Byrne and Brew pen Dragons deals

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NEWPORT Gwent Dragons have confirmed the signings of Wales stars Lee Byrne and Aled Brew.

Full-back Byrne, 33, has penned a two-year deal and will head to Rodney Parade after a hugely successful spell with Clermont Auvergne.

Winger Brew, 27, has signed a three-year deal to return for a third spell with the Dragons from Biarritz and will look to add his regional record of 43 tries.

“I am excited to be returning to Wales to play again,” said 46-times capped Byrne. “I hope to bring my experiences from France back to the Dragons.

“It’s no secret that the best fans in Wales are at Rodney Parade and it will be a nice change to have them cheer for me and not jeer for me!

“I am really pleased to be getting the opportunity to work with (director of rugby) Lyn Jones again. I have a lot of respect for him and I’m looking forward to having the chance to be part of developing a competitive Welsh region in the Dragons.”

Brew said: “I've really enjoyed my time in France and would like to think I've learned a lot during my time in Biarritz and that I've become a better player because of it.

“I have no regrets at all about my time in French rugby, it's been a fantastic experience but I feel it's the right time to come home for me and my family.

“I always wanted return to the Dragons after France given the chance. And I also still have ambition to play for Wales and to do that, I know I have to play week in, week out and it's something I'm determined to do with the Dragons.”

Director of rugby Jones will now press ahead with targets to bolster the Dragons pack but is delighted to have added firepower to his backs.

“I am absolutely delighted to sign someone of Lee’s experience and calibre,” he said. “He has proved himself in Britain and France as a top quality number 15.

“There are still many in the game who still rate Lee as the best 15 in the UK. It’s a significant signing for us who is going to help the growth of our Gwent side whilst helping to develop Hallam Amos as a future Welsh 15.

“Aled has shown a desire to come back to his natural home of Newport Gwent Dragons where he was extremely popular with the supporters in the past and proved to be an excellent try scorer.

“As well as Lee, Aled is a significant signing for the region and we are excited for his return to Gwent. I look forward to seeing him play once again on Rodney Parade.”

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12:45pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Euwan Usami says...

Great news. Pleased it's all signed and sealed. Understand LJ is after props now too. Will need them next year in the Aviva. ;)
Great news. Pleased it's all signed and sealed. Understand LJ is after props now too. Will need them next year in the Aviva. ;) Euwan Usami

12:48pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Dai Trying says...

Great signing, Lee Byrne will add depth to the squad. Has Brew learned how to pass and catch yet, hope so.
Great signing, Lee Byrne will add depth to the squad. Has Brew learned how to pass and catch yet, hope so. Dai Trying

2:19pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Welshman76 says...

Welcome back Brewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
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The best fans in Wales will also welcome Lee Byrne nad soon make him feel at home!
Great news and hopefully more to come! How friendly is Lyn with Adam Jones ;-)
Welcome back Brewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww ww! The best fans in Wales will also welcome Lee Byrne nad soon make him feel at home! Great news and hopefully more to come! How friendly is Lyn with Adam Jones ;-) Welshman76

2:21pm Wed 8 Jan 14

high x boy says...

they must be expelling plenty of money from the WRU for next season.
they must be expelling plenty of money from the WRU for next season. high x boy

2:21pm Wed 8 Jan 14

silurix says...

can't be bad to have an extra couple of quality players. With a front five that can hold its own the Dragons will be in business. Its slow progress but at least it is progress.
can't be bad to have an extra couple of quality players. With a front five that can hold its own the Dragons will be in business. Its slow progress but at least it is progress. silurix

2:31pm Wed 8 Jan 14

SWBorderer says...

Great news, shows what happens when you get a decent coaching set up. When decent forwards see we have backs that can use good ball they will come.

Can someone now sort out the administration of the game in Wales so we can have a decent competition to play in.
Great news, shows what happens when you get a decent coaching set up. When decent forwards see we have backs that can use good ball they will come. Can someone now sort out the administration of the game in Wales so we can have a decent competition to play in. SWBorderer

3:06pm Wed 8 Jan 14

keithbob says...

great news for the fans,always a big fan of breweeee.and lee byrne can bring experience for the young backs.i expect the pack to be strengthened next/
well done the coaching staff.
great news for the fans,always a big fan of breweeee.and lee byrne can bring experience for the young backs.i expect the pack to be strengthened next/ well done the coaching staff. keithbob

3:36pm Wed 8 Jan 14

blackandamber says...

SWBorderer wrote:
Great news, shows what happens when you get a decent coaching set up. When decent forwards see we have backs that can use good ball they will come.

Can someone now sort out the administration of the game in Wales so we can have a decent competition to play in.
Yep leave and play in England
[quote][p][bold]SWBorderer[/bold] wrote: Great news, shows what happens when you get a decent coaching set up. When decent forwards see we have backs that can use good ball they will come. Can someone now sort out the administration of the game in Wales so we can have a decent competition to play in.[/p][/quote]Yep leave and play in England blackandamber

4:58pm Wed 8 Jan 14

SWBorderer says...

blackandamber wrote:
SWBorderer wrote:
Great news, shows what happens when you get a decent coaching set up. When decent forwards see we have backs that can use good ball they will come.

Can someone now sort out the administration of the game in Wales so we can have a decent competition to play in.
Yep leave and play in England
I'll secobd that :)
[quote][p][bold]blackandamber[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SWBorderer[/bold] wrote: Great news, shows what happens when you get a decent coaching set up. When decent forwards see we have backs that can use good ball they will come. Can someone now sort out the administration of the game in Wales so we can have a decent competition to play in.[/p][/quote]Yep leave and play in England[/p][/quote]I'll secobd that :) SWBorderer

5:57pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Robert Shillabeer says...

The IRB have put a downer on the Anglo Welsh league and competition and one can't go against the word of god even if we want to. But better players will encourage better support and with repairs to all Gwent clubs there will be better support, looking forward to it.
The IRB have put a downer on the Anglo Welsh league and competition and one can't go against the word of god even if we want to. But better players will encourage better support and with repairs to all Gwent clubs there will be better support, looking forward to it. Robert Shillabeer

7:37pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Euwan Usami says...

Robert Shillabeer wrote:
The IRB have put a downer on the Anglo Welsh league and competition and one can't go against the word of god even if we want to. But better players will encourage better support and with repairs to all Gwent clubs there will be better support, looking forward to it.
That's what the court is for Rob. Restriction of trade etc. Anything is possible.
[quote][p][bold]Robert Shillabeer[/bold] wrote: The IRB have put a downer on the Anglo Welsh league and competition and one can't go against the word of god even if we want to. But better players will encourage better support and with repairs to all Gwent clubs there will be better support, looking forward to it.[/p][/quote]That's what the court is for Rob. Restriction of trade etc. Anything is possible. Euwan Usami

8:30pm Wed 8 Jan 14

SWBorderer says...

Robert Shillabeer wrote:
The IRB have put a downer on the Anglo Welsh league and competition and one can't go against the word of god even if we want to. But better players will encourage better support and with repairs to all Gwent clubs there will be better support, looking forward to it.
BT Sport are backing the Anglo Welsh and TV companies seem to get what they want these days. It would be better for Welsh rugby and from the contact l have made around the English scene there seems to be a lot of support for it.
[quote][p][bold]Robert Shillabeer[/bold] wrote: The IRB have put a downer on the Anglo Welsh league and competition and one can't go against the word of god even if we want to. But better players will encourage better support and with repairs to all Gwent clubs there will be better support, looking forward to it.[/p][/quote]BT Sport are backing the Anglo Welsh and TV companies seem to get what they want these days. It would be better for Welsh rugby and from the contact l have made around the English scene there seems to be a lot of support for it. SWBorderer

9:21pm Wed 8 Jan 14

East Newport Dave says...

high x boy wrote:
they must be expelling plenty of money from the WRU for next season.
Bad grammatical error for a Bassaleg boy!
[quote][p][bold]high x boy[/bold] wrote: they must be expelling plenty of money from the WRU for next season.[/p][/quote]Bad grammatical error for a Bassaleg boy! East Newport Dave

9:31pm Wed 8 Jan 14

East Newport Dave says...

SWBorderer wrote:
Robert Shillabeer wrote:
The IRB have put a downer on the Anglo Welsh league and competition and one can't go against the word of god even if we want to. But better players will encourage better support and with repairs to all Gwent clubs there will be better support, looking forward to it.
BT Sport are backing the Anglo Welsh and TV companies seem to get what they want these days. It would be better for Welsh rugby and from the contact l have made around the English scene there seems to be a lot of support for it.
Let's be honest, if the Dragons were playing league matches against the likes of Bath, Gloucester and Leicester we would have a far greater chance of filling the ground. Interest would be significantly enhanced because the current situation normally involves (away fixtures) taking a plane to Ireland/Scotland/Ita
ly.
It is a no-brainer but the terms of any agreement would need to be spot on.
[quote][p][bold]SWBorderer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robert Shillabeer[/bold] wrote: The IRB have put a downer on the Anglo Welsh league and competition and one can't go against the word of god even if we want to. But better players will encourage better support and with repairs to all Gwent clubs there will be better support, looking forward to it.[/p][/quote]BT Sport are backing the Anglo Welsh and TV companies seem to get what they want these days. It would be better for Welsh rugby and from the contact l have made around the English scene there seems to be a lot of support for it.[/p][/quote]Let's be honest, if the Dragons were playing league matches against the likes of Bath, Gloucester and Leicester we would have a far greater chance of filling the ground. Interest would be significantly enhanced because the current situation normally involves (away fixtures) taking a plane to Ireland/Scotland/Ita ly. It is a no-brainer but the terms of any agreement would need to be spot on. East Newport Dave

11:51pm Wed 8 Jan 14

maz1maz says...

Dai Trying wrote:
Great signing, Lee Byrne will add depth to the squad. Has Brew learned how to pass and catch yet, hope so.
Always get one negative post. Try and look on the bright side for a change!
[quote][p][bold]Dai Trying[/bold] wrote: Great signing, Lee Byrne will add depth to the squad. Has Brew learned how to pass and catch yet, hope so.[/p][/quote]Always get one negative post. Try and look on the bright side for a change! maz1maz

11:56pm Wed 8 Jan 14

maz1maz says...

East Newport Dave wrote:
SWBorderer wrote:
Robert Shillabeer wrote:
The IRB have put a downer on the Anglo Welsh league and competition and one can't go against the word of god even if we want to. But better players will encourage better support and with repairs to all Gwent clubs there will be better support, looking forward to it.
BT Sport are backing the Anglo Welsh and TV companies seem to get what they want these days. It would be better for Welsh rugby and from the contact l have made around the English scene there seems to be a lot of support for it.
Let's be honest, if the Dragons were playing league matches against the likes of Bath, Gloucester and Leicester we would have a far greater chance of filling the ground. Interest would be significantly enhanced because the current situation normally involves (away fixtures) taking a plane to Ireland/Scotland/Ita

ly.
It is a no-brainer but the terms of any agreement would need to be spot on.
Well said - save a load on air fares, so should be able to spend that towards decent props!
[quote][p][bold]East Newport Dave[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SWBorderer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robert Shillabeer[/bold] wrote: The IRB have put a downer on the Anglo Welsh league and competition and one can't go against the word of god even if we want to. But better players will encourage better support and with repairs to all Gwent clubs there will be better support, looking forward to it.[/p][/quote]BT Sport are backing the Anglo Welsh and TV companies seem to get what they want these days. It would be better for Welsh rugby and from the contact l have made around the English scene there seems to be a lot of support for it.[/p][/quote]Let's be honest, if the Dragons were playing league matches against the likes of Bath, Gloucester and Leicester we would have a far greater chance of filling the ground. Interest would be significantly enhanced because the current situation normally involves (away fixtures) taking a plane to Ireland/Scotland/Ita ly. It is a no-brainer but the terms of any agreement would need to be spot on.[/p][/quote]Well said - save a load on air fares, so should be able to spend that towards decent props! maz1maz

12:12am Thu 9 Jan 14

Robert Shillabeer says...

Robert Shillabeer wrote:
The IRB have put a downer on the Anglo Welsh league and competition and one can't go against the word of god even if we want to. But better players will encourage better support and with repairs to all Gwent clubs there will be better support, looking forward to it.
It was a very tongue in cheek comment guys but knew some would bite! Seriously the situation is very serious and an agreement needs to be found. The regions are funded in a small part by the WRU but are independent and as such the WRU have no control over them so a restraint of trade claim can be brought. Remember the PA will no longer exist from next season so the regions are independent entities and can join whatever league they wish the new cup competition is a different issue though as cup comps are governed by the WRU for one and without IRB approval I can't see that one getting off the ground. The question remains then would the WRU allow us to enter the proposed competition they are pushing for, I wait to see.
[quote][p][bold]Robert Shillabeer[/bold] wrote: The IRB have put a downer on the Anglo Welsh league and competition and one can't go against the word of god even if we want to. But better players will encourage better support and with repairs to all Gwent clubs there will be better support, looking forward to it.[/p][/quote]It was a very tongue in cheek comment guys but knew some would bite! Seriously the situation is very serious and an agreement needs to be found. The regions are funded in a small part by the WRU but are independent and as such the WRU have no control over them so a restraint of trade claim can be brought. Remember the PA will no longer exist from next season so the regions are independent entities and can join whatever league they wish the new cup competition is a different issue though as cup comps are governed by the WRU for one and without IRB approval I can't see that one getting off the ground. The question remains then would the WRU allow us to enter the proposed competition they are pushing for, I wait to see. Robert Shillabeer

11:27pm Thu 9 Jan 14

franklee64 says...

Dai Trying wrote:
Great signing, Lee Byrne will add depth to the squad. Has Brew learned how to pass and catch yet, hope so.
surprise Dai that you had thumbs down LOL

its comedy that any post that goes against always gets the thumb down wonder why

I wonder when the silverware will start rolling in, looks like Mighty Ebbw will win some silverware for went this year
[quote][p][bold]Dai Trying[/bold] wrote: Great signing, Lee Byrne will add depth to the squad. Has Brew learned how to pass and catch yet, hope so.[/p][/quote]surprise Dai that you had thumbs down LOL its comedy that any post that goes against always gets the thumb down wonder why I wonder when the silverware will start rolling in, looks like Mighty Ebbw will win some silverware for went this year franklee64

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