Trouble at number 10 for Dragons

Trouble at number 10 for Dragons

Trouble at number 10

Trouble at number 10

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NEWPORT Gwent Dragons’ bid to add an experienced fly-half has hit the buffers.

The Rodney Parade region have targeted ex-England star Andy Goode and former Wales pivot Nicky Robinson, who are both out of contract at the end of the season.

But Worcester's Goode, second in the all time list of Aviva Premiership points scorers, looks likely to be heading for Wasps despite talks with the Dragons getting to an advanced stage.

And a move for ex-Cardiff Blues number 10 Robinson, who has spent the last two seasons with Wasps, also looks doomed to failure.

The Argus understands that the 31-year-old, who scored a try in his side’s Amlin Challenge Cup win at Rodney Parade last month, wanted a three-year contract and £250,000 per season to head to Rodney Parade.

The problems of signing a seasoned fly-half increases the pressure on securing the services of Steffan Jones.

The 22-year-old from Bargoed is still learning his trade and has had a mixed season.

Jones has produced some excellent performances with the boot but has failed to hit those standards consistently. He has been offered a deal and looks likely to stay, although there has been interest from England.

As revealed in the Argus last month, London Welsh have been monitoring his situation.

That interest deepened after the fly-half’s performance with the boot in the LV= Cup clash between the sides at the Kassam Stadium.

Jones kicked 27 points in the Dragons’ victory in Oxford and has started five of the last six games.

Wasps were interested but have signed up the Worcester pair of Goode and Joe Carlisle.

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10:45am Tue 19 Feb 13

Risca1 says...

Surprise surprise ! Season tickets at all time low for next season !
Surprise surprise ! Season tickets at all time low for next season ! Risca1
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12:18pm Tue 19 Feb 13

portforever says...

time has come for the once proud dragons to be disbanded, to save our fine city the embarrassment they inflict on all of us. no money, crowds deserting, just leaving the die hard dinosaurs who seem to enjoy watching dross every week. WRU need to put dragons to sleep ASAP. can the last dinosaur please turn the lights off when he leaves.
time has come for the once proud dragons to be disbanded, to save our fine city the embarrassment they inflict on all of us. no money, crowds deserting, just leaving the die hard dinosaurs who seem to enjoy watching dross every week. WRU need to put dragons to sleep ASAP. can the last dinosaur please turn the lights off when he leaves. portforever
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12:37pm Tue 19 Feb 13

Euwan Usami says...

Must be a shock to RP to find just how little 300k buys these days too!
Must be a shock to RP to find just how little 300k buys these days too! Euwan Usami
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3:40pm Tue 19 Feb 13

kalwales@hotmail.com says...

Ahw where is my hankie :-(
Ahw where is my hankie :-( kalwales@hotmail.com
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5:40pm Tue 19 Feb 13

cdfdragon says...

If hazel thinks it's silly to change coaches at this point in the season then he just needs to look at this. The fact is that the dragons reputation is being worsened every day as a result of doing NOTHING!
If hazel thinks it's silly to change coaches at this point in the season then he just needs to look at this. The fact is that the dragons reputation is being worsened every day as a result of doing NOTHING! cdfdragon
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12:41am Wed 20 Feb 13

Meldrew@NewportMon says...

Disband Dragons
Make Newport RFU the professional team
Play in the English pyramid
That's the answer.
Disband Dragons Make Newport RFU the professional team Play in the English pyramid That's the answer. Meldrew@NewportMon
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6:35am Wed 20 Feb 13

East Newport Dave says...

Euwan Usami wrote:
Must be a shock to RP to find just how little 300k buys these days too!
Spot on. As in all things, you normally need to pay for quality.
The Dragons pay 2 analysts £50k per year each - for what? I am led to believe that the back room staff are bigger than the squad and all on the gravy train. It seems that there is no one strong enough in the boardroom there to get a grip on this. There is only one way this is going and that's bankruptcy unless the WRU pull the plug first
[quote][p][bold]Euwan Usami[/bold] wrote: Must be a shock to RP to find just how little 300k buys these days too![/p][/quote]Spot on. As in all things, you normally need to pay for quality. The Dragons pay 2 analysts £50k per year each - for what? I am led to believe that the back room staff are bigger than the squad and all on the gravy train. It seems that there is no one strong enough in the boardroom there to get a grip on this. There is only one way this is going and that's bankruptcy unless the WRU pull the plug first East Newport Dave
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8:37am Wed 20 Feb 13

crosskeysgirl18 says...

NGD seriously make me laugh! They cant afford adding another 10 as it is! Its about time the whole squad and management had a good shake up! There will be a massive downfall in supporters loyalty after this season - GUARANTEED!
NGD seriously make me laugh! They cant afford adding another 10 as it is! Its about time the whole squad and management had a good shake up! There will be a massive downfall in supporters loyalty after this season - GUARANTEED! crosskeysgirl18
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10:54am Wed 20 Feb 13

kalwales@hotmail.com says...

Ahw how the tides have turned :-)
Ahw how the tides have turned :-) kalwales@hotmail.com
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