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Jenkins & Roach join for Celtic Cup

08/08/2019

Wales Sevens duo Owen Jenkins and Ben Roach have linked up with Dragons during pre-season preparations.

Both players, who were part of the Wales Sevens core squad for the 2018/19 World Rugby Sevens Series, are training with Dragons ahead of the Celtic Cup competition kicking off later this month.

Roach returns to Dragons having previously made nine appearances for the region during the 2017/18 season.

The 25-year-old made his Wales Sevens debut in Hong Kong in 2015 and the hard-running forward has since featured in 33 tournaments.

Jenkins, 26, has been a regular on the World Series circuit over the last few years, playing in 38 tournaments.

The son of former Wales international hooker Garin, the pacey wing previously played for Cardiff Blues.

Both players will be part of the Dragons training squad during the Celtic Cup before the World Rugby Sevens Series resumes later this year, with the highlight being the Olympic Games taking place in Tokyo in 2020.

James Chapron, General Manager at Dragons, said: “Owen and Ben have joined up with us and are part of the squad that is preparing for the Celtic Cup.

“They bring valuable experience, gained from the Sevens circuit with Wales, and will increase competition and our options ahead of the cup competition.

“Part of the WRU’s Sevens programme is to give players opportunities in the regional and professional game and so we’re delighted to welcome both players into our environment.”

Dragons kick-off the seven-week Celtic Cup tournament when they travel to Ireland to face Connacht Eagles on Friday, August 23 (kick-off 2pm).

A four-game home schedule starts with the visit of Munster A to Rodney Parade on Friday, August 30 – on the day when the new kit for the 2019/20 campaign is also revealed - followed by a double-header in Newport with Scarlets on 14th September.

Dragons 2019/20 membership includes admission to all Celtic Cup games, the friendly fixture against the Scarlets as well as an additional 13 regular season home games at Rodney Parade.

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They bring valuable experience, gained from the Sevens circuit with Wales, and will increase competition and our options ahead of the cup competition...
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