Dragons sign Richie Rees
NEWPORT Gwent Dragons have signed former Wales scrum-half Richie Rees.
The 29-year-old, who won nine caps, will arrive at Rodney Parade from Edinburgh on a two-year deal next season.
Rees started his career with the Ospreys but, after a short spell with London Irish, is more known for his time with Cardiff Blues, spending five seasons in the capital and winning the EDF Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup.
“We are delighted to be signing a player of Richie’s calibre,” said Dragons head coach Darren Edwards.
“It has been well documented that we have a great deal of potential at scrum half in Jonathan Evans and an experienced game controller in Wayne Evans.
“But we are looking to strengthen and make many positions in our squad competitive to improve our performance.
“Richie is a proven competitor on both the international and regions stage and has desire to come to the Dragons to make an impact”.
The Dragons are in the market for a fly-half, tighthead and lock but have struggled to secure deals.
“Myself and (head coach) Darren Edwards have put a lot of effort in but unfortunately other offers were made at the 11th hour,” said director of rugby Robert Beale to the Argus earlier this week.
“Andy Goode and Nicky Robinson were two very experienced outside halves that Darren and his coaching team felt would add to our squad.
“The moves fell through at the last minute but that doesn’t alter our recruitment strategy. We are working in a tough environment but are determined to push on and currently have offers out there in the key positions.
“We do have the money, and we are grateful to the board for increasing our budget, but we need to make sure we get the right player at the right price. We need to spend wisely.”