NEWPORT RFC will host Merthyr at a new home on Saturday after a deal to share games between Rodney Parade and Spytty Park.

The Black and Ambers have been in talks over splitting fixture between their historic ground, which is currently home to the Dragons and Newport County AFC, and the venue at Newport International Sports Village.

Newport will play their first game at Spytty this weekend and a deal will soon be announced about them playing most of their fixtures at the ground.

The Black and Ambers played Cardiff at Rodney Parade last month and will return ‘home’ for a couple of games every season but will predominantly play at Spytty.

Newport RFC sold their ground to the Welsh Rugby Union in 2017 as part of the goverining body’s takeover of the Dragons.

They initiated a move to Spytty because of being third in the pecking order for fixtures at Rodney Parade and the costs of staging games at the professional venue, which had a new hybrid pitch laid in the summer.

“Newport Stadium has an 1,100-seater stand, so there is plenty of room for everyone to sit and enjoy the match out of the weather,” said a club statement.

“The good people of Friends of Newport Rugby will be running a kiosk selling beers, tea, coffee, soft drinks, rolls and snacks. Pop along and see what they have to offer “Newport Cricket Club is adjacent to the stadium and they will be open to welcome supporters both before and after the match. Please call in to their lovely clubhouse and enjoy a drink in the excellent facility.

“This is our first ever match at Newport Stadium and we would like to thank the staff of Newport Stadium and Newport Live for making us most welcome in their excellent facility.”

Newport lost their Premiership Cup opener at Pontypridd but are hunting a hat-trick of wins after beating Cardiff and RGC.