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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.

Cross Keys 16 Ebbw Vale 13

7:36pm Saturday 30th August 2014

CROSS Keys head coach Greg Woods has called on his men to step up a gear or face the prospect of being knocked out of the British and Irish Cup on Saturday by Newport.

Keys and Newport triumph in BIC play-offs

5:36pm Saturday 30th August 2014

CROSS Keys and Newport will clash for the right to represent Gwent in the British and Irish Cup after they won their regional semi-finals.

Tense derbies expected in race for the BIC

Free Press Series: Newport RFC v Bedwas
Andrew Brown hold on to the ball (2887681)

8:54am Saturday 30th August 2014

A PAIR of tight tussles are expected when Gwent’s Premiership quartet start their season by battling for the right to represent the region in the British and Irish Cup, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Titans and Saint gunning for a Newport double at finals day

9:17am Saturday 16th August 2014

NEWPORT Titans hope to lift the Shield for the third time when they take on Valley Cougars at South Wales Conference finals day tomorrow afternoon.

Young runner takes first place

Free Press Series: RUNNER: Charlie Best

3:53pm Thursday 14th August 2014

AN aspiring athlete from Cwmbran has taken first place in the junior section of the Murder Mile Race.

Swiss success for archer Phillips

11:46am Thursday 14th August 2014

CWMBRAN archer Dave Phillips has added more medals to his ever-growing haul after a successful trip to Switzerland for the European Para-Archery Championships.

Cwmbran schoolgirl Danielle Jordan enjoys once in a lifetime opportunity playing hockey at Commonwealth Games

2:52pm Thursday 14th August 2014

STAR hockey player Danielle Jordan from Cwmbran, has spoken about her "once-in-a-lifetime experience" at the Commonwealth Games.

Torfaen cricket round-up

Free Press Series: Panteg CC v Newport CC. Imran Hassan batting for Newport. (7387012)

12:49pm Thursday 14th August 2014

WITH three matched to go in the South Wales Premier League, Panteg slipped nearer a quick return to the Thomas, Carroll Glamorgan and Monmouthshire League by losing at Ynsyygerwn.

Pooler unveil Ben Parry as new captain, ahead of Pontypool 41-22 victory over Rhiwbina in first friendly

Free Press Series: 'COMMITMENT': Pooler chiefs said Ben Parry had demonstrated tremendous commitment and leadership

11:07am Wednesday 13th August 2014

PONTYPOOL RFC has appointed Ben Parry as its captain for the new season, and he wasted no time leading the side to victory in their first friendly of the new season on the weekend.

Black and Ambers sign promising fly-half Julian Mogg

9:02am Wednesday 13th August 2014

NEWPORT have signed former Bristol academy prospect Julian Mogg to pull the strings at fly-half in the coming season, writes Chris Kirwan.

Newport stalwart Bobby Owen passes away

2:03pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

FORMER Newport centre Bobby Owen has died at the age of 89.

Bedwas stick with captain Grainger

12:27pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

SIMON Grainger has kept the Bedwas captaincy for the coming season and the 33-year-old back row forward could potentially lead a side that includes Newport Gwent Dragons skipper Lee Byrne.

Hat-trick seals historic World Cup win for Welsh women

9:38pm Saturday 9th August 2014

A HAT-TRICK by barnstorming number eight Sioned Harries paved the way for Wales' women to win their first World Cup pool game since 1998, when Rachel Taylor's side defeated South Africa 36-3 at Marcoussis.

Newport rugby league star admits drugs offence

7:24pm Thursday 7th August 2014

NEWPORT-BORN Wigan Warriors academy player and Wales rugby league international Rhys Pugsley has been suspended for two years after testing positive for anabolic steroids.

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.

Jevon Groves: Commonwealth Games can be springboard for Wales' sevens stars

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Wales v New Zealand All Blacks
Aaron Shingler is tackled by Aaron Cruden (6793912)

9:37am Friday 18th July 2014

JEVON Groves hopes his young Wales sevens teammates will follow in the footsteps of international stars after impressing at the Commonwealth Games, writes Chris Kirwan.

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.

Dragons chief executive Gareth Davies: Regions aren't chasing 'victory', just a fair deal

Free Press Series: Newport Gwent Dragons Chief Executive Gareth Davies (1141818)

8:34am Wednesday 16th July 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons chief executive Gareth Davies insists the regions have no desire to 'beat' the Welsh Rugby Union in the saga over a fresh participation agreement – all they want is a fair deal.

Pooler strengthen pack with Jeune return

Free Press Series: Newport RFC v Carmarthen Quins Jamie Jeune bursts through  (2655149)

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.

Regions want WRU response by this afternoon

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6:37am Monday 14th July 2014

THE FOUR regions have told the Welsh Rugby Union that they want a response to their latest offer by 4pm today as the spat over a fresh participation agreement rumbles on, 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.

Regions hit out at WRU as negotiations stall

3:10pm Friday 11th July 2014

THE FOUR regions are preparing for life without a participation agreement with the Welsh Rugby Union after hitting out at the governing body to failing to convert constructive meetings into a fresh deal.

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.

Gareth Davies flattered after being tipped for WRU board

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

9:00pm Thursday 10th July 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons chief executive Gareth Davies says he is flattered after being tipped by Cardiff Blues chairman chairman Peter Thomas as the “ideal man” to replace Gerald Davies on the board of the Welsh Rugby Union.

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.

Dragons still waiting over move for prop Brok Harris

7:03am Thursday 10th July 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons are still waiting on a date for their hearing to try and get their move for prop Brok Harris rubber-stamped, writes Chris Kirwan.






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