Bedford released and Downes set to step up

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons have released scrum-half Joe Bedford and are poised to give a chance to Rhys Downes.

Newport’s Downes trained with the Dragons last summer and is set to act as cover for the first choice pair of Wayne and Jonathan Evans.

Bedwas’ Liam Davies, who has the Scarlets, Ospreys and Brive on his rugby CV, has played seven times for the region this season but the Dragons are keen to have a close look at Downes and will turn to him as their third scrum-half.

The 22-year-old signed for the Black and Ambers last summer from Pontypridd and looks set to get a chance to add to the nine regional appearances he made for Cardiff Blues.

That is because the Dragons granted Bedford an early release from his contract so that he could return to his native Yorkshire.

He has signed for Doncaster, who are propping up the English Championship, where he will link up with former Wales assistant coach Clive Griffiths, ex-Dragons Rhys Buckley and Royce Cadman and former Pontypool lock Sam Pailor.

The 28-year-old scrum-half did not feature at Rodney Parade this season after having a shoulder operation in the summer.

Bedford, who battled Dragons head coach Darren Edwards for the number nine jersey when with Leeds, made 21 appearances for the region last term and captained the side in the LV= Cup.

“We wish Joe all the best and thank him for his efforts for the region,” said director of rugby Robert Beale.

“We will keep an eye on the scrum-halves at all of our Premiership clubs and if we need to cover it will be from there.”

Head coach Edwards paid tribute to Bedford for helping in the development of Wales Under-20s scrum-half Jonathan Evans, who has made 15 appearances in a bright first half of the season.

“Joe did a solid job for us last season and made plenty of appearances, but was also given the task of acting as a mentor for Jon,” he said. “I am pleased that Jon is now featuring in a major way for us and I am sure that he has plenty of good things to say about Joe and the way that he has helped in his development.”

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10:17am Wed 2 Jan 13

Warbles says...

Have they seen Downes playing for Newport? Very sorry, but nowhere near regional standard.
Have they seen Downes playing for Newport? Very sorry, but nowhere near regional standard. Warbles

12:48pm Wed 2 Jan 13

kalwales@hotmail.com says...

now now Warbles the Region know what they are doing and im sure they have made the decision for Rugby Reasons and the for the future of the region.
now now Warbles the Region know what they are doing and im sure they have made the decision for Rugby Reasons and the for the future of the region. kalwales@hotmail.com

2:49pm Wed 2 Jan 13

let em swing says...

Is it me or is are they just weakening this team week on week, a means to an end to lose regional statusas it wont be worth watching, the board can spill the beans, this is starting to smell.
Is it me or is are they just weakening this team week on week, a means to an end to lose regional statusas it wont be worth watching, the board can spill the beans, this is starting to smell. let em swing

2:57pm Wed 2 Jan 13

portforever says...

go get dwane peel from sale,he is in the wildeness there anyway, if you dont ask you will never know..
go get dwane peel from sale,he is in the wildeness there anyway, if you dont ask you will never know.. portforever

3:00pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Robert Shillabeer says...

Bedford hasn't played so far this season and has wanted to go home for sometime it seems so he is off the wage bill and for the rest of the season the Dragons are using local guys as back up. Even if Downes doesn't play the situation remains as it was but will cost less so why worry about it.
Bedford hasn't played so far this season and has wanted to go home for sometime it seems so he is off the wage bill and for the rest of the season the Dragons are using local guys as back up. Even if Downes doesn't play the situation remains as it was but will cost less so why worry about it. Robert Shillabeer

5:31pm Wed 2 Jan 13

the-dragons says...

Well said rob
Well said rob the-dragons

7:31pm Wed 2 Jan 13

pooles says...

Yer, lets have a drink to that -- O we cant because there are no MONEY MAKING bars open and the ones that are open have run of of the liquid GOLD again !!
Yer, lets have a drink to that -- O we cant because there are no MONEY MAKING bars open and the ones that are open have run of of the liquid GOLD again !! pooles

8:11pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Robert Shillabeer says...

pooles wrote:
Yer, lets have a drink to that -- O we cant because there are no MONEY MAKING bars open and the ones that are open have run of of the liquid GOLD again !!
Dry out day today, perhaps tomoz if I feel in the mood. But, there was plenty of beer in the club house before and after the game. Preferred watching the rugby than drinking or queuing to get some. And if they sold out you didn't need to queue anyway so more rugby watching no problem enough time after the game for any NYE partying I would have thought.
[quote][p][bold]pooles[/bold] wrote: Yer, lets have a drink to that -- O we cant because there are no MONEY MAKING bars open and the ones that are open have run of of the liquid GOLD again !![/p][/quote]Dry out day today, perhaps tomoz if I feel in the mood. But, there was plenty of beer in the club house before and after the game. Preferred watching the rugby than drinking or queuing to get some. And if they sold out you didn't need to queue anyway so more rugby watching no problem enough time after the game for any NYE partying I would have thought. Robert Shillabeer

8:12pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Leeroy231 says...

Totally agree with pooles comment, if they cant get basic things right off the field i.e being able to get a drink when you want one instead of standing in the Que for most of the game then something is drastically wrong. Been to many local grounds, scarlets, blues, ospreys and they all got it nailed. Simple equation for the people at RP, sell beer=profit simples.
Totally agree with pooles comment, if they cant get basic things right off the field i.e being able to get a drink when you want one instead of standing in the Que for most of the game then something is drastically wrong. Been to many local grounds, scarlets, blues, ospreys and they all got it nailed. Simple equation for the people at RP, sell beer=profit simples. Leeroy231

8:22pm Wed 2 Jan 13

pooles says...

Didn't want a beer before or after game, wanted to watch a game of rugby with a pint during game - while the club takes and makes money -- all helps trying to secure the region- not too much to ask,, although yes it apparently is..... And didn't que, walked to the NAC where they were glad to take our money !!! Poor state of affairs....
Didn't want a beer before or after game, wanted to watch a game of rugby with a pint during game - while the club takes and makes money -- all helps trying to secure the region- not too much to ask,, although yes it apparently is..... And didn't que, walked to the NAC where they were glad to take our money !!! Poor state of affairs.... pooles

12:11am Thu 3 Jan 13

Robert Shillabeer says...

Think you will find the licence is held by Rodney Parade Limited not the Dragons anyway so the cash goes not to the Dragons but to the whole.
Think you will find the licence is held by Rodney Parade Limited not the Dragons anyway so the cash goes not to the Dragons but to the whole. Robert Shillabeer

8:12am Thu 3 Jan 13

Testedontimes says...

Robert, I have to agree with the others that post about the state of play with the bars at RP, I went to get a beer on Monday, walked down from the stand saw how long the queue was and went to the clubhouse, when I returned the queues had hardly moved, if I was a traveling fan, I would never go back if I had to wait that long to get a drink, so it will have an impact on the revenue that the dragons receive. And let's not pretend that this is the first instance of this, whenever we have a biggish game the bars suffer and it needs sorting. Why can't they get their own backpacks, like they have for the Heineken cup games?
Robert, I have to agree with the others that post about the state of play with the bars at RP, I went to get a beer on Monday, walked down from the stand saw how long the queue was and went to the clubhouse, when I returned the queues had hardly moved, if I was a traveling fan, I would never go back if I had to wait that long to get a drink, so it will have an impact on the revenue that the dragons receive. And let's not pretend that this is the first instance of this, whenever we have a biggish game the bars suffer and it needs sorting. Why can't they get their own backpacks, like they have for the Heineken cup games? Testedontimes

10:34am Thu 3 Jan 13

Robert Shillabeer says...

Testedontimes wrote:
Robert, I have to agree with the others that post about the state of play with the bars at RP, I went to get a beer on Monday, walked down from the stand saw how long the queue was and went to the clubhouse, when I returned the queues had hardly moved, if I was a traveling fan, I would never go back if I had to wait that long to get a drink, so it will have an impact on the revenue that the dragons receive. And let's not pretend that this is the first instance of this, whenever we have a biggish game the bars suffer and it needs sorting. Why can't they get their own backpacks, like they have for the Heineken cup games?
That's controlled by the brewery as they own the backpack kits and I don't think they do them. Perhaps Doug Jones the brewery rep could help on that topic he's usually very helpful, Newport Rugby should ask, Worthington are the clubs sponsor after all.
[quote][p][bold]Testedontimes[/bold] wrote: Robert, I have to agree with the others that post about the state of play with the bars at RP, I went to get a beer on Monday, walked down from the stand saw how long the queue was and went to the clubhouse, when I returned the queues had hardly moved, if I was a traveling fan, I would never go back if I had to wait that long to get a drink, so it will have an impact on the revenue that the dragons receive. And let's not pretend that this is the first instance of this, whenever we have a biggish game the bars suffer and it needs sorting. Why can't they get their own backpacks, like they have for the Heineken cup games?[/p][/quote]That's controlled by the brewery as they own the backpack kits and I don't think they do them. Perhaps Doug Jones the brewery rep could help on that topic he's usually very helpful, Newport Rugby should ask, Worthington are the clubs sponsor after all. Robert Shillabeer

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