Centre Ben John signs on loan from Ospreys to help injury-hit Dragons

South Wales Argus:

12:09pm Friday 19th September 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons have signed Ben John on loan from the Ospreys with the centre slotting straight into midfield for tomorrow’s Guinness Pro12 clash with Glasgow.

Keys have a headache at 10 for Bedwas derby

South Wales Argus: DRAGONS DUTY: Cross Keys will be without fly-half Dorian Jones, as well as Angus O'Brien, for the derby with Bedwas at Pandy Park

10:10am Friday 19th September 2014

CROSS Keys are unsure about who will be wearing 10 against Bedwas tomorrow afternoon but they are delighted to have such a selection headache.

Jason Strange hoping for a more fluent Ebbw at the Gnoll

South Wales Argus: LATE CALL: Ebbw Vale skipper Damien Hudd suffered a blow to the head against Llandovery

10:08am Friday 19th September 2014

EBBW VALE made a flying start to life back in the Principality Premiership but head coach Jason Strange is still looking for more in tomorrow's afternoon's clash with Neath at the Gnoll.

Dragons to keep a close eye on Glasgow's flying Fijian

South Wales Argus: DANGER MAN: Newport Gwent Dragons need to keep Niko Matawalu quiet

9:02am Friday 19th September 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons must get to grips with one Glaswegian who certainly has no qualms about going it alone when they attempt to get their Guinness Pro12 campaign up and running at Rodney Parade.

LEWIS EVANS: Bath tune-up sets us up for Glasgow challenge

South Wales Argus:

9:00am Friday 19th September 2014

WE will be hunting our first win of the Guinness Pro12 season when we take on Glasgow tomorrow afternoon – and preparation has been excellent with a little bit of help from some English rivals.

Cross Keys sign ex-Pontypridd forward

8:18am Friday 19th September 2014

CROSS Keys have boosted their squad after recruiting promising former Pontypridd second row Simon Williams into their ranks.

Kingsley Jones delighted with progress of Dragons' pack

9:46pm Thursday 18th September 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons may be struggling for numbers in the backs but their forwards appear to be in good shape ahead of tomorrow's Guinness Pro12 clash with Glasgow (kick-off 2.40pm), writes Chris Kirwan.

Newport stalwart Pattison makes timely return for Ponty challenge

South Wales Argus: Newport look to celebrate prop Dai Pattison's 300th game with victory

11:05am Friday 19th September 2014

NEWPORT are boosted by the return of influential prop Dai Pattison for tonight’s game against champions Pontypridd in the Principality Premiership.

RRW ring the changes

2:23pm Thursday 18th September 2014

NIGEL Short has stepped down as chairman of Regional Rugby Wales with Scarlets colleague Robin Cammish taking over at the helm while Mark Davies has been confirmed as chief executive.

Dragons fixture headache solved

South Wales Argus:

10:36am Thursday 18th September 2014

THE LV= Cup has had a fixture reshuffle to avoid a clash with Newport Gwent Dragons’ Guinness Pro12 encounter with Ulster.

Ashley Smith straight back in to boost injury-hit Dragons

South Wales Argus: Ross Wardle keen to learn off Dragons midfield partner Ashley Smith

9:18am Thursday 18th September 2014

ASHLEY Smith has only just returned to full training after six months on the sidelines but will answer Newport Gwent Dragons’ SOS against Glasgow on Saturday.

Newport look to shore up set piece for Ponty challenge

9:18am Thursday 18th September 2014

PONTYPRIDD have reigned supreme in the Principality Premiership for the last three seasons yet Newport will attempt to extend the champions' miserable streak at Rodney Parade tomorrow evening (kick-off 7.15pm), writes Chris Kirwan.

Dragons boss: Andrew Coombs must learn after putting the boot in

South Wales Argus: ON THE CHARGE: Dragons blindside flanker Andrew Coombs carries hard against Bristol

9:04am Thursday 18th September 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons head coach Kingsley Jones believes Andrew Coombs has learnt a harsh lesson after being slapped with a three-week ban for carelessly catching Alun Wyn Jones on the head with his boot.

Dragons down to the bare bones for Glasgow

South Wales Argus: Dragons squad 2014-15. Jason Tovey (9444142)

4:56pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons are down to the bare bones in the backs for Saturday’s Guinness Pro12 clash with in-form Glasgow at Rodney Parade.

Premiership action crucial for Dragons tyro Angus O'Brien - Neil Jenkins

South Wales Argus: BRIGHT START: Angus O'Brien impressed on his Dragons debut

9:36am Wednesday 17th September 2014

WALES skills coach Neil Jenkins believes plenty of rugby, whether with Cross Keys or Newport Gwent Dragons, is vital in the development of promising fly-half Angus O'Brien.

Ben Francis Cup to fill clubs' international gaps

9:34am Wednesday 17th September 2014

THE Ben Francis Cup is making a return after a three-year absence with a new-look format helping clubs fill gaps in their fixture list during the autumn internationals and Six Nations.

Dragons boss: Prop Lloyd Fairbrother can be our Samson Lee

South Wales Argus: BRIGHT START: Tighthead Lloyd Fairbrother has impressed in the Dragons' front row

9:19am Wednesday 17th September 2014

LLOYD Fairbrother has been tipped to follow in the footsteps of Wales tighthead Samson Lee after making a bright start to life with Newport Gwent Dragons.

Three-week ban for Dragons forward Andrew Coombs

South Wales Argus:

9:40pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons forward Andrew Coombs has been banned for three weeks for stamping on the head of Alun Wyn Jones.

Caerphilly 1st XV game off after Tredegar no-show

7:37pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

CAERPHILLY firsts' fixture against Tredegar was over before a ball had been kicked as the Virginia Park outfit took to the field in a warm-up only to discover the Gwent side had insufficient players to muster a game.

Toulon boss: We could cancel Halfpenny's contract

South Wales Argus: DEADLY BOOT: Leigh Halfpenny in action for Wales

1:32pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

TOULON president Mourad Boudjellal claims that he has not ruled out terminating Wales star Leigh Halfpenny's contract due to ongoing injury problems.

Italians and Romanians battle to face Dragons

South Wales Argus: (10416324)

1:21pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons will move a step closer to knowing their final European opponents this weekend when the first leg of the Rugby Challenge Cup qualifiers takes place.

Nigel Owens: I won't be afraid to caution rugby legends at Cwmbran dinner!

South Wales Argus: Nigel Owens (5574325)

12:34pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

TOP referee Nigel Owens expects he will have to issue plenty of cautions to a trio of rugby legends when he is compere at a Cwmbran dinner.

Pontypool gets vital 'A' Licence

South Wales Argus: Pontypool RFC court bid fails to stop relegation

12:03pm Monday 15th September 2014

Pontypool RFC today announced that the WRU has granted the club 'A Licence' status for the 2014/2015 season, which means they would be eligible for promotion to the Premiership.

Defensive don Nic Cudd so valuable to Dragons - Kingsley Jones

South Wales Argus: Ospreys heading east without talisman Alun Wyn Jones

8:52am Monday 15th September 2014

NIC Cudd may only stand at 5ft 10is but head coach Kingsley Jones says the openside flanker has proved that he is a defensive titan for Newport Gwent Dragons.

Dragons forward Andrew Coombs cited

South Wales Argus:

7:48pm Sunday 14th September 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons forward Andrew Coombs has been cited following an incident in the second half of last Friday’s 17-15 loss to the Ospreys.

Aberavon 18 Cross Keys 33

South Wales Argus: GREAT GAME: Cross Keys' Adam Powell (picture from files)

3:23pm Sunday 14th September 2014

CROSS Keys scored their bonus-point try after 52 minutes but still found time for a fifth in their best-ever win at Aberavon, writes Howard Evans.

Carmarthen Quins 44 Newport 10

2:30pm Sunday 14th September 2014

AFTER just one game of the new Principality Premiership campaign Newport face the prospect of a tough winter, writes Chris Smart.

Ebbw Vale edge Llandovery in thrilling encounter

South Wales Argus: WELCOME RETURN: Ashley Sweet is due to play a bigger part for Ebbw Vale this weekend in their crunch game

7:58pm Saturday 13th September 2014

AN EMOTIONAL day for Ebbw Vale saw them recording a stunning bonus point win over Llandovery at a highly charged Eugene Cross Park in a thrilling encounter.

Joy for Ebbw Vale and Cross Keys but misery for Newport

7:51pm Saturday 13th September 2014

EBBW Vale marked their return to the Principality Premiership with a superb 30-29 bonus point win over Llandovery at Eugene Cross Park in a thriller.

Dragons lacking patience in attack, admits Kingsley Jones

South Wales Argus: ON THE CHARGE: Lewis Evans carries the ball hard for the Dragons against the Ospreys

11:33am Saturday 13th September 2014

HEAD coach Kingsley Jones admits that Newport Gwent Dragons are missing the calming influence of injured centres Ashley Smith and Pat Leach after another error-strewn display.

Blackwood boss: Swansea is the ultimate Championship test

South Wales Argus: TOUGH START: Newbridge, captained by prop Ian George (right), endured a shocking Championship opener at Tondu

9:47am Saturday 13th September 2014

AFTER coming agonisingly close to toppling one of the Swalec Championship title contenders, Blackwood go in search of the biggest scalp in the league this afternoon.

PREMIERSHIP PREVIEW: Ebbw Vale ready for return to the big time

8:47am Saturday 13th September 2014

FOUR years after signing off with a defeat to champions Neath, Ebbw Vale make their long-awaited return to the Principality Premiership this afternoon.

Dragons 15 Ospreys 17

South Wales Argus: Dragons versus Ospreys
BREAKING THROUGH Dragon Rynard Landman (10316740)

9:41pm Friday 12th September 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons were condemned to a derby defeat by the Ospreys after a late comeback inspired by teenage debutant Angus O'Brien fell agonisingly short.

Dragons boss Gareth Davies excited by fresh challenge on WRU board

South Wales Argus: Gareth Davies (2397026)

5:45pm Friday 12th September 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons chief executive Gareth Davies is relishing the chance to engage with grassroots clubs after being elected to the board of the Welsh Rugby Union.

Gareth Davies wins WRU role while chairman David Pickering gets the boot

4:59pm Friday 12th September 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons chief executive Gareth Davies has been elected to the board of the Welsh Rugby Union with chairman David Pickering failing in his bid for re-election.

Ebbw Vale: We can prosper back in the top flight

South Wales Argus: Cross Keys RFC v Ebbw Vale RFC. Wesley Cunliffe kicks the ball forward. (9830404)

10:11am Friday 12th September 2014

EBBW Vale are confident that they have the quality to thrive in the Principality Premiership as they prepare to make their long-awaited return to the top flight.

Hard graft needed for another Newport win out west

South Wales Argus: Ashton Hewitt (5544111)

10:09am Friday 12th September 2014

NEWPORT aim to maintain a superb record in Carmarthen when they open their Principality Premiership campaign against the Quins tomorrow (kick-off 2.30pm), writes Chris Kirwan.

Bedwas look to tighten up against Llanelli

10:05am Friday 12th September 2014

BEDWAS will hope to have ironed out their defensive deficiencies that cost them so dearly in their British and Irish Cup qualifier when they kick off their Principality Premiership campaign against Llanelli on Sunday.

Keys coach urges young Dragons pair to grasp their chance

South Wales Argus: PROMISING PROP: Keys and Dragons loosehead Luke Garrett

10:05am Friday 12th September 2014

CROSS Keys head coach Greg Woods has called on Wales Under-20s internationals Scott Andrews and Luke Garrett to grasp their chance to impress in the absence of a pair of club stalwarts, writes Chris Kirwan.

Lyn Jones: Dragons must hunt and harass Ospreys in Rodney Parade cauldron

9:31am Friday 12th September 2014

LYN Jones has demanded Newport Gwent Dragons "hunt down and harass" the Ospreys at a raucous Rodney Parade this evening to show that the gap has closed on the Welsh pacesetters.

LEWIS EVANS: After Obama hopefully the Dragons can keep Newport in the limelight

South Wales Argus:

9:00am Friday 12th September 2014

WITH the excitement of the Nato summit over – the constant flash of blue lights, protesters and general hype in the city – hopefully the Dragons can keep Newport in the limelight.

Wales pair back for Dragons

South Wales Argus: Taulupe Faletau to start Dragons' Pro12 opener  in Connacht on the bench

12:34pm Thursday 11th September 2014

WALES internationals Taulupe Faletau and Hallam Amos return to the starting line-up for Newport Gwent Dragons’ Guinness Pro12 clash with the Ospreys tomorrow night (kick-off 7.35pm).

Ian Gough: Young Dragons are leaving us old heads fearing the axe

South Wales Argus: BRIGHT PROSPECT: Elliot Dee and his fellow young guns are piling the pressure on the Dragons' seasoned campaigners

9:04am Thursday 11th September 2014

IAN Gough admits that the Newport Gwent Dragons young guns are leaving the seasoned campaigners sweating on their places.

Ospreys heading east without talisman Alun Wyn Jones

South Wales Argus: Ospreys heading east without talisman Alun Wyn Jones

7:38am Thursday 11th September 2014

THE Ospreys have opted against bringing back talisman lock Alun Wyn Jones against Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade tomorrow evening (kick-off 7.30pm).

Wales set to ditch Poland for World Cup tune-up in Switzerland and Qatar

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

1:42pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

WALES' preparations for next year's World Cup are set to include training camps in Switzerland and Qatar.

Ex-Dragons scrum-half signs for Cross Keys

South Wales Argus: SWIFT SERVICE: James Leadbeater

1:06pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

CROSS Keys have bolstered their squad with the re-signing of talented former Newport Gwent Dragons scrum-half James Leadbeater.

Dragons hope Rodney Parade factor sends Ospreys into meltdown

South Wales Argus: Bristol v Dragons. Lee Byrne on the ball. (9378555)

9:10am Wednesday 10th September 2014

CAPTAIN Lee Byrne has asked the Newport Gwent Dragons faithful to turn Rodney Parade into a bear pit on Friday night to expose the Ospreys to the type of atmosphere that he used to dread.

Dan Biggar: Ospreys young guns need to step things up in Rodney Parade cauldron

South Wales Argus: BOOT-IFUL: Ospreys fly-half Dan Biggar shines when kicking out of hand as well as from the tee

8:26am Wednesday 10th September 2014

THE Ospreys may have got their Guinness Pro12 campaign off to a flying start but Wales ace Dan Biggar says they need to up their game to avoid a Rodney Parade "stuffing" on Friday night.

Hallam Amos back to bolster Dragons midfield against Ospreys

South Wales Argus: Hallam Amos (5574339)

5:33pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

WALES international Hallam Amos will return for Newport Gwent Dragons against the Ospreys and is poised to line up in midfield.

Dragons lock Ian Gough desperate to earn an Ospreys reunion

South Wales Argus: POWERFUL: Former Wales lock Ian Gough is among the signings that will strengthen the Dragons' pack

9:05am Tuesday 9th September 2014

LOCK Ian Gough is hoping to get the chance to slug it out with his former side as a pick-me-up after Newport Gwent Dragons' disappointing start to the Guinness Pro12.






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