WALES star Elliot Dee is back to boost the Dragons tomorrow night as Dean Ryan’s men hunt successive wins in the Guinness PRO14 for the first time this season.

Hooker Dee was released from the national set-up today and will start his region’s rearranged clash with Benetton at Rodney Parade (kick-off 7.35pm) on the bench.

Dee, who celebrates his 26th birthday on Sunday, has endured a frustrating Six Nations so far, with rib and calf injuries ruling him out of the games against Italy, Ireland, France and England.

Meanwhile, the Dragons have taken action to bolster their options at prop by bringing in 22-year-old loosehead Conor Maguire on a short-term trial.

Boss Ryan has moved for former Ireland age-grade international Maguire following injuries to fellow looseheads Brok Harris and Aaron Jarvis.

Harris is out for the season after sustaining a pectoral injury in the defeat at Glasgow Warriors, while Jarvis came off early in the second half against the Cheetahs last time out.

Josh Reynolds, who replaced Jarvis in the Dragons’ 13-10 victory, starts tomorrow night’s fixture, with Maguire providing cover on the bench.

Maguire represented Leinster A in the Celtic Cup this season and has also featured for Ireland at under-18 and under-19 levels.

Reynolds for Jarvis is one of just two changes Ryan has made to the XV that started the Cheetahs game.

The other comes at fly-half where Jacob Botica makes his first PRO14 start following Sam Davies’ call-up to the Wales squad.

Davies is now an official member of Wayne Pivac's Six Nations set-up having originally been drafted in to train with the national squad ahead of Saturday's meeting with England.

Scrum-half Luke Baldwin, fly-half Arwel Robson and centre Connor Edwards also earn places on the Dragons bench as Tavis Knoyle, Rhys Lawrence and Joe Goodchild drop out of the squad altogether.

“We’ve challenged the group that is left here to keep developing,” said Ryan.

“There were some frustrations in performance terms against the Cheetahs but what you’ve got to do is put that in context.

“We had eight lads under 23 playing a side that doesn’t have any international commitments, who have been together for three weeks, is a big set-piece side, and we got a win.

“Those sorts of things, even though they might seem small steps, are big steps.

“Getting people into Wales is the first thing, the second thing is developing the young group that sits below it.

“At the weekend, although it wasn’t pretty, for Josh Reynolds to hold a full-on African scrum out from our 22 was a huge step.

“For Ellis Shipp to play 80 minutes and Will Talbot-Davies to come back, those names are all under 23 and we ended up with over a third of our squad running what was basically an age-grade side in a PRO14 game and getting a win.

“Let’s hopes the guys do get in the Welsh squad, and let’s hope we keep making strides behind them.”

Dragons: W Talbot-Davies, J Rosser, A Warren, J Dixon, A Hewitt, J Botica, R Williams (capt), J Reynolds, E Shipp, L Fairbrother, J Davies, M Screech, H Keddie, T Basham, O Griffiths. Reps: E Dee, C Maguire, C Coleman, B Nansen, L Evans, L Baldwin, A Robson, C Edwards.