THE Dragons return to Rodney Parade tomorrow evening – but Dean Ryan’s men won’t have the loud backing that helped them to festive derby wins.

The historic ground will be near empty for the final game of the region’s 2019/20 Guinness PRO14 campaign because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Unlike last weekend at the Liberty Stadium, fan noise will not be pumped through the speakers and supporters will instead have to settle for yelling at their televisions.

Here is how rugby fans can get their rugby fix…


All six matches from this weekend's conclusion of the regular Guinness PRO14 season will be live on Premier Sports.

The subscription channel will also show the semi-finals and finals.

Premier Sports is celebrating with a special offer for rugby supporters to cover the remainder of this season and next for just 50p a game.

The PRO14 broadcaster has teamed up with the Dragons, Cardiff Blues, Scarlets, Ospreys, Ulster, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Guinness PRO14 to provide a £80 offer with £10 from each subscription going straight back to supporters' clubs from Premier Sports as a contribution during difficult times.

All supporters need to do is use their club's promotion code on subscription.

Both Welsh derbies are at Rodney Parade this weekend with the Dragons first up against the Scarlets, who they beat in Newport in December thanks to Sam Davies’ last-gasp drop goal.

Coverage starts on Premier Sports 1 from 4.45pm with half an hour of build-up before kick-off.

Cardiff Blues are using Rodney Parade as their home temporarily while the Arms Park is a coronavirus medical centre.

Coverage of their clash with the Ospreys starts at 4.30pm on Sunday.

  • Fri 28 Aug: Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors KO 7.35pm Live on Premier Sports 1 (from 7pm)
  • Sat 29 Aug: Dragons v Scarlets KO 5.15pm Live on Premier Sports 1 (from 4.45pm)
  • Sat 29 Aug: Ulster v Leinster KO 7.35pm Live on Premier Sports 1 (from 7.20pm) 
  • Sun 30 Aug: Munster v Connacht KO 3pm Live on Premier Sports 2 (from 2.55pm)
  • Sun 30 Aug: Cardiff Blues v Ospreys KO 5pm Live on Premier Sports 1 (from 4.30pm)
  • Sun 30 Aug: Zebre v Benetton KO 7pm Live on Premier Sports 1 (from 6.55pm)

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Those that don't want to pay for a subscription to watch live can see footage from the Welsh derbies on S4C.

Full match coverage will be shown on Clwb Rygbi in the evening with the Dragons-Scarlets at 8pm on Saturday and the Blues-Ospreys at 9pm on Sunday.


The Argus will be among the accredited media allowed into Rodney Parade.

A live blog will run to provide the build-up to the game with score updates and post-match reaction, plus there will be Twitter posts @argusondragons.

A report will be online shortly after the final whistle, swiftly followed by Dragons boss Dean Ryan's thoughts.