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The unofficial Welsh rugby championship

John GriffithsDecember 7, 2013
Keith Jarrett lines up a kick in training © PA Photos
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When did Newport win the unofficial Welsh "championship" with Keith Jarrett creating several club records? Peter Griffiths, Wales

Newport were the Welsh Club Champions in 1968-69 with an impressive playing record which read: Played 45 Won 38 Drawn 3 Lost 4 For 716 Against 311

Keith Jarrett created a then club record on September 7 1968 with 30 points (two tries, nine cons and two pens) in the match against Penarth and finished the season with a then club record of 250 - Ray Cheney had scored 224 in 1964-5, the club's previous individual best. Jarrett also reached his century of points as early as October 19 (ie: in just nine games).

Welsh winger Stuart Watkins scored 27 tries as vice-captain of a side led by Brian Price who was also Wales's national captain in a Triple Crown and Five Nations title year.

Price, Watkins and Jarrett were members of the Welsh side that year and a young Barry Llewelyn was selected with club members Vic Perrins and Alan Skirving to make the Welsh tour party for the visit to New Zealand, Australia and Fiji at the end of the season.

John Griffiths is a widely respected rugby historian and is the author of several sports books, a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph and co-author of the IRB International Rugby Yearbook. He has provided insight for Scrum.com since 1999.

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John Griffiths is a widely respected rugby historian and is the author of several sports books, a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph and co-author of the IRB International Rugby Yearbook. He has provided insight for Scrum.com since 1999.

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