THE Dragons have confirmed that they will play their Guinness PRO14 run-in at Principality Stadium, starting against Ulster on Saturday (kick-off 7.35pm).

Dean Ryan’s men will host the Irish province, Glasgow and Edinburgh in Cardiff to take the strain off the struggling Rodney Parade pitch.

The last time they played at Principality Stadium was when they broke their Judgement Day duck against the Scarlets in 2019.

Newport County AFC played the first of two fixtures at Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday evening and now the Dragons are following them to the capital after successful talks with the Welsh Rugby Union.

Managing director Mark Jones said: “We are extremely grateful to our colleagues at the WRU, the Guinness PRO14 and our host broadcasters for their support and understanding with this venue change.

“The move will allow us to carry out vital work on the pitch throughout March before the Dragons and Newport County return home for the conclusion of the 2020/21 season.”

South Wales Argus:

Wales finish their Six Nations campaign on the road against Italy and France and the Principality Stadium pitch hosted just two games, the wins against Ireland and England.

The Rodney Parade surface has been poor this season after the coronavirus pandemic meant plans to lay a new field were delayed from last summer to this year.

The hybrid surface was installed in 2017 but a year past its lifespan and conditions have been poor despite the herculean efforts of the groundstaff.

The Dragons will host Ulster this Saturday, Glasgow on Sunday, March 21 and Edinburgh on Sunday, March 28 in Cardiff.

They will return to Rodney Parade to face Northampton in the last 16 of the European Challenge Cup on the weekend of April 2.

If they win that clash then they would face either Harlequins or Ulster the following weekend, while there will be more home fixtures to come in the Rainbow Cup.

South Wales Argus:

Mark Williams, Principality Stadium manager, said: "We're delighted to welcome the Dragons to Principality Stadium for their next three PRO14 home games.

Having recently hosted both Ireland and England for the Guinness Six Nations, the stadium is Covid secure and is ready to go.

“Despite the absence of fans, it's a wonderful opportunity to see rugby played in this magnificent stadium once again."