Newport RFC played their first game in 1876, and quickly established themselves as one of the leading clubs in the country. They played a dominant role in Welsh and British rugby, providing the national team with some of its greatest stars. The `Black and Ambers' are one of a select group of teams in world rugby to have beaten the All Blacks, Wallabies and the Springboks.
Formed in 2003 as a result of the regionalisation of Welsh rugby, Newport Gwent Dragons started life with a third place finish in the 2003/04 Celtic League. Some notable club highlights include reaching the semi-finals of the European Challenge Cup in 2007 and 2015, and reaching the final of the Anglo-Welsh Cup in 2011. Like Newport RFC, they play at Rodney Parade, one of Welsh Rugby's spiritual homes.
Peter Jones documents Newport's most iconic players and managers from the team's early beginnings to the present day. With unprecedented access to the club's archives, Newport Rugby Greats provides a history of some of the club's heroes, complete with facts and figures, along with their most memorable games.
Peter Jones runs a tour business called Single Step Tours and writes. He lives in Hampshire, but that does not stop him being a noisy Welsh rugby fan. His first book, The Stormy Blast, looked at how a single school community dealt with the cataclysm that was the First World War. Similarly, his second book, A Torch in Flame, focused on the effect of the war on Hampshire cricketers. As with so many other young men of that generation, they were encouraged to "Play Up and Play the Game".