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Chris Kirwan

BIG CHALLENGE: Ben Parry and Pontypool are chasing promotion to the Premiership

CHRIS KIRWAN: Championship campaign shaping up to be a cracker

SUCCESS STORY: Ross Wardle earned a Dragons deal by shining with Bedwas but more A team rugby would help others make the grade

CHRIS KIRWAN: 'A' teams needed to bridge gap to pro ranks

HOT PROPERTY: Taulupe Faletau

CHRIS KIRWAN: Transfer fees, release clauses and service station deals inevitable as rugby mirrors wise football moves

PLAYING WITH FREEDOM: Wales will hope England's rugby players follow the lead of the cricketers

CHRIS KIRWAN: Gatland will hope Lancaster’s England follow the cricketers’ gung-ho approach in a bid to entertain

NEARLY THERE: Gareth Bale and Wales are closing in on qualification for France 2016

CHRIS KIRWAN: Creating a rugby/football divide unhelpful when a sporting mix is needed

PERFECT DAY: Newport Gwent Dragons celebrate their penalty try in the Challenge Cup quarter-final win against Cardiff Blues

CHRIS KIRWAN: Dragons playing with pride and spirit to give reason to believe in a bright future

CHOPPED DOWN: Jack Dixon lead the way in defence for Newport Gwent Dragons

CHRIS KIRWAN: Centre Jack Dixon at the heart of Dragons' upturn in fortunes

INFLUENTIAL FIGURE: South African prop Brok Harris has been a mainstay of the Dragons' front row since arriving from South Africa

CHRIS KIRWAN: Dragons making strides with foreign accents guiding young Welsh talent

GREAT BACKING: Newport Gwent Dragons held on against Cardiff Blues, aided by their passionate fans

CHRIS KIRWAN: Passionate backing makes Rodney Parade special but 'horrible' tag a worry

CHASING A REPEAT: Dorian Jones and Nic Cudd celebrated a Newport Gwent Dragons victory in the capital on Boxing Day and need to be toasting success on Saturday afternoon

CHRIS KIRWAN: Challenge Cup a source of amusement for some but derby defeat would be no laughing matter for upwardly-mobile Dragons

DRIVING FORCE: Hooker Elliot Dee celebrates Newport Gwent Dragons' first pushover try against Cardiff Blues on Boxing Day

CHRIS KIRWAN: The more mauls the merrier for the Dragons in Euro derby

SELECTION BATTLE: Newport Gwent Dragons wing Hallam Amos will hope to force his way into Warren Gatland's Wales squad for the World Cup

CHRIS KIRWAN: Precious few places left in Wales’ World Cup party

TRY TIME: Sean O'Brien burst over for Ireland on their way to the Six Nations title

CHRIS KIRWAN: A new free-flowing era for the Six Nations? Don't be daft

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CHRIS KIRWAN: Maybe it's just time to move on from Adam Jones

Ollie Griffiths (10074548)

CHRIS KIRWAN: Dragons could do with bringing their A game for burgeoning talent

PAST TARGET: The Dragons moved for experienced fly-half Andy Goode in 2013

CHRIS KIRWAN: Dragons looking for influence from 9

GUTTING DEFEAT: Dragons centre Ashley Smith on the charge in last Sunday's defeat to Zebre

CHRIS KIRWAN: Dragons desperately need more depth

GONE: Former Newport boss Sven Cronk

CHRIS KIRWAN: Diplomacy increasingly a key virtue for Premiership bosses

GOING: WRU chief executive Roger Lewis

CHRIS KIRWAN: Roger Lewis' successor can share around the smiles

IMPRESSIVE DISPLAY: Rhys thomas and the rest of the dragons pack were excellent in defeat to connacht

CHRIS KIRWAN: Dragons need to find a way to cope with great expectations

BIG MOMENT: The Dragons celebrate a momentous victory

CHRIS KIRWAN: Dragons clearly making strides but need to show their supporters sign of their progress

CHRIS KIRWAN: Gatland's pick and stick policy risks damaging squad morale

CHRIS KIRWAN: Gatland's pick and stick policy risks damaging squad morale

CHRIS KIRWAN: WRU must take the lead in setting the tone of international matchday in Cardiff

CHRIS KIRWAN: WRU must take the lead in setting the tone of international matchday in Cardiff

OLD ENEMIES: Action from England v Wales at Twickenham last year

CHRIS KIRWAN: Wales versus England a magnificent rugby spectacle with plenty of unwanted extras bolted on

CHRIS KIRWAN: Paying punter already getting a kicking because of TV

STAR QUALITY: Stade Francais may have been weakened but still boasted the likes of former Springbok Morne Steyn in the side beaten by the Dragons

CHRIS KIRWAN: Challenge Cup glory not to be sniffed at

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CHRIS KIRWAN: Gatland's stubborn streak a virtue in long-term plotting for Twickenham

PACK POWER: Dragons captain Rynard Landman as the heart of a drive against Newcastle

CHRIS KIRWAN: Nothing for Dragons to fear as they dream of European glory

PLACE SAFE: 'Gatland's Law' is unlikely to prevent players heading over the border

CHRIS KIRWAN: No players off the Wales menu despite 'Gatland's Law'

BELIEF: Hooker Elliot Dee powers over from an impressive Dragons driving lineout against Cardiff Blues

CHRIS KIRWAN: Dragons' pack giving reason for optimism

DANGEROUS RUNNER: Hallam Amos is the Dragons' leading try scorer in the Pro12 with three but has frequently put boot to ball rather than chancing his arm

CHRIS KIRWAN: Dragons' tactics can be bootiful on the road but give Rodney Parade faithful little to cheer

ANOTHER STOPPAGE: French referee Pascal Gauzere talks to the Wales and Fiji packs at scrum time last autumn

CHRIS KIRWAN: Scrum farce giving plenty of opportunities for ref bashing

OPPRTUNITY KNOCKS: Hallam Amos and Newport Gwent Dragons must build on a strong December

CHRIS KIRWAN: January resolve needed if Dragons are to grasp their shot at redemption

BIG IMPACT: Rynard Landman has been superb for Newport Gwent Dragons in the first half of the season

CHRIS KIRWAN: Regions needs more hits to follow super signings Landman, Thomas, Evans and Matavesi

QUALITY RECRUIT: Rynard Landman has been a big hit for the Dragons

CHRIS KIRWAN: Imports vital as Dragons attempt to change their image

WORTHY FOES: Gavin Henson on the attack for Wales against Romania in 2004

CHRIS KIRWAN: European rugby must give Romania a helping hand

Wales players Scott Baldwin and Jack Ball celebrate their victory (13698944)

CHRIS KIRWAN: Knockout rugby would represent World Cup success for Wales

LONG WAIT: Newbridge and Blackwood, who battled it out at the Welfare Ground in October, are back in action this weekend along with their Championship rivals

CHRIS KIRWAN: Clubs itching to get back into their Saturday routine

SAME OLD SINKING FEELING: Dorian Jones spreads the ball wide in the Dragons' deflating loss to Munster

CHRIS KIRWAN: Dragons fans fed up with being stuck in a time warp

CHRIS KIRWAN: Three is the magic number in autumn

UNDER PRESSURE: Nic Cudd has been excellent for Newport Gwent Dragons but is being hunted down by James Benjamin, Ollie Griffiths and Scott Matthews

CHRIS KIRWAN: Talented trio keeping Cudd on his toes

STERN OPPOSITION: Ross Wardle and his Dragons teammates desperately need to take the spoils against Munster

CHRIS KIRWAN: Dragons cannot afford another Rodney Parade slip-up

TARGET: Rhys Priestland was jeered by some Wales fans

CHRIS KIRWAN: Boo if you must – but at the team not an individual

YOUNG SPEEDSTER: Teenage winger Ashton Hewitt has appeared in the Guinness Pro12 for the Dragons this season

CHRIS KIRWAN: Dragons young guns don't need to wait for LV= to get a chance

UNATTACHED: Wales flanker Dan Lydiate has been released by Racing Metro and is currently without a club

CHRIS KIRWAN: Forget the bigger picture, it'd be nice just to toast a Wales win

BOOT IT: Dragons fly-half Jason Tovey kicks to touch

CHRIS KIRWAN: Dragons need to get their kicks out of training ground graft

SHREWD SIGNING: The Ospreys are to bring Wales prop Paul James back from Bath

CHRIS KIRWAN: Hard work starts now as Dragons hunt for quality recruits

BADLY MISSED: Injured centre/wing Tyler Morgan is one of a number of quality players that the Dragons are missing

CHRIS KIRWAN: Dragons hope cavalry can turn narrow defeats into hard-fought wins

NEW ROLE: Gareth Davies is leaving Newport Gwent Dragons after being appointed as chairman of the WRU

CHRIS KIRWAN: Davies' replacement will indicate Dragons' ambition

STRUGGLING: Newport Gwent Dragons and Aled Brew are yet to find their form

CHRIS KIRWAN: There can be no hiding of Dragons' failings

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