Newport Gwent Dragons Director of Rugby, Lyn Jones, has signed a new two-year deal, keeping him at the club until June 2017.
The former Wales flanker was appointed in June 2013 after his time as head coach at London Welsh.
Newport Gwent Dragons have confirmed that Ashley Smith has retired on medical grounds with immediate effect.
The club says Smith has suffered a series of concussive events and after expert advice he has decided to hang up his boots.
The Dragons academy product was identified at an early age as he went on to represent Wales throughout the age grades and captained the U20s in the 2007 Six Nations Tournament.
The 28-year-old began his time with the Region in 2005 and has made an outstanding contribution with over 160 appearances for the Dragons. Before his time with the Men of Gwent, Smith made a number of appearances for premiership side Newport RFC.
Newport Gwent Dragons centre Ashley Smith has undergone surgery after suffering a fractured jaw during last nights European Rugby Challenge Cup victory over Bucharest Wolves.
Smith suffered the injury in the first minute of the 69 - 17 win at Rodney Parade.
The 27 year-old was assessed at the ground and then taken to hospital last night where he has undergone surgery to have plates put into his jaw this morning.
The region say their medical staff and doctors are currently monitoring him and will have a further update on his recovery in 2-4 weeks.
Newport Gwent Dragons got Wales' weekend of European rugby off to a winning start, seeing off their Romanian opponents 37-10 in Bucharest.
Despite finding themselves 10 - 0 down early on, five tries were enough to secure a bonus point win for the Welsh team.
Ashley Smith, T Rhys Thomas and James Thomas all touched down, while Andrew Coombs got two.
Glasgow Warriors reclaimed a top-four place in the Guinness PRO12 after a hard-fought 19-15 victory over Newport Gwent Dragons at Scotstoun.
Having lost to Scarlets in the last round of games, it was not a spectacular response from Glasgow whose coach Gregor Townsend will know his men must play better to mount a serious challenge for the silverware this season.
If the Welsh visitors had capped a spell of sustained pressure in the closing 10 minutes, there could have been few complaints in the home camp.
Glasgow's points came from a penalty try and a 14-point contribution with the boot by Duncan Weir.
For the Dragons, who now sit second from bottom, Geraint Rhys Jones landed five penalties in an immaculate kicking performance.
Newport Gwent Dragons were beaten 16-11 in their PRO12 season opener at Connacht.
Nic Cudd scored the Dragons' try in the first half, to cancel out Eoin McKeon's early score for the Irish team.
Connacht got on top during a crucial second half spell when Lee Byrne and Tyler Morgan were both sent to the sin bin.
Danie Poolman touched down, and Darragh Leader kicked another penalty to pull them clear.
A late penalty from Jason Tovey earned the Dragons a losing bonus point in Ireland.
Former Wales and Lions back row Andy Powell is to join the Newport Gwent Dragons next season.
The Brecon-born forward has signed a one-year contract with the PRO12 side.
The 32-year-old, who has played for Wigan Warriors, London Wasps, Cardiff Blues, and the Llanelli Scarlets, said: "I am extremely delighted to be back in Wales. I have very fond memories of playing for Newport RFC and can remember the great support we had from fans when I previously played for them.
"I have been very impressed through the season with both Kingsley and Lyn's ambitions for the region. I am very excited for the challenges that lie ahead and look forward to challenging the other Welsh regions for silverware."
Dragons head coach, Kingsley Jones said: "I am very excited that we are bringing Andy back to Gwent to play. He has the X-factor and brings a lot to the team dynamics not forgetting his great ball carrying skills.
"He will be coming back here to challenge the likes of Taulupe Faletau for a first team spot as well as adding experience to the squad."
Newport Gwent Dragons have announced the appointment of Kingsley Jones as head coach on a three-year contract.
The 44-year-old former Wales flanker worked at the Dragons last season as an assistant coach.
"To be back in Gwent and coaching the Dragons is a big honour for me," said Jones, who won 10 Wales caps during a playing career that included spells with Ebbw Vale, Pontypridd and Gloucester.
"For the last seven or eight years we have been tagged as the fourth Welsh region, and the coaching post here is seen by many as a tough job. But I relish the challenge and feel that it is a great honour for me to be coaching Gwent, as I am born and bred in the region."
Dragons rugby director Lyn Jones said: "I am delighted that we have been able to recruit someone of such high coaching standards. It was great to have Kingsley here to help out at Rodney Parade last season, but having him here full-time will be beneficial to both the players and the coaching staff."
The Dragons' hopes of qualifying for Europe were dealt a blow this afternoon, after they lost by 24 points to 8 at home to Connacht.
The visitors ran in five tries at Rodney Parade. Tom Prydie scored the Dragons' only try in a game which leaves them 9th in the Pro 12 table.