Fairbrother pens Dragons deal

First published in Latest Rugby

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons have signed tighthead prop Lloyd Fairbrother on a three-year deal from Exeter Chiefs, writes Chris Kirwan.

The 22-year-old front row forward, who qualifies for Wales thanks to his mother from Blaenavon, has spent the last two seasons on loan with Plymouth in the Championship.

The Cornishman made one appearance for the Chiefs last season – against the Ospreys in the LV= Cup – and heads over the Severn Bridge with a reputation as a strong scrummager.

Dragons director of rugby Lyn Jones said: "I am delighted that Lloyd has signed a contract with us. He has shown great promise through learning his trade with Exeter.

"The key part with him is his development; I want to spend time continuing the good work that Exeter have done with him, making Lloyd the best that he can be.

"He has outstanding ability and I look forward watching him develop as a player in the Dragons squad."

While Fairbrother arrives at Rodney Parade, Nathan Buck is set to follow Argentinean Francisco Chaparro in heading for the exit after being a fringe player this season.

The Dragons have signed Jersey tighthead Dave Young for 2014/15 and currently have Dan Way and 19-year-old Alex Jeffries on their books.

The future of Wales and Lions prop Adam Jones – who has been linked with a move to Rodney Parade if he pens a central contract – remains unclear.

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6:24pm Fri 9 May 14

Dragonsfan81 says...

Strong scrummager or so it says, if it is true then just what we need! still really young too, exeter have a good pack in the aviva so i think its a good signing. Hopefully will get better and better as he gets older.
Strong scrummager or so it says, if it is true then just what we need! still really young too, exeter have a good pack in the aviva so i think its a good signing. Hopefully will get better and better as he gets older. Dragonsfan81
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7:10pm Fri 9 May 14

corpardguy says...

Hope he will listen to Stankovitch, at 22 he still has a lot to learn. But a welcome addition, well done again LJ and KJ.
Any Romanians left out there?
Hope he will listen to Stankovitch, at 22 he still has a lot to learn. But a welcome addition, well done again LJ and KJ. Any Romanians left out there? corpardguy
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12:51pm Sat 10 May 14

Welshman76 says...

corpardguy wrote:
Hope he will listen to Stankovitch, at 22 he still has a lot to learn. But a welcome addition, well done again LJ and KJ.
Any Romanians left out there?
Yeh because Romania r a powerhouse of world rugby!!
[quote][p][bold]corpardguy[/bold] wrote: Hope he will listen to Stankovitch, at 22 he still has a lot to learn. But a welcome addition, well done again LJ and KJ. Any Romanians left out there?[/p][/quote]Yeh because Romania r a powerhouse of world rugby!! Welshman76
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12:47pm Mon 12 May 14

mrjohn says...

the props will only be as good as the help from the second rows and we avent got big strong second rws at the moment sreech and hill will mature here as coombes is a blown up backrow doing ok. lets hope gough and the second row fo south africa will help the two youngsters come on
the props will only be as good as the help from the second rows and we avent got big strong second rws at the moment sreech and hill will mature here as coombes is a blown up backrow doing ok. lets hope gough and the second row fo south africa will help the two youngsters come on mrjohn
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