Dragons exit for team manager Beale

ROBERT Beale has left his role as team manager at Newport Gwent Dragons, writes Chris Kirwan.

Beale, who had spent five and a half years in the region’s management team, was out of contract at the end of the season and was not going to be offered a fresh deal.

Given that his role involves negotiations and confidential details it was mutually agreed to bring his time at Rodney Parade to an early end.

Director of rugby Lyn Jones and chief executive Gareth Davies have been conducting contract talks with prospective new players and Sara Davies, who was team manager before a summer reshuffle, has resumed control of team admin. It is unlikely that there will be a like-for-like replacement.

Former boss Paul Turner brought Beale to Rodney Parade as successor to Jim McCreedy in September 2008.

He became director of rugby when Darren Edwards became head coach in April 2011 but returned to his original title when Jones took over in the hotseat last summer.

A former lock with Risca and Newbridge, Beale had spells coaching the Welfare Ground outfit and Cross Keys and was team manager of Wales Under-20s.

- The Dragons have appointed Pontypool RFC corporate director Ben Jeffreys as a commercial and marketing consultant.

- Ystrad Mynach Centre for Sporting Excellence is set to be completed by May.

The Dragons have agreed to rent the Caerphilly Council-owned facility, which is on the site of the former Ystrad Mynach Hospital, as their training base.

It will be used for both rugby and football and will boast two 3G pitches, a gym, office space and stands.

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1:46pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Mr Bump. says...

Good riddance.
Good riddance. Mr Bump.

5:52pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Amber in the blood says...

Great news,he brought so much to NEWPORT gwent dragons, NOT !
Great news,he brought so much to NEWPORT gwent dragons, NOT ! Amber in the blood

10:06pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Gooding says...

Thank God for that.
Thank God for that. Gooding

8:23am Thu 20 Feb 14

East Newport Dave says...

His loss will leave a hole the size of a sixpence!
His loss will leave a hole the size of a sixpence! East Newport Dave

11:31am Thu 20 Feb 14

Dragons Eye says...

Yeah he only brought in the best dragons player and one of the best number 8's in the world. nothing much...
Yeah he only brought in the best dragons player and one of the best number 8's in the world. nothing much... Dragons Eye

7:38pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Amber in the blood says...

Dragons Eye wrote:
Yeah he only brought in the best dragons player and one of the best number 8's in the world. nothing much...
Sad very sad - The man brought in some quality players,do I need to list them.
[quote][p][bold]Dragons Eye[/bold] wrote: Yeah he only brought in the best dragons player and one of the best number 8's in the world. nothing much...[/p][/quote]Sad very sad - The man brought in some quality players,do I need to list them. Amber in the blood

12:10pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Melvyn The Milk says...

Robert Beale is the scapegoat here. We need more of his kind.
Robert Beale is the scapegoat here. We need more of his kind. Melvyn The Milk

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