"The Light Blues after a disappointing start are now building up to a formidable combination. Against Leicester last Saturday with ten old Blues in the side they put on 17 pts. without reply. This revival of form was undoubtedly due to the appearance for the first time this season of their skipper, English international S. R. Smith and J. F. K. Scotland of Scotland and British Lions. They formed a talented half-back partnership. This pair could well be the mainspring of the side and with the 'Varsity game in the offing on December 8th, they will welcome the sternest opposition to ensure that they reach a perfect understanding under the most trying conditions. Their sights are levelled on Twickenham, and the 2nd Tuesday in Dec. will see the whole XV (plus many spares) perfectly attuned for the legendary "Battle of the Blues." They have been fortunate to have so many Old Blues available. M. R. Wade who had a personal triumph in last year's 'Varsity game, scoring two good tries, is an intelligent wing and will need policeing. J. J. Rainforth in the pack has Newport connections. They lost face a little by going down to Gloucester last Wednesday, but that reverse will probably spur them on to blot out the memory of that defeat. 'Varsity rugger has a special meaning, embodying all that is good and refreshing, and it can safely be said that the fare served up always lives up to the promise. Last season at Cambridge, Newport lost by 15 pts. to 6 pts., and to-date the Cambridge record reads:-Won 4, Lost 6, Fts. for 117, and Fts. against 96."
"Both our "Lions" are back in harness, Bryn Meredith will be making his first appearance of the season as a player, whilst Malcolm Thomas, who has retired, will occupy a role almost as arduous - a committee man. Although Malcolm will be leaving the district in the near future it was a very wise move to co-opt him on to the Football Committee for the remainder of the season. His willingness to plough back into the game his vast knowledge should be of great benefit to this club which he has served so well. Richard Wills, who had to cry-off at the last moment last Saturday, returns to the centre, thus completing a very fast threequarter line which did so well against Llanelly."
"Although the game at Arms Park last Saturday received some adverse comment, it will nevertheless be remembered by all who witnessed it as Norman Morgan's game. His four magnificent penalty goals were worth going more than twelve miles to see."
"Newport still retain their 100 per cent, record, after the second clash with Cardiff, albeit, if only by virtue of Norman Morgan's great penalty kicking, which has caused quite a lot of controversial speculation, as to the alteration of the penalty laws, but we must be appreciative of the fact that we now have the means to take full advantage of the law as it stands, how often in the past have we gone down in the same manner (shades of Bill Tamplin)."
"Cambridge, today's visitors, in the thro's of building their best possible combination, for the 'Varsity match, will no doubt give us a hard game, and there is need for a stern test for them, if Oxford's showing at Cardiff, a fortnight ago, is a real criterion of their strength."
"It is hoped we can run a Coach to Aberavon on Saturday, December 12th, if there is sufficient bookings."
"We should also be pleased to have the names of anyone wishing to book for the Wasps match, on Saturday, March 12th, full particulars will appear in these notes at a later date."
"Please note the Rugby Supporters' Club are to make a presentation (with the full knowledge and approval of the W.R.U.) to Roy Burnett, for his services to the club, and Rugby in general, anyone wishing to contribute, can do so by contacting Members' Committee, or the Canteen Staff."