THE Dragons' bid to end their Guinness PRO14 away hoodoo has been boosted by the return of prop Ryan Bevington.

The 30-year-old Wales loosehead has been named in the 29-man squad for the double-header in South Africa that pits them against the Southern Kings on Sunday and the Cheetahs the following Saturday.

Bevington, who won the last of his 13 caps against Italy in 2014, has not featured since suffering a concussion in the win against the Ospreys at Rodney Parade at the end of December.

He has been declared fit for the clash against the Kings in Port Elizabeth with Brok Harris the likely starter on his return to South Africa and prospect Josh Reynolds the other option as his back-up.

Bevington was just starting to hit his straps after joining from Bristol and head coach Ceri Jones is pleased to have the international back in his ranks.

"Bevs has been out for a long time, but obviously he is a very good athlete with a lot of experience. He gives us other options in the front row," said Jones, himself a former prop.

"He was in a good place over the Christmas period and playing very well so it was really unfortunate for him to pick up the knock and be out for such a long period. It's a big boost to have him back involved."

The Dragons will go fully-loaded for the double-header with Wales hooker Elliot Dee back in the mix after missing the loss to the Ospreys a fortnight ago.

Dee suffered a rib injury in the Six Nations win against Ireland but will head to South Africa with fellow hookers Richard Hibbard and Rhys Lawrence.

His fellow Grand Slam winners Aaron Wainwright, Ross Moriarty and Hallam Amos are included in the party.

"We are taking a strong squad on this tour and we are looking forward to getting over there," said Jones.

"The group of Wales internationals that have come back to us have been away for a period, so we have integrated them back in and it is all about getting that squad tight together and getting results."

Centre Tyler Morgan, who played for Wales against Tonga last autumn but was not selected for the Six Nations, does not travel after suffering a shoulder injury against the Ospreys.

Back row forward James Benjamin is still sidelined by a neck injury but stalwart Lewis Evans will travel after missing the derby in Swansea because of a calf problem.

Lock Joe Davies and wing Daf Howells are not included in the touring party after coming off the bench at the Ospreys – the former played for Bedwas and the latter for Ebbw Vale in the Principality Premiership last weekend – while Zane Kirchner is in contention to face his compatriots.

The former Springbok, who can cover the back three and midfield, signed from Leinster in the summer of 2017 but will not get a fresh deal at Rodney Parade.

The Dragons are hunting a first win on the road in the PRO14 since Treviso in March, 2015.

The loss at the Ospreys a fortnight ago was their 42nd successive defeat away from Rodney Parade in the league and last season they were humiliated at the Kings.

The South Africa side claimed their first ever win in sensational fashion, running in six tries in a 45-13 drubbing.

The Kings have won two games to the Dragons' four this season but are a point and a place above the Welsh region in Conference B courtesy of their tally of bonus points.

Dragons squad: Jordan Williams, Zane Kirchner, Will Talbot-Davies, Hallam Amos, Jared Rosser, Jack Dixon, Adam Warren, Jarryd Sage, Josh Lewis, Jason Tovey, Rhodri Williams, Rhodri Davies, Tavis Knoyle, Brok Harris, Ryan Bevington, Leon Brown, Lloyd Fairbrother, Josh Reynolds, Rhys Lawrence, Elliot Dee, Richard Hibbard, Lewis Evans, Matthew Screech, Huw Taylor, Max Williams, Lennon Greggains, Aaron Wainwright, Taine Basham, Ross Moriarty.