THE Dragons will be led out by Ross Moriarty on Sunday but Dean Ryan hasn't named a club captain for this season.

This week Cardiff announced that Josh Turnbull is their skipper while the Scarlets revealed that Jonathan Davies has taken over from Ken Owens.

Injured Wales and Lions flanker Justin Tipuric has the honour for the Ospreys but the Dragons don't have an official captain.

Rhodri Williams, who is on the bench for the opener after recovering from shoulder surgery, is listed as skipper in the United Rugby Championship guide and has frequently done the job in the Ryan era.

However, the scrum-half was never officially given the job title with the director of rugby not keen on having one man always calling the shots.

Williams, Moriarty, Sam Davies, Jamie Roberts, Harrison Keddie and Aaron Wainwright were given the responsibility at various points last season.

Rhodri Williams has been captain for the Dragons

Rhodri Williams has been captain for the Dragons

"We used a lot of captains because I am keen to increase the amount of people that can play that role," said Ryan.

"Rhodri will always play a role in that and I have been keen to look at Ross in a different form of leadership over the last couple of weeks, and Harrison Keddie would also fall into that category.

"With the nature of the season, we don't have players in all the time so growing the leadership group is crucial for us. We will continue that model with those guys at the forefront of captaincy."

Moriarty captained the side last season and led them to victory in the pre-season win at Wasps.

"He's very straight-talking and doesn't mince his words," said his fellow back rower Wainwright. "He is someone that you want to follow into battle.

"He spoke well before the Wasps game and definitely leads with the way that he plays on the pitch."