Dragons make move for Cory Hill
11:25am Thursday 24th October 2013 in Sport
NEWPORT Gwent Dragons have made a move to sign former Wales Under-20s lock Cory Hill, writes Chris Kirwan.
English Championship outfit Moseley say that they have received an approach from the Rodney Parade region to sign the 21-year-old.
Hill, who captained the Under-20s in the 2012 Junior World Championship in South Africa, moved over the border after being released by Cardiff Blues.
But the Dragons have made their move after allowing lock Ian Nimmo to join London Irish on loan.
“You don’t expect things like this to happen until the end of November at the earliest so it’s a bit of a blow,” said Moseley head coach Kevin Maggs in the Birmingham Mail.
“Whatever happens he will be with us for the next couple of weeks and we’ll see what happens after that. It’s not a done deal at this stage.
“To be honest we were very lucky to get Cory, he’s the (former) Wales Under-20 captain and a very bright prospect, unfortunately we can’t offer these young guys what they want yet – full-time rugby at a higher level.”
If Hill heads to Rodney Parade then the Dragons will hope he can make a similar impact to Matthew Screech, his former second row partner with Wales Under-20s.
He was also released by the Blues but earned a deal with the Dragons after impressing in pre-season and has gone on to feature in every game of the campaign so far.
The region will be losing captain Andrew Coombs to Wales duty after this weekend, leaving them down to Screech, Robert Sidoli and Adam Jones in the second row.