TWO of Welsh rugby’s most promising young backs have been assigned to Bedwas for the coming season – but head coach Steve Law doesn’t want them to be plying their trade at Bridge Field.
Instead the Bedwas boss hopes that full-back Hallam Amos and centre Jack Dixon are turning out for the Dragons at Rodney Parade.
The teenage pair made their regional debuts last season and are tipped to play a prominent role this term.
But Amos, who will be in the final year of his A-levels at Monmouth School, and his fellow 17-year-old, Dixon, will also have to impress when on Premiership duty with Bedwas.
“It’s exciting to have Hallam and Jack involved with us but part of our remit is to develop them as quickly as possible,” said Law.
“If they are not playing here for us then we are doing our job because the Dragons want them to be playing more regional rugby.
“That puts pressure on us as a club but that’s exactly what we want – if you are happy to just go with the flow rather than challenge yourself then you are in the wrong game.
“Ultimately the Dragons are still in control of the destiny of all of their young players but we are excited by the role that we are going to play in their development.”
Amos and Dixon will be joined at Bridge Field by fellow academy prospects Lewis Hudd (wing), Ethan Davies (fly-half), Dan Goode (prop), Derryn Jones (second row), Elliott Dee (hooker) and James Benjamin (back row).
They are far more likely to feature prominently for Bedwas and will join a squad that boasts plenty of Premiership experience and also a number of players who still harbour ambitions of becoming professionals.
“The business model of Welsh rugby is about developing your own talent and we are going to have a massive part to play in that,” said Law.
“We have plenty of age-grade internationals that will be with us but the blend of youth and experience will be key.
“There are high hopes for a number of these boys but they certainly won’t all be thrown in together.
“Rome wasn’t built in a day and mistakes will be made. It’s a steep learning curve for these boys but you have got to put up with that because they also have a lot of talent.
“Their ability and enthusiasm will be terrific and I hope they will benefit from the experienced campaigners that we have.”
Among those experienced campaigners will be openside Tom Organ, who has joined fellow back-row forward James Thomas in making the move from Pontypool following their demotion from the Premiership.