Former England international forward Luke Narraway and former Edinburgh captain Simon Cross have been appointed to the Dragons coaching team on a permanent basis, after successfully working with the region on a consultancy basis this season.
The appointment of Defence Coach Cross follows his time as a consultant with the region, which he combined with a role as head of rugby at Royal Grammar School Worcester, a post he has now left.
📰 CONFIRMED | @dragonsrugby delighted to welcome former England international Luke Narraway and former Edinburgh captain Simon Cross to join the coaching team full-time.— Dragons 🏉 (at 🏡) (@dragonsrugby) April 16, 2020
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Forwards Coach Narraway, who headed up the Dragons coaching set-up for the Celtic Cup campaign, has also joined Dean Ryan’s first team backroom staff full-time.
“Both Simon and Luke are talented coaches who made big impressions when they worked with the squad this season,” said the Director of Dragons Rugby Dean Ryan.
“They’ve now joined us on a full-time basis as we continue to invest in our coaching environment to get the very best out of our playing squad.”
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1. Kane Thompson
A real journeyman if there ever was one, Thompson has played for multiple teams around the world including stints in France, New Zealand, Japan, England and now America. The Samoa international had stints at the Highlanders and Chiefs in Super Rugby, as well as six different Mitre 10 Cup sides before rocking up in Major League Rugby to play for New Orleans Gold.