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Chris Kirwan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Taulupe Faletau

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

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

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

LEGEND: Paul O'Connell

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

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

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

Stuart Lancaster

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

PARTY TIME: Wales held on for glory at Twickenham

CHRIS KIRWAN: Wales have learnt to edge thrillers but are playing with fire in closing stages

PAINFUL LOSS: Mike Brown showed his hurt when conducting interviews after England's loss to Wales

CHRIS KIRWAN: Cheesed-off England full-back Mike Brown not alone in showing post-match pain

SOLID NOT SPECTACULAR: World Cup hosts England are a fairly good side but it wouldn't be a huge upset if Wales turned Chris Robshaw's men over

CHRIS KIRWAN: Twickenham turns ordinary England into World Cup challengers but Wales can expose the cracks

CHRIS KIRWAN: Japan silenced the RWC moaners

CHRIS KIRWAN: Japan silenced the RWC moaners

CLASS ACT: Wales are without three key backs but can still call on quality players like Jamie Roberts

CHRIS KIRWAN: Wales can still prosper in World Cup group of opportunity

TO THE CORNER: The driving lineout, as set up by Ebbw Vale's Damien Hudd against Newport last week, will be a huge weapon under the new experimental laws

CHRIS KIRWAN: Sorry World Rugby, no prizes for new points system

Dragons centre Ross Wardle will hope to get plenty of running opportunities when Zebre return to Rodney Parade

CHRIS KIRWAN: Dragons must set the tone at home with convincing win against Zebre

NAME CHANGE: Wales will play at the Principality Stadium from next year

CHRIS KIRWAN: It may well take a decade to shake off Millennium bug

EURO RACE: Hopefully Adam Warren and the Dragons can catch the Scarlets

CHRIS KIRWAN: Upwardly-mobile Dragons must push into Champions Cup battle

WORLD CUP NERVES: Warren Gatland will hope Ken Owens is fit to face Australia again

CHRIS KIRWAN: Gatland's hookers decision will lead to unnecessary anxiety

WARRIOR: Newport Gwent Dragons forward Andrew Coombs was superb when surprisingly called up for the 2013 Six Nations

CHRIS KIRWAN: Nothing wrong with opting for those with miles on the clock ahead of youth

CONFUSION: Rynard Landman on the charge against Edinburgh for the Catalan Dragons... or was it Newport?

CHRIS KIRWAN: Prudent for supporters to scrutinise board over Newport Gwent Dragons’ direction

CHRIS KIRWAN: There is no selection headache, free-running Tipuric is a supersub

CHRIS KIRWAN: There is no selection headache, free-running Tipuric is a supersub

CHRIS KIRWAN: Have a little patience and hold fire with sweeping sporting judgements

CHRIS KIRWAN: Have a little patience and hold fire with sweeping sporting judgements

HOT PROSPECT: Even if Dragons centre Jack Dixon doesn't make the cut for the World Cup the 20-year-old will profit from being involved in the build-up

CHRIS KIRWAN: Dragons set to benefit from World Cup bounce

WISHY-WASHY: England's Jimmy Anderson celebrates another wicket at Edgbaston but the batting of Australia's Adam Voges left a lot to be desired

CHRIS KIRWAN: Don't confuse absorbing entertainment with sporting excellence

QUALITY: Sam Burgess has the tools to be a rapid hit with England

CHRIS KIRWAN: 'Slammin' Sam' will be no weak link for Wales to exploit

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


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