THE Dragons are looking at Argentina scrum-half Gonzalo Bertranou as they look to provide stiff competition for captain Rhodri Williams.

The Rodney Parade side made their first signing for 2021/22 on Thursday when they confirmed a deal for Wales lock Will Rowlands.

Director of rugby Dean Ryan is now working towards his next targets with props, a centre and a scrum-half on his wish list.

It has been reported in Argentina that Bertranou is in the Dragons’ sights, ready to join the exodus of Pumas after the Jaguares were cut from Super Rugby, and the 27-year-old is on a list of candidates.

South Wales Argus:

The scrum-half has won 26 caps, played at the 2019 World Cup and came off the bench in the Pumas shock win against New Zealand in Sydney last November.

Williams has been the Dragons’ first-choice 9 since signing from Bristol in the summer of 2018.

Tavis Knoyle, who is under contract until 2022, has been his back up this season with eight appearances.

Luke Baldwin is on loan from Worcester for a second season on the spin, taking him up to the expiry of his Warriors deal, but is yet to feature in 2020/21.

Dan Babos is the fourth option but the 20-year-old has not featured since facing the Cheetahs in March 2018.