This was Newport RFC's Centenary Season.
In October Newport defeated Tonga 14 v 6 in a bad tempered match and Geoff Evans, captain for the 3rd season running, suffered a serious knee injury and missed the remainder of the season being replaced as captain by John Jeffrey.
In the first two months Newport lost a remarkable 5 matches - Ebbw Vale, Welsh President's XV, Swansea, Cardiff and Pontypool but then came a wonderful run with only 1 defeat in a 4 month run that ended at Harlequins.
Acting captain John Jeffrey played in 40 of the 50 matches while David Ford played in 47, David Burcher 46 and Jeff Martin 41. Keith Poole played in 35 matches and passed 400 appearances during his career.
Young fullback Jeff Hazzard was top scorer with 162pts in 33 matches while young wing Ken Davies led the try scorers on 22 from 34 matches. Second row Tony Mogridge won the Arthur Boucher award and David Burcher the Martin Webber Trophy.