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Darren Waters leaves Dragons for London Welsh

Campaign Series: Darren Waters leaves Dragons for London Welsh Darren Waters leaves Dragons for London Welsh

FLANKER Darren Waters has left Newport Gwent Dragons to join London Welsh’s battle for Aviva Premiership survival.

The 29-year-old back row forward has had three injury-hit seasons with the Rodney Parade region since signing from Pontypridd in 2009.

With the Dragons well-stocked for opensides – with Lewis Evans and Nic Cudd backed up by Wales Under-20s prospects James Benjamin, Scott Matthews and Ollie Griffiths – they have allowed him to join the Exiles.

London Welsh head coach Justin Burnell said: “I’ve known Darren for a long time, going back to watching him during his time at Pontypridd and then at the Dragons, and he’s a sheer raw talent.

“He’s phenomenal at the breakdown, one of the best I’ve seen, and he has an abundance of energy. He’s going to be an absolutely fantastic asset and a really positive addition to our environment.”

Waters earned a professional deal after catching the eye with his abrasive performances in the Principality Premiership.

He did well in his first season, making 13 appearances in 2011/12, but suffered knee ligament damage in a pre-season friendly against London Irish in 2012 before enduring a repeat the following summer.

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