"I would like to extend a warm welcome to players, committee and supporters of Newport RFC. In particular I would like to give greetings to the overseas players in the Newport ranks who are probably visiting Virginia Park for the first time - it's nice to see you here."
"The fortunes of both clubs have changed dramatically since this time last season. Newport have grown stronger which befits a club with such an illustrious history, while Caerphilly have not enjoyed a good season. The reason being "money". Even so we will work hard to turn things around, be assured of that."
"Whatever the future holds for both clubs, I hope everybody enjoys the day and we have a good game."
"Jeff Lee, Chairman"
"Don Llewellyn - Director of Rugby"
"There are no excuses for losing at Dunvant last Saturday.This was the worst display by our forwards at the line-outs this season - a huge disappointment considering the amount of time Chris Davey and the players had spent practising during the week preceding this match. This weakness took the pressure off Dunvant who spent the afternoon kicking the ball into touch. More quality lineout ball would have allowed us to play the game going forward and with David Hawkins in particular able to penetrate their backline the outcome of the game would have been completely different. Our failure again to take chances, to make the right decisions and to keep the ball (too many turnovers and also too often ball kicked away in attacking situations) contributed to our failure to win a match we clearly should have won. However, the season is not yet over, there are opportunities to make amends - let's hope the players will take that opportunity today."
"The bottom of the Premier Division table does not make pretty reading and very little sense. How can a club who have won two league matches be below a club who have only won one and drawn a match? Points difference and tries scored also favour the bottom club. Surely there must be a mistake!"
"Let's hope the W.R.U. will very quickly make decisions that will benefit Welsh Rugby and not only benefit a handful of clubs: 1. Change the constitution of the W.R.U. so that the professional game can be run by a Executive Board and revert all clubs below Division One to amateur status. 2. Create a Premier Division when all clubs can compete - spread top players equally between the clubs - all top players must be playing regularly. 3. Introduce play-offs between bottom of Premier Division and top of Division One (start this season!)."
"Urgent reforms must be implemented at once so that rugby followers can be drawn back to our stands and terraces - only 800 spectators at Dunvant on Saturday - can this sustain a professional game."