From the match programme:-
"Newport, as usual, wind up their holiday programme with the most attractive fixture of the season in entertaining the famous touring Barbarians. Although 30 Internationals are now en route with the British Touring Party, their chosen combination is still a very strong one, and indeed 22 of their 30 players are Internationals, with the remainder on the fringe of honour. Outstanding personalities in their side are the Welsh captain, John Gwilliam, and three other Welsh Internationals, Glyn Davies, Lewis Jones and Gerwyn Williams. England provide two International wing three-quarters - J. V. Smith, who scored the only try registered against Wales during the season, and the nineteen-year-old T. P. Hyde."
"Of the four post-war meetings, each side can claim two victories. All the games have been close with the exception of 1947, when a great Barbarians' side played brilliantly to record victory by 19 points to three. It can be said, however, that Newport give of their best against the famous Tourists, and in many truly great games over the years they have to their credit some splendid performances."
"We have published on page 6 of each of the Holiday Programmes the fixture list of the British Team on their tour of New Zealand and Australia. We hope this may prove of service to our supporters who may wish to retain a programme to follow the tour through the summer months."
"The collection being taken on the grounds this afternoon is jointly in aid of Toc H Mobile Cinema Unit and the Missions to Seamen. Both are causes of the highest order to which our supporters will, we know, contribute as generously as possible."
"Following to-day's game there remains the match at Aberlillery next Saturday, the Plymouth tour and the final home game to end the
season against Penarth on April 29th. Prior to the holiday matches only one defeat has been recorded against Newport since December 17th, and great praise is due to the side for the splendid recovery staged following an indifferent start. When the season finally closes the record should compare with the best traditions of Newport Rugby. For this, all honour will be due to L. E. T. Jones who shouldered the captaincy at a most difficult period, and who has himself appeared in all Newport's 34 games at the time of writing. It would be a signal honour for him if he were able to lead the Newport side in all the remaining matches."
"SUPPORTERS CLUB NEWS"
"The season is now drawing to a close, and the Committee of the Supporters Club would iike to take this opportunity of thanking everyone who lias rallied around to make this first year of our reorganisation a success. Numerous outings have been enjoyed, and many events have been organised in which we have been fully supported by members of the 1st XV., the United and Extras. Valuable lessons have been learned, and we hope that we can look forward next season to a record membership. Meanwhile it has been suggested that the United would like plenty of vocal support at their next few games, especially when they meet such keen opposition as Blaenavon away, Bristol Imperials and British Railways at home. We know you will support these last two games in great numbers, but we would like to take some coaches to Blaenavon for the evening game on Thursday, April 20th. Several people have already booked, and others interested are asked to contact the committee at the Bowls Pavilion after the match. Meanwhile the dance which has been arranged for the Catholic Hall in aid of the Schools Rugby Union has had to be postponed until Friday, May 5th. Tickets will be available next week."