ROSS Moriarty will captain the Dragons for the second time this weekend with boss Dean Ryan liking the combative Wales flanker calling the shots when things 'get tasty'.

The 27-year-old skippered the Rodney Parade side in the loss to Cardiff Blues and will lead them out again in the Rainbow Cup encounter with Glasgow.

Director of rugby Ryan is looking for the 2017 Lions tourist, who is pushing for summer Wales action after missing the Six Nations through injury, to lead through his actions against the Warriors at Cardiff City Stadium.

"We are going with Ross again," he said. "I like it when he gets a bit tasty and lots of people then take notice, so if we want to be physical then there is nothing better than putting Ross in the middle of the group.

Dragons and Wales flanker Ross Moriarty

Dragons and Wales flanker Ross Moriarty

"He has got huge respect within the group, he doesn't speak very often but when he does people listen.

"I am keen to grow his leadership skills and also make people more aware of how much we value him."

Rhodri Williams is club skipper but the captaincy has been shared around this season with Harrison Keddie, Sam Davies and Aaron Wainwright among those to have done the role.

"It's all about growing individuals and sometimes captaincy is an endorsement of we think of them and what they do," said Ryan.

"Rhods has been an outstanding captain in terms of technical and tactical aspects, we have used this to sort of shift it around and look at more emotive leaders, like Harrison who has been outstanding.

"Ross has been the same, Waino is growing into that space as well about how to lead via example and the few pieces that he does say.

"It's just giving them some confidence and widening the group that understand how much people look to them and how much respect people have for what they say."