Friday, 27th March 2015, once again saw current and past players, officials and supporters of Newport RFC, gather in the Bisley Suite at Rodney Parade for the fourth Newport RFC/Friends of Newport Rugby Trust 'Hall of Fame' dinner and presentation. Yet again the stage was set to recognise the contribution of another seven individuals and one special family who had, in often very different ways, made their own important contribution to the story of Newport Rugby Football Club.
Everyone was delighted to welcome Mr. Jason Forster as our Master of Ceremonies for the evening. A familiar face at Rodney Parade, Jason joined Newport RFC from Bedford in 1999-2000 and went on to play 109 games for Newport (scoring 45 tries in the process) followed by a further 73 games and a Celtic League record 24 tries for the “Dragons” between 2003 and 2006. Along the way he managed to play for, and captain, the Wales 7’s team, including at the Manchester Commonwealth Games. In June 2004 he was awarded a much merited full cap for Wales against Argentina to the delight of his very many supporters at Rodney Parade.
A highlight of the evening was the appointment of Brian Jones as Honorary Patron of The Friends of Newport Rugby Trust being welcomed by John Evans, Membership Secretary. Last year Brian was inducted to the Hall of Fame “for both his rugby playing prowess and the unparalleled combination of service to Newport RFC on and off the field.” A playing career for Newport RFC of 330 games scoring 101 tries plus 108 successful kicks between the posts. Capped by Wales in 1960, a Barbarian, a past coach of Newport RFC and Chairman in our Centenary season. One time Vice President of Crawshay’s XV and secretary of the Snelling Sevens tournament.
There follows the citations for each of 2015's inductees as they appeared in the printed programme. In turn, they or their family representative, were presented with an engraved commemorative crystal tumbler by Will Godfrey.