Newport Gwent Dragons’ have changed their name

Newport Gwent Dragons’ name has been changed to Dragons following their takeover by the Welsh Rugby Union.

The decision means only one Welsh region, Cardiff Blues, still carries its original name.

British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland will help out with pre-season coaching on his return to Wales.


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WRU head of rugby Geraint John is helping with player recruitment, targeting “Welsh exiles and young Welsh talent”.

As well as targeting long-term improvements in the regions performances on the pitch the new owners have set out a whole range of targets for their first three years in charge. They include:

  • Improving facilities at Rodney Parade
  • Installing a new hybrid pitch at the ground
  • Appointing a new board and chairman
  • Improving spectator experience.

Having already appointed a new Head Coach in Bernard Jackman the Dragons will also target the development of a squad “made up predominantly of Welsh-qualified players, with a handful of ‘marque’ signings from outside Wales.



“We will be taking the team out to the region at large and ensuring we are visible amongst all of the clubs in Gwent.” said Jackman.

“We will be ensuring we are accessible to supporters, clubs and players throughout the region.

“Producing home grown talent is a primary ambition for any successful sports team and it will be vital to the long-term success of the Dragons.”

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