"For their important meeting with Swansea at the Athletic Grounds to-day, the selected Newport side shows several changes following the surprising reverse at the hands of The Wasps last Saturday. Trevor Brewer, shortly to return to Oxford, moves to his proper position at centre three-quarter, and he will be partnered by D. Phillips, who appeared in the final Newport trial this season, and who showed much promise in several games for the team during the 1946-47 season."
"In the forwards two changes are to be tried in the front row. R. Rowlands, who appeared regularly last season following the injury to Tom Sterry, and K. Lloyd, an old boy of St. Julian's High School, whose main experience of senior Rugby was gained with Cardiff Athletic last year, are both brought in from the United."
"While defeat last week caused much disappointment, mainly because it was so unexpected, that in itself may, in the long run, do the Newport team no harm. It has happened all too often in Newport's long history that an early season reverse will imbue the side with just that spirit to remedy apparent faults and, in the case of the present side, to counter ill-fortune in respect of illness and injury, which still persist all to doggedly."
"Swansea are shaping in most promising style this season. Talk in the West of their half-back combination of Alun Thomas and R. Sutton matches that in the East of Newport's Burnett and Haydn Thomas. Unfortunately, illness prevents the former from being on view his afternoon, a fact which the Welsh selectors will undoubtedly regret, hut there will be time enough yet to judge their respective merits before the International matches are seriously considered."
"A note or two about Newport players concerns Ken Spray, who has commenced training and hopes to be available regularly for Newport quite early in October. Graham Ross, the young Newport wing who suffered a severe facial injury near the end of last season, is now in light training and hopes to resume playing in about a month's time, while there is similar hope about Tom Sterry, who broke his leg at Neath mid-way through last season."
"Early arrivals at the Grounds to-day will see "Bunner" Travers's Newport Athletic Club Youth XV. playing a team comprising the youth of other Newport clubs in a match which is preceding the Swansea game. On October 8th, following the United fixture against Taff's Well, the Youth team will be playing the Newport Battalion of the Army Cadets. "Bunners' " lads started well last week by defeating Whiteheads II. by 18 points to nil, and will be deserving of our support and interest, particularly on the occasions when they are able to appear on the Newport grounds."
"The Inter-County match between Monmouthshire and Glamorgan will be played on the Newport Athletic Grounds on Thursday afternoon, October 20th."
"Reg. Edwards, the old Newport and English forward, sailed back to Canada early this week. His renewed Rugby associations with the Newport club will be among the most cherished memories of his all too short holiday back in England."