From the match programme:-
"At first sight it seemed unfortunate that Coventry should be paying their first post-war visit to Newport on the day when central interest must be focussed on the England and Wales match at Cardiff. But that must be reviewed in the light of the large number of unsuccessful ticket applicants for the International who will view to-day's very attractive meeting at Rodney Parade as an excellent counter to the game at Cardiff. (Incidentally, this is Newport's only home appearance through the month of January.)"
"It is gratifying to note that fixtures are again resumed with Coventry, although at present it is only possible to fit in one match a season. Last year, in a very close game at Coventry, Newport just won by a converted goal - the only score of the match - and to-day should see another open, well-contested meeting. The Midlanders are a strong combination, and there are three English Internationals in their selected side, H. Pateman at full-back, their scrum half and captain, N. S. Stock, and H. Walker in the forwards."
"At Cardiff to-day Wales start in quest of the elusive Triple Crown with, perhaps, less optimism and more doubts attending their capabilities than for some years. Chief concern is the absence of youth in the side, and it is an interesting reflection that, following the three Trial games, not one new cap has been found worthy of inclusion in the Welsh back division. However, one must judge by results, and there must be unanimous thought in Wales of the fitting close to Tanner's International career if this great player could lead the Welsh side to Triple Crown honours this season. Newport's representation in the Welsh XV. to-day worthily reflects the success of the team this season. Ken Jones, W. Travers, E. Coleman and J. Gwilliam will all carry the best wishes of Newport supporters this afternoon, while further honour is bestowed on the club in the selection of R. T. Evans, Malcolm Thomas and Hadyn Thomas as Welsh reserves."
"Newport's ill-luck in the matter of injuries continues. The latest misfortune has befallen Tom Sterry, who, at Neath last Saturday, sustained a fracture of the right leg just above the ankle. Always a fine forward, Sterry had been in particularly great form in recent matches, and his loss to the Newport side will be a big one. It means, too, the break-up of the front row of Newport's scrummage which, undoubtedly, has been the mainspring of much of the term's success this season."