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Confirmed: Basham signs new contract

25/11/2021

Homegrown and here to stay! Dragons are delighted to announce that dynamic back row forward Taine Basham has signed a new long-term contract.

The talented 22-year-old is a product of the successful Dragons Academy system and has already made 53 senior appearances for the region, scoring 12 tries, since his debut in 2018.

The Wales international has earned seven caps for his country since making his debut against Canada in July.

Basham played every minute of the recent Autumn Nation Series, winning the man-of-the match award in the victory over Australia.

The Newport-born back row has now committed his long-term future to his home region as he bids to continue his eye-catching progress with the Men of Gwent.

Dean Ryan, Director of Dragons Rugby, said: “We’re pleased that Taine has committed his future and will continue his development in our environment.

“The contract is the result of 24 months of hard work by Taine and we are all delighted to see his form translate onto the international field.

“I don’t think anybody is in doubt about the moments he can create in games. My challenge to him has always been about building the foundations to allow him to play international rugby.

“This contract is about supporting our best young players and seeing them get better. That is an incredibly rewarding for me and the likes of Taine.”

Basham added: “I’m really happy to sign up. I’ve come through the Academy system at Dragons, it’s my region and feels like home.

“I feel this is the right environment for me to continue to work as hard as possible on my game and on my development.

“I’m excited about what the future holds here and how I can help the Dragons continue to move forward.”

The contract is the result of 24 months of hard work by Taine and we are all delighted to see his form translate onto the international field...
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