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Newport (Salop) Rugby Union Football Club

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Newport (Salop) Rugby Union Football Club

Newport RUFC
Full name Newport (Salop) Rugby Union Football Club
Nickname(s) The Fishes
Founded 1871
Region West Midlands
Ground(s) The Showground
Chairman David Stiles
President Andrew Watson Jones
Coach(es) Ian Bletcher
Captain(s) Craig Ingram
League(s) Midlands 1
Official website

Newport RUFC are an English rugby team that play at the Old Showground, just outside the town of Newport, Shropshire. They currently play in the National League 3 Midlands league.


The earliest recorded rugby being played in Newport was in 1871 when Adams' Grammar School (located in Newport) started playing the game, and this led to a game being played between the school and a town team, on Chetwynd End.

In 1876 the town team played their first game representing the town against Stafford, which resulted in a loss. The team played various games over the next few years, in either Newport or Shifnal, before breaking due to the World Wars.

After the wars an ex-Torquay player Roy “Squash” Lemon settled in Newport and set about reforming the team, which came about in 1947, with the start of the Newport (Salop) Rugby Union Football Club. ("Salop" being an alternative name for the county.)

Newport have gone on to become the most successful and highest-ranking team in Shropshire.

1st Team


  • Craig Ingram (Prop Forward)
  • Morgan Sikanen (Prop Forward)
  • Phil Rogers (Prop Forward)
  • Cledwyn Hughes (Prop Forward)
  • Vince Knight (Prop Forward)
  • Phil Kaleta (Hooker)
  • Chris Gibbons (Hooker)
  • Simon Holland (Hooker)
  • Alan Richardson (Hooker)
  • Michael Woodhouse (Second Row)
  • Steve Fowkes (Second Row)
  • Jonny Stiles (Second Row / Back Row)
  • Adam Owen (Second Row)
  • Gurt Brakel (Second Row)
  • George Armitage (Back Row)
  • Vic Van Staten (Back Row)
  • Richard Harris (Back Row)
  • Ed Bradburn (Back Row)
  • Liam Jennings (Back Row)
  • Allister Heath (Back Row)
  • Simon Bell (Back Row)
  • Chris Taylor (Back Row)


  • Ben Warrilow (Scrum Half)
  • Jamie Simpson (Scrum Half)
  • James Curgenven (Fly Half)
  • Matt Curgenven (Fly Half / Centre)
  • Neil Weston (Centre)
  • Tomasi Tanumi (Centre)
  • Sam Watson Jones (Utility Back)
  • Pete Thomas (Centre)
  • Toby Mann (Full Back)
  • Andrew Weildon (Winger)
  • Paul Buttery (Winger)
  • Mark Millward (Wing)
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