THE Dragons will be able to select their summer international signings for the European Challenge Cup quarter-final against Bristol.

The Rodney Parade region travel to Ashton Gate for the last-eight tie on Friday, September 18 (kick-off 7.45pm).

Director of rugby Dean Ryan has been busy in the transfer market and has brought in current Wales backs Nick Tompkins and Jonah Holmes along with former Lions centre Jamie Roberts and lock Joe Maksymiw from Connacht.

The Dragons, who have lost Cory Hill and Tyler Morgan to Cardiff Blues and the Scarlets respectively, have been given the green light to select the new boys in the knockout clash.

“As a number of players have recently changed clubs, it has been decided on an exceptional basis to waive the rule which prohibits players from playing for different clubs in the same competition in the same season,” read a European Professional Club Rugby statement.

“In other words, a player who has already been selected in a match day squad during the pool stage of this season’s Heineken Champions Cup or Challenge Cup will be eligible to play for his new club in the same competition during the knockout stage provided his registration is approved by EPCR and the relevant union.

“In addition, and also on an exceptional basis, there will be no limit to the number of non-European players who can be selected in a match day squad of 23 during the knockout stages of both tournaments.”

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The Bears have also made some strong summer signings led by Lions prop Kyle Sinckler, Fijian dangerman Semi Radradra and Saracens duo Ben Earl and Max Malins.

The Dragons will have to register their squad by Tuesday, September 1 with no limit on the number of players.

“In order that scrums can always be contested, clubs must ensure that their updated squads include at least 12 players who are suitably trained and experienced in front row positions,” said the EPCR statement.