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Paul Turner to identify Welsh talent outside Wales

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The WRU has appointed former Newport Gwent Dragons and Sale Sharks head coach and former Wales outside half Paul Turner to help identify and recruit Welsh qualified players currently playing outside Wales.

He will work on a part-time basis with WRU Exiles programme manager Gareth Davies to unearth Welsh qualified talent across the UK and abroad, potentially making players available to the Welsh regions and the National Team.

I’m delighted to accept this role with the Welsh Rugby Union. It’s an area I’m very passionate about, having lived and worked outside of Wales for many years, and I’ll be looking for Welsh qualified players around the world who have the potential to play at the top level.

They may or may not be available to Welsh regions at the moment so I will continue to monitor their progress and their situation, in conjunction with the potential needs of the Welsh regions and Wales.”

– Paul Turner, Head Coach Newport Gwent Dragons

Harris signs for the Newport Gwent Dragons

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Newport Gwent Dragons have announced that hooker Darran Harris has signed a deal with the Region.

The 23-year-old will join the set up this summer to prepare for the upcoming season. He joins the Dragons from English Championship side Rotherham Titans.

I’m delighted to have joined the Dragons. They are a great team with huge potential as demonstrated during the last two European Rugby Challenge Cup campaigns. Hopefully I can add to what seems to be a competitive environment.

I am looking forward to coming home to Wales and playing alongside many familiar faces, one of which being Sam Hobbs who is also a Brecon Boy.

– Darren Harris, hooker

‘Debt free’ Dragons an incredible opportunity says CEO

Dragons CEO Stuart Davies believes the sale of the club is an ' incredible opportunity' Credit: Newport Gwent Dragons

A debt free Dragons up for sale is an ‘incredible opportunity’ according to the club’s CEO.

Stuart Davies has begun the search for a buyer after the current board decided to put the outfit on the open market in the hope that new investors can be found to take them forward.

As part of any deal Dragons Chairman Martyn Hazell has also confirmed that he’ll effectively write off money owed to him leaving them debt free.

And despite having little in the way of tangible assets like a ground or training facilities, as well as mounting financial pressures, Davies believes the package on offer is a brilliant chance for investors to get involved for one or more people.

Asked who he thinks could be interested Davies said:

“A high wealth individual obviously, if it’s going to be one person.

“It could be a collective as well who have a passion for Gwent or Welsh rugby, or sport at large who think ‘we just want to be the people who do this’ and get involved.

‘It’s a clean slate, it’s an incredible opportunity.

‘Essentially it’s the existing board saying if you’re the right people with the right plan, the right intentions for the region and the ability to deliver on it then we’ll hand it over.

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FT: Newport Gwent Dragons 21 - 26 Connacht

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The Newport Gwent Dragons have lost 21-26 at home against Irish side Connacht this evening.

Sale take the lead 38-5 against Newport Gwent Dragons

Sale Sharks' Josh Beaumont goes over for a try. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/PA Images

Sale ripped top spot in Pool 2 and a home quarter-final in the European Challenge Cup away from Newport Gwent Dragons with a 38-5 bonus-point victory at AJ Bell Stadium.

The Sharks had the victory all but sewn up inside the opening 20 minutes when, after Newport had lost Wales wing Hallam Amos to the sin-bin, they raced into a 17-0 lead through a Brian Mujati score and a penalty try.

The Dragons got on the board themselves through Ashton Hewitt's try on the hour but Sale had the final word when Mike Haley cruised over for his side's fifth try.

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