Up and coming openside and prop sign for Dragons

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons believe they have signed a top quality scavenger after confirming the arrival of Nic Cudd.

The 23-year-old openside flanker, who represented Wales at every age-grade level, has penned a one-year deal after heading east from Llanelli.

The Dragons made their move once it became clear of the severity of the knee injury suffered by Darren Waters in pre-season.

He will be out until at least February after rupturing ligaments and his absence meant that Jevon Groves, a blindside flanker by trade, filled in at openside against Zebre and Leinster.

Captain Lewis Evans returns from a calf problem to don the number 7 jersey against Cardiff Blues tomorrow but now he has another rival.

Cudd, who is a ‘classic’ openside rather than the current destructive trend, found his path blocked at the Scarlets by Josh Turnbull, Jon Edwards, Aaron Shingler, Richie Pugh and latest young gun Dan Thomas.

But the Dragons new boy comes with a ringing endorsement from Llanelli boss Anthony Buchanon – a shrewd judge of talent – and his new bosses have tipped him to make an impact at Rodney Parade.

“Nic is an out-and-out openside and we feel he has all the qualities to make an excellent seven,” said director of rugby Robert Beale. “He is good over the ball, an excellent tackler and a tough competitor.

“Darren Waters was of that mould and we are looking for that sort of player to compete with and push Lewis Evans.

“Nic was very highly thought of by the Scarlets but found it hard to get an opportunity. He’s got one now and it’s up to him to grasp it.”

The Dragons have also looked west to sign prop Owen Evans, son of former Wales front row forward Ricky, who has signed a two-year deal.

Evans is a former Wales Under-20s loosehead who has spent the last five seasons with Llandovery and was involved with the Scarlets in pre-season.

“We needed ten front row forwards for our European squad and needed to decide whether to go for a prop or hooker,” said Beale.

“Owen is young, has a decent pedigree and now has the chance to stake a claim for a place in our matchday squad.

“You are very lucky if you manage to go through the season using three or four props, so it’s some comfort for me to know that we now have an established front row squad.”

The Dragons are continuing their search for an overseas star to bolster the back five of their pack.

The region hope to have another new arrival in place before they lose Toby Faletau and Dan Lydiate to Wales duty in November.

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8:47am Fri 14 Sep 12

high x boy says...

they sound good on paper.
they sound good on paper. high x boy

8:55am Fri 14 Sep 12

rhinestine says...

Rubbish from the Dragons! What was wrong with Rob Nash? or any of the other players at Keys,Pooler, Bedwas?

I know there are players in Gwent who can play at that level, just need the exposure, why sign people from WEST WALES?!!
Rubbish from the Dragons! What was wrong with Rob Nash? or any of the other players at Keys,Pooler, Bedwas? I know there are players in Gwent who can play at that level, just need the exposure, why sign people from WEST WALES?!! rhinestine

9:27am Fri 14 Sep 12

high x boy says...

exactly rhinestine
exactly rhinestine high x boy

11:27am Fri 14 Sep 12

Dai the Milk says...

Absolutely agree. Burnsy proved he could do it......Nashy could too and several others. What the Drag-ons need is players who've been there and done it not 'up and coming' players. Just adds fuel to the fire that this is just a development club. It doesn't have to be that way.
Absolutely agree. Burnsy proved he could do it......Nashy could too and several others. What the Drag-ons need is players who've been there and done it not 'up and coming' players. Just adds fuel to the fire that this is just a development club. It doesn't have to be that way. Dai the Milk

12:24pm Fri 14 Sep 12

broadsworddan says...

It's not a development region! The dragons is a region in development. We are bringing through a crop of future stars who will form the backbone of the dragons and even the national team in the future. The ospreys did exactly the same seven or eight years ago, and their young players grew into the hook, Wynn jones, Ryan jones. They also brought in players from elsewhere in Wales who werent realising their full potential like Gough and Bennett, just as the dragons are doing now. These same players later became the galacticos. I suppose you didnt sceptically call them a development region did you!
It's not a development region! The dragons is a region in development. We are bringing through a crop of future stars who will form the backbone of the dragons and even the national team in the future. The ospreys did exactly the same seven or eight years ago, and their young players grew into the hook, Wynn jones, Ryan jones. They also brought in players from elsewhere in Wales who werent realising their full potential like Gough and Bennett, just as the dragons are doing now. These same players later became the galacticos. I suppose you didnt sceptically call them a development region did you! broadsworddan

6:06pm Fri 14 Sep 12

dragons boy says...

How long are the power brokers at the Dragons going to allow this current Rugby Management Team to continue to drive this Region backwards?

They are way out of their depth and need replacing, Now!
How long are the power brokers at the Dragons going to allow this current Rugby Management Team to continue to drive this Region backwards? They are way out of their depth and need replacing, Now! dragons boy

7:58pm Fri 14 Sep 12

spaniard says...

Does overseas star mean any youngster outside of gwent??, because that is what seems to be happening
Does overseas star mean any youngster outside of gwent??, because that is what seems to be happening spaniard

12:04am Sat 15 Sep 12

corpardguy says...

The Blues game should be a real test for who good enough at this level and who is not.
If they can't perform on this stage, against this oposition ,its time for a clean out and use the savings for someone who can.
That includes the coaching staff as well.
I am expecting a good tough physical game with Dragons nipping it with a Prydie penalty.
I do NOT expect to see dropped balls in the centre, aimless kicking to the middle of the parkl with no follow ups, and I DO expect to have an equal share of the breakdowns (even with Warborton on the park) and a solid scrum (well enough not to have too disruptive a feed for the half backs.
I also expect some HWYL as Mr Nimmo is certainly capable of holding his own in the best/worst of company and causing a lot of discontent in the line and at the breakdown.
I just hope the ref is up to the task!
The Blues game should be a real test for who good enough at this level and who is not. If they can't perform on this stage, against this oposition ,its time for a clean out and use the savings for someone who can. That includes the coaching staff as well. I am expecting a good tough physical game with Dragons nipping it with a Prydie penalty. I do NOT expect to see dropped balls in the centre, aimless kicking to the middle of the parkl with no follow ups, and I DO expect to have an equal share of the breakdowns (even with Warborton on the park) and a solid scrum (well enough not to have too disruptive a feed for the half backs. I also expect some HWYL as Mr Nimmo is certainly capable of holding his own in the best/worst of company and causing a lot of discontent in the line and at the breakdown. I just hope the ref is up to the task! corpardguy

11:30pm Sat 15 Sep 12

Gwilym says...

corpardguy wrote:
The Blues game should be a real test for who good enough at this level and who is not.
If they can't perform on this stage, against this oposition ,its time for a clean out and use the savings for someone who can.
That includes the coaching staff as well.
I am expecting a good tough physical game with Dragons nipping it with a Prydie penalty.
I do NOT expect to see dropped balls in the centre, aimless kicking to the middle of the parkl with no follow ups, and I DO expect to have an equal share of the breakdowns (even with Warborton on the park) and a solid scrum (well enough not to have too disruptive a feed for the half backs.
I also expect some HWYL as Mr Nimmo is certainly capable of holding his own in the best/worst of company and causing a lot of discontent in the line and at the breakdown.
I just hope the ref is up to the task!
Quote Corpardguy "I am expecting a good tough physical game with Dragons nipping it with a Prydie penalty.
I do NOT expect to see dropped balls in the centre, aimless kicking to the middle of the parkl with no follow ups, and I DO expect to have an equal share of the breakdowns (even with Warborton on the park) and a solid scrum (well enough not to have too disruptive a feed for the half backs.
I also expect some HWYL as Mr Nimmo is certainly capable of holding his own in the best/worst of company and causing a lot of discontent in the line and at the breakdown.
I just hope the ref is up to the task!"

Oh dear..........
[quote][p][bold]corpardguy[/bold] wrote: The Blues game should be a real test for who good enough at this level and who is not. If they can't perform on this stage, against this oposition ,its time for a clean out and use the savings for someone who can. That includes the coaching staff as well. I am expecting a good tough physical game with Dragons nipping it with a Prydie penalty. I do NOT expect to see dropped balls in the centre, aimless kicking to the middle of the parkl with no follow ups, and I DO expect to have an equal share of the breakdowns (even with Warborton on the park) and a solid scrum (well enough not to have too disruptive a feed for the half backs. I also expect some HWYL as Mr Nimmo is certainly capable of holding his own in the best/worst of company and causing a lot of discontent in the line and at the breakdown. I just hope the ref is up to the task![/p][/quote]Quote Corpardguy "I am expecting a good tough physical game with Dragons nipping it with a Prydie penalty. I do NOT expect to see dropped balls in the centre, aimless kicking to the middle of the parkl with no follow ups, and I DO expect to have an equal share of the breakdowns (even with Warborton on the park) and a solid scrum (well enough not to have too disruptive a feed for the half backs. I also expect some HWYL as Mr Nimmo is certainly capable of holding his own in the best/worst of company and causing a lot of discontent in the line and at the breakdown. I just hope the ref is up to the task!" Oh dear.......... Gwilym

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