UP-AND COMING flankers Ben Fry and Lennon Greggains will keep putting the heat on the Dragons’ international back rowers after signing new contracts at Rodney Parade.

The 23-year-olds have agreed fresh deals after coming through the academy to add to Dean Ryan’s options.

Combative Fry, from Cardiff, scored a try on his regional debut in the European Challenge Cup win against Timisoara Saracens in 2019.

The Dragons have Wales internationals Ross Moriarty, Aaron Wainwright, Taine Basham and Ollie Griffiths on their books along with in-form captain Harri Keddie but Fry has been a regular over the past two campaigns to take his tally of appearances to 25.

South Wales Argus: ABRASIVE: Ben Fry has led the charge for the DragonsABRASIVE: Ben Fry has led the charge for the Dragons

“We have a really talented group of boys driving towards a good future and hopefully I can contribute towards that,” he said.

Greggains made his debut against Ulster in 2017 but his progress has been slower because of injury.

The flanker, who was a Wales Under-20s teammate of Fry and Basham, has been limited to eight Dragons appearances after serious knee and shoulder blows.

The hard-working back rower has continued his development with Newport RFC this season – he was a starter in the Premiership Cup triumph at Principality Stadium – and has earned at least another year with the region.

South Wales Argus: PROSPECT: Lennon Greggains on the run for Newport RFC in the Premiership Cup final winPROSPECT: Lennon Greggains on the run for Newport RFC in the Premiership Cup final win

“It’s been a tough few seasons for me with injuries so I’m really grateful for the coaching team and Dragons putting their faith in me,” said Greggains, who came off the bench against the Bulls and Zebre.

“I’m determined to repay that and I’m looking forward to what we can achieve as a squad in the coming years.”

The Dragons have Fry, Greggains, Moriarty, Wainwright, Keddie, Griffiths and Basham under contract for next season.

Huw Taylor and Dan Baker’s deals expire this summer while new recruits Sean Lonsdale and George Nott have been signed primarily as locks but can also play blindside against bigger opponents.

Director of rugby Ryan said: “We’re really pleased that Ben and Lennon have signed and will continue to work and develop with us.

“This is another great example of us investing in our future and striving to develop and retain the very best talent from within our region.”

The Dragons have Ben Moa, George Young and Ryan Woodman coming through the academy.