BORIS Stankovich may not carry like Cian Healy but the Newport Gwent Dragons loosehead has been tipped to be a key man for the region's attack by his former coach, writes Chris Kirwan.

The 34-year-old has joined the Rodney Parade region on a two-year deal after spending seven seasons with Leicester.

His prime role is to scrummage and the signs were promising in last week's pre-season victory against English champions Northampton.

Stankovich joined forces with 20-year-old hooker Elliot Dee and 22-tighthead Lloyd Fairbrother to put in a fine display against an all-international front row of Alex Corbisiero, Dylan Hartley and Salesi Ma'afu.

The Dragons possess plenty of talented ball carriers that can thrive if given good ball – and Leinster coach Matt O'Connor believes Stankovich can help provide that.

"Boris is a top worker and will be brilliant for the Dragons environment," said the Australian, who headed to Dublin from Welford Road.

"He is very passionate about the game, and especially the scrum. He will try and encourage a set piece culture at the Dragons and will certainly be influential in the changing room.

"Boris is a top bloke and will work very hard with the younger guys and all the front row forwards to make sure that platform is really good.

"From that point of view he will grow the Dragons game, for sure. He won't be instrumental in the attack plan after the scrum but he will be an important figure in proving a platform."