Surely the “Black and Ambers” can lay claim to be one of the famous clubs of world rugby. The club was formed in the same year that Winston Churchill was born, 1874, played the first “electric light match” five years later and were a founder member of the WRU.
Great teams and great matches have been played at Rodney Parade. Newport, in their distinguished history, have beaten all the great touring sides. They first defeated South Africa in 1912 and the Springbok head awarded hangs proudly in the club trophy room. The “Boks” they beat again in later years and so too Australia, Tonga and Uruguay. Perhaps the greatest feat, however, was to be the only team to defeat the “Fifth All Blacks” in 1963.
Great teams have produced great players and Newport can lay claim to over 20 captains of Wales as well as captains of South Africa, England, Ireland, Canada, Fiji and the Czech Republic. They have also produced 31 British Lions and over 150 Welsh Internationals.
Welsh Champions ~ 11 times.
Welsh Premiership Champions in 2004.
South Wales Challenge Cup Winners ~ 5 times.
Welsh Cup Winners ~ Twice.
Snelling Sevens Winners ~ 10 times.
Famous Newport Players Include:
Keith Jarrett Ken Jones Bryn Meredith
Brian Price Stuart Watkins Mike Watkins
Malcolm Thomas Jeff Squire Haydn Mainwaring
Shane Howarth Gary Teichmann Percy Montgomerie
Luke Charteris Toby Falatau Richard Parks
Dai Watkins (the Great)
Quins Record v. Newport (since 2000)
The Quins record against Newport is one of the poorest against any Premiership team having only won one game, last year, on the Park.
Played 12 Won 1 Drawn 0 Lost 11
Reporter ~ Keith Bond