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GREAT EFFORT: Cory Hill and the pack did really well against Leinster in the wet

LEWIS EVANS: Defensive determination can help us claim another Irish scalp

BENCHED: Legendary prop Gethin Jenkins will be among the replacements for Wales on Sunday

CHRIS KIRWAN: Gatland looks set to lob a few grenades – at his squad rather than in the media

RECALLED: Nick Crosswell joins me and Nic Cudd in the back row for Leinster with James Benjamin, our only other fit specialist, on the bench

LEWIS EVANS: Back row inuries leave us stretched but response against Leinster is essential

OUTMUSCLED: Back row forward Josh Beaumont powers over in Sale's crushing win against Newport Gwent Dragons

CHRIS KIRWAN: Investment the only solution in Dragons’ search for consistency

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DREAM RETURN: Hallam Amos scored inside a minute on his comeback for Newport Gwent Dragons against Castres

CHRIS KIRWAN: Young Wales duo carry a heavy burden as Dragons look to transfer daring Euro approach to the Pro12

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ON THE RUN: We played some great attacking rugby against Castres and need more of the same in Sale

LEWIS EVANS: We have to finish the job by adding to our list of great European away wins in Sale

GREAT RESULT: We beat Stade Francais at Rodney Parade last season to secure a home quarter-final and the same positive approach is needed against Castres

LEWIS EVANS: Positive approach that did for Newcastle and Stade Francais needs to be repeated against Castres

BRIGHT PROSPECT: Sam Underhill is already being talked as a Test player despite only having a few Ospreys appearances under his belt (Picture courtesy of the South Wales Evening Post)

CHRIS KIRWAN: Young prospects need to be left alone to develop into Test talent... and decide their nationality

NEARING A RETURN: Hallam Amos could be back for the Dragons in the coming weeks - and in contention for the Six Nations - after suffering a shoulder injury at the World Cup

CHRIS KIRWAN: Return of Wales young guns could be bittersweet for Dragons

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TOUGH TO TAKE: It was a nightmare watching on from the sidelines as we lost our lead against Cardiff Blues

LEWIS EVANS: Sorry, I got a split-second decision wrong and 2015 ended in derby disappointment

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TALENT: Hot Dragons prospects like Ollie Griffiths need to be joined by more quality players

CHRIS KIRWAN: Quality additions needed to build on Dragons' promise or gap will widen

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FAMILIAR FOE: Our captain Rhys Thomas is relishing going up against his former side

LEWIS EVANS: Derby dates the reward for good festive behaviour

Joe Calzaghe chats to Michael Pearlman. (6792908)

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Thank you and goodbye

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BIG EFFORT: Prop Phil Price was superb when helping us defend our line last week

LEWIS EVANS: Smart rugby essential if we are to secure a Pau double

SUPERB SIGNING: Rynard Landman has been a terrific recruit for Newport Gwent Dragons, as have fellow South Africans Brok Harris, Sarel Pretorius and Carl Meyer

CHRIS KIRWAN: South African Dragons setting the bar high for new recruits

GREAT BREAK: Newport fly-half Julian Mogg goes on the attack in our win against Neath last weekend

Lewis Evans: We are rising to the challenge at Newport

CHRIS KIRWAN: The burden is becoming too heavy on club volunteers

CHRIS KIRWAN: The burden is becoming too heavy on club volunteers

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HOPES ENDED: The Dragons believed that Taulupe Faletau might pen a dual deal but his Bath move has been confirmed

CHRIS KIRWAN: Faletau move hammers home that dual deals are no silver bullet

MICHAEL PEARLMAN: Future bright at Newport County and credit needs to go to the man at the helm

MICHAEL PEARLMAN: Future bright at Newport County and credit needs to go to the man at the helm

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BROADENED HORIZONS: My good friend Adam Hughes has returned to the Dragons a better player

LEWIS EVANS: I'm back to fitness and willing to try anything to enjoy a run of games

CHRIS KIRWAN: Like Manchester United, the Dragons need to entertain

CHRIS KIRWAN: Like Manchester United, the Dragons need to entertain

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28.11.15 - Newport County v Luton Town - Sky Bet League 2 -.Manager of Newport County John Sheridan celebrates with fans at the end of the game. (47795833)

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: John Sheridan has rescued the club from what was a very costly mistake

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LEWIS EVANS: We have the tools to trouble Edinburgh if we stand firm in the tight

LEWIS EVANS: We have the tools to trouble Edinburgh if we stand firm in the tight

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VITAL EXPERIENCE: Dragons academy centre Barney Nightingale in action against Jersey at Pandy Park

CHRIS KIRWAN: The price is wrong for Dragons in the BIC

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UNDERDOG: Tyson Fury, right, is unlikely to beat Wladimir Klitschko but, like the Welsh regions against the French, could cause an upset

CHRIS KIRWAN: Welsh regions still have a puncher's chance in Europe despite wage gap

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MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: The Joe Calzaghe story is so incredible a movie was inevitable

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: The Calzaghe story is so incredible a movie was inevitable

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GREAT TRY: Rynard Landman went over thanks to a good link between backs and forwards

LEWIS EVANS: Synergy the key to success in France

People stand for a minute of silence at the Gare de Lyon train station in Paris, Monday Nov. 16, 2015, three days after the Paris attacks.  A minute of silence was observed throughout the country in memory of the victims  of the country's deadliest violen

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Don't let Paris atrocities stop you going to Euro 2016

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CUTTING EDGE: We are creating loads of chances at the moment and have to start finishing them off

LEWIS EVANS: Forget Sale, we just need to look after ourselves ahead of Euro opener

BADLY MISSED: The Dragons are struggling without wing Hallam Amos and fellow young guns Jack Dixon and Tyler Morgan

CHRIS KIRWAN: Dragons' meagre budget brutally exposed by lack of cutting edge

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Wales manager Chris Coleman celebrates after the UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifying match at Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 13, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Wales. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Team Coleman or Team Wenger, Team Terry or Team Savage?

31.10.15 - Newport County v Northampton Town - SkyBet League Two - Newport Manager John Sheridan. (45535625)

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Ten reasons to be positive about County

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TRY TIME: Carl Meyer goes over in last season's win against Ulster

LEWIS EVANS: We have to stop Ulster at source to get season on track

ANOTHER AWAY DEFEAT: James Davies goes over for the opening try in the Scarlets' win against the spluttering Dragons last weekend

CHRIS KIRWAN: Dragons treading water while former peers think big

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PUNISHING SCHEDULE: Jamie Roberts and Wales will take on the All Blacks three times in the summer

CHRIS KIRWAN: Wales’ manic schedule will leave players creaking

A member of the Rodney Parade groundstaff works on the pitch during a stop in play. (4127183)

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: County must start winning at home, but why can't they?

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30.10.15 - Scarlets v Newport Gwent Dragons - Guinness PRO12 -
Taulupe Faletau of Newport Gwent Dragons. (44683187)

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Toby Faletau is a human being, but the WRU seem to have forgotten that fact

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IN FINE FORM: Hopefully Ashton Hewitt can cause the Scarlets plenty of problems with ball in hand

LEWIS EVANS: Converting pressure into points vital in bid for double derby delight

Taulupe Faletau

CHRIS KIRWAN: WRU's transfer denial leaves a sour taste for Dragons and Taulupe Faletau

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DEVELOPING: Dragons wing Ashton Hewitt has enjoyed a super start to the season but it would have helped his development to be playing A team fixtures last year

CHRIS KIRWAN: The Welsh quartet have joined the English 7s tournament, now time to push for their A League

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MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Let's try and enjoy our football again, but it's a shame the Trust haven't been open about Terry Butcher's departure

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Let's try and enjoy our football again, but it's a shame the Trust haven't been open about Terry Butcher's departure

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PLANS COMING ON NICELY: Me and my good friend Ashley Smith are honoured to have a beneficiary year in 2016

LEWIS EVANS: Plans coming together nicely off the field, while on it we intend to build up a head of steam

DEFLATING: It's been a miserable start to the season with Hallam Amos, Jack Dixon and Tyler Morgan all sidelined and results being poor

CHRIS KIRWAN: Early days but Dragons desperately need to give reason to believe after deflating start

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LEGEND: Paul O'Connell

CHRIS KIRWAN: Golden oldies will be a thing of the past on saturated Test scene

Nathan Cleverly reacts during a light heavyweight boxing bout against Andrzej Fonfara on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, in Chicago. Fonfara won by unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski). (42511403)

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Brave Nathan Cleverly achieved more in defeat than in a series of successful world title fights

WELCOME RETURN: It will be nice to go on the charge against Glasgow again after injury

LEWIS EVANS: Positive approach key to sparking our season at champions Glasgow

DESPAIR: Wales wing Alex Cuthbert trudges off after his yellow card against Australia

CHRIS KIRWAN: A break to chase Olympic dream could get struggling Wales wing Alex Cuthbert backing himself again

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EURO-HAPPY: Gareth Bale

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: The A-Z of how Wales qualified for France 2016

FOOT RACe: Wales number eight Taulupe Faletau kept up with speedsters Anthony Watson and Hallam Amos in a sprint to the ball against England, a sign of his incredible work rate

CHRIS KIRWAN: Ambassador Taulupe Faletau’s status secure as the Dragons' greatest

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Stuart Lancaster

CHRIS KIRWAN: English inquest continues but clubs will always come first over the border

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