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Prydie and Amos join Faletau in Wales squad

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

11:12am Tuesday 21st October 2014

THREE Newport Gwent Dragons players have been called up to the Wales squad for the autumn internationals – but there is no place for tighthead Adam Jones.

Keys' rivals Cornish Pirates hit by points penalty in BIC


4:52pm Monday 20th October 2014

CROSS Keys could end Cornish Pirates' hopes of making the British and Irish Cup quarter-finals on Sunday after the men from the Mennaye Field had their opening weekend win chalked off.

WRU mourns Gallacher

5:06pm Sunday 19th October 2014

The Welsh Rugby Union has paid tribute to former Scarlets chief executive Stuart Gallacher, who has died at the age of 68.

Blinding score from Cross Keys hero Leon Andrews

Free Press Series: Cross Keys RFC v Doncaster Knights in the British & Irish Cup Competition.  Pictured is Cross Keys Captain Leon Andrews on his way to scoring the opening try. (11363273)

3:56pm Sunday 19th October 2014

Bedford 22 Cross Keys 23

Vale clinch dramatic victory at Rodney Parade

Free Press Series: Newport versus Ebbw 
BALL AWAY Newport scrum-half Owen Davies serves his backs (11640548)

2:37pm Sunday 19th October 2014


Steffan Jones hoping to come out on top in Cross Keys reunion

Free Press Series: Crosskeys v Bridgend - Steffan Jones powers forwards (1824529)

9:17am Saturday 18th October 2014

STEFFAN Jones played a huge role in helping Cross Keys to the final of the British and Irish Cup two years ago but this afternoon the fly-half will attempt to put the boot into the Pandy Park side.

Gwent pair look to climb out of Championship drop zone

6:40am Saturday 18th October 2014

THE Swalec Championship table doesn't make pretty reading for Newbridge and Blackwood at the moment but the Gwent pair know that things can turn around swiftly in a fiercely-contested league.

Nothing Strange about Steelmen's flying start

Free Press Series: BRUISING BATTLE: Newport wing Jon Morris tackles Ebbw Vale's Rhys Clarke in the clash at Eugene Cross Park

10:07am Friday 17th October 2014

PLENTY of eyebrows have been raised by Ebbw Vale's stunning start to the Principality Premiership but it hasn't come as a surprise to head coach Jason Strange, writes Chris Kirwan.

Keys left with little margin for error in British and Irish Cup

Free Press Series: TEEN TALENT: Dragons Academy centre Barney Nightingale impressed for Cross Keys against Doncaster last weekend

3:11pm Thursday 16th October 2014

CROSS Keys need to triumph on English soil in the coming 10 days if they are to keep their British and Irish Cup hopes alive.

Regions in dark over moves for Wales pair

Free Press Series: Jamie Roberts (4648946)

5:13pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

DAN Lydiate and Jamie Roberts have been linked with returns to Wales ahead of the World Cup – but the regions say they are in the dark over moves for the Lions duo.

Lydiate and Roberts linked with return home

Free Press Series: DOUBT: Dan Lydiate could miss Saturday's clash with Italy

9:10am Tuesday 14th October 2014

LIONS stars Dan Lydiate and Jamie Roberts could be heading home to Wales from Racing Metro this week, according to reports in France.


Free Press Series: Adam Frampton (1191701)

4:47pm Sunday 12th October 2014

INJURY-hit Newport put up a great fight at the Arms Park and came within an ace of recording their second Principality Premiership win of the season pushing their opponents to the limit in the hectic closing minutes.

Cross Keys fall just short in eight-try thriller – Cross Keys 32 Doncaster Knights 37

Free Press Series: STOPPED: Cross Keys' Leon Andrews tries to power his was through the Pontypridd defence during Sunday's Swalec Cup final defeat

9:02pm Saturday 11th October 2014

CROSS Keys head coach Greg Woods believes his team are still very much in the British and Irish Cup despite opening their campaign with a home defeat after an excellent encounter.

Black and Ambers stretched to the limit for Cardiff test

Free Press Series: STAND-IN SKIPPER: Newport lock Adam Brown captains the side in the absence of Ollie Griffiths

7:57am Saturday 11th October 2014

NEWPORT will need a tighter defence than they have shown on their last two trips to the capital when they lock horns with Cardiff in the Principality Premiership this afternoon (kick-off 2.30pm).

Keys chasing fast start to BIC campaign against Doncaster

Free Press Series: BIG GAME: Polu Uhi and Cross Keys will look to get off to a winning start against Doncaster in the British and Irish Cup

7:46am Saturday 11th October 2014

CROSS Keys head coach Greg Woods knows a flying start is vital to his side's hopes of making the knockout stages of the British and Irish Cup.

Newbridge hope to start afresh with victory

5:48am Saturday 11th October 2014

NEWBRIDGE aim to start a new era with a first win of the season when they host Tata Steel in the Swalec Championship this afternoon, writes Chris Kirwan.

Cwmbran win Monmouth Festival under-13s cup

Free Press Series: VICTORIOUS: The team with the cup after the tournament (Picture submitted by Glyn Davies)

3:58pm Friday 10th October 2014

JUST a week after winning the Penallta Tournament, Cwmbran under-13s travelled to Monmouth RFC to take part in their annual Festival of Rugby.

Monmouth RFC give Rhymney a ten-try hiding

3:53pm Friday 10th October 2014

Rhymney 22 Monmouth 64

Newport without Dragons young guns for Cardiff tussle

Free Press Series: BIC DUTY: Flanker Ollie Griffiths will play for Cross Keys rather than Newport tomorrow

10:10am Friday 10th October 2014

NEWPORT must cope without captain Ollie Griffiths and three of his fellow Dragons young guns for their Principality Premiership encounter with old foes Cardiff in the capital tomorrow, writes Chris Kirwan.

Adam Powell: Cross Keys core vital in cup opener against Doncaster

Free Press Series: Adam Powell is tackled by Owen Davies (10074526)

10:06am Friday 10th October 2014

THERE may a strong Dragons influence at Pandy Park tomorrow but number eight Adam Powell insists it will be a typical dogged Cross Keys performance in their British and Irish Cup opener.

Talywain RFC 42 - Newport HSOB 21

12:12pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

TALYWAIN RFC gained their first league win after a disappointing start to the season beating Newport HSOB 42 - 21.

East Gwent win the Gwent County FA U16s Inter-League Cup 2014/15

Free Press Series: VICTORY: East Gwent (pictured), who are sponsored by the Free Press, win the Gwent County FA U16s Inter-League Cup 2014/15 (Photo supplied by Derek Harris)

2:13pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

AFTER previously defeating the Newport and District Junior League, the East Gwent League reached the final of the Gwent County FA under 16s Inter-League cup to face a very strong Islwyn Junior League at Llanwern on Thursday evening.

Forgeside under-9s and under-8s v Rhymney

1:09pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

FORGESIDE under-9s lost on Sunday to a well organised Rhymney side, but the score did not reflect how well the youngsters played.

Lion Hotel sponsors Blaenavon RFC

3:12pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

SATURDAY saw Blaenavon entrepreneur and former Blaenavon RFC captain Paul Jones handing over a new kit in club colours to club captain Lee Wright.

Dragons lend a hand to Cross Keys for BIC campaign

Free Press Series: BIC DUTY: Dragons academy flanker Ollie Griffiths, who is Newport RFC's captain, is set to be in the Cross Keys squad against Doncaster

9:36am Wednesday 8th October 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons will bolster the Cross Keys squad in a bid to help the Pandy Park outfit have a real crack at the British and Irish Cup this season.

Newbridge bring in Neil Edwards as head coach

Free Press Series: NEW BOSS: Neil Edwards, pictured when in charge of Ebbw Vale, has joined Newbridge as head coach

4:40pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

NEWBRIDGE have appointed Neil Edwards as their head coach as they attempt to avoid a second successive Swalec Championship relegation battle, writes Chris Kirwan.

Super Steelmen stun Keys with bonus point triumph – Cross Keys 20 Ebbw Vale 34

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6:25pm Saturday 4th October 2014

EBBW Vale made a mockery of any suggestion they can't play open rugby after a vintage performance of attacking football saw them stun Cross Keys with a bonus point victory.

Blackwood aim for elusive first win

Free Press Series: BIG ASK: Centre Scott Williams and Newbridge face a tough trip to Swansea in the Swalec Championship

6:44am Saturday 4th October 2014

AFTER a testing start to the season Blackwood will hope to bag their first Swalec Championship win at Glan-yr-Afon Park this afternoon (kick-off 2.30pm).

PREMIERSHIP PREVIEW: Cross Keys chasing the double over Gwent foes Ebbw

Free Press Series: FISTICUFFS: Tempers fray in the British and Irish Cup qualifier between Cross Keys and Ebbw Vale at the start of the season

6:36am Saturday 4th October 2014

CROSS Keys will attempt to tune-up for the British and Irish Cup by overcoming a stern challenge from Ebbw Vale in the Principality Premiership this afternoon, writes Chris Kirwan.

Groves named as Wales skipper

Free Press Series: SAME AGAIN: Jevon Groves, try scorer last week against Zebre, starts at lock

1:59pm Friday 3rd October 2014

FORMER Newport Gwent Dragons back row forward Jevon Groves has been named as captain of Wales Sevens for the coming campaign.

Newport look to get on a roll in Bridgend

Free Press Series: Win gives us confidence for Cardiff – Mark Workman

10:09am Friday 3rd October 2014

NEWPORT will be looking to show the same fighting spirit that earned them derby bragging rights when they head to Bridgend in the Principality Premiership tomorrow.

Error-strewn Bedwas must up their game for Quins - Law

Free Press Series: CONSOLATION: Wing Matthew John runs through for a try versus Aberavon but Bedwas had to settle for a losing bonus point (Picture: IAN LOVELL)

10:07am Friday 3rd October 2014

BEDWAS head coach Steve Law has demanded that his charges cut out the costly mistakes as they hunt a first home win of the season against title contenders Carmarthen Quins, writes Chris Kirwan.

Keys and Ebbw ready for round two

Free Press Series: UNDER PRESSURE: Scott Matthews and the Cross Keys defence put the heat on Ebbw Vale fly-half Iain Smerdon in the August clash between the sides

10:05am Friday 3rd October 2014

CROSS Keys head coach Greg Woods expects another stern examination from Ebbw Vale tomorrow afternoon – but has demanded his players produce a more polished performance that their August triumph against the Steelmen.

Draw made for Ben Francis Cup

12:00pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

THE DRAW has been made for the Ben Francis Cup, which has been re-launched after a three-year absence.

Ebbw Vale 22 Newport 25: Black and Ambers dig deep for derby win

Free Press Series: Ebbw Vale RFC v Newport RFC.  Pictured  is Newport player Barney Nightingale stopping an Ebbw Vale attack. (10838422)

4:23pm Sunday 28th September 2014

NEWPORT head coach Sven Cronk was full of praise for the character shown by his charges after they sneaked a precious Principality Premiership derby win at Ebbw Vale.

Young wing's wonder try sparks great fightback – Cardiff 24 Cross Keys 30

1:29pm Sunday 28th September 2014

CROSS Keys pride themselves on giving youth a chance and it was an 18-year-old on his debut who helped them pull off a stunning win over Cardiff.

Newport edge tense derby while Keys win in the capital

5:43pm Saturday 27th September 2014

NEWPORT got their Principality Premiership campaign up and running with a tense 25-22 victory at Ebbw Vale this afternoon while Cross Keys recorded a superb win in Cardiff.

Championship preview: Pooler bid to stretch their home winning streak

Free Press Series: SPREADING PLAY: Newbridge fly-half Kieron Meek on the attack against Glynneath last weekend (Picture: JASON CLARK)

8:33am Saturday 27th September 2014

PONTYPOOL will attempt to keep the heat on the Swalec Championship pacesetters when they host Narberth this afternoon.

Principality Premiership preview: Ebbw Vale set for long-awaited bruising derby against Newport

7:47am Saturday 27th September 2014

EBBW Vale's four-year wait for a Principality Premiership derby at Eugene Cross Park ends this afternoon when Newport head to Eugene Cross Park.

Wales hit by Ken Owens injury blow

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12:34pm Friday 26th September 2014

SCARLETS hooker Ken Owens faces a 12-week layoff because of a neck injury – ruling him out of Wales’ autumn internationals.

Ebbw aiming to fly out of the blocks against Newport

Free Press Series: BIG THREAT: Ronny Kynes has made a habit of powering over from strong Ebbw Vale driving lineouts

10:10am Friday 26th September 2014

EBBW Vale are looking to start their derby against Newport with a bang as they bid to maintain their dream return to the Principality Premiership.

Bedwas look to build on stunning derby fightback

10:06am Friday 26th September 2014

BUOYANT Bedwas will look to show the same fighting spirit that earned a derby success when they welcome Aberavon to Bridge Field tomorrow afternoon.

Dorian Jones back for Keys' trip to the capital

Free Press Series: WELCOME RETURN: Dorian Jones will pull the strings for Cross Keys in the capital

10:04am Friday 26th September 2014

CROSS Keys are set to be bolstered by the return of fly-half Dorian Jones as they attempt to extend their winning streak against Cardiff.

Neath 18 Ebbw Vale 29

Free Press Series: BALL'S GONE: Ebbw Vale's Chris Thomas gets the ball away

3:07pm Sunday 21st September 2014

EBBW Vale lasted the pace much better against Neath to make in two bonus-point victories on the trot back in the Welsh Premiership, writes Tony Poole.

Injuries add to Cross Keys' woes – Cross Keys 25 Bedwas 29

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11:58am Sunday 21st September 2014

A BITTERLY disappointing defeat for Cross Keys was compounded by the crushing news that two key men could be sidelined for some time.

Newbridge gunning for first Championship win

10:01am Saturday 20th September 2014

NEWBRIDGE aim stay on an upward trend to get their first Swalec Championship win under their belt when they travel to Glynneath this afternoon (kick-off 2.30pm), writes Chris Kirwan.

Rhys Jones in at 10 for Keys

Free Press Series: IN AT 10: Rhys Jones lines up at fly-half for Cross Keys against Bedwas

7:45am Saturday 20th September 2014

WALES sevens international Rhys Jones gets the nod to pull the strings from fly-half in Cross Keys’ Principality Premiership derby with Bedwas at Pandy Park this afternoon (kick-off 2.30pm), writes Chris Kirwan.

PRINCIPALITY PREMIERSHIP: Newport 12 Pontypridd 34

Free Press Series: ON THE CHARGE: Newport prop Alex Jeffries carries hard

8:55pm Friday 19th September 2014

NEWPORT are yet to get off the mark in the Principality Premiership after being overpowered 34-12 by champions Pontypridd at Rodney Parade.

Keys have a headache at 10 for Bedwas derby

Free Press Series: DRAGONS DUTY: Cross Keys will be without fly-half Dorian Jones, as well as Angus O'Brien, for the derby with Bedwas at Pandy Park

10:10am Friday 19th September 2014

CROSS Keys are unsure about who will be wearing 10 against Bedwas tomorrow afternoon but they are delighted to have such a selection headache.

Jason Strange hoping for a more fluent Ebbw at the Gnoll

Free Press Series: LATE CALL: Ebbw Vale skipper Damien Hudd suffered a blow to the head against Llandovery

10:08am Friday 19th September 2014

EBBW VALE made a flying start to life back in the Principality Premiership but head coach Jason Strange is still looking for more in tomorrow's afternoon's clash with Neath at the Gnoll.

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