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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Thu Aug 04, 2016 1:29 pm

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Seeing as no one else has set one up, I thought I'd start a 2016/17 season thread for the mighty Dragons.

The Dragons website doesn't have a straightforward list of the squad members, so the best I can do is a link to the page:

http://www.newportgwentdragons.com/Teams/Squad/Dragons

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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons 2016/17 thread

Post by Griff on Tue Nov 15, 2016 4:08 pm

Perhaps the WRU need to over fund us? No, seriously! Perhaps double our funding for x number of years to see if we can retain players, bring in some better coaches and ideas, bring in some quality signings, climb the table and therefore become a more attractive prospect for players to join, bring fans back and in turn new investment into the region, so that we can sustain ourselves a bit better at those new dizzying heights. Why not?!

It helps no-one that we have a dud region going nowhere. The players want to leave ASAP. We need to make it more attractive for them to stay. Money, crowds, coaching, winning games, table position, silverware (a stretch too far perhaps), etc. are the things that'll attract and keep them. Without them we've got nothing. I know people will point to the region's board as being the ones who should do that. But..... whatever. It just doesn't happen. And we haven't even got relegation to help sort the wheat from the chaff and let someone threaten our position, thus kicking our board up the backside!

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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons 2016/17 thread

Post by Stone Motif on Tue Nov 15, 2016 9:37 pm

http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/sport/14895746.Teenage_Dragons_prospect_Talbot_Davies_loving_life_as_a_student_of_the_game/

Speaking of nepotism, did I just read that TGFHTCOOTGVSDW is actually shacked up at Dave Parade?

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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons 2016/17 thread

Post by Griff on Tue Nov 15, 2016 9:54 pm

Stone Motif wrote:http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/sport/14895746.Teenage_Dragons_prospect_Talbot_Davies_loving_life_as_a_student_of_the_game/

Speaking of nepotism, did I just read that TGFHTCOOTGVSDW is actually shacked up at Dave Parade?

Must be in that house thing near the back/side entrance to RP, where the youth players have always lived. Sort of down the side of the clubhouse. I remember when Brew and a few others were in there a few years back. Looks like a student hovel from the outside. I doubt it's much different inside either!

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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons 2016/17 thread

Post by Cardiff Dave on Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:16 pm

So what's the latest with Not-Newport?
Any news?

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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons 2016/17 thread

Post by GavinDragon on Thu Nov 17, 2016 6:31 am

Yea, pie man is rumoured to have had his fill with you kardiffians and his heading east to invest in a proper region Yahoo

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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons 2016/17 thread

Post by ScarletSpiderman on Thu Nov 17, 2016 10:40 am

Robin Davey tweeted, "Rynard Landman to stay with NG Dragons, compromise reached. Never met with the Scarlets though he did with Cdf Blues, but staying put". Sounds like a good case of agent work going on.

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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons 2016/17 thread

Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Thu Nov 17, 2016 11:01 am

I'll wait until it's official!

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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons 2016/17 thread

Post by dragon4life on Thu Nov 17, 2016 1:04 pm

Good too see Leon Brown getting a start with a near first choice team around him, interesting to see how he goes

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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons 2016/17 thread

Post by mikey_dragon on Thu Nov 17, 2016 1:04 pm

Luckless Pedestrian wrote:I'll wait until it's official!

For what; the Landman rumour or the Pieman rumour?

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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons 2016/17 thread

Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Thu Nov 17, 2016 1:46 pm

Dobbin Davey saying Landman's staying.

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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons 2016/17 thread

Post by GavinDragon on Thu Nov 17, 2016 1:49 pm

Dragonlife. I think he will show up well in the loose. Thankfully, he is up against Dillon Evans in the scrum, so shouldn't struggle too badly.

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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons 2016/17 thread

Post by GavinDragon on Thu Nov 17, 2016 1:49 pm

I also think he has news about investment.

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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons 2016/17 thread

Post by munkian on Thu Nov 17, 2016 2:22 pm

GavinDragon wrote:I also think he has news about investment.

Brown ?

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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons 2016/17 thread

Post by GavinDragon on Thu Nov 17, 2016 2:29 pm

I have no idea as to the nature, but Dobin seems quite confident that there is movement. He would usually be the first one to say if nothing was going on.

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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons 2016/17 thread

Post by RiscaGame on Thu Nov 17, 2016 3:28 pm

TonduTurk on twitter reckoned Landman has signed for them. Though he did say Dragons captain Rynard Landman, so obviously not that informed.

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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons 2016/17 thread

Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Thu Nov 17, 2016 4:41 pm

Dragons: Carl Meyer; Pat Howard, Sam Beard, Adam Warren, Ashton Hewitt; Angus O'Brien, Sarel Pretorius; Sam Hobbs, Rhys Buckley, Leon Brown, Nick Crosswell, Rynard Landman, Harrison Keddie, Ollie Griffiths, Ed Jackson.

Replacements: Thomas Rhys Thomas, Thomas Davies, Brok Harris, Matthew Screech, Nic Cudd, Tavis Knoyle, Arwel Robson, Tyler Morgan.

Scarlets: Tom Williams; Richard Smith, Ioan Nicholas, Gareth Owen (capt), Corey Baldwin; Dan Jones, Aled Davies; Dylan Evans, Dafydd Hughes, Nicky Thomas, Tadhg Beirne, Rynier Bernardo, Jack Condy, Joshua Macleod, Morgan Allen.

Replacements: Taylor Davies, Luke Garret, Simon Gardiner, Ben Thompson, Tom Phillips, Declan Smith, Jack Maynard, Billy McBryde.


There's a lot of pressure on us to win now, seeing as our side is not far off first choice and theirs definitely isn't.

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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons 2016/17 thread

Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Thu Nov 17, 2016 4:43 pm

RiscaGame wrote:TonduTurk on twitter reckoned Landman has signed for them. Though he did say Dragons captain Rynard Landman, so obviously not that informed.

That's not the first tweet I've seen contradicting him.

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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons 2016/17 thread

Post by Stone Motif on Thu Nov 17, 2016 6:14 pm

GavinDragon wrote:I also think he has news about investment.

Probably caught on to the Hayley Parsons non-starter.

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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons 2016/17 thread

Post by Stone Motif on Thu Nov 17, 2016 6:15 pm

Luckless Pedestrian wrote:
There's a lot of pressure on us to win now, seeing as our side is not far off first choice and theirs definitely isn't.

A man shaming of Swansea/Krasnodar proportions surely awaits

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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons 2016/17 thread

Post by GavinDragon on Thu Nov 17, 2016 7:03 pm

Stone Motif wrote:
GavinDragon wrote:I also think he has news about investment.

Probably caught on to the Hayley Parsons non-starter.

That is news to me. Were there rumours that we had approached her?

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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons 2016/17 thread

Post by Stone Motif on Fri Nov 18, 2016 5:27 pm

GavinDragon wrote:
Stone Motif wrote:
GavinDragon wrote:I also think he has news about investment.

Probably caught on to the Hayley Parsons non-starter.

That is news to me. Were there rumours that we had approached her?

We did approach her.

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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons 2016/17 thread

Post by dragon4life on Sat Nov 19, 2016 12:05 am

How did Brown go at TH?

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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons 2016/17 thread

Post by Cardiff Dave on Sat Nov 19, 2016 7:48 pm

GavinDragon wrote:Yea, pie man is rumoured to have had his fill with you kardiffians and his heading east to invest in a proper region Yahoo

Sounds like a win, win to me.
As it happens, was led to believe that Pies was planning to up sticks when the return to CAP was announced following the CCS fiasco. Things have changed by the look of it.

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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons 2016/17 thread

Post by GavinDragon on Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:33 am

dragon4life wrote:How did Brown go at TH?

While I wasn't paying particular attention to the scrums, I don't recall him being penalised or going backwards. Got injured in second half I thnk

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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons 2016/17 thread

Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Tue Nov 29, 2016 5:31 pm

Interesting stuff:

Chris Kirwan wrote:The Opta stats have number eight Ed Jackson in second in the Pro12 ball carrying chart behind Connacht's Bundee Aki (104 to 119) while the tackling tallies feature Lewis Evans in second (107) and Cudd in fourth (102) behind leader Sean Reidy of Munster (112).

http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/sport/dragons/14934570.Buoyant_Dragons_hope_Pro12_away_record_goes_down_in_flames_at_Leinster/

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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons 2016/17 thread

Post by GavinDragon on Tue Nov 29, 2016 5:40 pm

Davey tweeting that Ross Moriarty has met with Kingsley

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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Tue Nov 29, 2016 5:56 pm

I'll believe it when I see it!

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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons 2016/17 thread

Post by GavinDragon on Tue Nov 29, 2016 6:11 pm

I believe he has met. He will never sign though

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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons 2016/17 thread

Post by dragon999 on Tue Nov 29, 2016 7:18 pm

GavinDragon wrote:I believe he has met. He will never sign though

Maybe not, but something is going on & every revolution has to start somewhere - remember Peter Rogers?

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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons 2016/17 thread

Post by GavinDragon on Tue Nov 29, 2016 9:57 pm

TBH, given where we have been for 5 years, just to be linked and talking to such a player is a positive step. Davey seems certain that things are moving on the investment front. Can't imagine we will hear anything until end of the season though.

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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons 2016/17 thread

Post by Cardiff Dave on Tue Nov 29, 2016 10:50 pm

GavinDragon wrote:TBH, given where we have been for 5 years, just to be linked and talking to such a player is a positive step. Davey seems certain that things are moving on the investment front. Can't imagine we will hear anything until end of the season though.

Good show, but what's the catch?
Will Dave be bulldozed and replaced with a memorial garden, for example?

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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons 2016/17 thread

Post by GavinDragon on Wed Nov 30, 2016 6:03 am

Cardiff Dave wrote:
GavinDragon wrote:TBH, given where we have been for 5 years, just to be linked and talking to such a player is a positive step. Davey seems certain that things are moving on the investment front. Can't imagine we will hear anything until end of the season though.

Good show, but what's the catch?
Will Dave be bulldozed and replaced with a memorial garden, for example?

I have no details, and haven't heard any, just positive murmurs coming out from different sources. And no, I imagine, as was announced. NRFC will retain ownership of RP and the Dragons sign a long term lease to rent, run and maintain the ground. Everyone is a winner: NRFC get long term financial security & Dragons, under new ownership and with more ££, can go about developing a rugby team which people around Gwent (and beyond) want to support.

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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons 2016/17 thread

Post by munkian on Wed Nov 30, 2016 11:40 am

Rumours of Admiral being involved have any legs ?

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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons 2016/17 thread

Post by GavinDragon on Wed Nov 30, 2016 11:58 am

Heard it from a few different people, but not from anyone official. I have been told, again not by anyone "in the know", that their sponsorship of Wales is up at the end of this year, so who knows.

It really does depend on any investors motivation, doesn't it. If they are looking for a return, then there is seriously no point in looking at us. If they have an interest in rugby in the area and, as I do, see a sleeping giant, and they have seriously deep pockets, then why shouldn't they invest?

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Post by GavinDragon on Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:01 pm

And just to qualify my statement, we have been s*&t for how many years now? I mean really pants, bottom three with little or no hopes of improvement for 6-7 years.

YET, we still manage to bring around 4k through the door each week (not a million miles from our financially supported brethren to the west) despite this and having 0 "stars".

We manage to unearth a gem from the region every couple of years. Faletau & Amos, but also Lydiate before him. Next ones being Hewitt, Griffiths and Dee and beyond that we have Max Williams, so the raw materials are there for a successful rugby side for sure. Who wouldn't want to be the businessperson responsible for giving us the nudge in the right direction to really build on those foundations?

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Post by munkian on Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:02 pm

GavinDragon wrote:Heard it from a few different people, but not from anyone official. I have been told, again not by anyone "in the know", that their sponsorship of Wales is up at the end of this year, so who knows.

It really does depend on any investors motivation, doesn't it. If they are looking for a return, then there is seriously no point in looking at us. If they have an interest in rugby in the area and, as I do, see a sleeping giant, and they have seriously deep pockets, then why shouldn't they invest?

How long are we tied to BT for ?

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Post by munkian on Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:03 pm

GavinDragon wrote:Heard it from a few different people, but not from anyone official. I have been told, again not by anyone "in the know", that their sponsorship of Wales is up at the end of this year, so who knows.

It really does depend on any investors motivation, doesn't it. If they are looking for a return, then there is seriously no point in looking at us. If they have an interest in rugby in the area and, as I do, see a sleeping giant, and they have seriously deep pockets, then why shouldn't they invest?

Agreed, other region's fans laugh about how much of a sh*thole Newport is yet only manage a few thousand more fans themselves.

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Post by GavinDragon on Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:32 pm

munkian wrote:
GavinDragon wrote:Heard it from a few different people, but not from anyone official. I have been told, again not by anyone "in the know", that their sponsorship of Wales is up at the end of this year, so who knows.

It really does depend on any investors motivation, doesn't it. If they are looking for a return, then there is seriously no point in looking at us. If they have an interest in rugby in the area and, as I do, see a sleeping giant, and they have seriously deep pockets, then why shouldn't they invest?

How long are we tied to BT for ?

Not sure, but that is a shirt sponsor only. Admiral Dragons? lol or the Admiral's Newport Gwent Dragons

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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons 2016/17 thread

Post by GavinDragon on Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:36 pm

Admiral Rodney's Parade?

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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons 2016/17 thread

Post by munkian on Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:39 pm

Newport Admirals.


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Post by GavinDragon on Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:43 pm

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Post by GavinDragon on Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:43 pm

Although that would be quite a coup for NRFC if they could land a sponsor like Admiral at WP level ;-)

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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons 2016/17 thread

Post by GavinDragon on Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:44 pm

munkian wrote:Gwent Admirals.


Fixed that for you Very Happy

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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons 2016/17 thread

Post by GavinDragon on Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:57 pm

http://www.dragonssupportersclub.com/player-of-the-month

Fans can vote for player of the month

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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons 2016/17 thread

Post by Stone Motif on Wed Nov 30, 2016 5:57 pm

GavinDragon wrote:Although that would be quite a coup for NRFC if they could land a sponsor like Admiral at WP level ;-)

What if that were the price of their investment? Worth swallowing a few mouthfuls of your own sick for, no?

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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons 2016/17 thread

Post by GavinDragon on Wed Nov 30, 2016 6:10 pm

If that were the price id wish them good luck and go back to doing what I did pre regions, support only Wales.

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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons 2016/17 thread

Post by Stone Motif on Wed Nov 30, 2016 6:38 pm

Ideology vs successful rugby team. I know what I'd prefer, and incidentally what the best option for retaining pro rugby in this part of the world is.

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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons 2016/17 thread

Post by Cardiff Dave on Wed Nov 30, 2016 7:11 pm

GavinDragon wrote:If that were the price id wish them good luck and go back to doing what I did pre regions, support only Wales.

Newport is part of Wales though mun. Headscratch

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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons 2016/17 thread

Post by Cardiff Dave on Wed Nov 30, 2016 9:22 pm

GavinDragon wrote:And just to qualify my statement, we have been s*&t for how many years now? I mean really pants, bottom three with little or no hopes of improvement for 6-7 years.

YET, we still manage to bring around 4k through the door each week (not a million miles from our financially supported brethren to the west) despite this and having 0 "stars".

We manage to unearth a gem from the region every couple of years. Faletau & Amos, but also Lydiate before him. Next ones being Hewitt, Griffiths and Dee and beyond that we have Max Williams, so the raw materials are there for a successful rugby side for sure. Who wouldn't want to be the businessperson responsible for giving us the nudge in the right direction to really build on those foundations?

More than 10, shewerly? 11 even. Snow and Forster were stars back then too.


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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons 2016/17 thread

Post by Cardiff Dave on Wed Nov 30, 2016 9:28 pm

munkian wrote:
GavinDragon wrote:Heard it from a few different people, but not from anyone official. I have been told, again not by anyone "in the know", that their sponsorship of Wales is up at the end of this year, so who knows.

It really does depend on any investors motivation, doesn't it. If they are looking for a return, then there is seriously no point in looking at us. If they have an interest in rugby in the area and, as I do, see a sleeping giant, and they have seriously deep pockets, then why shouldn't they invest?

Agreed, other region's fans laugh about how much of a sh*thole Newport is yet only manage a few thousand more fans themselves.

Numbers, numbers. Sure Cardiff v Os filled CCS once with numbers.

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