CHRIS KIRWAN: History repeating for Dragons ahead of Millennium Stadium date

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Dragons v Scarlets Judgement Day 2013
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10:07am Thursday 17th April 2014

FORGET Judgement Day, it's more like Groundhog Day for Newport Gwent Dragons ahead of this weekend's Millennium Stadium double-header.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Dragons' lack of 'possibles' won't be missed by regional rivals amid WRU wrangling

South Wales Argus: Newport Gwent Dragons versus Connacht
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10:02am Thursday 17th April 2014

JUDGEMENT Day is supposed to pit rivals for the Wales squad against each other in front of a big crowd at a Test venue.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Dragons need to find a new way to halt the slide

South Wales Argus: Dragons v Edinburgh - Rodney Parade. Hallam Amos goes in hard on Jack Cuthbert. (5106748)

9:57am Thursday 10th April 2014

"Finishing 11th in the Celtic League is not acceptable," declared Newport Gwent Dragons boss Lyn Jones when looking back at last season's finish in the RaboDirect Pro12.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Away silence highlights Pro12 weakness

9:55am Thursday 10th April 2014

HAT doffed to the mightily impressive Pontypridd following that headed to Penzance to see their side triumph against Cornish Pirates in the British and Irish Cup last Sunday.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Dragons need a tighthead, but Adam Jones is not worth falling out over

South Wales Argus: CHRIS KIRWAN: Dragons need a tighthead, but Adam Jones is not worth falling out over

10:59am Thursday 3rd April 2014

IF NEWPORT Gwent Dragons were offered the services of a Wales and Lions prop would they accept? Damn right, but steadying up their struggling scrum with Adam Jones might not be a price worth paying.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Plenty of wheeler-dealing needed at Rodney Parade

South Wales Argus: WHAT A SCORE: Newport Gwent Dragons wing Aled Brew scores the first of his two tries against Treviso last night  Picture: MARK LEWIS

9:10am Thursday 27th March 2014

THE response was X-rated when Harry Redknapp was labelled as a wheeler dealer in a post-match interview back in 2010.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Regions have played the Euro spat superbly

9:00am Thursday 27th March 2014

THE chief executives of Newport Gwent Dragons and Cardiff Blues made their stance pretty clear as they stood shoulder to shoulder on the Arms Park pitch on New Year's Day.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Wales in desperate need of a Faletau deputy

South Wales Argus: CHRIS KIRWAN: Wales in desperate need of a Faletau deputy

10:01am Thursday 20th March 2014

PEPE Reina has been to four major football tournaments but has tasted action just once, a Euro 2008 group game against Greece when qualification was already assured.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Nothing wrong with a bit of Six Nations tinkering

9:50am Thursday 20th March 2014

'IF it ain't broke, don't fix it' is the usual response to suggestions of tinkering with the format of the Six Nations.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Dragons need to hold their nerve in final furlong

9:50am Thursday 20th March 2014

IT'S crunch time in Newport Gwent Dragons' season, regardless of whether qualification for Europe's frontline competition is up for grabs.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Euro peace deal won't stop rumblings of discontent

South Wales Argus: CHRIS KIRWAN: Euro peace deal won't stop rumblings of discontent

10:12am Thursday 27th February 2014

THERE is a lingering fear that a European rugby peace deal will ultimately be as successful at solving disputes as the League of Nations.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Dragons' front row emergency shows limitation of Premiership

10:01am Thursday 27th February 2014

THE saying that the proof of the pudding is in the tasting is an extremely apt one when referring to the signings of hefty front row forwards.

CHRIS KIRWAN: New recruits must get rid of Dragons' scrummaging baggage

10:03am Thursday 20th February 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons are tenacious and spirited yet are undone by their shortcomings in the tight five – a situation that has been repeated almost as many times as The Shawshank Redemption on ITV4.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Strange starts continue to put viewers first, spectators second

9:56am Thursday 20th February 2014

A SIMPLE reminder by text message helps prevent me suffering a costly missed appointment at the dentist. Perhaps it's a service that rugby clubs should provide.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Phil Dollman the perfect example for Adam Hughes after Dragons departure

South Wales Argus: Gloucester's Freddie Burns is tackled by Exeter's Sam Hill and Phil Dollman during the Aviva Premiership match at Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 6, 2013. Photo credit should read: David Davies/

9:59am Thursday 6th February 2014

MOST centres pick Conrad Smith, Brian O'Driscoll, Jonathan Davies or Jean de Villiers as a role model but it's Phil Dollman that should be Adam Hughes' inspiration.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Wales must show a cutting edge right from the off

South Wales Argus: TRY TIME: Wales wing Alex Cuthbert scored twice in the 30-3 win over England in March

10:02am Thursday 30th January 2014

IT was a home encounter against Italy that proved so crucial in deciding the destination of the 2013 Six Nations title.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Building Dragons need to awake from slumber

10:01am Thursday 30th January 2014

CHELSEA have spend almost £100million this season yet even their supporters have been told to be patient by the boss.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Newport's enforced inactivity highlights clubs' frustrations

10:01am Thursday 23rd January 2014

BY this time next week the lesser-spotted Black and Amber will have made a rare appearance.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Proof in the pudding after tough calls in stressful January

10:02am Thursday 16th January 2014

JANUARY; a month of transfer madness in football and the cause of recruitment headaches and sleepless nights in rugby.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Scarlets and Blues show the way with Euro spirit

South Wales Argus: The Scarlets players celebrate their win in the Heineken Cup match at Twickenham Stoop, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 12, 2013. See PA story RUGBYU Harlequins. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire. (1587066)

10:02am Thursday 16th January 2014

TO enjoy a successful European campaign a side needs to marry home triumphs with the odd scalp on the road.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Brew return puts Byrne arrival in the shade

9:02am Thursday 9th January 2014

PLENTY of top European teams will have been impressed by Newport Gwent Dragons' signing of Lee Byrne but it is his fellow new signing that is really exciting.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Tough to talk when there is a lack of trust in battle between regions and WRU

9:01am Thursday 9th January 2014

IT'S good to talk, apparently.

CHRIS KIRWAN SAYS: Balance being struck in the Premiership

South Wales Argus: CHRIS KIRWAN SAYS: Balance being struck in the Premiership

9:02am Thursday 5th December 2013

BEFORE jetting off to Japan with Wales last summer Andrew Coombs was guest of honour at the Principality Premiership awards.

CHRIS KIRWAN SAYS: Regions are up against it... again

9:01am Thursday 5th December 2013

IT'S hard to decide what was more predictable last weekend, Wales losing to Australia again or the regions suffering RaboDirect Pro12 disappointment.

CHRIS KIRWAN SAYS: Wales need a strut to beat the big guns

South Wales Argus: CHRIS KIRWAN SAYS: Wales need a strut to beat the big guns

10:02am Thursday 28th November 2013

ENGLAND found themselves in the sights of iconic Scottish coach Jim Telfer before the Six Nations.

CHRIS KIRWAN SAYS: A handshake doesn't excuse abusive behaviour

South Wales Argus: Carl Froch (left) and George Groves after their WBA and IBF Super Middleweight Title fight at the Phones 4u Arena, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday November 23, 2013. See PA Story BOXING Manchester. Photo credit should read: Dav

10:02am Thursday 28th November 2013

LITTLE causes a storm like the failure to shake hands.

CHRIS KIRWAN SAYS: Dragons need to earn back Glasgow's respect

10:05am Thursday 21st November 2013

A PRE-MATCH rallying cry is unlikely to include a captain bellowing about the need to earn back the respect of the opposition – 'just make it competitive, lads' – but that's the situation facing Newport Gwent Dragons this weekend.

CHRIS KIRWAN SAYS: I don't like Sundays

10:01am Thursday 21st November 2013

AFTER a super start to the season it has been a tough month or so for Newport Gwent Dragons.

CHRIS KIRWAN SAYS: Apathy about regional player drain is killing Welsh rugby

South Wales Argus: ANOTHER ONE GONE: Wales centre Jonathan Davies will leave the Scarlets for Clermont Auvergne in the summer

10:02am Thursday 14th November 2013

SADLY a sizeable chunk of the 66,490 crowd at the Millennium Stadium last weekend won't have cared a jot that Northampton was next to the name of George North in their £5 programme or that Paul James plies his trade at the Rec rather than the Liberty Stadium.

CHRIS KIRWAN SAYS: Dragons coaches need more selection headaches

10:01am Thursday 14th November 2013

AUTUMN provides a chance for fringe players to provide their coaches with a selection headache but sadly paracetamol has not been in demand at Newport Gwent Dragons.

CHRIS KIRWANS SAYS: Wales need perfection to be considered as contenders, not just three from four

South Wales Argus: WORLDCUP Wales 27 (2361289)

10:02am Thursday 7th November 2013

WALES have just one chance to, in sporting parlance, make a statement this autumn.

CHRIS KIRWAN SAYS: There's no Great Escape from Dragons' problems

10:01am Thursday 7th November 2013

BLUR'S 'Country House' was part of the post-match soundtrack that boomed out of Newport's changing room following their much-needed Premiership win against Bridgend last weekend.

CHRIS KIRWAN SAYS: Regions need to be given a fighting chance by new deal

South Wales Argus: IN DEMAND: Cardiff Blues face a battle to hang on to Wales and Lions captain Sam Warburton

9:02am Thursday 31st October 2013

UNLESS you are a politician the chances are that you haven't had a wage increase for a few years.

CHRIS KIRWAN SAYS: Dragons need to build but the here and now is vital

South Wales Argus: CHRIS KIRWAN SAYS: Dragons need to build but the here and now is vital

8:52am Thursday 31st October 2013

IT was always going to be hard to keep a lid on expectations when Newport Gwent Dragons started the season by toppling a pair of RaboDirect Pro12 semi-finalists at Rodney Parade.

CHRIS KIRWAN SAYS: As long as the Welsh regions play the English clubs I don't care

South Wales Argus: CHRIS KIRWAN SAYS: As long as the Welsh regions play the English clubs I don't care

2:19pm Thursday 24th October 2013

THE BACKING didn't quite rival the Polish masses that packed out a quarter of Wembley but the Newport Gwent Dragons fans certainly made themselves known at the Rec.

CHRIS KIRWAN SAYS: It's dangerous to bid for a bonus

2:17pm Thursday 24th October 2013

WHATEVER channel European rugby is broadcast on next season you can be sure that it will be exhausting.

CHRIS KIRWAN SAYS: As long as the Welsh regions play the English

South Wales Argus: Familiar tale as Dragons are overpowered by Bath

10:40am Thursday 24th October 2013

THE BACKING didn’t quite rival the Polish masses that packed out a quarter of Wembley but the Newport Gwent Dragons fans certainly made themselves known at the Rec.

CHRIS KIRWAN SAYS: Bonuses can be dangerous

10:35am Thursday 24th October 2013

WHATEVER channel European rugby is broadcast on next season you can be sure that it will be exhausting.

CHRIS KIRWAN SAYS: Scarlets show there is no need to be negative ahead of Dragons' Euro tester

South Wales Argus: GREAT WIN: The Scarlets celebrate their Heineken Cup win at Harlequins

9:17am Thursday 17th October 2013

IT is a sad sign of the times that the Scarlets winning a Heineken Cup game at Harlequins was trumpeted so loudly.

CHRIS KIRWAN SAYS: There can be joy in defence as well as attack

South Wales Argus: New Zealand's Kieran Read, left, breaks away from a tackle by South Africa's Willem Alberts, right, during their Rugby Championship match at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe). (13387

9:32am Thursday 10th October 2013

THE tackle stats from South Africa's stunning clash with New Zealand would have made a defence coach weep.

CHRIS KIRWAN SAYS: The much-maligned Amlin matters to the Dragons

9:31am Thursday 10th October 2013

LAZIO became the last football club to lift the Cup Winners' Cup when Pavel Nedv?d fired them to glory at Villa Park in 1999. Not many sides will harbour ambitions of becoming rugby's equivalent when the Amlin Challenge Cup gets under way.

CHRIS KIRWAN SAYS: Munster show on-field success key to engaging a region

South Wales Argus: PROVINCIAL BICKERING: Cork-Limerick tensions are not as strained when Munster are winning

9:01am Thursday 3rd October 2013

"NO offence to the Dragons..." started the Cork taxi driver, uttering that familiar precursor to a statement that is sure to be at least mildly offensive.

CHRIS KIRWAN SAYS: Dragons' balancing act highlights importance of Euro tussle

South Wales Argus: CHRIS KIRWAN SAYS: Dragons' balancing act highlights importance of Euro tussle

7:02am Thursday 3rd October 2013

THE TELEVISION pundit was puzzled after a meek Newport Gwent Dragons away defeat in Ireland last season.

CHRIS KIRWAN SAYS: Plenty of hard hits still to come from Ian Gough

South Wales Argus: GREAT SERVANT: Ian Gough, pictured in his Newport days, has no plans to hang up his boots just yet

8:02am Thursday 26th September 2013

IT would have been easy for Ian Gough to pack it in when a deal to return to Rodney Parade went belly up.

CHRIS KIRWAN SAYS: On-field Dragons delight mixed with off-field fears

8:01am Thursday 26th September 2013

TYPICAL, just as Newport Gwent Dragons seem to be getting themselves in shape an almighty dark cloud is cast over rugby in Wales.

CHRIS KIRWAN SAYS: Lyn Jones has to keep his Dragons squad happy

South Wales Argus: Dragons youngster Ieuan Jones has impressed head coach Darren Edwards

9:40am Thursday 19th September 2013

IT'S a balancing act for Newport Gwent Dragons boss Lyn Jones.

CHRIS KIRWAN SAYS: Third place still vital for Dragons, even without Heineken Cup incentive

South Wales Argus: MAIN THREAT: The Scarlets will need to keep Dragons star Toby Faletau in check says coach Danny Wilson

9:30am Thursday 19th September 2013

NOT even the Heineken Cup rumpus diminishes the importance of tomorrow's derby at Rodney Parade.

CHRIS KIRWAN SAYS: Dragons must try harder to pack out Rodney Parade

South Wales Argus: CHRIS KIRWAN SAYS: Dragons must try harder to pack out Rodney Parade

9:02am Thursday 12th September 2013

THE Lyn Jones era started with a bang for Newport Gwent Dragons, it's just a shame more weren't there to witness it.

CHRIS KIRWAN SAYS: Dragons will give us reasons to be cheerful

South Wales Argus: FIGUREHEAD: Toby Faletau signing a new contract has given the Dragons a huge boost

9:52am Thursday 5th September 2013

FACES were glum at Rodney Parade last season and understandably so after a hideous campaign for Newport Gwent Dragons.

CHRIS KIRWAN SAYS: BT's innovation unlikely to prompt gems

South Wales Argus: FRONT MAN: BT Sport's Lawrence Dallaglio

9:02am Thursday 5th September 2013

THE phrase 'less is more' is unlikely to be in the lexicon of television chiefs.






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