Fresh from a thrilling win against Aberavon the Black & Ambers travel to Bridgend to play their last pre-season friendly.  The Timbuild Brewery Field outfit had a good runout in their last game against a powerful Merthyr side.  After being behind 24 – 7 they upped their game to draw level 24 -24 only for a penalty two minutes before the end gave Merthyr the win.

The Newport squad has suffered a few injuries and there are some players who are unavailable, but the coaching team has still put together a strong starting line-up and bench.

In the absence of captain, Matt O’Brien, Will Reed starts at outside half following a successful spell against Aberavon.  Jon Morris continues at outside centre after a dynamic defensive display and Elliot Frewen makes his season debut on the wing.


Newport:  Louis Jones, Matt Dwyer, Garin Harris, Andrew Mann, Elliot Ferriman, Josh Skinner Capt., Kyle Tayler, Ben Roach, Luke Crane, Will Reed, Elliot Frewen, Cameron Lewis, Jon Morris, Ryan Gardner, George Gladding.

Replacements:  Jamie Jeune, Brodie Coghlan, Henry Palmer, Tom Piper, Joe Bartlett, George Young, Geraint Watkin, Rhys Downes, Clayton Gullis, Harry Jarvis, Jack Brooks, Mathew Powell.

Kick off: 2:30

Newport 10 8 0 2 320 198 40
Cardiff 10 6 0 4 308 171 34
Merthyr 10 5 0 5 296 281 28
RGC 1404 9 4 0 5 191 258 21
Pontypridd 9 4 0 5 181 249 19
Ebbw Vale 10 2 0 8 132 271 11