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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
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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

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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.

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.

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.

Will Harries feeling sharp thanks to sevens return

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9:03am Tuesday 8th July 2014

FORMER Newport Gwent Dragons winger Will Harries says he is sharper than ever thanks to his return to sevens.

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.

Wales can be golden boys in Glasgow - Sevens boss Gareth Williams

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8:49am Saturday 5th July 2014

WALES Sevens boss Gareth Williams is backing his team to mix it with the big boys in their bid to be on the podium at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Former Dragons going for glory in Glasgow

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

11:01am Friday 4th July 2014

FORMER Newport Gwent Dragons players Jevon Groves and Will Harries have been named in the Wales Sevens squad for the Commonwealth Games.

Ex-Dragon Sam Parry aiming to fill Richard Hibbard's boots

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7:57am Friday 4th July 2014

SAM Parry admits it will be a hard job to replace Richard Hibbard at the Ospreys but has pledged to give it a good crack.

Cwmbran dinner with rugby icons

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1:42pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

THREE rugby legends will be stars of the show at a dinner in Cwmbran in the build-up to Wales’ autumn internationals.

Davies to leave WRU role

11:06am Thursday 3rd July 2014

RUGBY icon Gerald Davies has decided not to seek re-election to the board of the Welsh Rugby Union.

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.

Pontypool runner wins team gold at Caerphilly 10k

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2:00pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

A PONTYPOOL runner was part of a team winning gold at the Caerphilly 10k on June 22.

Torfaen Dolphins host swimming gala

Free Press Series: Torfaen Dolphins during the open meet

1:29pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

TORFAEN Dolphins hosted their second open meet on June 21 and 22, since the merger of the two swimming clubs back in October 2012.

Pooler sign influential flanker Rob Nash


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.

Luke Charteris: Timing was wrong for return to Wales

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4:20pm Sunday 29th June 2014

LUKE Charteris turned down an offer to return to Newport Gwent Dragons in favour of staying in France.

Wales Women edged out by USA

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7:23pm Saturday 28th June 2014

A LATE penalty by USA fly half Kimber Rozier proved the difference as Wales fell to a 10-7 defeat in their Women's Rugby World Cup warm-up match in Cross Keys.

Fiji secure World Cup showdown with Wales

3:24pm Saturday 28th June 2014

WALES will face Fiji at the Millennium Stadium in next year's World Cup after thrashing the Cook Islands 108-6, 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.

Warburton: I'll never take Wales captaincy for granted

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8:23am Thursday 26th June 2014

SAM Warburton admits he must play a waiting game before finding out if he will lead Wales in their autumn series after Alun Wyn Jones impressed again as his deputy.

Owen Williams suffered 'significant' spinal injury

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1:33pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

CARDIFF Blues and Wales centre Owen Williams has suffered a 'significant injury to his cervical vertebrae and spinal cord'.

Skipper demands Wales Women lay down a marker at Pandy Park

10:30am Wednesday 25th June 2014

WALES Women's captain Rachel Taylor is asking her squad to make World Cup selection difficult for head coach Rhys Edwards by impressing against USA Women's Eagles at Cross Keys on Saturday.

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.

Pontnewynydd hold top spot

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3:55pm Monday 23rd June 2014

PONTNEWYNYDD held on to top spot in Division One of the Thomas, Carroll Welsh Club Cricket Conference with a comfortable victory at Pencoed.

Panteg hold on to earn draw

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3:22pm Monday 23rd June 2014

THE first derby of the season between the two Gwent clubs in the South Wales Premier League ended honours even in a draw with Newport getting the better of the exchanges.

Ian Evans signs for Bristol

Free Press Series: GREAT FORM: Wales and Ospreys second row Ian Evans

2:05pm Monday 23rd June 2014

WALES and Lions lock Ian Evans has signed for Bristol following the collapse of his move to Toulon.


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8:48pm Sunday 22nd June 2014

Warren Gatland believes Wales can build with confidence towards the World Cup despite their latest agonising defeat to a southern hemisphere giant.

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.

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