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Friday 9th September 18:15 GMT


The Newport Gwent Dragons started the new season with an 8-29 defeat in Belfast against Ulster, extending their winless run in the Guinness PRO12 tournament, which stretches back to January 29, when they defeated Leinster at Rodney Parade Stadium. On Friday the Dragons will enjoy home advantage, when their visitors in round 2 of the competition are the Italians of Zebre. Despite the Welsh Regions woeful form, they should finally taste victory once more, against a side that has won only once in the PRO12 since January 3. Although, by coincidence, that success was against the Dragons in Parma by 47-22 in Round 22 of last season's campaign.

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The Dragons have never yet lost to Zebre on Welsh soil, winning all four fixtures between the sides at Rodney Parade, scoring 11 tries to the Italians two. In fact they have only ever lost once at home to any Italian side since 2007. That reverse was by a solitary point 32-33 in April 2012 to Benetton Treviso in the RaboDirect PRO12. This will be Zebre's second game in the principality in as many weeks, having been thrashed 5-59 at the Ospreys last weekend. A result that leaves them at the foot of the table after week one, two places behind Friday's hosts.

Posted: 11th September 2015


Another season has started, but nothing seems as if it has changed for the Newport Gwent Dragons, who travelled to Connacht in the far west of Ireland for the opening fixture last weekend, and returned home with just a losing bonus point to show for their efforts. A 23-29 reverse at the Galway Sportsground, suggests another long season of struggle may be ahead for the men from Gwent. However, they will hope to boost their confidence and Guinness PRO12 league position on Friday night, when they welcome the Italians of Zebre to Rodney Parade. The Italians have finished bottom of the ladder in both season in which they have competed in the RaboDirect PRO12, and began their third campaign just up the road at the Arms Park last Sunday, where they were thrashed by the Blues by 13-61.

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The Dragons have now recorded just one win in their last four PRO12 games stretching back into last season, which came at Rodney Parade against Edinburgh 19-5 in Early May. That win, however, was one of successive wins at their home ground in all tournaments. A run that should extend by another match on Friday, against a side that has only ever won once away from home in the PRO12, and have now lost seven matches on the trot in the tournament, with their last win coming in Parma, ironically against the Newport Gwent Dragons in March.

Posted: 21st December 2014


The RaboDirect PRO12 fixture at Rodney Parade Stadium on Sunday is unlikely to set the pulses racing of anyone except the most ardent of supporters of the two teams, the Newport Gwent Dragons, and their visitors from Italy, Zebre. The Dragons have managed just a solitary victory in this season's tournament, which came against another Italian side, Benetton Treviso, at Rodney Parade in Round 4, and are one place and one point behind Sunday's visitors in the PRO12 table. Sebre themselves have managed just two wins this season in the PRO12, with both of them coming at home. A shock win against Ulster in Round 4, and a slightly less surprising win against Struggling Edinburgh in Round 9. History would suggest that the Dragons should win Sunday's encounter, and thereby lift themselves above Zebre in the table. The Welsh Region have won three of the four fixtures that the two sides have played, with the other game ending in a 25-25 draw in Parma last March.

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Although the Dragons have managed to win just three matches in the PRO12 at Rodney Parade during the whole of 2014, two of which were by a single point, Zebre have managed just two wins away from home in all competitions in the history of the franchise. A PRO12 win at Cardiff Blues in September 2013, and a more recent Challenge Cup success in France against Brive two months ago.

Posted: 4th October 2013


Until a couple of weeks ago the Newport Gwent Dragons fixture against the minnows of Zebre from Italy, would have seemed a nailed on home victory, with history and form all conspiring against the visitors. However, Zebre, after a fraught first season in the PRO12 competition, in which they finished a distant bottom of the table, and were rarely even particularly competitive, have finally found their form, and the ability to compete with some of the more established Celtic provinces. On their last visit to the principality, just two weeks ago, where they played Cardiff Blues at the Arms Park, the Italians indeed, recorder their maiden victory in the competition, and will hope for a similar outcome at Newport's Rodney Parade Stadium on Friday night.

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The Dragons have won their last four matches against Italian opponents, a run that stretches back to December 2012, when they lost to Treviso in the PRO12, and will be anxious not to become the latest victim of Zebre's upsurge in form. The sides have met twice previously, with the Dragons victorious on both occasions, although the game in Italy saw them squeeze home by just a single point, 14-13. Despite the Zebre resurgence, Dragons are likely to extend the sequence that has seen their last seven matches in the RaboDirect PRO12, all being won by the home side, although the visitors may be happy enough to secure a losing bonus point, as they did in the home fixture last week against the Glasgow Warriors. A point against the Dragons would be the first time in their short history, that the Italian side had won a third successive league point scoring game.

Posted: 31st August 2012

This week in the RaboDirect Pro12, the Dragons and Zebre face off in Newport, with game time at 19:00 local time and 18:00 GMT. The Newport Gwent Dragons ended up at ninth last year after winning seven of the twenty two games that they played. They also had a draw, and ended up with fourteen losses at the end of the year. That gave them 36 points, and tied them with Benetton Treviso who came in at tenth with fifteen losses and no draws. Einburgh was in eleventh place, followed by Aironi, with 32 points and 22 points respectively.

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As for the leaders last year, it was Leinster who came out far ahead of everyone else, with 18 wins out of 22 games played, one draw and three losses, to take a total of 81 points. The Ospreys were in second place.

Tags: Newport Gwent Dragons, Rodney Parade Stadium, Zebre, RaboDirect Pro12, Galway Sportsground
Posted: 9th September 2016

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