Dragons sign Number Eight Baker


Powerful Number Eight Dan Baker is returning to Wales after signing a short-term deal with Dragons.

The Wales international has linked up with Dean Ryan’s men with immediate effect, after his recent spell at Stade Montois in France, on a contract until the end of the season.

The 28-year-old, who previous made 94 appearances for Ospreys, joins the region as an injury replacement for Ross Moriarty.

The Neath-born back row, who has won three caps for Wales, has already linked up with his new team-mates at Ystrad Mynach ahead of this Friday’s Guinness PRO14 showdown with champions Leinster Rugby at Rodney Parade.

Dean Ryan, Director of Dragons Rugby, said: “We’re pleased to bring Dan back to Wales and into our environment.

“He is eager to take the opportunity and we look forward to seeing the impact he can make for us in the second half of this season.”

Back row forward Baker represented Swansea before making his regional debut for Ospreys in 2013.

He was first selected by Wales in May 2013 and the summer tour to Japan and made his international debut against the Cherry Blossoms in June of that year.

Baker said: “I’m excited to be returning to Wales and the chance to represent the Dragons.

“I enjoyed my rugby experience over in France, but now my focus is getting involved here as soon as possible.

“There is a talented squad at the Dragons and from my conversations with Dean (Ryan) the ambition is very clear. I’m excited to play my part and look to show what I can do the rest of this season.”

There is a talented squad at the Dragons and from my conversations with Dean (Ryan) the ambition is very clear... I’m excited to play my part...
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