Dragons exit for Pumas prop Chaparro

Francisco Chaparro (1201067)

Francisco Chaparro (1201067)

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NEWPORT Gwent Dragons have released Argentinean tighthead prop Francisco Chaparro, writes Chris Kirwan.

The 24-year-old prop has returned home after reaching a settlement to end his contract, which had another season to run.

Chaparro's last game for the Dragons was the 31-19 loss to Leinster in Dublin when he was red-carded for dropping scrum-half Isaac Boss on his neck when clearing out a ruck in the closing stages.

The three-times capped Pumas prop was slapped with a 10-week ban and his 18th appearance for the region was his last.

Chaparro was signed by the Dragons last summer from Stade Francais but failed to shore up their struggling scrum.

His suspension led to the region tempting Duncan Bell out of retirement and the 39-year-old mortgage adviser, whose work commitments mean he doesn't train full-time, has become first-choice tighthead.

Director of rugby Lyn Jones, who was not at the helm when Chaparro put pen to paper, has replaced the Argentine with 29-year-old former Leicester, Gloucester and Edinburgh prop David Young for next season.

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12:16pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Thor at the door says...

Good, he was utter rubish. Now get rid of Nathan Buck, Dan Way and Nathan Williams, and pay good money for a good tight head and loose head while your at it!
Good, he was utter rubish. Now get rid of Nathan Buck, Dan Way and Nathan Williams, and pay good money for a good tight head and loose head while your at it! Thor at the door
  • Score: 7

1:37pm Tue 15 Apr 14

risca dragons says...

paving the way for................ Adam Jones!
paving the way for................ Adam Jones! risca dragons
  • Score: 6

2:17pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Warbles says...

Still think he has potential and has not really been given the ament of support some of our other misfiring props have been given. Obviously, his mad moment didn't help but if LJ doesn't like you, that's it. Could come back to bite us on the bum though!
Still think he has potential and has not really been given the ament of support some of our other misfiring props have been given. Obviously, his mad moment didn't help but if LJ doesn't like you, that's it. Could come back to bite us on the bum though! Warbles
  • Score: 9

4:01pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Caerleonboy says...

He was certainly better than Buck and Way, but unfortunately never seemed to get the opportunities to play that he deserved. I hope we sign another decent tighthead as well as Young, as relying upon a prop joining from a club bottom but one in the English Championship doesn't exactly fill me with confidence, however good his previous clubs may have been. Duncan Bell's impact shows the importance to the team of having a quality tighthead who can scrummage well.
He was certainly better than Buck and Way, but unfortunately never seemed to get the opportunities to play that he deserved. I hope we sign another decent tighthead as well as Young, as relying upon a prop joining from a club bottom but one in the English Championship doesn't exactly fill me with confidence, however good his previous clubs may have been. Duncan Bell's impact shows the importance to the team of having a quality tighthead who can scrummage well. Caerleonboy
  • Score: 10

6:22pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Robert Shillabeer says...

Perhaps he wanted to go, it's not been that happy a time for him here. To cancel someone's contract is a thing that must be agreed by both parties or a court case will follow. It's a pity he is going but hopefully the extra cash will mean a very good prop coming in.
Perhaps he wanted to go, it's not been that happy a time for him here. To cancel someone's contract is a thing that must be agreed by both parties or a court case will follow. It's a pity he is going but hopefully the extra cash will mean a very good prop coming in. Robert Shillabeer
  • Score: 5

7:08pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Euwan Usami says...

I actually rated the guy. He dropped them right in it with his mad moment but he had ability and was good in the loose. Sorry to see him go.
I actually rated the guy. He dropped them right in it with his mad moment but he had ability and was good in the loose. Sorry to see him go. Euwan Usami
  • Score: 9

7:36pm Tue 15 Apr 14

broadsworddan says...

Lots of critics but our form has suffered massively since he was banned. He provided us with something that we are now missing.
Lots of critics but our form has suffered massively since he was banned. He provided us with something that we are now missing. broadsworddan
  • Score: 7

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