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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.

Cross Keys sign ex-Pontypridd forward

8:18am Friday 19th September 2014

CROSS Keys have boosted their squad after recruiting promising former Pontypridd second row Simon Williams into their ranks.

Newport stalwart Pattison makes timely return for Ponty challenge

Free Press Series: Newport look to celebrate prop Dai Pattison's 300th game with victory

11:05am Friday 19th September 2014

NEWPORT are boosted by the return of influential prop Dai Pattison for tonight’s game against champions Pontypridd in the Principality Premiership.

RRW ring the changes

2:23pm Thursday 18th September 2014

NIGEL Short has stepped down as chairman of Regional Rugby Wales with Scarlets colleague Robin Cammish taking over at the helm while Mark Davies has been confirmed as chief executive.

Newport look to shore up set piece for Ponty challenge

9:18am Thursday 18th September 2014

PONTYPRIDD have reigned supreme in the Principality Premiership for the last three seasons yet Newport will attempt to extend the champions' miserable streak at Rodney Parade tomorrow evening (kick-off 7.15pm), writes Chris Kirwan.

Ben Francis Cup to fill clubs' international gaps

9:34am Wednesday 17th September 2014

THE Ben Francis Cup is making a return after a three-year absence with a new-look format helping clubs fill gaps in their fixture list during the autumn internationals and Six Nations.

Caerphilly 1st XV game off after Tredegar no-show

7:37pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

CAERPHILLY firsts' fixture against Tredegar was over before a ball had been kicked as the Virginia Park outfit took to the field in a warm-up only to discover the Gwent side had insufficient players to muster a game.

Toulon boss: We could cancel Halfpenny's contract

Free Press Series: DEADLY BOOT: Leigh Halfpenny in action for Wales

1:32pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

TOULON president Mourad Boudjellal claims that he has not ruled out terminating Wales star Leigh Halfpenny's contract due to ongoing injury problems.

Nigel Owens: I won't be afraid to caution rugby legends at Cwmbran dinner!

Free Press Series: Nigel Owens (5574325)

12:34pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

TOP referee Nigel Owens expects he will have to issue plenty of cautions to a trio of rugby legends when he is compere at a Cwmbran dinner.

Pontypool gets vital 'A' Licence

Free Press Series: Pontypool RFC court bid fails to stop relegation

12:03pm Monday 15th September 2014

Pontypool RFC today announced that the WRU has granted the club 'A Licence' status for the 2014/2015 season, which means they would be eligible for promotion to the Premiership.

Aberavon 18 Cross Keys 33

Free Press Series: GREAT GAME: Cross Keys' Adam Powell (picture from files)

3:23pm Sunday 14th September 2014

CROSS Keys scored their bonus-point try after 52 minutes but still found time for a fifth in their best-ever win at Aberavon, writes Howard Evans.

Carmarthen Quins 44 Newport 10

2:30pm Sunday 14th September 2014

AFTER just one game of the new Principality Premiership campaign Newport face the prospect of a tough winter, writes Chris Smart.

Ebbw Vale edge Llandovery in thrilling encounter

Free Press Series: WELCOME RETURN: Ashley Sweet is due to play a bigger part for Ebbw Vale this weekend in their crunch game

7:58pm Saturday 13th September 2014

AN EMOTIONAL day for Ebbw Vale saw them recording a stunning bonus point win over Llandovery at a highly charged Eugene Cross Park in a thrilling encounter.

Joy for Ebbw Vale and Cross Keys but misery for Newport

7:51pm Saturday 13th September 2014

EBBW Vale marked their return to the Principality Premiership with a superb 30-29 bonus point win over Llandovery at Eugene Cross Park in a thriller.

Blackwood boss: Swansea is the ultimate Championship test

Free Press Series: TOUGH START: Newbridge, captained by prop Ian George (right), endured a shocking Championship opener at Tondu

9:47am Saturday 13th September 2014

AFTER coming agonisingly close to toppling one of the Swalec Championship title contenders, Blackwood go in search of the biggest scalp in the league this afternoon.

PREMIERSHIP PREVIEW: Ebbw Vale ready for return to the big time

8:47am Saturday 13th September 2014

FOUR years after signing off with a defeat to champions Neath, Ebbw Vale make their long-awaited return to the Principality Premiership this afternoon.

Dragons boss Gareth Davies excited by fresh challenge on WRU board

Free Press Series: Gareth Davies (2397026)

5:45pm Friday 12th September 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons chief executive Gareth Davies is relishing the chance to engage with grassroots clubs after being elected to the board of the Welsh Rugby Union.

Gareth Davies wins WRU role while chairman David Pickering gets the boot

4:59pm Friday 12th September 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons chief executive Gareth Davies has been elected to the board of the Welsh Rugby Union with chairman David Pickering failing in his bid for re-election.

Ebbw Vale: We can prosper back in the top flight

Free Press Series: Cross Keys RFC v Ebbw Vale RFC. Wesley Cunliffe kicks the ball forward. (9830404)

10:11am Friday 12th September 2014

EBBW Vale are confident that they have the quality to thrive in the Principality Premiership as they prepare to make their long-awaited return to the top flight.

Hard graft needed for another Newport win out west

Free Press Series: Ashton Hewitt (5544111)

10:09am Friday 12th September 2014

NEWPORT aim to maintain a superb record in Carmarthen when they open their Principality Premiership campaign against the Quins tomorrow (kick-off 2.30pm), writes Chris Kirwan.

Bedwas look to tighten up against Llanelli

10:05am Friday 12th September 2014

BEDWAS will hope to have ironed out their defensive deficiencies that cost them so dearly in their British and Irish Cup qualifier when they kick off their Principality Premiership campaign against Llanelli on Sunday.

Keys coach urges young Dragons pair to grasp their chance

Free Press Series: PROMISING PROP: Keys and Dragons loosehead Luke Garrett

10:05am Friday 12th September 2014

CROSS Keys head coach Greg Woods has called on Wales Under-20s internationals Scott Andrews and Luke Garrett to grasp their chance to impress in the absence of a pair of club stalwarts, writes Chris Kirwan.

Wales set to ditch Poland for World Cup tune-up in Switzerland and Qatar

Free Press Series: File photo dated 05/03/2014 of Wales head coach Warren Gatland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday . Wales coach Warren Gatland has made six changes from the team beaten by England for Saturday's RBS 6 Nations finale against Scotland in Car

1:42pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

WALES' preparations for next year's World Cup are set to include training camps in Switzerland and Qatar.

Ex-Dragons scrum-half signs for Cross Keys

Free Press Series: SWIFT SERVICE: James Leadbeater

1:06pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

CROSS Keys have bolstered their squad with the re-signing of talented former Newport Gwent Dragons scrum-half James Leadbeater.

Cross Keys 31 Newport 12

Free Press Series: Cross Keys versus Aberavon
On a charge  Cross Keys Scott Matthews breaks some tackles on his way to scoring a try (3130967)

9:31pm Saturday 6th September 2014

CROSS Keys director of rugby Jonathan Westwood hailed his half-backs Ryan James and Angus O'Brien as well as flanker Scott Matthews as having the X-Factor between his men and Newport as the 2012 finalists emerged more than worthy victors in their British and Irish Cup play-off.

Gwent trio ready for the off in nip and tuck Championship

Free Press Series: NEW ARRIVAL: Centre Scott Williams is one of Newbridge's new signings (Picture: JASON CLARK)

9:04am Saturday 6th September 2014

PONTYPOOL have a tough start to the new Swalec Championship campaign but new director of rugby Alun Carter wouldn't have it any other way.

O'Briens lock horns as Keys host Newport in BIC battle

Free Press Series: SIBLING RIVALRY: Newport fly-half Matt O'Brien will line up against his brother Angus

8:07am Saturday 6th September 2014

THE British and Irish Cup qualifier between Cross Keys and Newport this afternoon (kick-off 2.30pm) could well be decided by battle of the O’Briens, writes Chris Kirwan.

Jones not giving up on Wales berth

Free Press Series: File photo dated 09/02/2013 of Wales' Ryan Jones.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday January 20, 2014. Back-row forward Ryan Jones has withdrawn from the Wales squad ahead of the RBS 6 Nations due to a hamstring injury, the Welsh Rugby Union

1:27pm Friday 5th September 2014

HE may be presently recovering from ankle surgery but Bristol back-rower Ryan Jones is refusing to rule out a return to international rugby with Wales despite dropping down into the Greene King IPA Championship this season.

Keys and Newport bosses expect a nailbiter

Free Press Series: BRUTAL BATTLE: Cross Keys number eight Adam Powell on the charge in last season's BIC qualifier win against Newport

10:05am Friday 5th September 2014

COACH journeys to Doncaster, Bedford and Penzance may not seem like the most glamorous of prizes but both Cross Keys and Newport are desperate to earn a spot in the British and Irish Cup.

Pooler bolster ranks ahead of Championship opener

6:02pm Thursday 4th September 2014

PONTYPOOL have bolstered their ranks with 10 new signings ahead of tomorrow's Swalec Championship opener at Bargoed, writes Chris Kirwan.

Maule leaves Scarlets for Bristol

Free Press Series: FRESH START: Gareth Maule has left the Scarlets for Bristol

12:19pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

CENTRE Gareth Maule is relishing a fresh challenge over the border after leaving the Scarlets for Bristol, writes Chris Kirwan.

'Wonderful' Sir Wyn Williams holds key to avoiding more Welsh rugby disputes - RRW boss

8:33am Monday 1st September 2014

REGIONAL Rugby Wales acting chief executive Mark Davies believes Sir Wyn Williams will be the key figure in avoiding damaging disputes with the Welsh Rugby Union.

Dragons boss: Unified regions have emerged from WRU dispute stronger

Free Press Series: TOGETHER: Players from the regions ahead of last season's festive derbies. Pictured are (left to right) Cardiff Blues' Sam Hobbs, the Ospreys' Jonathan Spratt and Ryan Bevington, Rhodri Williams and Gareth Maule of the Scarlets and Newport Gwe

8:32am Monday 1st September 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons have been brought closer together with their regions rivals courtesy of their spat with the Welsh Rugby Union says chief executive Gareth Davies.

Newport eyeing British and Irish Cup after stylish second half in Bedwas

Free Press Series: CRUCIAL SCORE: Full-back Geraint O'Driscoll got Newport back in the game on the stroke of half-time

12:44pm Sunday 31st August 2014

IT looked like Newport were going to endure a long afternoon against Bedwas after 15 minutes of their British and Irish Cup qualifier at Bridge Field.






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