Newport did rise to the occasion and reached the Welsh Cup Final for the second year running losing to Swansea 9 v 13 in front of 37,500 people at Cardiff Arms Park.
Captain David Burcher was dogged by injury and vice-captain Colin Smart deputised frequently. 41 players were used for the 45 games and most appearances were made by Richard Barrell (37) and Tony Mogridge (36). Gareth Evans was leading try scorer with 14.
Back row Jeff Squire played in all 4 internationals for Wales as they won the Triple Crown. Gareth Evans and scrum-half Brynmor Williams, who had joined from Cardiff, also won Welsh caps.