THE Dragons are down to the bare bones in the back row but boss Ceri Jones is pleased to have “tough” prospect Lennon Greggains back in the mix for selection, writes Chris Kirwan.

The 20-year-old from Newport made his debut at Ulster last season and could make his first senior outing of the campaign against the Irish province at Rodney Parade on Sunday (kick-off 3pm).

The forward has been sidelined by a hamstring injury this season but made an impressive return to action for Wales Under-20s in their Six Nations wins against Italy and England.

Greggains, one of the Dragons’ Newport High School Old Boys contingent, has been released for PRO14 duty along with fellow Wales prospect Taine Basham, who came off the bench against Edinburgh and Benetton.

“Lennon is tough. He is a real competitor, a good leader, he puts himself about and is a raw blindside. It will be good to see him get an opportunity,” said Jones.

“He can play across the back row, which is very fortunate for us, but I see him more of a six going forward.”

The duo are welcome options for the caretaker head coach after Ollie Griffiths suffered a season-ending bicep injury in Treviso last week and James Benjamin went off with a neck problem that will sideline him until the end of the month.

The Dragons name their team at midday with Harrison Keddie and Huw Taylor the other options while Lewis Evans is hoping to overcome a calf issue.

The stalwart, who has moved forward from back row to lock this season, wants to be part of a battling response to the 57-7 hammering at Benetton.

“When you have lost a game like we did in Italy, you have to look in the mirror and take some responsibility,” he said.

“Things didn’t go well, we had a catalogue of injuries in blocks that certainly put us off our game. As players we have got to be able to deal with that. We didn’t at the time.

“We’ve got to rally together and get behind each other. We are all in this together and can get some positivity towards the end of the season.

“There have been a few home truths that came from last weekend But it’s all about moving forward now for the last home game of the season at Rodney Parade.

“It’s a big home game so we need to rectify a few things and prove a point."