Team Announced for Tigers Clash


Boss Dean Ryan has named a wider side to take on Leicester Tigers in their first pre-season fixture at the Mattioli Woods Welford Road Stadium tomorrow afternoon, 2:00pm kick off.

The fixture against the tigers is the first of two pre-season games for the Men of Gwent before the campaign begins against the Ospreys at Rodney Parade.

New loan signing Jordan Olowofela starts on the wing against his parent club and is joined in the back three with Owen Jenkins and fullback Jordan Williams.

Jared Rosser moves from wing to an unfamiliar role at outside centre and is partnered by the experience of Jamie Roberts in midfield.

Dan Babos gets his first start in three years at scrum half with captain Sam Davies joining him at half back to complete the backline.

Veteran Richard Hibbard lines up at hooker and has youth either side of him in the front row in the shapes of Josh Reynolds and Chris Coleman.

The second row sees both Joe Davies and Joe Maksymiw combine to complete the front five.

Taine Basham, fresh from Wales duty, starts at openside with young Ben Fry taking the six jersey and at number eight sees the return of Ollie Griffiths.

Fijian international Mesake Doge and on loan scrum half Lewis Jones could make their first Dragons appearances off the bench in Leicester, while James Benjamin could make his first appearance at hooker for the region.

Team: Jordan Williams, Owen Jenkins, Jared Rosser, Jamie Roberts, Jordan Olowofela, Sam Davies (c), Dan Babos, Josh Reynolds, Richard Hibbard, Chris Coleman, Joe Davies, Joe Maksymiw, Ben Fry, Taine Basham, Ollie Griffiths.

Replacements: James Benjamin, Aaron Jarvis, Mesake Doge, Ben Carter, Lennon Greggains, Lewis Jones, Evan Lloyd, Jack Dixon, Luke Yendle, Huw Taylor, Ioan Davies, Josh Lewis, Aneurin Owen.

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