9:05am Friday 9th May 2014
NEWPORT Gwent Dragons centre Jack Dixon wants to show that there is more to his game than blood and thunder.
The 19-year-old from Newbridge cuts an intimidating figure in midfield, standing at 6ft 2ins and tipping the scales at 16st.
Dixon is a powerful runner that gets over the gain line while his aggression in defence is always impressive but the Wales Under-20s centre is working hard on the training paddock so that he can display a cuter side to his game.
"This year I have been a bit more of a crash ball 12 but I like to think that I can throw the ball around a bit as well," said Dixon.
"I've been working hard on my distribution and my kicking game. I am keen to learn and develop my game."
At times it is easy to forget that Dixon is still a teenager given that he has already racked up 33 appearances since making his Dragons debut as a 16-year-old against Wasps in 2011.
Despite his tender years he even talks like a veteran, referring to his fellow teenage centre as "young Tyler Morgan".
He said: "It feels like I have been around for years! But I am still a youngster really and I'm always learning in training.
"Myself and Tyler can learn off (centres) Ashley Smith and Pat Leach. That will continue next season when Lee Byrne and Aled Brew come in, they know the game well and know what they are on about."
On Monday Dixon will join up with his Wales Under-20s teammates ahead of June's Junior World Championship in New Zealand.
First he will feature in the Dragons midfield against Treviso at Rodney Parade in the RaboDirect Pro12 on Saturday evening (kick-off 6.30pm), bringing a frustrating campaign to an end.
Dixon was pushing for full international honours when he suffered a foot injury against Zebre in October, a blow that led to nearly five months on the sidelines.
"It has been a bit of a frustrating season because of the injury," he admitted. "It has taken a while to get back to full fitness and pick up form but I am enjoying being back in the 12 jersey.
"Results haven't gone our way but hopefully we can finish off with a win against Treviso. We had a disappointing result out there last month (beaten 45-27) but we've changed out gameplan slightly and we are confident we can turn it around."
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