CHRIS KIRWAN: Davies' replacement will indicate Dragons' ambition

South Wales Argus: NEW ROLE: Gareth Davies is leaving Newport Gwent Dragons after being appointed as chairman of the WRU

10:11am Thursday 23rd October 2014

WELSH rugby's gain is Newport Gwent Dragons' loss now that Gareth Davies has been appointed as chairman of the WRU, and his departure leaves a vital decision to be made at Rodney Parade.

CHRIS KIRWAN: There can be no hiding of Dragons' failings

South Wales Argus: STRUGGLING: Newport Gwent Dragons and Aled Brew are yet to find their form

10:09am Thursday 16th October 2014

IF Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf was employed at Rodney Parade then he would currently be lauding Newport Gwent Dragons for their impressive start to the season at the set piece.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Ben Flower will never escape moment of madness but needs and deserves support

South Wales Argus: BRAWL: St Helens and Wigan fight following Ben Flower's moment of madness

10:05am Thursday 16th October 2014

FEDERICO Mendez won 74 caps for Argentina, played in three World Cups and won the Heineken Cup with both Bath and Northampton.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Time for regional A teams in the BIC

10:08am Thursday 9th October 2014

LAST month's Scottish independence referendum was never going to have an impact on the naming of the British and Irish Cup – they had already opted out in the summer.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Travelling Dragons need to show their mettle

South Wales Argus: ANOTHER GRIM TRIP WEST: Taulupe Faletau is tackled in the Dragons' defeat in Llanelli last season

9:39am Thursday 2nd October 2014

AFTER Newport Gwent Dragons' morale-boosting win against Treviso on Sunday director of rugby Lyn Jones declared that the region was where he felt they would be at the end of September.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Relegation nerves already jangling in the Premiership

South Wales Argus: DERBY DAY: Newport were relieved and Ebbw Vale were frustrated after their Premiership encounter at Eugene Cross Park

9:33am Thursday 2nd October 2014

IT will be interesting to see if numbers swell in the Bargoed Supporters’ Club over the coming months.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Room for improvement but regional crowds far from a disgrace

South Wales Argus: POWERFUL: Jack Dixon, pictured against Connacht at Rodney Parade last season, will join forces with fellow teenage centre Tyler Morgan in Galway

10:07am Thursday 25th September 2014

AT TIMES it is easy to look out at spare seats at regional rugby grounds and lament the poor crowd figure but such judgements can be harsh.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Early signs are that it's the same old, same old in the Pro12

South Wales Argus: MEN AGAINST BOYS: The Dragons didn't lack effort against Glasgow but were outclassed by the title hopefuls

10:05am Thursday 25th September 2014

THE talk at the Pro12 launch in the plush headquarters of Guinness little over a month ago was that the tussle for European qualification would transform the league. Perhaps it was the drink talking.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Youth no longer an excuse for Dragons but more middle men needed

South Wales Argus: SEASONED CAMPAIGNER: Ian Gough was one of a number of experienced players in Dragons’ line-up against Ospreys

10:09am Thursday 18th September 2014

WHEN a side features Lee Byrne, Ian Gough, Andy Powell and Boris Stankovich it becomes hard to use youth as a reason for coming up short.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Owners deserve to have their say

10:07am Thursday 18th September 2014

RUGBY referees appear to be having their decisions challenged more vociferously by players.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Dragons need to ditch the baggage sharpish if they are to prosper

South Wales Argus: HARD CARRY: Dragons lock Rynard Landman makes the hard yards (Picture: Mike Shaughnessy)

10:04am Thursday 11th September 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons have been keen to stress all summer that this is the start of a new era, that they are starting afresh and determined to establish a new culture.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Lack of depth at 10 a worry for Dragons

South Wales Argus: Richie Rees: In-form Dragons fly-half Jason Tovey is knocking on the door for Wales

10:04am Thursday 11th September 2014

THERE are some big calls for Newport Gwent Dragons director of rugby Lyn Jones to make when he names his line-up for the Ospreys game with places in the back five of his pack particularly well-contested.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Time for the Dragons to put their money where their mouth is by backing the academy

South Wales Argus: BRIGHT TALENT: Teenage centre Jack Dixon is one of many exciting young players in the Dragons' ranks

10:05am Thursday 4th September 2014

EVERY team is optimistic and buoyant in early September but there is a real feeling that Newport Gwent Dragons have got the right mix of youth and experience this season.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Games 'on tour' unlikely to boost Rodney Parade backing (or coffers)

South Wales Argus: UP NORTH: Jason Tovey and Newport Gwent Dragons hosted Northampton in Ebbw Vale

10:05am Thursday 4th September 2014

IN the early hours of Saturday morning I was still pondering whether I had been a touch harsh on the Ebbw Vale experiment.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Proper plan needed to bring Welsh stars home

South Wales Argus: HE’S BACK: Wales and former Dragons lock Luke Charteris

10:03am Thursday 28th August 2014

ON the opening weekend of the Top 14 season Irish fly-half Jonny Sexton lined up alongside Luke Charteris at the Stade Yves-du-Manoir in Montpellier.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Dragons ace Andrew Coombs could profit from joy of six in World Cup year

South Wales Argus: Injury rules Andrew Coombs out of Dragons' trip to Belfast

10:03am Thursday 28th August 2014

A SUBTLE change may well just reignite Andrew Coombs' hopes of featuring for Wales at next year's Rugby World Cup.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Sticking tight with regional rivals is hard but essential

South Wales Argus: TURNED BLUE: Adam Jones has moved to Cardiff from the Ospreys

10:35am Thursday 21st August 2014

THE regions have adopted a phalanx formation this summer, shields tightly together and spears out in their spat with the Welsh Rugby Union.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Dragons must adopt cautious approach with academy talent

South Wales Argus: Joe Davies (5501680)

10:29am Thursday 21st August 2014

THROWING teenagers Tyler Morgan, Jack Dixon, Hallam Amos into action in the Guinness Pro12 doesn't seem quite so risky when compared to the approach of Toro Rosso.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Senior forwards will give captain Byrne a helping hand

South Wales Argus: NEW SKIPPER: Lee Byrne will be given a hand by his Newport Gwent Dragons pack

10:19am Thursday 14th August 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons will hope that they've struck gold by naming Lee Byrne as captain for the coming season.

CHRIS KIRWAN: The need to save face ensuring stare down continues

10:17am Thursday 14th August 2014

AT the turn of the millennium a cult television comedy series called Big Train featured an animated sketch about the World Stare Out Championships.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Leadership not a problem for Dragons

South Wales Argus: England's Alastair Cook appears dejected after India's victory during day five of the second test at Lord's Cricket Ground, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date Monday July 21, 2014. See PA Story CRICKET England. Photo credit should r

10:04am Thursday 24th July 2014

PERHAPS it is only a chronic lack of alternatives that means Alastair Cook will lead out England in the third Test against India in Southampton on Sunday.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Lack of clarity over Fred Evans KO is scandalous

South Wales Argus: Wales' Fred Evans during the Team GB Media Day at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 24, 2013. Fred Evans is the first to admit his career has not gone entirely to plan since a series of

9:56am Thursday 24th July 2014

ONE fears that Fred Evans will soon be forgotten about now that the Commonwealth Games has got under way in Glasgow.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Welsh rugby uncertainty isn't just harming the players

South Wales Argus: Adam Jones (4648920)

10:45am Thursday 17th July 2014

ON-FIELD consequences dominate when considering the spat between Regional Rugby Wales and the Welsh Rugby Union.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Trusting partnership is vital if dark clouds over Welsh rugby are to clear

10:31am Thursday 17th July 2014

PERHAPS Newport Gwent Dragons are merely mimicking Prince as their spat with the Welsh Rugby Union rumbles on.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Allow the specialists to make sevens shine at the Olympics

10:03am Thursday 10th July 2014

THE countdown to rugby sevens joining the Olympics party at Rio 2016 begins when the Commonwealth Games gets under way at the end of the month.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Occasionals' cash welcome as long as Welsh rugby regulars benefit

South Wales Argus: File photo dated 17/03/2012 of Wales celebrating winning the Grand Slam during the RBS 6 Nations match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday January 24, 2014. Wales will create history if they win this season'

10:03am Thursday 3rd July 2014

I BELIEVE I’ve earned my stripes as a rugby follower; I played throughout my youth and watched from the terrace and stands at Welford Road in Leicester.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Rugby in desperate need of some World Cup shocks

South Wales Argus: Wale's Lloyd Williams, right, tackles Japan's Fumiaki Tanaka during a rugby test in Osaka, western Japan, Saturday, June 8, 2013.   Welsh team defeated Japan 22-18. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT  (7522494)

10:02am Thursday 26th June 2014

IT’S hard to pick a World Cup winner out in Brazil at the moment; how rugby would love such uncertainty next year.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Ian Evans' Bristol choice is bizarre in a World Cup year

South Wales Argus: BRISTOL-BOUND: Wales lock Ian Evans

10:00am Thursday 26th June 2014

IT remains to be seen whether Wales boss Warren Gatland will make his way to Moseley's Billesley Common in October to keep an eye on his Bristol contingent.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Gatland under pressure as 'group of death' looms

South Wales Argus: THE BOSS: Wales head coach Warren Gatland

10:02am Thursday 19th June 2014

IT proved to be an expensive mistake when the Football Association agreed a fresh, lucrative deal with Fabio Capello on the eve of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

CHRIS KIRWAN: It's far too early to be writing off Adam Jones

South Wales Argus: Adam Jones (4648920)

10:00am Thursday 19th June 2014

I DON'T doubt that Adam Jones will take part in his fourth World Cup next year; whether he does so as Wales' first-choice tighthead is another matter.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Andy Powell can follow Colin Charvis by having the last laugh at Dragons

South Wales Argus: Andy Powell  (6922361)

10:02am Thursday 12th June 2014

IT didn't take long for the jokes to start once Newport Gwent Dragons announced that they had signed Andy Powell.

CHRIS KIRWAN: No incentive go for current Wales crop ahead of old brigade

South Wales Argus: Lyn Jones: Dragons will be meticulous in bid to strengthen squad

10:00am Thursday 12th June 2014

LAST week I wrote that the Dragons need to have some World Cup bolters if they are to avoid Taulupe Faletau being their only representative in the Wales squad, yet it's clear that the region don't want too much international disruption this season.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Dragons in dire need of some World Cup 'bolters'

South Wales Argus: Argus-Mark     13-08-11
Wales v England
(L-R) Lloyd Burns and Toby Faletau (2388416)

10:02am Thursday 5th June 2014

A PAIR of late bursts for selection meant that there was a respectable Newport Gwent Dragons contingent at the 2011 World Cup. A repeat will be needed next summer.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Matthew Morgan provides food for thought

South Wales Argus: LIVEWIRE: Matthew Morgan turned down the Dragons in favour of Bristol

9:57am Thursday 5th June 2014

IT’S unlikely that the chef went into a panic when informed about Warren Gatland’s late decision to increase his Wales squad for South Africa from 31 to 32 by bringing in pint-sized Matthew Morgan.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Junior World Championship talent must not be rushed

South Wales Argus: Newport Gwent Dragons v Benetton Rugby Treviso.  Dragon player No 13 Tyler Morgan crosses the Treviso line to score a try. (6091824)

10:07am Thursday 29th May 2014

IF you're good enough, you're old enough; an adage that has been applied after successive years of impressive showings by Wales Under-20s at the Junior World Championships.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Apathy a danger in Welsh rugby rumpus

10:01am Thursday 29th May 2014

THERE is a danger that a major event in Welsh rugby politics is, just like the European elections, greeted by apathy.

CHRIS KIRWAN: More to finalists' success that money

South Wales Argus: Saracens Schalk Brits (cente) in action during the Aviva Premiership match at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday March 22, 2014. See PA story RUGBYU Saracens. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire. Use subje

10:07am Thursday 22nd May 2014

IT'S fair to say that Saracens and Toulon are not short of a bob or two but it would be churlish to bill Saturday's Heineken Cup final as a clash of the moneybags.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Ponty reign supreme but toppling them isn't mission impossible

South Wales Argus: Pontypridd v Cross Keys
Tom Lampard is wrestled to the ground (6311366)

10:02am Thursday 22nd May 2014

HOW can anyone stop Pontypridd? A question that leaves the rest of the Premiership scratching their heads.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Wales must take absences on the chin if they keep ignoring the Test window

South Wales Argus: SET TO MISS OUT: Owen Williams looks likely to miss Wales' trial game even if Leicester don't make the Aviva Premiership final

10:07am Thursday 15th May 2014

THE HORSE hasn't just bolted when it comes to warning Wales players about the pitfalls of playing for English clubs, it's long been turned into glue.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Verdicts unlikely to be shaped by the evidence at Wales 'trial'

South Wales Argus: File photo dated 05/03/2014 of Wales head coach Warren Gatland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday . Wales coach Warren Gatland has made six changes from the team beaten by England for Saturday's RBS 6 Nations finale against Scotland in Car

10:02am Thursday 15th May 2014

WARREN Gatland prides himself on being a straight talker.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Dragons need to make much bigger strides

South Wales Argus: Clermont Auvergen's Lee Byrne (left) is tackled by Toulon's Matt Giteau during the Heineken Cup Final match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland. PRESS ASSOCATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 18, 2013. See PA story RUGBYU Final. Photo credit

10:02am Thursday 8th May 2014

THE verdict is unanimous from inside the Newport Gwent Dragons camp when it comes to this season – not great but better than last time.

CHRIS KIRWAN: What's in a name? Plenty despite over a decade of squabbling for Newport Gwent Dragons

9:06am Thursday 8th May 2014

EMOTIONS run high when it comes to the name Newport Gwent Dragons but the decision about what the region is called needs to be taken with the head and not the heart.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Bitterness highlights the need for pro game to be set free in Wales

10:01am Thursday 1st May 2014

THERE'S nothing wrong with a bit of loathing in sport; watching your rivals fail comes a close second to seeing your own team succeed.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Ability counts, not the amount of 'padding'

South Wales Argus: Toulon's Stefon Armitage is tackled by Exeter's Ben White during the Heineken Cup match at Sandy Park, Exeter. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday December 7, 2013. See PA story RUGBYU Exeter. Photo credit should read: Tim Ireland/PA W

9:57am Thursday 1st May 2014

NOT all players were as happy as Sir Clive Woodward when developments in technology enabled England to have an edge thanks to their tight-fitting jerseys in 2003.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Dragons must up their game to earn deserved caps for Evans & Co

South Wales Argus: CHRIS KIRWAN: Dragons must up their game to earn deserved caps for Evans & Co

10:01am Thursday 24th April 2014

TIME will tell whether Warren Gatland meant his pre-Judgement Day talk of the double-header being a trial for international honours or whether it was just hollow waffle.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Premiership grumbling simply a sign of Welsh rugby malaise

9:56am Thursday 24th April 2014

ONE wonders whether there would be the talk of Premiership reform and ring-fencing were it Bedwas or Cross Keys facing the drop rather than Swansea.

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

South Wales Argus: Argus-Mark    30-03-13
Dragons v Scarlets Judgement Day 2013
Pat Leach (2231467)

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
POWER RUN Dragon Jack Dixon (4803815)

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.






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