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Updated Mon Nov 30th @ 6pm

Cup match v Pontypridd will NOT be this week,Dec 5th, but will now be on the following Sat, 12th.

We are trying to arrange another game instead.

There will also be TWO games on the day .....pitch availabilty allowing.

Training this week will, hopefully, be at Pill RFC.....this will be confirmed later on.


Updated Sun Nov 29th @ 12.30pm

Bridgend A 22  Newport A 28

Bridgend B 10  Newport B 12

An amazing morning's rugby. First it was amazing that the game could take place at all. Amazing that the weather was so good and that the pitches were in such excellent condition, Amazing that two such outstanding games of rugby were produced and finally two amazing results.

The A match could not have started more disasterously with a knock on straight from the kick off followed by poor backline scrum defence which saw the home team score a 2nd minute converted try,

With the home pack dwarfing ours and taking early control things looked bleak. However gradually we began to battle our way back into the game and began to put together some threatening back moves.

It wasn't long before Daniel Snelling, who has had a few health and injury problems over the last few weeks, was given the narrowest of outside gaps in his own half  and showed tremendous pace to streak over for our first try Carwyn Penny slotting the conversion.

With our forwards beginning to win more ball which was run at every opportunity it wasn't long before full back Sam Dinsdale timed his entry into the line perfectly to cross under the posts Carwyn converting.

Bridgend hit took advantage of some sloppy defence to score their second try which was not converted only for Daniel Snelling to leave defenders trailing once again for his second try , converted by Carwyn.

This made the half time score 12- 21 and the second period continued in similar vein with Bridgend's huge pack driving forward but being met by determined defence and our pack driving low to hold them or to win ball.

Eventually the sheer power of the home pack saw them score a 3rd unconverted try to make the score 17-21.

A long kick out of defence saw Sam Dinsdale collect the ball in his 22, leave three chasers grasping thin air before off loading to young winger Laurie Baldwin who flew over in the corner......it goes without saying that the metronomic Carwyn slotted his kick.

A huge forward effort by Bridgend was held out time after time before they eventually forced their way over to make the score 22-28.

There was no way we were going to let them score again as every Newport defender threw themselves into tackle and ruck/maul to keep them penned in their own half until the final whistle.

In a fine team performance where every boy gave 100% it would be unfair to single any players out but several boys were mentioned by the home coach as boys who should be appearing in East Wales colours later this season......we will see!

Meanwhile the B team also faced a big home pack and soon trailed by an early try which was soon equalised when young winger Oakley Mighton showed fantastic pace to leave the home defence for dead.

The game proved to be a fantastic tussle which mirrored the A game. Bridgend led 10-5 after another try only for winger Ethan Thomas, another who has been unwell over recent weeks, streaked over form 65 metres ( and then collapsed) for stand-in outside-half  Luke Williams, who has been impressing in the forwards for the A recently, to cap a fine performance with the match winning conversion. 

As the B team were told before their game they should be looking to press claims for A places and all of them did so, most notably wingers Oakley and Ethan.....the home comments being"if they are your B wingers what are your A wingers like!", o/h Luke Williams,centre Griff Burchell( whose father James is another ex-NSRU player) s/h Morgan Edwards and forwards  Keir Basset and Jack Littlejohn.....though this again was a TEAM effort.

All four teams must be congratulated for the way they played the games  which was a credit to -11 Distict rugby.It is also indicative of the way that we are trying to play that ALL our tries were scored by wingers/full back.

 ALL of the Newport squad should be proud of the fact that they are the FIRST to enjoy such success at Bridgend....well done all.





Updated Sat Nov 28th @ 8.20am

Have spoken to Bridgend and they have had no adverse reports so the game is ON.

If any parents are trained lifeguards you may be needed, please bring your costume!!!!

See you there


Updated Fri Nov 27th @ 7pm

Match is on at moment....please check later and tomorrow morning (if off it will be posted by 8.30)

Directions to Pencoed RFC....postcode CF35  5PB

M4 J 35 ....at roundabout take 3rd exit A473........past MacDonalds....at next roundabout take 1st exit Felindre Road

Don't get lost!!!!


Updated Thurs Nov 26th @ 7.30 pm

Bridgend games are ON this Saturday A + B

Both games will be played at Pencoed RFC, Bridgend .....10 am ko(directions to follow)

If travelling direct , boys should meet at the ground by 9.30am

For those who wish to do so we will meet at Ridgeway at 8.40 am for a 8.45 departure(by car)

All available boys should attend....if anyone is unavailable please let us know

At the moment we know that Tom H and Ewan M are unavailable

Updated Wed Nov 25th @ 10am

Training tomorrow will be at Caerleon Comp (astroturf)  5.30pm...see you there

Hope to have TWO games at Pyle on Sat .....no coach....details to follow

Updated Tues Nov 24th @ 10.30am


See you Thursday

Updated Mon Nov 23rd @ 3pm

The Newport Schools Tournament has had to be cancelled AGAIN and if the Blaenau Gwent game was today it would be off too.

However no decision will be made until tomorrow(late morning) and an update will be posted as soon as we know anything, schools will also be e mailed.

If it is on boys should meet at Eugene Cross Park, Ebbw Vale by 5.20 pm

We are waiting to hear from Bridgend about Saturday's fixture.

TRAINING this week will probably be at Caerleon Comp again.

Updated Sun Nov 22nd @ 5pm

With several boys selected for Tuesday's match unavailable....if the Newport tournament is off, which seems likely at the moment, these boys will also come to the game.....if IT is on!


Backs....Elliot Q, Morgan J, Ben H, Oakley

Check site tomorrow for any updates

Again....if anyone is unavailable let us know

Updated Thurs Nov 19th @ 9pm

There will be a B game against Blaenau Gwent at Eugene Cross Park, Ebbw Vale on Tuesday ko 6pm

These boys will definitely be involved as their schools will not be involved in the Newport Schools Autumn Tournament that afternoon


Rhys S.  Jake McC,  Callum,  Ryan J,  Mike B,  Lennon,  Iwan,  Fraser,  Dolan,  Mathew W,  Keir B, 


Morgan E, James McC, Jed, Laurie, James S, Liam , Sam D, Ewan, 

Elliot S and Daniel T ( if available)

If anyone is unable to play let us know asap

If the tournament is cancelled we will know on Monday and a few others may be added

Bridgend match/es will now probably be played on Sat Nov 28th @ 10am....details to follow


We may have some £35 tickets available for £20 from the WSRU tomorrow afternoon ....if you are interested call Bob tomorrow

Updated Wed Nov 18th @ 12.30 pm


Training will hopefully now go ahead tomorrow (THURS) ....weather permitting....at Caerleon Comp Redgras 5.30- 6.30 TRAINERS PLEASE

Check site tomorrow for confirmation

Updated Tues Nov 17th @ 2pm

If the game is on tomorrow there will probably NOT be training on Thursday

Please check site tomorrow to confirm match / training is on.

We are hoping to play Blaenau Gwent @ Abertillery RFC next Tuesdy night.

As we are also hoping to hold the Newport Schools Autumn Tournament on the same day the squad selected will NOT include any boys taking part ...so this will give other boye a chance to play. Details later.

Updated Mon Nov 16th @ 11pm

Newport v Bridgend @ Pyle RFC Wed 18th (weather permitting)



Jake McD,  Rhys S, Max,  Lennon,  Tom R, Tom H, Dolan, Josh T, Iwan, Luke, Callum, Adam, Frazer


Will, Elliot, Carwyn, Tom W, Jed, James McC, Sam, Daniel S, Morgan J, Liam D, Laurie

(we have made two rota changes from Sat purely to give others a chance...the boys concerned have NOT been left out because of their performances and will come in again soon)

There will be a coach leaving from Ridgeway @ 4pm....there will be plenty of space for supporters.

If anyone is unavailable please let us know asap

We are hoping to play Blaenau Gwent under floodlights next week when we will field  mixed A+B  team so others will have an opprtunity to play.

Please check site later this week to see if game is on.

We still have some tickets available for Argentina/Australia let us know if you are interested.

Updated Sun Nov 16th @ 1pm

South Powys 5  Newport 22

Yes it's unbelievable but true we DID play yesterday. Despite the terrible weather of the previous days the pitch was in superb condition and despite continuing heavy rain and wind both sides made every effort to play running rugby.

The home pack made us battle for possession throughout and their inside centre and full back in particular were a constant threat.

Nevertheless some neat interpassing in our half gave Sam Dinsdale his first opportunity to run and he used it to turn defenders inside out before streaking over in the corner to give us the lead.....unfortunately the combination of the wind and ankle length grass saw Carwyn have a rare missed conversion.

It wasn't long before our other winger James McCarthy took full advantage of some excellent approach work to show fine footwork and speed to increase our lead....this time the sheer strength of the wind saw the conversion look to be going over only for it to hit a brick wall of a gust and drop like a stone.

The home team began to cover our attempts to spread the ball and make sure our wingers were well covered. Carwyn Penny soon realised this and sold a great dummy and  then sidestepped clean through and over the line to give us a 15pt lead at half-time.

Despite conditions deteriorating both teams continued to play 15 man rugby and it was disappointing that several clear cut chances were wasted by a mixture of the poor conditions, individual errors and determined home defence.

Eventually No 8 Tom Rice who showed a welcome return to form sealed the match after an outrageous dummy saw him cross under the posts.....Carwyn didn't miss this one!

With all subs now on the pitch South Powys continued to battle away and it was fitting that their inside centre capped a fine individual performance to gain his side a well deserved try.

All the boys did well in trying circumstances but s/half Will Davidson had his best game to date Tom Rice's workrate was top class, Lennon continues to improve with every game and Max Roberts-Dallimore made a strong case for the hookers position with 4 consecutive strikes against the head.

With the weather still looking poor for the next few days the Bridgend game must be doubtful. The squad will be posted later and we will again give a few other boys a chance.

Updated Sat Nov 15th @ 8.15am

No news is good news....see you in Brecon!

Updated Fri Nov 13th @ 6.30pm

Have just heard that the game is ON !!!!  Hard to believe but true. Can boys please bring a towel so they can shower after the game. We have asked their contact to let us know by 8.15 am so we can post notice on web.

Any problems please let us know....see you there.

BRECON RFC   63 The Watton  LD3  7EL

Updated Fri Nov 13th @ 5pm

We are still waiting to hear if the game is on having left a message on the only contact number we have.

While it seems unlikely to be on considering the weather , we will continue to try to get an answer.

We  do not know how late this may be but we will place an update as soon as we hear.

We will certainly make a decision by 8.30am Saturday and will place an update by then which should stop people from travelling iunnecessarily.

Sorry about this folks.

Updated Thurs Nov @ 8pm

Squad for South Powys match @ Brecon Rugby Club (WEATHER PERMITTING)


Rhys Sperring, Jake McD, Callum D, Max RD, Lennon G,  Keir B,  Luke W, Tom H, Tom R, Dolan R,     Iwan N, Adam H, Fraser


Elliot Q, Will D, Carwyn P. Tom W, Jed A, Liam D, James McC, Sam D, Daniel S, Ben H, Laurie

Standing by: Morgan J, Jack L, Josh T

As you can see we have given some boys who weren't involved last week a chance this time....we hope to do the same for next week's Bridgend match.

If anyone is unable to play for any reason please let us know a s a p so we can ask others to come.

We were hoping to have a coach for Sat but as we have to have one for Bridgend we are unable to afford both. Therefore boys should meet at Brecon RFC by 10am....don't be late.

Please check site tomorrow in case match is called off

Updated Thurs Nov 12th @ 2pm

No need to leave it until 3.30.....rugby training is cancelled tonight.....may arrange waterpolo session instead!!!

Squad for Sat will be posted later after coaches have discussed selection....however we may again use match to give some boys who did not play last week a chance.

Updated Wed Nov 11th @ 10pm

We hope to be playing Bridgend at Pyle RFC next Wednesday evening Nov 16th ko 5.30

There will be a coach leaving from Ridgeway at 4pm

If anyone will not be available for this match please let us know a s a p

Updated Wed Nov 11th @ 11am

With a dire weather forecast for tomorrow we MAY have to cancel training or switch to Caerleon . If we do all Newport Schools will be contacted by e mail and it will be posted on this site by 3.30pm.

Hopefully it will be on but please check.

Updated Mon Nov 9th @ 7pm

We will be playing South Powys @ Brecon RFC on Sat 10.30 ko

There WILL be a coach from Ridgeway @ 8.45am

We have been offered some tickets for Wales v Argentina and Australia , if anyone would like any please let us know.

Updated Sun Nov 8th @ 4pm

Cardiff XV  25  Newport 19

With Cardiff playing two games on Sat against our cup opponents Pontypridd and ourselves they mixed and matched their teams and showed just how much strength in depth the biggest district in Wales possess.

Despite pre-match warnings about complacency these obviously fell on deaf ears as the home side tore into us from the start and after fully 10 minutes we had hardly touched the ball. We had also conceded two tries in that period and looked to be heading for a very heavy defeat.

A warning to that effect  to the boys after the second try seemed to stir them into action and we fared much better and gradually began to win some possession. Before long some superb interpassing in a very confined space saw centre Tom Wooler cross for a try converted by Carwyn.

Unfortunately we conceded a third try soon afterwards to trail 15-7 at the break.

We continued to do better in the second-half but some poor defence allowed the home team a 4th try which stretched their lead to 20-7.

Sam Dinsdale standing in at full back for Daniel Snelling then showed blistering pace and elusive running to bamboozle the defence for a superb individual try again converted by Carwyn to bring us back to 20-14 just one converted try away from the lead.

However a wild pass while we were attacking deep in the Cardiff half ended with them scoring their 5th and decisive try.

A second Dinsdale try which was almost a carbon copy of his first went unconverted to make the final score 25-19.

In a game in which we were really outplayed for large parts of the game what was most disappointing was the ease with which Cardiff won so much possession , kept it and also used it so well against a defence which allowed them far too much space. We also failed to spread the ball wide, all too often trying to go it alone or cutting back into the defence where we then lost possession.

Having said that it was to our credit that we did not give up in the face of the early Cardiff onslaught and managed to battle our way back into the game without ever really playing to our strengths.

Interestingly the other Cardiff side avenged an early season loss to Ponty by winning 10 nil.

Training this week is likely to be at Pill 5pm


Updated Fri Nov 6th @ 10am

Directions for match on Sat

M4 to Cardiff until J32  A ............take A470 towards Cardiff.........approx 1mile turning left into Caedelyn Road (Parks ground).....be aware there are nasty SPEED CAMERAS along the A470.

Please check later that game is on the only reason for it not to be is bad weather which leads to Cardiff City Council closing grounds

See you there

Updated Thurs Nov 5th @ 8pm

An excellent turnout despite Bonfire Night boys looked in great shape.

We weren't due to play this Sat but HAVE arranged to play Cardif B in Whitchurch @ 10am

With many boys ill or unable to train/play we will use the game to give others a chance.

Squad :


Ryan J,   Callum D,    Lennon G,    Jake Mc,    Tom R,    Mike B,     Richard Yarrow,     Frazer,    Mathew W,  Josh,    Luke W,    Jack L,  Adam H


Will D.  Morgan,  Carwyn,  Tom W,  Elliot Spear, Oakley,   Dan Snelling,  Sam D,  Ethan , Liam D, Jed ,

We will need to travel by car and be at the ground by 9.30 full directions will be posted later .

If any boys are unable to play please let Bob know asap so that others can be asked to play.

Updated Wed Nov 4th @ 9pm

Training WILL be at Caerleon Comp all-weather pitch tomorrow 5.30 START 6.30 finish....don't forget trainers NOT boots

Updated Tues Nov 3rd @ 9pm

Training this week will depend on the weather but will probably be on the all weather pitch @ Caerleon Comprehensive School  5.30 - 6.30 pm......the area is at the rear of the school.

If you are approaching from the village centre you should go past the usual turning for Caerleon RFC , past the Junior School on the left and take the NEXT turning on the left , then approx 50 metres turn next left....school is at end o road.

If we do train there boys should wear trainers NOT boots and should not enter the area until 5.30

Our training venues will be either Caerleon Comp, Pill Harriers or Newport Saracens this season.

The venue will be confirmed tomorrow....see you there

Updated Tues 20th Oct @ 10am


Directions.......Can be approached from two directions....best to come from Cardiff Road. Coming from George Street Bridge along Cardiff Road.....Royal Gwent on left .......at traffic lights (crossroads) turn left head down Mendalgief Road approx 60 yards , turn left into Bell Vue Terrace ( new pharmacy building on corner) carry on along Courtbella Terrace to the end of the road..... Pill Harriers at end. Please note there is limited parking...leave spaces on right for coaching staff please.

Obviously can also be approached along Cardiff Road from other direction (M4) and down Bell Vue Lane.

Boys should make sure they come equipped for cold, wet weather training from now on.

Hope to have t/s ....rainjackets on the night

See you there at  5pm

Updated Sat 17th Oct @ 5pm

Rhymney Valley 0 Newport 35

Already without top scorer Daniel Snelling and No 8 Tom Rice who has been in great form a series of circumstances saw a strange looking team take the field.

As expected the home side were determined to avoid the same sort of result as in our earlier friendly. It was anything but friendly as both teams tore into each other from the start, Although much smaller than the home 8 the Newport pack won a lot of good quick possession but with another new centre partnership in place, determined defence and a greasy ball many scoring opportunities were missed.

Eventually a blindside break and well timed pass by livewire s/h Elliot Quigley put Sam Dinsdale clear and under the posts....needless to say Carwyn converted.

The second half saw some of our  late arrivals take the field but Rhymney continued to make us fight for every scrap of ball.

Eventually Sam added a second try, soon followed by James McCarthy and then Fraser Stroud who had proven an admirable No 8 replacement for Tom emerged from a maul on half way and left the defence trailing for a well deserved try ( something his dad Glenn would have loved to do when he played for NSRU in the 70's) .....Carwyn converting all of the tries.

Finally Carwyn received the ball on his own 10 metre line and bamboozled countless defenders for an amazing individual try which sealed a fine performance and generously allowed James McCarthy to slot the conversion via the cross bar.

Every single boy gave everything to the cause but none more so the Lennon who produced an outstanding 2nd row display and has obviously worked hard on his fitness.

The B team also had a much harder time against the home team this time.

Nevertheless they kept up their unbeaten record with a hard earned 19 - 7 win.

Again the key to their win was the teamwork they dieplayed with every boy working for the good of the team.

Newcomer Daniel Taylor had a fine game at scrum- half as did his partner Morgan John ..... young Rio Dyer continues to produce exciting tries, getting two today......and leaving some of the home team convinced that Daniel Snelling was playing for the B.....praise indeed! Fellow year 5 Jack Littlejohns scored the 3rd try with Daniel Taylor kicking two conversions.

Well done everyone.

We will now face Pontypridd at home in the next round



Upsdated Fri Oct 16th @ 5pm

Coach tomorrow.......... there has been a little confusion over places on the coach....ALL boys WILL have a place on the bus .... it was just that last week's was full so some parents may have to travel by car this week.

Tracksuits .......unfortunately two of the samplers were not in the box returned to the supplier  (sizes 152 and 164), could you please check to see if they have inadvertently been left in a boy's kitbag by mistake...we will also check our bags.

In response to requests from several parents we will have a sample Masita kitbag available tomorrow,.it will also be possible to purchase NSRU beanies, baseball caps and t-shirts.

Updated Thurs Oct 15th @ 8pm

Great session, competition for places is becoming extremely fierce.

TWO games this Sat against Rhymney Valley away, A team in the Cup, ko 10 am

Coach /es will be leaving from the top of Ridgeway at 8.45 am for Bargoed Park

Off M4 Junction 28 , High Cross......head towards Newport(up incline) , take first left (Ridgeway) and drive to the top of the hill

ALL players should meet at departure point by 8.30 am

At the moment these parents have asked for places on the coach:

Sam D 2,  Ben H 1, Max D 2. Henri H 1, Griff 1, Tom W 1, Jack L 2,  Caldicot 6 adults,Tom H 1,Laurie 2 at the moment this is NOT enough for a second coach we will need to know by 11 am on Friday at the latest if more adult places are needed.

See you Saturday

Updated Tued Oct 13th @ 6pm

There will be A and B games on Saturday.

As there would not be room for many parents to travel on the coach we will consider having a second coach if there is enough demand.

We would suggest that parents of boys who also play for clubs who would like to travel by coach should let the following people know how many seats they need:

NHSOB    Glenn Stroud,          Caldicot   Geoff Rees,          St Josephs   Chris John,                           Machen   Carl/Richard Hicks,         Pill  Rhys Littlejohns

Please do this a s a p so that they can pass the numbers on

Any other parents can either e mail us (see above) or text Bob

We have been asked to pointout that two of the try scorers on Sat were in fact  Fraser Stroud and Sam Dinsdale......sorry boys.

We would also like to thank the parents who filled the coach for helping us raise most of the cost .


Updated Sat Oct 10th @ 6pm

Aberavon v Newport

With several A team regulars missing is game gave some of those B boys who have been playing so well a chance to impress.

A beautiful day and perfect conditions saw the team start in the usual manner with ball being won and moved quickly to the wings.

The home team battled away with great determination but had no answer to the pace right across the backline.

First half tries came from Tom Rice, James McCarthy (2) and livewire prop Rhys Sperring (2) with Carwyn Penny slotting all the conversions.

A host of changes were made at half-time and this coupled with some determined home defence saw no further scores until the last 10 minutes when year 5 wingers Laurie Baldwin and Oakley Mighten showed real pace to cross for debut tries. The final score came from Daniel Snelling who had been unwell after the coach trip and went on for the last 5 minutes in the centre who cut through a tiring defence to score under the posts.

While a win was very welcome, it was the manner in which it came that impressed with the team transferring what they have been working on in training into the game. Well done boys.

This performance will give the coaches a selection problem of the best possible kind for next week's cup match.

Finally, it was great to see the first players from St Julians HSOB minis( Laurie Baldwin) and Pill Minis (Jack Littlejohns) making an a appearance for a Newport Schools 1st XV....they should be the first of many.

TRAINING THURSDAY..... numbers may have to be limited due to the cup match on Sat....check later in the week.


Updated Thurs Oct 8th @ 9pm

An excellent session the form of all boys is making for many selection headaches

Squad for game @ Aberavon Saturday

This week's squad has been selected with a view to giving several boys who have been playing well for the B team a chance in the A

Therefore these A players will not be travelling on Sat: 

 forwards : Jake McD, Max ,  Lennon, Michael B,  Mathew W

backs: Morgan E, Liam D, Elliot S, Tom W

The squad is:

Forwards:  Ryan J, Callum D, Tom R, Iwan N,  S, Josh Turrell,  Luke W,  Dolan R,  Rhys Sp,  Tom H, Adam,  Jack L

 Backs:  Elliot Q,  William D,  Carwyn P,  Jed A,  Morgan J,  Daniel S,  Sam D,  James McC,  Oakley M,   Rio D

If anyone is unable to play please let Bob know a s a p so that another player can be drafted in.

These boys should stand by  

Michael B, Mathew W. Liam

Ben H, LIam D, Laurie

We will look to give other boys a chance in the Islwyn game.

There will be a coach leaving from the top of Ridgeway @ 8.45 am... we will be leaving ON TIME

There is plenty of space for parents to accompany boys ,who will not be asked to pay anything, but we will charge parents £5 towards the cost ( though again if you are unable to afford this please let us know in confidence)

Directions to Ridgeway.......M4 Junction 29 (High Cross) take road towards Newport ....up hill , 1st left (this is Ridgeway)  go to the top of the hill ( by the toilets)

We should be returning between 1.15-1.30  .....we do not know if there will be food after the match so it may be a good idea if the boys bring a sandwich and a drink.

See you Saturday.....don't be late!

Updated Mon Oct 5th @ 6pm

We did not have a fixture this Sat and intended to hold a training session, however we have been offered a game against  Aberavon and will be taking a squad away for the game.  Several boys who have been performing well for the B team will be given an opportunity to press for a place in the cup game the following Sat.

The game will be at Aberavon Green Stars ground 10.30 k.o. and if we can get a reasonable price for a coach will travel on one , otherwise we will go by car.

Updated Mon Oct 5th @ 10am


According to our records these boys have now ordered and paid for t/s and r/j......these will be embroidered at the end of the week and should be ready in time for next week's cup match

Tom H,   Sam D,   Evan W,   Ethan T,   Fraser S,   Ben H,   Luke W,   Liam D,   Jake Mc,   Morgan E,   Laurie B,   Mathew W,   Callum D,   Keir B,   Dolan R,   Richard F,   Elliot S,   Tom W,   Tom R ,    Jack L,     Jed A

It may be possible to add others but Thursday will be the deadline for the first order.

If you are sending payment on Thursday   PLEASE.....pay by cheque if possible (made out to NSRU)....and enclose it in an envelope.

 See you Thursday

Updated Sun Oct 4th @ 10am

Newport 12   Vale of Glamorgan  5

 What a difference a week makes.....last week's game against Rhymney was played in perfect conditions with our team winning quick ball and running in tries form everywhere

This week's match was played in drizzle against much tougher opponents who dominated possession throughout the match and forced us into giving away countless penalties.

Despite having little ball to play with, once again we managed to move the ball quickly to Daniel who left the cover defence in his wake to score under the posts...Carwyn converting. This remained the only score of the first half.

In the first five minutes of the second half we had at least four clear cut opportunities to put our speedsters clear but each time a poor pass cost us dear.

Eventually the possession Vale continued to enjoy led to them scoring a well worked unconverted try to close the gap to two ponts.

Inaccuracy in attack continued to to stop us using what little ball came our way but finally Sam was put clear and from 40 metres out outpaced the defence to score our second try.

Despite a further onslaught from the visitors we held on to earn a rather unbelievable win.

While there obviously remains a lot of work to do on the contact area ....the whole team should be proud of their effort, with every boy leaving nothing on the pitch in one of the finest defensive displays seen.

Meanwhile the B team continued to carry on with a second successive win ....tries coming from Adam (who has made the most of his return to the squad) and young Rhys who showed blistering pace for his score.

Once again though it was the team effort that shone though for the B's several of whom are making strong cases for A places.

Well done all

Updated Fri Oct 2nd @ 10am

We have A and B fixtures against Vale of Glamorgan this Sat @ Caerleon RFC  10am ko

Boys should meet at the ground by 9.20 am

There will be food afterwards and we would like all boys to stay.

Due to the numbers attending training we may have to reduce the squad over the next few weeks. We don't like to do this but with fewer B games available against most of our upcoming opponents some boys will not have many opportunities to bid for A places. If any boys are affected we will monitor their performances for club/school and ask them to return to training or indeed any future B games.

Those parents who wish to order t/s + rainjackets please send along the money preferably by cheque made out to N S R U  ( in an envelope)

See you Saturday

Finally a (late) note of congratulations to ex-NSRU -11 player Ashley Smith who became the first of our former players to captain a Newport-Gwent Dragons side......who knows he might become our next international.

Updated Sun Sep 27th @ 9pm

Newport v Rhymney Valley

Another glorious day and two outstanding adverts for junior rugby.

Rhymney Valley have been one of our toughest opponents over the years and arrrived with some two big packs of forwards.

Our best option in both A and B appeared to be to move the ball around as much as possible and to their credit this is what both teams did.

The A team held a healthy lead at half-time but to Rhymney's great credit the second period was much harder and only some determined defence kept our line intact on several occasions.

In a game where the work put in on Thursday paid great dividends and our backs had too much pace for their opponents all the boys can feel satisfied with their efforts though there are still many areas for improvement.

"A" try scorers were Daniel (3) , Sam, Liam, Tom R and Carwyn  who also kicked 6 conversions.

The B team also produced a fine team performance...in fact one specator , one of our parents from a few seasons ago ,expressed the opinion that the B performance was more of a team one than the A.....an interesting observation and a very good one .

Once again, to their credit, Rhymney came back strongly in the second half to score two tries to finish on a high.

B scorers were James McCarthy (4), Laurie, Ethan (2), Iwan N and Rio with James kicking 4 conversions.

The big plus from the B match was the number of boys who pushed their claims for any A place.

Thanks to both referees for their handling of the matches, to those parents who helped out on the day and a big thank you to the boys for their efforts.

However we can expect a much tougher encounter at Bargoed in a few weeks when we play Rhymney in the Cup !

Most boys tried on tracksuits and rainjackets on Sat if you haven't done so they will be available on Thursday ....those who have decided on the size should pay by cheque made out to NSRU ( in an ENVELOPE please)

See you on Thursday........should have two games against Vale of Glam on Sat



Updated Thurs Sept 24th @ 7pm

An excellent session ..... exhausting too ...well the coaches are exhausted anyway.

A lot of good work done...hope the boys enjoyed it and have learned a little more about the game.

We have TWO games against Rhymney Valley this week @ Caerleon RFC...

All available boys should meet at the club by 9.30 am  and will need black shorts and socks if possible.

There will be food afterwards and boys are expected to stay if possible

Can all those parents who have offered to help please do so this Sat

We also hope to have some sample t/suits for boys to try for size.

See you Sat


Updated Mon Sept 21st @ 9pm

Thursday's session.( 9.30 meet).....please make sure that boys have a "healthy" lunch please....no fizzy drinks, chocolate, crisps etc....2 bananas if poss

Saturday's fixture has now been confirmed......2 games (A + B)against Rhymney Valley @ Caerleon           10 am k.o.

We should have some sample sizes of this year's tracksuits (last years are not available) for boys to try on...... either Thurs or Sat......boys who already have them from last season will not need new ones.

If you wish to order the complete package of t/suit and rainjacket with badge and initials on please send along a cheque for £50 made out to NSRU .....please remember if you have any problem with the cost let us know .

We still have a few CCC Newport t-shirts available @ £10

Fixtures for the first half of the season are now posted

See you Thursday /Sat

Updated Thurs Sep 17th @ 9pm

Another good session..... boys are working hard to improve and to get a place in the 1st XV.

Unfortunately our opponents are unable to play this Saturday....let's hope last year doesn't repeat itself again when only 3 teams actually fulfilled fixtures.

We are a little concerned that boys do not do too much and end up being "burnt out" Please make sure boys have some rest time and are not constantly  physically active.

We do not expect boys to trainor play whilst injured and would prefer them to miss one of our sessions if they are exhausted.....they face a long season and we would like them to be in peak condition as much as possible.

The WRU has drawn up a calendar where schools and clubs are allocated weekends. On a school w/end boys who play on a Sat are not supposed to play on the Sunday as well and vice-versa.

We have a good relationship with our clubs and  only ask that parents and club coaches are sensible and do not allow boys to be over-played.

Next Thursday September 24th we will be holding a development day at Caerleon RFC. Boys will need to meet at 9.30 am and we will finish approx 5pm. Boys will need to bring plenty of water a (healthy)packed lunch and a snack for mid-afternoon ..... further details to follow.

Schools have been e mailed but if you have any problems with release please let us know and we will contact them.

Thanks to those parents who have helped with sponsorship ( please let us know of any likely contacts) and also with offers of assistance on match days.


Updated Sun Sep 13th @ 9pm

Pontypridd v Newport

What a beautiful day to start our season with....certainly for spectators if hot work for the boys!

What was planned to be two fixtures had to be reduced to one of 3 periods due to problems with a second pitch, which meant some boys only had one period of play.

The first session saw a full strength and experience home side prove far to strong for our boys who struggled for possession against a big, well -drilled pack which provided a good -looking backline with plenty of possession.

Our boys certainly showed they were prepared to tackle and had plenty of opin the 1stportunities to do so . Ponty ended up winning the first period by 3 tries to 1 with a Daniel Snelling special getting us on the scoreboard.

Both  districts put out a " second" XV in the next period and although we prob had better of the possession, with the pack rucking much better than in the 1st session two breakaways gave the home side a 2 try to 1 win with Ben Hicks getting our score.

With the majority of our 1st squad returning and Ponty's not we were understandably too strong for their "shadow" side with tries coming at regular intervals from wingers James McCarthy(2) , Sam Dinsdale, O/h Carwyn Penny, centre Ethan Thomas and inevitably Daniel Snelling!

So a bit of an eye opener for those boys playing their first 15 a side game.......some found it more difficult than others and several of the "second" XV certainly pushed their claims for "A "places in next week's game....which was one the main objectives of the fixture. However every boy really tried their best and will benefit from the experience...well done all of you.

The coaches now also have a better idea of the areas work is needed on.

Thanks to Ponty for another enjoyable morning's rugby played in excellent spirit and refereed sympathetically and well  by both officials.

See you at training Thursday

Updated Thurs Sep 10th @ 9pm

 Good training session again .....boys should have received letter giving directions for Sat .....for those with satnav the postcode is.....CF37 5AG

If anyone is unable to play or has transport problems please let us know

We are hoping to have a training day probably on Thursday Sept 24th at Caerleon ....details to follow

See you Saturday

Updated Wed Sep 9th @ 10am

NEWSFLASH.........1st games A + B  will be THIS SAT at Pontypridd..... details to follow  (black shorts and socks prob needed)

See you at training tomorrow

Updated Sun Sep 6th @ 11am

An excellent first session all the boys looked fit and sharp....obviously worked hard during the summer....well done boys.

Next session will be on Thursday at Caerleon RFC @ 4.45pm when we hope all boys will be able to attend.

We may have a session/or game on Sat ....details to follow.

One parent has already contacted us about possible sponsor/sponsors...if you might know of any please let us know

Updated Thurs August 27th @ 8pm

Well the new season is almost upon us ...we hope you all had a good break and are raring to go

First training session of the season will be next Thursday Sept 3rd at Caerleon RFC at 4.45 pm

Our first game of the season will be a 3 period trial against Rhymney Valley on Sat Sept 19


SPONSOR/S  ....are needed for this season as Leadbitter are unable to continue this year....if you know of any likely parties please let us know......we will offer the normal benefits for any who come forward.

If we are unable to secure support then we will not be able to offer the subsidies rhat we have in previous years....please help

See you next week

Updated Sat July 11th @ 12 pm

First of all congratulatons to all those boys from last season's squad who have gained places in the Dragons -12 summer t

HAS NOW ENDED AND WILL RESTART IN SEPTEMBER....PROBABLY THURSDAY 5TH. ALL PRESENT PLAYERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO CONTINUE TO ATTEND UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE BUT DUE TO THE LARGE NUMBER INVOLVED WE WILL HAVE TO REDUCE THE SQUAD EARLY IN THE NEW SEASON. PLEASE CONTINUE TO WORK ON THE SKILLS AREAS WE HAVE SPOKEN ABOUT AS WELL AS FITNESS DURING THE HOLIDAYS. HAVE A GOOD BREAK...SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER. .................................................................................................................... WILL take place tonight @ Glebelands 5pm start,but players should come properly prepared for the likely conditions and bring plenty of water. This will be the last session this term. ........................................................................................ THIS THURSDAY WAS PLANNED TO BE THE LAST SESSION UNTIL SEPTEMBER ......AT GLEBELANDS 5PM START. HOWEVER THIS WILL DEPEND UPON THE TEMPERATURE ON THE DAY PLEASE CHECK AGAIN LATER THIS WEEK IF IT DOES GO AHEAD BOYS SHOULD BRING PLENTY OF WATER. .................................................................................................................... NSRU OFFICIALS AND COACHING STAFF WISH TO THANK EVERYONE FOR THE OVERWHWELMING NUMBER OF MESSAGES OF SUPPORT AND THANKS THAT HAVE BEEN RECEIVED FROM GRATEFUL PARENTS WHO WERE DISAPPOINTED AT THE UNFORTUNATE EVENTS AT THE END OF A HIGHLY ENJOYABLE AND SUCCESSFUL SEASON. THEY ARE PLEASED THAT SO MANY EXPRESSED THEIR APPRECIATION OF THE TIME, EFFORT AND CARE GIVEN TO THEIR BOYS BY A HARD WORKING...VOLUNTARY....TEAM. GWENT CAPS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION NEXT WEEK...DETAILS TO FOLLOW. ..................................................................................................................... Presentation Evening This Friday @ Pill RFC Boys should meet ay 7pm for a 7.30 pm start. Please wear shirt, tie and trousers. Please bring DC Thomas medals. ..................................... following boys have been asked to play for Gwent Schools against West Glamorgan Schools on Saturday @ New Panteg RFC. They should meet at the ground by 9:45. Sam J, Arron, Cameron, Briden, Harvey, Callum P, Matthew H, Edwin, Luca, Ollie, Callum S, Luca V S, Sam , Lewis, Will FG, Morgan Please can you let Dawson Jones of Pontypool Schools know about your availability ASAP. Dawson Jones - 07767 816003 Friday 10th May @ 3.30 pm UPDATE Just to confirm the dress code for tomorrow. All of the squad should wear Newport tracksuits to the game whilst those boys likely to be involved in the match should also bring their usual post match shirt and tie for the the official presentation afterwards. There is a report on the Cardiff match and Saturday's Final in tonight's Argus. DETAILS FOR TOMORROW Meet at Pill RFC 10.30 AM Depart for ground 10.45 am Team enter via Gate 4, supporters via Gate 3...no charge. Whole squad photo between 12.30 -12.45 kick off 1.10 pm Following presentation on the field playing squad will go to hospitality for formal presentation. There are four games tomorrow we are 3rd our game will be followed by the Youth Cup Final Return to Pill RFC approx 4-4.30pm....for celebration, whatever the result. We will ask for a donation from accompanying adults to cover the cost of the second coach, likely to be about £3. After much discussion we have decided that the team that started the Cardiff game is likely to start the final. The same subs will also "probably" play but this is not definite. These boys should bring their kit in addition to the starting team Mathew, Harvey (if fit), Toby, Ewan, Zac Will F G , Morgan, Ben, Harry These boys should bring shorts, boots and trainers. All squad members should wear tracksuits, shirts and ties. There will be official DVD'S of the game available @ a cost of £10 including the squad photo....please bring a cheque made out to WSRU JNR GROUP for early delivery. We are not sure if refreshments are available so would suggest everyone brings food and drink to last them the day. See you tomorrow....for a great day. Please check later for any further update...anything we have forgotten!!!(highly likely) ................................. The match squad on Saturday - which is likely to be the same as that for the semi-final-will be provided with socks and must wear plain black shorts....not shiny (we will have a limited no available but cannot guarantee sizes) Further details/info will be posted as we get it. ......................................................................... NEWPORT SCHOOLS ARE GOING TO THE MILLENNIUM STADIUM !!!!! Newport 35 Cardiff 28 What a game, what a performance, what happened to our fingernails? Why do we have even more grey hairs? Cardiff turned up for the semi-final knowing that they have beaten us at the same stage 3 times in the last 5 years at least twice when we were probably the better team. We were missing 3 of our best players through injury/ unavailability but the team started like a train despite playing against the wind. Tries from Sam J and Luca V S both converted by Luca H gave us an early 14 point lead. Unfortunately a combination of errors on our part and good Cardiff play saw the scores tied before the visitors took a half-time 21-14 lead with a last minute converted try. We could have let our heads drop but again made a great start to the second period when first Arron powered his way over and then Luca V S turned defenders inside out for his second , Luca H converting both....28 -21. The battle for possession was brutal at times with both sides showing full commitment and tackling like their lives depended on it. Cardiff continued to press but another interception try from Lewis B , converted by Luca gave us a 14 point lead. We should have eased our way to the final whistle now but another Cardiff try made it 35-28 and with them only needing a draw to go through to the final the last few minutes seemed to last forever. Eventually the final whistle brought great relief to everyone and meant we will now play in our 3rd D C Thomas Cup Final against Vale of Glamorgan this Saturday. The B team tried their best but made too many errors against a strong Cardiff B , losing by 25pts to 5 but at least Harri had the last word by scoring a consolation try. WELL DONE EVERYONE So we now have to make the hurried arrangements for Saturday. The WHOLE SQUAD will be going to the match by coach and we will also arrange one for mums,dads, sisters long lost cousins etc, etc. Those boys who do not play on Saturday will receive a momento of the day at our presentation evening. We will need to know the numbers intending to go, at the moment these parents have provided the numbers they say will be travelling on the coach: Briden, Ellis, Sam J, Callum P, Will F G, Cameron, Luca V S, Harri L E, Lewis B, Ewan, Callum S, Dylan, Oli A, Zac, Lewis G, Harvey, Sam B, Matt,Arron , Edwin, Lewis A, If you are coming but have not yet reserved a seat/seats please let us know the number required by e mail or text a s a p. The coach will leave Newport , probably Pill , at 10.30 with the match kicking off at 1.10 pm, we will then return to Pill RFC at approx 4.30. We hope to have a squad photo on the pitch before the game We believe entry to the stadium is free but we will probably have to ask for a donation towards the cost of the second coach. Please check for further updates...there will NOT be any training session before the match. Oh yes a collection of kit was left in the changing room, 2 pairs of boots, one pair of trainers, a kooga overhead and a blue under jersey, we could open a store!!!! ........................................................................................................ D C Thomas Cup v Cardiff tomorrow ALL SQUAD MEMBERS SHOULD ATTEND AS THERE ARE TWO GAMES The B team will k.o.at 5pm followed by the Cup game. The starting team for the Cup match will be: Forwards ...5 from Sam, Arron, Cameron, Briden, Harvey, Callum Backs....Edwin, Luca, Ollie, Callum S, Luca V S, Sam , Lewis Substitutes from the remainder of the squad. The 13 above do not need to meet before 5pm , ALL OTHER SQUAD MEMBERS should meet at Pill by 4.30 pm. This will be our last A and B fixtures of the season, please bring food for after the matches. Please let us know if you are unable to play, Should we win the Final will be played on the Millenium Stadium pitch at 1.10 pm. Just a reminder that there is training TOMORROW (Tuesday) for the reduced squad posted last Wednesday at Pill @ 5pm ............................................................................................... Apologies for the delay in updating this evening! Selection has proved very difficult for Saturday and the boys can be very proud of their efforts this evening. The squad is: Sam J, Briden, Callum P, Aaron, Cameron, Matthew H Edwin, Ben, Ollie, Sam B, Callum S, Luca VS. All boys should meet at Dunvant RFC @ 10am. If anyone is not available then please can they let Owen know. With the tournament being a full day boys should bring appropriate clothing and some covering/Vaseline for their elbows/knees as the grounds are so hard. Owen - 07969 689167 Thursday 2nd May @ 10am UPDATE A report of the Newport Schools Final is published today in the Argus. Unfortunately, despite requests to all finalists it would appear that only Marshfield sent in a team photo , which is also published. Timetable for the next 10 days Today ...7's training at Pill ...5pm Saturday.....Welsh 7 a side at Dunvant RFC Tuesday ....training session for reduced squad at Pill...5pm Wednesday....D C Thomas Cup semi v Cardiff @ Pill ....5pm We would welcome as much support as possible (Should we win) Saturday May 11th...D C Thomas Final v Vale @ Millenium Stadium. Should we be fortunate enough to play in the final ALL squad members will travel to and attend the match as our gueste. We would definitely arrange one coach and if their is enough interest possibly two. ..................... D C Thomas Cup 1/4 final Newport 45 Carmarthen 21 Another beautiful day....but a bone-hard pitch welcomed Carmarthen for the long awaited Cup 1/4 final.


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