DRAGONS boss Dean Ryan has apologised to the head of European referees after his post-match criticism in Worcester.

Ryan slammed Joel Jutge after the 34-28 loss to Worcester at Sixways in the European Challenge Cup, when flanker Taine Basham was sent off for a dangerous tackle.

The Dragons director of rugby was angered by the former French international referee contacting him ahead of the encounter against the Warriors to raise concerns about one of his Wales stars.

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He was also furious for the red card shown to Basham, although a disciplinary hearing upheld ref Marius Mitrea’s decision and issued a one-week ban.

Ryan has apologised for not going through the formal channels – but not for the criticism of Jutge’s pre-match warning.

“Dean Ryan, director of Dragons Rugby, would like to apologise to Joel Jutge (European Professional Club Rugby head of match officials) and the European Challenge Cup round three match officials for not following the formal feedback process, in relation to the fixture with Worcester Warriors at Sixways Stadium,” read a statement.

“Dragons Rugby will not be making any further comment on this matter.”