EWAN Rosser shares the bravery of Wales greats Leigh Halfpenny and Liam Williams to become a long-term option at full-back, believes Dragons boss Dai Flanagan.

The Wales sevens international has enjoyed a breakthrough season for the Rodney Parade club after making his debut against Munster in Cork in November.

The 23-year-old from Abersychan, younger brother of established winger Jared, has made 13 appearances for the Dragons after starting the season in the Premiership with Pontypool.

Ewan was a winger at the start of the campaign – but is finishing it at 15.

Rosser was moved to full-back against Ulster in Belfast and did well, then returned there to face the Ospreys in Swansea at the expense of Jordan Williams.

That call was validated with the diminutive speedster putting in a strong display in which he made two line breaks, beat three defenders and ran for 47 metres with 10 carries.

However, it was with the other side of the ball that Rosser made an impression on his boss.

South Wales Argus: CLAIM: Ewan Rosser was solid under the high ball for the Dragons at the OspreysCLAIM: Ewan Rosser was solid under the high ball for the Dragons at the Ospreys (Image: Huw Evans Agency)

“I love how he is a threat but he is also brave, which is what you need in that position in the modern game,” said head coach Flanagan.

“The best full-backs that Wales have produced in recent times are Liam Williams and Leigh Halfpenny; fundamentally at the core of both those players is bravery.

“They will never shirk a tackle and if they miss one then they will probably be getting knocked out or dislocating a shoulder.

“That’s the game. You might have one critical tackle to make and I would put my house on Ewan to make it.”

Flanagan is mulling over Rosser being a predominantly a 15 to provide a different sort of option to Angus O’Brien and Cai Evans, who can both also play at fly-half.

South Wales Argus: RAPID: Ewan Rosser on the run for the DragonsRAPID: Ewan Rosser on the run for the Dragons (Image: Huw Evans Agency)

“He is dangerous in space and likes working off his wing but if we get him at full-back then he has a fantastic skill set,” said Flanagan.

“There is more than his attacking game, it’s his personality and ability to learn quickly.

“Let’s not forget where Ewan has come from – he had one of the most severe injuries that you can have as a rugby player [a broken ankle].

“He got back in nine months and is playing regional rugby, adapting to a new position. He is loving it because he is touching the ball more, which means he can learn to find more space.

“He was superb in the air against the Ospreys – we won nine out of nine – and Ewan can add to that in our back three.

“He can add to our game and Harry Wilson, who is arriving predominantly as a 13 who can also play full-back, can be a different option to Gus and Cai as well.”

If Rosser gets the nod for Judgement Day then he will hunt his first Dragons try – and a first by a player with 15 on his back of the campaign.

In fact, Wales international Evans, a signing from the Ospreys last summer, has never scored a professional try.