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    jimmysmith wrote:
    mep wrote:
    Doesn't the PA run out 30 June ? No need for WRU approval then!!
    well it does need the wru approval ,when a lot of the money being spent on this waste of time is money coming from the wru in the first place .of what benefit is this to welsh rugby in general ? .to be signing a nearly 19 st fat guy from the other side of the world .why dont they use this money to develop talent from with in wales ?.season after season with never any success NEWPORT gwent dragons squander money on mediocre players from abroad much to the detriment of local youngsters .maybe the WRU should allocate some of this money elsewhere with in gwent ,and not just NEWPORT
    The idea is to use experienced players to bring on the youngsters. Last couple of seasons should tell you how badly these new faces are needed to strengthen a desperately week scrum."
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Dragons wait for green light to sign South African prop Brok Harris

Dragons wait for green light to sign South African prop Brok Harris

First published in Sport

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons have lined up South African prop Brok Harris to solve their tighthead problem but need the green light from the Welsh Rugby Union before they can complete the deal, writes Chris Kirwan.

Dragons have long been searching for a seasoned campaigner to be the cornerstone of their scrum and 29-year-old Harris, who can also play loosehead, appears to fit the bill.

The 6ft, 18st 5lb prop has over a century of Western Province appearances to his name and has turned out for the Stormers 93 times in Super Rugby since making his debut in 2007, nine of them coming in the current campaign.

The Rodney Parade region have held negotiations with his representatives and the prop is keen to head to Wales but the WRU have to give the go-ahead.

The Dragons, who have already been given permission to sign Cheetahs lock Ligtoring Landman, have a hearing with the governing body at the start of next month in which they will put forward their case for bringing in an overseas player.

The region believe they have a strong argument but it is not a given that Harris will be given the stamp of approval and the Scarlets have already had an application turned down this summer.

The Dragons have struggled at tighthead since Wales international Rhys Thomas left for Llanelli in 2009.

New Zealander Ben Castle failed to fill the void and things got so bad last season that the region tempted former England and Bath front-rower Duncan Bell out of retirement.

The 39-year-old proved to be a real hit but it was only a temporary measure and director of rugby Lyn Jones has already brought in a pair of fresh options for the right-hand side of the scrum in 29-year-old former Leicester and Gloucester prop Dave Young and 22-year-old Welsh-qualified Lloyd Fairbrother from Exeter.

The Dragons also have Dan Way and highly-rated prospect Alex Jeffries, a Wales Under-18 international who has already made 29 appearances for Newport at the age of 19, on their books.

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