The Dragons breathed their first bit of rugby fire in 2003 when they were formed out of the new regionalisation of professional rugby in Wales.
City and Country: Newport, Wales.
PRO Rugby Titles: None. Best finish of third in 2003-04.
Coach: Dean Ryan.
Captain: Rhodri Williams.
Stadium: Rodney Parade.
The Dragons breathed their first bit of rugby fire in 2003 when they were formed out of the new regionalisation of professional rugby in Wales. They represent the South-East region of Wales. The club has, like the other Welsh clubs, undergone a few name changes over the years including the Gwent Dragons, the Newport and Gwent Dragons, the Newport Gwent Dragons, and then finally just the Dragons. If it sounds trivial, it’s not. A team’s geographical name is a very emotive subject in South Wales. Former South Africans to have played for the Dragons includes Springbok great Percy Montgomery, who ranks eighth on the list of all-time points scorers for the Dragons. Fellow Springbok Zane Kirchner and former Cheetahs scrumhalf, Sarel Pretorius, also played for the Dragons.
If you want to sound like a local: Proudly shout, “We prepare in the valleys and perform in the city”. That’s one of the club’s core brand values.
What you didn’t know: Their home city of Newport is old. But, like, really old. As in Viking old – 1126. And no, that is not the rugby score between the invading Vikings and the local Welsh at the time.