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Welsh internationals in PRO 12 action

Faletau played every minute of Wales' Six Nations campaign Credit: PA

Welsh internationals Taulupe Faletau and Andrew Coombs are both set to play their part in the Dragons Pro12 clash with Connacht later today.

The Dragons have not been defeated at Rodney Parade in the competition since Munster visited in round 9. But they've lost their last six matches against Irish provinces.

The Dragons have won only one of their last five contests with Connacht and that was back in November 2012.


Full-time: Dragons 13 - 30 Bath

Newport Gwent Dragons have been beaten 30-13 by English Premiership side Bath in the Amlin Challenge Cup.

Flanker Nic Cudd got the Dragons' only try early in the second half.

Steffan Jones kicked the conversion and two penalties, but Bath were too strong, scoring four tries to claim a comfortable victory at Rodney Parade.

FT: Dragons 14 - 18 Munster

Newport Gwent Dragons lost 14-18 to Munster at Rodney Parade. The home side led at half time, thanks to two penalties from Jason Tovey. They extended their lead early in the second half, courtesy of a try by Matthew Pewtner,

Ian Keatley was the standout performer for the visitors, kicking all 18 points for the Irish region.


Two tries for Tipuric in Ospreys win over Dragons

Ospreys flanker Justic Tipuric scored a try in each half to help his Ospreys side to a 40-17 win over the Dragons. The visitors got off to a good start, with Tom Prydie scoring in the corner after only four minutes.

It did not take the home side long to respond, though, as Dan Biggar made the most of a penalty to put three points on the board for the Ospreys.

There was concern for Wales No. 8 Toby Faletau, who was stretchered off with a head and neck injury.

Dragons warn against complacency in Zebre clash

The Dragons face Italian side in the PRO12 at Rodney Parade tonight.

The Newport side have made a promising start to the season under new director of rugby Lyn Jones, with victories against Ulster and the Scarlets, but defeat to Munster and Edinburgh.

Zebre claimed their first win since being formed, with a thrilling 30-25 victory over Cardiff Blues a fortnight ago.

The Italian side were founded in 2012, and lost every match in their debut PRO12 season.

Andrew Coombs captains the Dragons against Zebre tonight. Credit: PA

Lions No8 Toby Faletau is back in the Dragons' line-up, one of several changes in the forwards.

Second row Rob Sidoli, who makes his first start of the season, said: Zebre have "improved a lot. I think that they are a genuine threat as they had a really good result against the Blues which was away for them."

"They have some really good individuals and their core basics are very strong; they will have a good driving line outs and scrum so those are the things we need to get up to speed on quite quick.”

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