It was clear that changes had to be made if Newport were to arrest the decline over the past few seasons. Several of the older players retired and captain Vince Griffiths started 1927-28 with a much younger team than usual. After an uneasy start in which 3 of 5 games were lost (including New South Wales/The Waratahs), the players got behind the captain and went from strength to strength and produced the best record since the invincible season of 1922-23.
This season was also noteworthy in that was Jack Morley's first. He came almost straight from school and had the task of succeeding George Andrews. He showed that he was up to the task and scored an incredible 29 tries from just 36 matches. The best of the forwards were Ron Herrera, W. H. (Duff) Lewis and W. C. Morgan led by Harry Phillips. Reg - brother of George - Hathway was the most improved youngster while Hubert Day, Harry Peacock and Trevor Jones were at times the best forwards around. C. J. 'Dodger' Jerman succeeded Dowdall at inside half and became a hard working and courageous player.
The three-quarters were still a problem but George Goldsworthy, W. R. Davies and Evan Kitson gave good service at centre as did Fred Nicholas and T. P. Babington on the left wing. Bill Everson overcame a number of injuries to have an excellent season and scored 117 pts with 39c and 13p. Vince Griffiths (39) Ron Herrera (38) and Hubert Day (38) made the most appearances.