THE Dragons have enlisted the help of the armed forces in their bid to march to a long-awaited Guinness PRO14 away win at Edinburgh next month, writes Chris Kirwan.

The Rodney Parade region are next in action on Friday, February 15 when they take on the Scottish play-off hopefuls at Murrayfield.

The Dragons have gone into a two-week break on the back of a battling display in a 8-7 defeat to Conference A leaders Munster in Newport.

Caretaker boss Ceri Jones has taken encouragement from that display and is now eyeing an end to their 39-game losing streak away from home in the league, a nightmare run that stretches back to Treviso in March, 2015.

They head to Edinburgh and Benetton in February, the Ospreys in March and in April there is a South Africa double-header against the Kings and Cheetahs.

To help in the bid to break the away day hoodoo the Dragons will be put through their paces next week by the Welsh Guards at Power Athletics, the Caerphilly gym run by head of strength and conditioning Ryan Harris.

"The boys have a few days off," said Jones. "We will then go off-site for a little bit of work with the army.

"We then have a 10-day build-up into our next game, we will refresh the boys and go again.

"We have opportunities now to go away from home and get the monkey off our back, that is something that we have spoken about as a squad.

"We go up against the Ospreys and try to do the double over them, which would be very nice, and then we look ahead to a tour to South Africa and then Judgement Day.

"There are not that many games left in the season now but we have just got to keep putting in performances and hopefully get results."

The Dragons will hope to have loosehead prop Ryan Bevington back in the mix for the trip to Scotland.

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The 13-times capped front row forward has been out of action since suffering a concussion against his old Ospreys teammates at the end of December.

With Aaron Jarvis also out for the season because of a hamstring tear, the Dragons brought Scarlets prop Rhys Fawcett in on a short-term loan last week and he was an unused replacement against Munster.

Jones made just one substitution - Lewis Evans for Joe Davies at lock - with the front row of Brok Harris, Richard Hibbard and Lloyd Fairbrother playing the full 80 minutes.