Ian Nimmo back to boost Dragons

LOCK Ian Nimmo is back in contention for selection for Newport Gwent Dragons’ Amlin Challenge Cup finale against Wasps, much to the surprise of his coaches.

The region were prepared to be without the 27-year-old for two months after he injured his knee in the away defeat to Mogliano in December.

However, the summer signing from Cornish Pirates is back way ahead of schedule and could feature in the Dragons’ final European clash against Pool Three winners Wasps.

“I have never heard of anyone recovering as fast from a grade three (injury to knee ligaments),” admitted head coach Darren Edwards.

“It was a long-term injury and to be honest we weren’t expecting him to be back in the mix.

“He has done his work and is back and it’s good timing because Adam Jones has a hip niggle.”

The news isn’t as good on flying winger Tonderai Chavhanga, who faces another scan on his injured knee.

The damage sustained against Connacht in Galway isn’t thought to be serious but could keep the former Springboks speedster sidelined for a few more weeks.

The Dragons name their side this afternoon and are waiting to see if they get the all clear on Nimmo and fly-half/full-back Dan Evans, who has returned to training after missing the last three games with an ankle injury.

It would be a major boost if they get the green light as the region attempts to claim their first proper scalp of the European campaign following a pair of narrow losses to Bayonne and a thumping at the hands of Wasps at Adams Park.

Dai Young’s side have already secured top spot in the group but head to Rodney Parade needing to win to earn a home quarter-final.

There will also be close scrutiny on their selection in the back row amid a kerfuffle surrounding number eight Billy Vunipola. The 20-year-old, who is Toby Faletau’s cousin, will leave the club and join Aviva Premiership rivals Saracens next season, linking up with his brother Mako.

“We are clearly hugely disappointed,” said director of rugby Young.

“During our contract talks, the player had been adamant that he did not want to leave the club, but we know he was under pressure for family reasons to go and join his brother at Saracens.”

Dragons squad: H Amos, T Prydie, M Poole, W Harries, A Hughes, J Dixon, A Smith, S Jones, D Evans, W Evans, J Evans, P Price, O Evans, H Gustafson, S Parry, N Buck, D Way, R Sidoli, A Coombs, I Nimmo, J Groves, L Evans, I Jones, T Faletau, N Cudd.

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12:26pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Robert Shillabeer says...

For heavens sake stop writing articles from behind the desk and check your facts before filing the so called story. The Dragons beat Mogliano 33 nil that's hardly a defeat as stated in the article, such basic errors makes any report you publish nothing but rubbish.
For heavens sake stop writing articles from behind the desk and check your facts before filing the so called story. The Dragons beat Mogliano 33 nil that's hardly a defeat as stated in the article, such basic errors makes any report you publish nothing but rubbish. Robert Shillabeer

12:52pm Wed 16 Jan 13

let em swing says...

To be fair he only needs to change the word "of" to "to", but lazy jounalim for sure, which is demonstrated all over this website.
To be fair he only needs to change the word "of" to "to", but lazy jounalim for sure, which is demonstrated all over this website. let em swing

12:53pm Wed 16 Jan 13

let em swing says...

And having had knee ligament and cartlidge trouble, that either wasnt a grade 3 injury, or they are rushing him back and he will breakdown again.
And having had knee ligament and cartlidge trouble, that either wasnt a grade 3 injury, or they are rushing him back and he will breakdown again. let em swing

1:38pm Wed 16 Jan 13

kalwales@hotmail.com says...

Sounds like echo's from the Hazell Terrace & Stand !!
Sounds like echo's from the Hazell Terrace & Stand !! kalwales@hotmail.com

2:16pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Robert Shillabeer says...

kalwales@hotmail.com wrote:
Sounds like echo's from the Hazell Terrace & Stand !!
Nothing of the sort Kal, just can't stand lazy reporting, must at least get his facts right before going to print. Just lazy work getting the least thing right the Dragons won not lose the game.
[quote][p][bold]kalwales@hotmail.com[/bold] wrote: Sounds like echo's from the Hazell Terrace & Stand !![/p][/quote]Nothing of the sort Kal, just can't stand lazy reporting, must at least get his facts right before going to print. Just lazy work getting the least thing right the Dragons won not lose the game. Robert Shillabeer

2:20pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Robert Shillabeer says...

let em swing wrote:
And having had knee ligament and cartlidge trouble, that either wasnt a grade 3 injury, or they are rushing him back and he will breakdown again.
Cant see them rushing him back for a game with nothing on it other than a bit of pride. There are more games with some meaning coming up where he would be needed much more. Perhaps the injury wasn't as bad as thought but hope it holds up.
[quote][p][bold]let em swing[/bold] wrote: And having had knee ligament and cartlidge trouble, that either wasnt a grade 3 injury, or they are rushing him back and he will breakdown again.[/p][/quote]Cant see them rushing him back for a game with nothing on it other than a bit of pride. There are more games with some meaning coming up where he would be needed much more. Perhaps the injury wasn't as bad as thought but hope it holds up. Robert Shillabeer

2:50pm Wed 16 Jan 13

kalwales@hotmail.com says...

Lets just hope he is not rushed back too soon :-) Should be a good game tomorrow if past few peformances ar anything to go by.
Lets just hope he is not rushed back too soon :-) Should be a good game tomorrow if past few peformances ar anything to go by. kalwales@hotmail.com

4:06pm Wed 16 Jan 13

let em swing says...

kalwales@hotmail.com wrote:
Lets just hope he is not rushed back too soon :-) Should be a good game tomorrow if past few peformances ar anything to go by.
If past performances are anything to go by we will be smashed, you must be watching a different team to me.
[quote][p][bold]kalwales@hotmail.com[/bold] wrote: Lets just hope he is not rushed back too soon :-) Should be a good game tomorrow if past few peformances ar anything to go by.[/p][/quote]If past performances are anything to go by we will be smashed, you must be watching a different team to me. let em swing

4:08pm Wed 16 Jan 13

let em swing says...

Robert Shillabeer wrote:
let em swing wrote:
And having had knee ligament and cartlidge trouble, that either wasnt a grade 3 injury, or they are rushing him back and he will breakdown again.
Cant see them rushing him back for a game with nothing on it other than a bit of pride. There are more games with some meaning coming up where he would be needed much more. Perhaps the injury wasn't as bad as thought but hope it holds up.
There are no games with any meaning left this season, unless your referring to a bit of regional pride, in which case you will be disappointed as the rest are improving while we flounder.
[quote][p][bold]Robert Shillabeer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]let em swing[/bold] wrote: And having had knee ligament and cartlidge trouble, that either wasnt a grade 3 injury, or they are rushing him back and he will breakdown again.[/p][/quote]Cant see them rushing him back for a game with nothing on it other than a bit of pride. There are more games with some meaning coming up where he would be needed much more. Perhaps the injury wasn't as bad as thought but hope it holds up.[/p][/quote]There are no games with any meaning left this season, unless your referring to a bit of regional pride, in which case you will be disappointed as the rest are improving while we flounder. let em swing

4:11pm Wed 16 Jan 13

broadsworddan says...

I'd like to see nimmo pick his feet up now. He's got real potential. He's a definite presence around the break down. I felt his confidence dropped the last few games before his injury. Possibly due to some silly handling errors. Don't worry Ian, keep focused on improving, we're behind you. Toby used to make quite a lot of unforced handling errors and look where he is now. You're a beast! Smash em around the park!
I'd like to see nimmo pick his feet up now. He's got real potential. He's a definite presence around the break down. I felt his confidence dropped the last few games before his injury. Possibly due to some silly handling errors. Don't worry Ian, keep focused on improving, we're behind you. Toby used to make quite a lot of unforced handling errors and look where he is now. You're a beast! Smash em around the park! broadsworddan

6:25pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Euwan Usami says...

broadsworddan wrote:
I'd like to see nimmo pick his feet up now. He's got real potential. He's a definite presence around the break down. I felt his confidence dropped the last few games before his injury. Possibly due to some silly handling errors. Don't worry Ian, keep focused on improving, we're behind you. Toby used to make quite a lot of unforced handling errors and look where he is now. You're a beast! Smash em around the park!
Am I the only one who thinks Nimmo has been a non event for the Dragons? I haven't been impressed with anything he's done or not as the case seems to be.
[quote][p][bold]broadsworddan[/bold] wrote: I'd like to see nimmo pick his feet up now. He's got real potential. He's a definite presence around the break down. I felt his confidence dropped the last few games before his injury. Possibly due to some silly handling errors. Don't worry Ian, keep focused on improving, we're behind you. Toby used to make quite a lot of unforced handling errors and look where he is now. You're a beast! Smash em around the park![/p][/quote]Am I the only one who thinks Nimmo has been a non event for the Dragons? I haven't been impressed with anything he's done or not as the case seems to be. Euwan Usami

9:26pm Wed 16 Jan 13

dragonsgareth says...

Any news on when Pewtners back?
Any news on when Pewtners back? dragonsgareth

6:55am Thu 17 Jan 13

kalwales@hotmail.com says...

Euwan, i agree to a certain level i think the Nimmo Bubble has burst, he plays well but still not the kind of player the Dragons need to fire them on -

I do think the effort and committment has or sorry, is making a return and that can only be a good thing for you - The Fans im sure the results will come good before end of the season
Euwan, i agree to a certain level i think the Nimmo Bubble has burst, he plays well but still not the kind of player the Dragons need to fire them on - I do think the effort and committment has or sorry, is making a return and that can only be a good thing for you - The Fans im sure the results will come good before end of the season kalwales@hotmail.com

10:28pm Thu 24 Jan 13

MazYork says...

nice comment Broadsword - nice to see a positive post on here - and Robert if you read this I love you! always looking to be positive instead of the usual moaners!
nice comment Broadsword - nice to see a positive post on here - and Robert if you read this I love you! always looking to be positive instead of the usual moaners! MazYork

10:35pm Thu 24 Jan 13

MazYork says...

nice comment Broadsword - nice to see a positive post on here - and Robert if you read this I love you! always looking to be positive instead of the usual moaners!
nice comment Broadsword - nice to see a positive post on here - and Robert if you read this I love you! always looking to be positive instead of the usual moaners! MazYork

10:37pm Thu 24 Jan 13

MazYork says...

sorry folks - sent twice somehow - although seen other people do it so must be website eh!
sorry folks - sent twice somehow - although seen other people do it so must be website eh! MazYork

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