Brew has recovered from a groin operation to take his place in the squad for the first time this season. The Dragons have named a squad of 25 for the first game which is against the Scarlets at Rodney Parade on Friday night (kick off 7.10pm) before they travel the short distance down the M4 to take on the Blues at the Arms Park before opening 2006 with a New Years Day match against the Ospreys at Rodney Parade.
Coach Paul Turner is well aware of the huge challenge his squad faces but is one the whole Region is excited about especially after the impressive away performance the team put in against Munster.
Last time the two sides met at Rodney Parade it was The Dragons who came out on top thanks to the boot of Ceri Sweeney who kicked The Dragons to a 15-0 win.
There will be little seasonal good will on offer from The Dragons as rivalries are stoked up to the maximum and brought to the fore with three Welsh derby games, two of which are at the Dragons lair. Christmas and New Year is a busy time for The Dragons with no let up for the squad.
Looking ahead to Fridays match against the Scarlets Michael Owen said,
Kevin Morgan, Aled Thomas, Gareth Chapman, Richard Fussell, Nathan Brew, Hal Luscombe, Jon Bryant, Ceri Sweeney, Craig Warlow, Gareth Cooper, Gareth Baber, Adam Black, David Maddocks, Steve Jones, Andy Brown, Rhys Thomas, Gethin Robinson, Ian Gough, Luke Charteris, Peter Sidoli, Andy Hall, Rhys Oakley, Michael Owen, Jamie Ringer, Jason Forster.
RODNEY PARADE THE PLACE TO BE ON FRIDAY NIGHT
Rodney Parade is THE place to be on Friday night to get you in the festive mood. The bars will open earlier than usual on Friday and will open from 4pm while hot food will be available from 5pm. Happy Hour will be in operation from 4pm-6pm and again after the match between 10pm-midnight, where Carlsberg, Tetley’s and Strongbow will all be £1.50 a pint. Mulled wine and mince pies will also be available to supporters with Major Tom serving the wine throughout the match. On the field The Dragons take on the Scarlets in a Celtic League match and on the field supporters can expect there to be little pleasantries exchanged! At half time Father Christmas will make an early appearance and will throw out special presents to the crowd and will be helped by The Dragons cheerleaders.
Tickets are available for the match by calling the Rodney Parade ticket line on 01633 674990 and if supporters book their tickets before Friday then they can claim up to a £2 discount on a match ticket.
At half time local signing sensation Holly Holyoak will perform on Rodney Parade. Dubbed Newport’s answer to Charlotte Church, Holly’s remarkable talent and increasing public profile has catapulted the young soprano into the international spotlight. Debuting aged twelve at the Newport Philharmonic Choir’s Annual Spring Concert, Holly has performed at numerous events, garnering massive public support and increasing visibility in the classical music industry. Following her international debut at the 41st Mario Lanza Ball in Philadelphia in 2002, Holly, as the sole representative for the United Kingdom, won gold at the World Championships of Performing Arts in Los Angeles. In 2004, testament to increasing recognition of her outstanding ability, Holly was invited to perform a duet at the North Wales Theatre, Llandudno with internationally renowned classical artist, Hayley Westenra. At seventeen, Holly continues to expand her repertoire, encompassing a wide variety of musical genres, captured in part, on her 2002 debut release, ‘When Dreams have Wings’.