Waters blow for Dragons

KNEE INJURY: Darren Waters

KNEE INJURY: Darren Waters

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FLANKER Darren Waters has been ruled out of action for six months – one of three injury hammer blows to hit Newport Gwent Dragons ahead of the new season.

He will be joined on the sidelines by centre Adam Hughes and wing Matthew Pewtner after they suffered injuries to their right hamstrings in last week’s pre-season friendly against London Irish.

Hughes, whose strain came in the last minute, is expected to be out for three to four weeks while Pewtner faces a second scan and could potentially be ruled out for six.

But it is the injury to Waters that is the most galling, especially as the former Pontypridd flanker’s pre-season form was set to earn him the start in the RaboDirect Pro12 opener against Zebre ahead of captain Lewis Evans. The 27-year-old, an ex-bricklayer who played his first season of professional rugby last term, ruptured his left knee ligaments at the end of the first half against Irish.

The initial prognosis was that it was nothing too serious but a scan revealed that his ACL had snapped, an injury estimated to mean at least six months on the sidelines.

It also leaves the Dragons with a severe shortage at openside.

Evans will now be backed up by Jevon Groves, a blindside who can also play lock, and director of rugby Robert Beale admits they may be forced into the transfer market.

“Firstly, we are devastated for Darren because he played very well in our warm-up games and was in pole position to start against Zebre,” he said.

“To have this happen is disastrous for Darren because he is desperate to prove that he is a quality professional player.

“It does leave us with something of a problem because we are running with a 38-man squad and Darren is an important part of that.

“We are sailing close to the wind and if we pick up any more injuries then we will have to go into the market place.

“The first place that we will look is the Premiership and our fixture against the Gwent Select (a 16-10 loss) shows that there is quality there.

“We know what we have got there and have used (Cross Keys captain) Rob Nash in the past and know all about his qualities.

“But we need to get our timing right in terms of recruitment and watching the first few weeks of action will be key to that.”

The Dragons already knew that they would be without wing Tonderai Chavhanga (knee), full-back Jamie Smith (leg) and scrum-half Joe Bedford (shoulder) against Zebre next Friday.

The trio are all back in training but are not expected to return to on-field action for another month.

However, flanker Evans, centre Ashley Smith and wing Will Harries are all back in training and in contention for the Pro12 opener.

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7:26am Wed 22 Aug 12

rhinestine says...

Gutted for Darren, all the best with the op, mac lewis will do a good job.
Gutted for Darren, all the best with the op, mac lewis will do a good job. rhinestine
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8:43am Wed 22 Aug 12

high x boy says...

bad luck for Darren.
What the hell is the problem with Jamie Smith again ?
bad luck for Darren. What the hell is the problem with Jamie Smith again ? high x boy
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9:27am Wed 22 Aug 12

rhinestine says...

high x boy wrote:
bad luck for Darren.
What the hell is the problem with Jamie Smith again ?
I think he has a sever "dead leg"
[quote][p][bold]high x boy[/bold] wrote: bad luck for Darren. What the hell is the problem with Jamie Smith again ?[/p][/quote]I think he has a sever "dead leg" rhinestine
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11:45am Wed 22 Aug 12

high x boy says...

hope he plays more games for us than last season.
hope he plays more games for us than last season. high x boy
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2:27pm Wed 22 Aug 12

Keith Barnett says...

Same old, same old.
At anyone stage they will have 20% or their players injured so they WILL struggle all season with a small squad
Same old, same old. At anyone stage they will have 20% or their players injured so they WILL struggle all season with a small squad Keith Barnett
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3:07pm Wed 22 Aug 12

high x boy says...

we still have 32 players to pick a team from.
we still have 32 players to pick a team from. high x boy
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3:58pm Wed 22 Aug 12

Welshman76 says...

Be short when autumn internationals come and Lydiate and Faletau are away! Hope there's some good players at the regional feeder clubs!!! Good luck to Darren tho, had cal done and touch wood, all is good!
Be short when autumn internationals come and Lydiate and Faletau are away! Hope there's some good players at the regional feeder clubs!!! Good luck to Darren tho, had cal done and touch wood, all is good! Welshman76
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4:35pm Wed 22 Aug 12

high x boy says...

Rob Nash is a good player
Rob Nash is a good player high x boy
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