EX NSRU -11 HONOURS

SENIOR INTERNATIONALS

MARK DAVIS,

MATHEW ROBINSON,

ALEX POPHAM,

RICHARD PARKES,

TYLER MORGAN,

LEON BROWN

SENIOR WOMEN

JENNA STUDLEY

WORLD CUP SEVENS WINNER

ALEX WALKER

OXFORD UNIVERSITY CAPTAIN

2008 PETER CLARKE

(Peter became only the 2nd Welshman to captain Oxford

in the varsity match in its almost 150 year history)

Oxford won.

DRAGONS PLAYERS

RICHARD PARKES,

RHYS BUCKLEY,

LEWIS EVANS,

ASHLEY SMITH,

LEWIS ROBLING

SCOTT ANDREWS

TYLER MORGAN,

ASHTON HEWITT

JAMES THOMAS

ALEX JEFFERIES ( now with Ospreys)

HARRIE KEDDIE

LEON BROWN

LENNON GREGGAINS

RIO DYER

James Benjamin (Pentrepoeth)     

 Angus O'Brien(Cerleon Endowed)                                                                                                                  

Both played for their school but not for District

GLOUCESTER RFC

CARWYN PENNY

SCARLETS

BRYCE MORGAN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wales u20 Grand Slam 2016

Harrison Keddie

Leon Brown

Bryce Morgan

 

 

Updates

Friday 7th December @ 5.30pm

As expected tomorrow’s game are off, they will now be played after Christmas.

Update on sports order:

Our suppliers are still waiting for their suppliers to supply them evidently !!!

They have promised to finalise the order as soon as they get a delivery.

We will update site as soon as we hear anything!

Sorry everyone.

See you next Thursday now.

Thursday 6th December@ 9pm

Really good session tonight in far from ideal conditions, well done all.

We are supposed to be playing two games v Neath on Saturday but with the weather we have had and may have tomorrow they may not go ahead.

if they do all boys should meet at Caerleon RFC by 9.30.

Refreshments will be needed for after the games.

Please check website again tomorrow.

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Training as usual tonight at Rogerstone.

See you there.

Wednesday December 5th @ 1 pm

Training tomorrow should go ahead but please check website for updates tomorrow.

There will be two games v Neath this week if the games are on.

Saturday 1st December @ 8am

MATCH POSTPONED

This mornings game has been called off. It will hopefully be played next Saturday instead.

See you all at training Thursday.

NO TRAINING TONIGHT - APOLOGIES IF THERE HAS BEEN ANY CONFUSION

Friday November 30th @10am

Squad for tomorrow

After the much improved performance last week the same A  squad will play tomorrow.

TomL,  Isaac,  Bleddyn,  Jasper,  Taye,  Ben, Rhys

Danny, Jac,  Will,  Finn, Myles, Ollie,  Theo,  Madoc,  Eddie

Oliver BF should also attend as reserve.

Anyone who is not able to play please let Owen know asap.

Can we please provide refreshments for after the game.

Meet at Caerleon RFC no later than 9.30am

Please check site again tonight and in the morning for any updates.

Thursday November 29th @ 8pm

Sorry about late update about training hope everyone was able to avoid travelling.

We still do not have contact numbers for all boys, if you have not done so can you please send yours to Owen.

DC Thomas Cup v Neath

At present this is due to be played at Caerleon RFC , 10 am ko , but this must be in doubt with the weather we are experiencing.

There will only be 1 match , so no B fixture unfortunately.

The squad will be posted tomorrow so please check the site then.

Outstanding kit delivery.

We have telephoned and visited our suppliers this week and they tell us that deliveries from VX3 are overdue but should be in soon!!!

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Sorry problems with site 

Training is cancelled

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Training will hopefully go ahead tomorrow at Rogerstone but please check again for any updates if weather is poor.

Saturday November 24 th @ 9 pm.

Cardiff A 45 Newport A 20

With Cardiff having already secured a comfortable win in Newport several weeks ago there was little expectation of an upset in the return.

Cardiff must have been looking forward to an easy win and some early missed tackles can only have reinforced this belief as they took full advantage to lead by 10 nil.

However they were soon shocked by the ferocity of our play in both attack and defence and some outstanding combined play saw Finn G show blistering pace to make it 10-5.

Ollie T has been scoring tries galore recently and turned defenders inside out to add two more to his account and amazingly give us a 15-10 lead.

Unfortunately missed  tackles again resulted in another Cardiff try but the half time scoreline of 15 all is something they could not have foreseen or indeed expected.

A good start to the second half was vital but once again some slipshod defence saw Cardiff add another two tries.

The experiment of playing Theo M at centre saw him much more involved in the game with some thumping tackles and powerful runs one of which left several defenders on the floor as he crossed for a well deserved try.

Once again we were on the wrong end of many fifty fifty calls which Cardiff took full advantage of to record another seemingly comfortable victory but one which was anything but.

This was undoubtedly the boys best performance of the season and one they can all be proud of.

If we can continue to work hard in training and eradicate those errors which still hinder our game we can look forward to the rest of the season in general and next Saturday’s Cup match with Neath in particular with renewed confidence.

Well done all.

Cardiff B 40 Newport B 15

In the previous fixture the team were comprehensively beaten in all aspects of the game but the  hard work put in at the subsequent training sessions was evident by the improved performance which was not really reflected in the scoreline.

Cardiff started strongly putting us under sustained pressure but were met by determined defence, however once again momentary lapses saw them score three quick tries as another rout looked likely.

Despite turning over ball on several occasions Cardiff bodies in dubious positions prevented us from putting this to good use.

Cardiff were full of running  and soon increased their lead to 20 points but Luca in particular was causing the home team problems every time he had the ball and Oliver managed to reduce the defecit with a try just before half time.

With the offside line at rucks now being enforced we began to string several combined attacks together. Ellis was running hard creating scoring opportunities and Haydn was on hand to score our second try of the game.

Unfortunately we began to fall off tackles again which let Cardiff in for some soft scores and only good tackling by Logan prevented several more.

Ellis finished off a fine game with a well deserved try whilst we were unlucky not to add to our tally but can be pleased with many aspects of our performance whilst also accepting that there is still room for improvement especially in defence.

Luca received the honour of washing the kit for a fine all round performance.

 

Friday 22nd November @ 9am

Sorry for delay with post....problems with site.

Two games tomorrow at Rumney RFC , Cardiff k.o 10 am

All boys should meet at the ground by 9.30 am except for 

Callum N, Gethin C, Haydn T and Rhys W ( Marshfield)

These boys will all be involved in the next games. Wewill be reducing the numbers for games in future to reduce the changes made to teams at half time and the numbers standing on the touch line in sometimes poor conditions.

If anyone is unable to attend please let us know so we can call up a replacement.

Wednesday 21st November @ 7:30pm

Islwyn 40 Newport 25

We travelled up to Islwyn on a cold, autumn night for a friendly match against our Gwent neighbours. 

On a stunning 4G surface, the pitch and conditions were perfect for running rugby.

We made a strong start to the game with the forwards giving us a great platform to unleash the backs. It wasn't long before we opened the scoring when Theo crossed for his first  try, which was quickly added to be Aidan who stepped inside the cover defence to go over.

We were now playing with confidence but too many handling errors and lack of support prevented us from adding further scores.

In fairness, Islwyn regrouped well and began to use their pwwerful forwards to gain territory. They were quickly level with 2 scores within  minute of each other.

This gave them a lot of confidence and went into a 20-10 half time lead with a mix of slack tackling and letting the ball bounce from kick offs not helping our cause.

At half time changes were made to give the whole squad match time.

We started the second half by trying to run the ball from our own line but a handling error gifted Islwyn a 5m scrum which they duly scored from.

We soon responded with probably the try of game when Theo beat most of the Islwyn team to score a superb solo try.

Any thought she of a comeback were squashed however with 3 quick scores. 

We did have the final say though with tries from captain Finn and Ollie.

Despite the loss there were positives to take from the squad performance - particularly the amount of chances we created, but we must be more clinical.

A big thank you to Islwyn for hosting us and the referee for giving up his time to officiate.

Thank you also to our parents for making the journey after school - much appreciated.

Training as usual tomorrow at Rogerstone.

2 matches Saturday against Cardiff at Rumney RFC.

Sunday 18th November @ 7pm

SQUAD MATCH WEDNESDAY

A game has been arranged for Wednesday against Islwyn. The match will be played at Islwyn High School (NP12 0NU) on the 4G facility between 5 and 6pm.

Please can we meet at the school by 4:30pm.

The squad is:

Bleddyn, Taye, Isaac, Rhys W (Pentrepoeth), Oliver W, Tom L, Haydn, Callum N

Charlie, Gwilym, Finn, Will, Miles, Madoc, Ollie T, Theo, Harri N, Aidan, Rhys W (Marshfield)

St Johns boys have not been considered for this game due to their school commitments.

 Please confirm with Owen your availability, so someone else can be selected if needed.

 

Friday November 16th @ 10am

Excellent session last night just hope we can take improvements shown into next game which will be a week Saturday v Cardiff.

Great occasion tomorrow for NSRU when two of our ex -11 players, Leon and Tyler,  will be playing for Wales v Tonga....the first time we have had more than one!

We wish them good luck.

Sunday November 11th @ 10am

Rhymney Valley v Newport

The late switch of fixtures was somewhat fortuitous as despite the horrendous weather leading up to the matches this had no effect on the 4G playing surface apart from making the bounce of the ball a little unpredictable at times.

Despite arranging for the B's to open precedings we found it was in fact the A's who had to play first.

Unfortunately their lack of preparation time meant that they were well off the pace in the first 10 minutes and consequently trailed by a clear 4 tries.

We began to claw our way back into the game but unfortunately the same old problems of struggles at the breakdown , handling and defensive alignment were plain to see.

As we appear to be physically smaller than just about every team we play we need to make up for this shortcoming with speed of thought and technique but just aren't at present.

Despite these problems we did manage to cause problems on the flanks with both wingers looking dangerous every time they got the ball.

Ollie Tugwell in particular put the little possession that came his way to good use to land another outstanding  hat trick of tries which ensured we "only" lost the last 3/4 of the match by 4 tries to three.

There were some bright spots in terms of individual performances but until we eradicate the mistakes, both individually and more especially collectively, we continue to make, we will struggle against the bigger ,better teams we will face.

The B's played some delightful rugby in the opening 10 minutes of their match but failed to finish off several promising attacks and ultimately paid a heavy price.

Once again the same errors that littered the A game were evident here as we were " bullied" at the breakdown and struggled against more powerful opponents.

An outstanding individual effort by Eddie Hilman was all the B team had to show for their efforts as they again went down to a heavy defeat.

However several individuals stood out in difficult circumstances and may very well get an A chance in the near future.

KIT

Most boys received their new kit yesterday, we hope you are all happy with it.

Several did not receive theirs or had some missing this should be arriving soon.

The team bags are on order and will be given out as soon as we have them.

Any problems please let us know.

An early notification;

Our Christmas Party is due to be held after our last training session on Thursday December 13th.

Thursday 8th November @ 9pm

Details for Saturday 

As Neath let us down last minute, we are now playing Rhymney Valley at Ystrad Mynach on the Dragons 4G pitch. (CF82 7EP).

Please meet at  the ground by 9:30am. The B game will kick off at 10am with the A game straight after.

Owen is unavailable Saturday due to family commitments so please let Bob know if you're unable to play.

Tuesday 6th November @ 9:30pm

South Powys 20 Newport 55

Full report to follow tomorrow.

Just a quick update to congratulate all the boys on their effort and commitment in very testing conditions tonight. Some superb skills on show and plenty of positives to take from the game. 

A big thank you also to the parents who made the journey to support the team  - very much appreciated.

 

Monday 5th November @ 8pm

Harri N is looking for a lift to tomorrow's game. If anyone can help out please let his dad David know 07941 207801.

 

Saturday 3rd November @ 8am

Hope everyone had a lovely half term break.

Details for mixed A/B squad match vs South Powys on Tuesday.

The game will be played at Gwernyfed RFC (LD3 0DT)

Meet at the ground by 5:30pm. KO is at 6pm and there will be food for the boys after he game.

Forwards

Jasper, Taye, Issac,  Oliver BF, Oliver S, Harley, Haydn, Harry W, 

Backs

Charlie, Ellis, Will, Finn, Miles, Ben D, Luca, Madoc, Ollie T, Harri N, Reagan, Aidan.

 

Anyone unavailable please let Owen know and we can select somebody else to play.

 

Training as usual Thursday at Rogerstone Primary.

 

Friday October 26th @ 9am

Good session last night thanks to all those boys who were able to attend.

There will not be training during half term, next session at Rogerstone first Thursday back.

We would ask that boys work on the areas we have identified during the break.

We will be playing South Powys away on Tuesday November 6th , 6 pm ko.

Details/ squad to follow.

If you haven't already done so can you please send Owen boy's details

i.e

Name , d.o.b, school attended and at least one contact number.

We also need to receive payment for the kit, if you have any problem with this please contact us in the strictist confidence.

We must emphasise that no boy will miss out because of financial problems.

 

Tuesday October 23rd @ 7 pm

Training Thursday

Will be at Rogerstone School , 3G pitch.

Postcode

NP 10 9 YX

Best way to get to school is from M4 J27 High Cross exit.. Head for Risca, take first left at roundabout then follow sat nav directions.

Please try to arrive asap after 4.45 pm

Boys should not enter training area until a member of coaching team has arrived.

If anyone has still not paid for their new kit can they please do asap.

Monday 22nd October @ 9am

INTERNATIONAL TICKETS

We have some tickets available for the Scotland game on Saturday 3rd November. They are priced at £35.

If you are interested please let Owen know.

 

Sunday October 21st @12 noon

D C Thomas Cup

Newport A 25 Merthyr A 20

A beautiful Autumn morning greeted the teams at Pill on Saturday and all four teams produced rugby to match the weather.

First up were A’s who made a perfect start when some good combined play was finished off in typical barnstorming fashion by Theo adding to the three tries he scored in tha last game against Cardiff.

Ollie T on the other wing has also threatened to score whenever he has had the ball and showed blistering pace to grab a brace.

Unfortunately despite dominating the first half several clear cut opportunities were squandered and   Merthyr took full advantage to reduce the deficit to 15-5 with a well worked try of their own.

This was disappointing but even more so was the loss of Jimmy ,who had been in outstanding form,who sustained a serious injury which will keep him sidelined for some time...we wish him a speedy recovery.

Ollie soon achieved his hat trick in the second period to stretch the lead to 15 points again only for the visitors to again reduce it to 10.

With Merthyr only needing a draw to progress the game was now finely balanced but from the restart Jac caught the ball on the fly and showed a clean pair of heels to score a fantastic individual try.

We had conceded a high number of penalties at the breakdown throughout but seemed to be pinged at every one now. The constant flow of penalties eventually told as Merthyr crashed over for their third try and then their fourth. The last 10 minutes appeared to last for 16 at least but eventually the final whistle brought the first win of the season that the boys efforts thoroughly deserved.

Newport B 25 Merthyr B 15

Next up were the B’s who were obviously determined to follow their A counterparts example.

Yet again a poor start saw us concede an early try but some good combined play saw Aidan show great pace to equalise with a try from deep in our half.

 Madoc then finished off a counter attack he had started in his own half to give the B team a 10-5 lead, though the visitors levelledthe scores just before half time.

We continued to play some excellent rugby in the second period and Harri N restored the lead with a fine individual try.

Logan then showed both fantastic pace and incredible strength for one so small to make it 20-15.

There was no way the boys were going to let their first win of the season slip out of their hands and Harry W, who had an excellent first game in the forwards produced a blistering run to seal a well deserved win.

Several B team players also made strong claims for A places which is exactly what we are looking for.

Well done everyone.

What was pleasing was the improvement shown in both games with the hard work being put in at training sessions bearing fruit.

Obviously there are still many areas where we can continue to improve and we look forward to doing so in the coming months.

Training will now switch to the 3G pitch at Rogerstone School...details to follow.

Finally Aiden lost a pair of Newport track bottoms yesterday, if anyone has them can the let us know.

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NSRU account details

If you wish to pay for the new kit by transfer please use these details

Sort code 30-91-59

Account no.  01013286

Details for Saturday

2 matches vs Merthyr at Pill Harriers RFC

Please meet at the ground by 9:30am. 

The cup match will kick off at 10am with the B game straight after.

Please can we provide food for after the matches and also make every effort to stay for a while to socialise together. 

Anyone unavailable please let Owen know.

 

 

Please find current fixtures for the season on the right, as requested.

Wednesday 17th October @ 6:15pm

Training tomorrow will be at the Glebelamds 4:45pm.

 

Friday 12th October @ 10am

MATCHES CALLED OFF.

Tomorrow's games against Merthyr have been postponed. They will be played next Saturday instead, again at Pill.

Training as usual on Thursday.

CONTACT DETAILS

Please can you email Owen the following details ASAP.

Child's name

Date of birth

School they attend

2 emergency contact numbers

owen.stokes@btinternet.com

 

Newport A 25 Cardiff A 50

Our first midweek game of the season saw local rivals Cardiff make the short journey to Pill Harriers RFC. On a glorious Autumn evening, conditions were perfect for running rugby. Despite conceding 2 early tries, we didn't let our heads drop and continued to play in a positive manner. After a good passage of play involving many players it was speedster Theo who crossed for our first try. This was quickly followed by a second where his opposite number showed him the outside and he duly took it. Even better was to follow when Theo soon crossed for his hat trick powering over after good work by Will and Finn. Confidence was oozing at this point and it looked as though there was only one team in the game. However, the lead was quickly lost when soft tackling allowed Cardiff to level the scores. anec The next 5 minutes saw us concede 4 tries through a mix of quick Cardiff thinking and poor positioning by ourselves as we went into half time 35-15 down. After the break the game was pretty even with Cardiff adding to their lead with 3 quick scores. It was ourselves though who had the final say with 2 tries, firstly by Isaac after excellent work by Charlie and Miles and finally through Ollie in what was the last play of the game. It was another improved performance and the boys appear to be growing in confidence. Let's hope we build on it further and record our first win of the season in the cup match on Saturday against Merthyr.

Newport B 0 Cardiff B 50

The B team started the game strongly against Cardiff and spent a lot of the opening 10 minutes camped in the opposition half. A mixture of brave defence and sloppy play meant we were unable to cross the line for a deserved score. After weathering our early storm Cardiff hit back and controlled the game. They competed well at the breakdown giving us no platform to go forward and were very clinical in attack running out convincing winners. Plus points for the B's were strong carries by Jasper and Harri, while it was pleasing to see Madoc return after injury. We have a chance to put right some of our wrongs on Saturday when we face Merthyr B. A big thank you to Mr Nottley for giving up his time to referee this evening - much appreciated.

 

WE ARE UP AND RUNNING AGAIN! A big thank you to Mr Prewett from Mount Pleasant in getting us back online so soon while they were updating their site.

 

 

Please note that for updates you may need to go via the Friends of MPPS tab at the top of the home page and click into district news.

Tomorrow's game have been postponed until next weekend.

Check district news section for further updates.

 

WE ARE UP AND RUNNING AGAIN! Apologies for the page going AWOL today. Mount Pleasant have been updating their website, hence the new look. A big thank you to them for their continued support and allowing us to use this page.. Details for tomorrow. Meet in Pill by 4:30pm. Kick off will be at 5pm. Please can we provide food for after the game. Any help in setting out pitches will be greatly received. Any issues please let Owen know - 07969 689167

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Fixtures

 

Saturday 20th October

Merthyr (home)

Saturday 10th November

Neath (home)

Saturday 17th November

Rhymney Valley (home)

Saturday 24th November

Cardiff (away)

Saturday 1st December

CUP

Saturday 8th December

Pontypridd (home)

Saturday 12th January

Pontypool (home)

Satursay 19th January

Bridgemd (away)

Saturday 26th January

Swansea (home)

Saturday 16th February

Neath (away)

Saturday 9th March

Rhymney Valley (away)

Satursay 23rd March

Cardiff (home)

Saturday 30th March

Pontypridd (away)