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Lydiate confirms return to Wales

Free Press Series: Ospreys clash now the target for Dan Lydiate

10:09am Thursday 30th October 2014

FORMER Newport Gwent Dragons flanker Dan Lydiate has confirmed that he is returning to Wales from Racing Metro.

Wales expecting new-look Aussies to adopt usual attractive approach

6:01am Thursday 30th October 2014

WALES coach Neil Jenkins expects Australia to show their danger with ball in hand when they get their tour of the north under way this weekend, writes Chris Kirwan.

Cuthbert confident of hitting top gear for Australia opener

Free Press Series: WORKING HARD: Alex Cuthbert and his Wales teammates are grafting away in preparation for Australia

5:48am Thursday 30th October 2014

ALEX Cuthbert is a player that thrives on the Test scene and is confident of being back to his best when Wales open their autumn series against Australia next Saturday.

Robin McBryde: Wales need to graft hard to match Aussies' intensity

Free Press Series: TOP OF THE CHOPS: Australia's James Slipper is tackled by Wales' Dan Lydiate

10:43pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

ROBIN McBryde says Wales face plenty of toil on the training paddock as they attempt to avoid being caught cold by Australia.

Ex-Dragon Ieuan Jones makes Ospreys move

Free Press Series: Cardiff Blues look to snap up Dragons forward Ieuan Jones

4:02pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

FORMER Newport Gwent Dragons back row forward Ieuan Jones has joined the Ospreys, writes Chris Kirwan.

Toby expects tough test throughout Autumn series

4:27pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons star and Wales number eight Taulupe Faletau, is expecting a tough autumn ahead of the Australia clash in Cardiff next week.

Rhys Webb relishing battle with world-class Mike Phillips for Wales start

Free Press Series: IN-FORM: Wales scrum-half Rhys Webb has been in blistering form for the Ospreys

1:04pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

RHYS Webb intends to "give it my best shot" in the battle for Wales scrum-half starting duty against Australia next month.

Paul James aiming to help young Ospreys flourish

Free Press Series: HEADING HOME: Paul James will return to the Ospreys from Bath next season

12:23pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

WALES prop Paul James has pledged to help the next crop of Ospreys front rowers flourish after returning from Aviva Premiership club Bath.

Keys just denied by Pirates

5:44pm Sunday 26th October 2014

Cornish Pirates 34 Cross Keys 33

Bedwas 29 Newport 16 – Black and Ambers facing relegation dogfight

10:31pm Saturday 25th October 2014

NEWPORT find themselves frightening close to the drop zone after a bitterly disappointing defeat saw them slump to their fourth loss in a row to a determined Bedwas.

Newport welcome back skipper for crunch Bedwas derby

9:11am Saturday 25th October 2014

NEWPORT will hope that Ollie Griffiths proves to be captain fantastic in their Principality Premiership derby with Bedwas this afternoon, writes Chris Kirwan.

Tovey to pull the strings for Keys in Penzance

Free Press Series: Tovey to pull the strings for Keys in Penzance

7:49am Saturday 25th October 2014

CROSS Keys will hope that Jason Tovey can provide them with a passport to progress in the British and Irish Cup when he pulls the strings against Cornish Pirates tomorrow afternoon (kick-off 3pm), writes Chris Kirwan.

Newbridge desperate for derby victory

2:48pm Friday 24th October 2014

NEWBRIDGE desperately need to break their duck when they welcome Gwent rivals Blackwood to the Welfare Ground in the Swalec Championship tomorrow afternoon.

Newport aiming to avoid another sob story at Bedwas

Free Press Series: BACK IN BLACK (AND AMBER): Captain and flanker Ollie Griffiths is set to return to the Newport line-up at Bedwas

10:00am Friday 24th October 2014

NEWPORT won't want to add another 'if only' to their growing collection when they head to Bedwas in the Principality Premiership tomorrow afternoon.

Plenty for Cross Keys to play for on return to Penzance

Free Press Series: LEON ANDREWS KICKS CLEARS (11862958)

9:34am Friday 24th October 2014

WHEN Cross Keys last played the Cornish Pirates in Penzance there was very little riding on it for them.

Blaenavon Blues draw

3:47pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

BLAENAVON Blues played A C Pontymister on Saturday, which resulted in a draw.

Gwent Central Football League

3:38pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

WHAT a week for Gwent Central’s unbeaten teams that both lost their unbeaten records with the first Division Crickhowell losing at home to Blaenavon Blues 2-1.

Captain's column

Free Press Series: POOLER CAPTAIN: Ben Parry

3:18pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Pontypool RFC travelled to St Helen's last Sunday to play Swansea RFC.

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.

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