New Ebbw signings have regional quality - Jason Strange

New Ebbw signings have regional quality - Jason Strange

Newport RFC v Bedwas Ethan Davies (2887695)

Newport's James Leadbeater (996256)

First published in Gwent Rugby

EBBW Vale boss Jason Strange has challenged new recruits Ethan Davies and James Leadbeater to push for a return to regional rugby by shining at Eugene Cross Park, writes Chris Kirwan.

The Steelmen, who are heading back to the top flight of club rugby after four titles on the spin, have added some Premiership experience to their squad by signing the half-backs fr om Newport.

Fly-half Davies, 20, is currently with Wales Under-20s at the Junior World Championship and has been released from the Dragons Academy while scrum-half Leadbeater, 25, made 13 regional appearances between 2009 and 2012.

Former fly-half Strange believes his new half-backs could still make the grade as full-timers if they thrive behind the Ebbw front eight at Eugene Cross Park.

"James is a quality scrum-half and it promises to be a great battle for the 9 jersey between him, Dai Jones and Chris Thomas," said the head coach.

"But James has a really good work ethic when it comes to his training – he is a professional in a semi-professional environment – and I am sure he can return to the top of his game.

"He is ambitious and I have no doubt that he has the quality to push for regional rugby. The same goes for Ethan, who is still a young man with plenty to learn about the game and it's not too late for him.

"He will be disappointed with how things turned out at the Dragons but he comes here to play rugby behind a good pack and develop his game."

Leadbeater and Davies join tighthead prop Gethin Robinson and utility back Tom James, who is set to be used primarily as a full-back, in heading north from the Black and Ambers.

Pontypridd winger Owen Williams, who hails from Blackwood, will provide more Premiership experience while centre David James, wing Luke Davies and flanker Kier Hughes have all penned fresh deals with the Steelmen.

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10:23am Thu 5 Jun 14

johndav says...

Excellent reruits for EV, big loss for B&A's. Leadbeater in particular is a great signing and given shot he could make the regional 9 shirt his own.
Heres to more gwent derbys!
Excellent reruits for EV, big loss for B&A's. Leadbeater in particular is a great signing and given shot he could make the regional 9 shirt his own. Heres to more gwent derbys! johndav
  • Score: 5

9:06pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Risca1 says...

Great signings for Vale - top Gwent side next season.
Great signings for Vale - top Gwent side next season. Risca1
  • Score: 1

5:00pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Euwan Usami says...

johndav wrote:
Excellent reruits for EV, big loss for B&A's. Leadbeater in particular is a great signing and given shot he could make the regional 9 shirt his own.
Heres to more gwent derbys!
Not sure how moving to EV is going to increase Jammers chances of taking the shirt from Ritchie Rees or Jon Evans TBH. I am sad to see him go all the same. With Tyler Morgan a cert for regional rugby, Newport gonna struggle again next season
[quote][p][bold]johndav[/bold] wrote: Excellent reruits for EV, big loss for B&A's. Leadbeater in particular is a great signing and given shot he could make the regional 9 shirt his own. Heres to more gwent derbys![/p][/quote]Not sure how moving to EV is going to increase Jammers chances of taking the shirt from Ritchie Rees or Jon Evans TBH. I am sad to see him go all the same. With Tyler Morgan a cert for regional rugby, Newport gonna struggle again next season Euwan Usami
  • Score: 1

6:57pm Sun 8 Jun 14

stevey says...

Euwan Usami wrote:
johndav wrote:
Excellent reruits for EV, big loss for B&A's. Leadbeater in particular is a great signing and given shot he could make the regional 9 shirt his own.
Heres to more gwent derbys!
Not sure how moving to EV is going to increase Jammers chances of taking the shirt from Ritchie Rees or Jon Evans TBH. I am sad to see him go all the same. With Tyler Morgan a cert for regional rugby, Newport gonna struggle again next season
Yet more negative propaganda by EU. Time will tell!
[quote][p][bold]Euwan Usami[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]johndav[/bold] wrote: Excellent reruits for EV, big loss for B&A's. Leadbeater in particular is a great signing and given shot he could make the regional 9 shirt his own. Heres to more gwent derbys![/p][/quote]Not sure how moving to EV is going to increase Jammers chances of taking the shirt from Ritchie Rees or Jon Evans TBH. I am sad to see him go all the same. With Tyler Morgan a cert for regional rugby, Newport gonna struggle again next season[/p][/quote]Yet more negative propaganda by EU. Time will tell! stevey
  • Score: -1

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