Newport RFC : 1991/2 Season Summary

Season 1991/2
P43 W22 D5 L16: F796-A593
(not incl USA Tour)

Premier Lge Record : P18 W7 D2 L9 F240 A237 (Tries 36)

Capt : Glenn George

Newport’s first season in the Premier Division in 1991/2 under captain Glenn George was fairly successful with a number of the younger players such as utility back Jon Westwood (Newbridge) showing great promise. New players this season included Newport born Welsh lock Any Allen from Newbridge, scrum half Keith Lee (Pontypridd), back row Gavin Pugh (Abertillery), wing / flanker Chris Arnold, centre Shane Webley (Wales Youth) and flanker / centre Heath George (Glenn’s brother). Coaches this season were Roger Powell, Paul Turner and Rhys Morgan.

Fullback / wing Alun Harries scored 200 pts from 33 apps including 16 tries (5 in league), Paul Turner scored 74pts (49 in league) from only 19 apps while centre Keith Orrell scored 12t and made most appearances with 34. Newport however only finished 8th out of 10 in the Premier Division with a record of W7 D2 L9.

Scrum half Nigel Callard scored his 100th try and ended the season on 105 tries from a total of 212 apps for Newport. He would actually play a further 6 games for Newport again in 1995/6 & 1996/7. Long serving forward David Waters finished the season on 631 apps and Glen George on 275 with Paul Turner on 992pts in 124 matches. In fact Paul had scored 1145pts from 133 apps if tour matches were also included and was the first Newport player to pass 1,000 pts. He also passed fullback Norman Morgan’s 951pt total from 210 apps. This was not the last time that Paul would appear at Rodney Parade as he would return as Director of Rugby of Newport Gwent Dragons when regional rugby was set up many years later.

Jon Westwood received the Boucher Award and Mike Arthur and Sean Duggan shared the Webber Award. Club badges were awarded to Mike Arthur, Alun Harries, Simon McCracken, Kevin Moseleyand Mark Yendle with blazers awarded to Alun Carter and Roger Bidgood)

Prop Mark Davis and back Jon Westwood played for Wales U21 vs Scotland U21 – Davis had toured Australia with Wales and won his Welsh Cap vs Australia in June 1991. He was also selected for Wales Students Squad to tour Italy in July 1992 in World Cup. Lock Kevin Moseley won a further 3 Welsh caps on World Cup games vs Western Samoa, Argentine and Australia.
and centre Roger Bidgood finally won his first Welsh cap vs Scotland. Bidgood was also named as one of the two best centres in the Heineken Premier League All Star Team.

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Merthyr 23 18 0 5 651 393 91
Cardiff 23 18 1 4 696 469 89
Pontypridd 21 16 0 5 730 374 79
Llandovery 24 16 1 7 652 408 79
Newport 25 15 2 8 629 551 77
Ebbw Vale 24 16 1 7 541 423 76
Aberavon 22 14 2 6 485 415 69
Swansea 24 13 0 11 537 451 65
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 22 11 1 10 552 456 64
Carmarthen Quins 25 11 1 13 526 469 61
Bedwas 24 8 1 15 515 667 43
Bridgend Ravens 22 8 0 14 427 517 43
Llanelli 25 7 1 17 503 632 40
Cross Keys 23 5 1 17 464 734 34
Bargoed 23 4 0 19 400 756 22
Neath 24 1 0 23 350 943 3