney Nightingale earns spot on bench

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

12:31pm Friday 5th September 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons will hand debuts to five players in tomorrow’s Guinness Pro12 opener against Connacht in Galway.

LEWIS EVANS: Competition for places fierce ahead of big kick-off

Free Press Series: Dragons v Northampton Saints. Andy Powell gets the attention of the Saints (9824793)

9:30am Friday 5th September 2014

AFTER a long, hard pre-season we can't wait to get going and hopefully over the next eight months I will be writing about plenty of Newport Gwent Dragons victories.

Jonathan Evans determined to get Dragons career back on track

Free Press Series: Bristol v Dragons. Jonathan Evans sprints away. (10023334)

9:02am Friday 5th September 2014

JONATHAN Evans is determined to wrestle the number 9 jersey off Richie Rees and get his Newport Gwent Dragons career back on track.

Lyn Jones: Dragons can be Wales' top dogs

Free Press Series: Lyn Jones pleased despite Dragons' lack of a bonus

9:07am Thursday 4th September 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons director of rugby Lyn Jones believes the title as Wales' leading region is up for grabs.

Stankovich will give Dragons a solid platform - Leinster boss O'Connor

Free Press Series: SCRUM MENTOR: New Dragons loosehead Boris Stankovich

8:47am Thursday 4th September 2014

BORIS Stankovich may not carry like Cian Healy but the Newport Gwent Dragons loosehead has been tipped to be a key man for the region's attack by his former coach, writes Chris Kirwan.

Lee Byrne: Dragons can change Welsh pecking order

Free Press Series:

7:00am Thursday 4th September 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons skipper Lee Byrne wants to take his side to new heights in this season's Guinness Pro12, writes Sacha Clayton.

Taulupe Faletau to start Dragons' Pro12 opener in Connacht on the bench

Free Press Series: Taulupe Faletau to start Dragons' Pro12 opener  in Connacht on the bench

3:15pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

WALES and Lions number eight Taulupe Faletau will start Newport Gwent Dragons’ Guinness Pro12 opener against Connacht on the bench.

Andy Powell: Dragons have shown we have plenty of grunt up front

Free Press Series: STRONG DISPLAY: Andy Powell offloads in the Dragons' win against Northampton

9:05am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

ANDY Powell believes Newport Gwent Dragons have shown they can pack a punch in the Guinness Pro12 by going toe-to-toe with the English champions.

Tom Prydie: Pressure on Dragons starters to perform

Free Press Series: DESPERATE TO IMPRESS: Tom Prydie hopes to line up on the Dragons' right wing

8:31am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons may be down to the bare bones in midfield but Tom Prydie believes competition for places is heating up elsewhere ahead of the start of the Guinness Pro12.

Enforced teenage midfield partnership can dazzle for Dragons

Free Press Series: POWERFUL: Jack Dixon, pictured against Connacht at Rodney Parade last season, will join forces with fellow teenage centre Tyler Morgan in Galway

9:20am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

IT MAY be through necessity but Newport Gwent Dragons will give a glimpse of the future in Galway on Saturday.

Dragons on the hunt for a centre after Pat Leach injury blow

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

9:02am Monday 1st September 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons director of rugby Lyn Jones will attempt to sign a centre after being left down to his last two men in midfield.

Lyn Jones delighted with Dragons' gutsy display

Free Press Series:

10:14am Saturday 30th August 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons director of rugby Lyn Jones was full of praise for his charges after they went toe-to-toe with one of Europe’s most powerful sides.

Dragons 27 Northampton 25

Free Press Series: Dragons v Northampton Saints. Andy Powell gets the attention of the Saints (9824793)

9:25pm Friday 29th August 2014

APPROPRIATELY at the home of Ebbw Vale, Newport Gwent Dragons showed plenty of steel to record a stunning pre-season win against Northampton.






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