As the curtain came down on season 2002/3, things were never to be the same again in Welsh Rugby. WRU Chief Executive David Moffett had said that the only way forward for Welsh Rugby at the international and domestic level was to go "regional". Many disagreed and still do, but what is certain is that the WRU could not financially sustain the number of clubs that it then had in the Premier League.
……and so 5 Regional sides - which included two standalone sides Cardiff Blues and Llanelli Scarlets - were set up only for the Celtic Warriors to fold early leaving us with the current 4 sides with Ospreys and Newport Gwent Dragons being the other two.
Newport RFC are now one of 12 (reduced from 16 and then 14) semi-professional teams playing in the Welsh Premiership League and are one of the clubs that feed the Gwent regional side Newport Gwent Dragons and in fact they have a number of players who have Development contracts with the regional side. Both sides currently play out of Rodney Parade, Newport.
As well as the Welsh Premiership, Newport, as all other member clubs of the WRU, have the opportunity to play in the Welsh Cup currently sponsored by SWALEC, they also participate in the British and Irish Cup (BIC). So the two main competitions for Welsh clubs continue leaving the regional sides to compete in RaboDirectPRO 12 League and European Cup competition.
Mike Dams, Club Historian