THE Dragons are sweating on the availability of Elliot Dee for their Guinness PRO14 derby against the Ospreys on New Year’s Eve after the Wales hooker was cited for making contact with the referee against Cardiff Blues.

The 23-year-old from Newbridge bumped into Irish official Andrew Brace in the closing stages of the 22-17 Boxing Day loss to the men from the capital.

Dee, who won caps in the wins against Georgia and South Africa in the autumn, was attempting to tackle Josh Turnbull in the 77th minute of the game at Rodney Parade.

He has been reported by the citing commissioner and a disciplinary hearing will be held in Edinburgh on Friday to determine if the front rower should be punished.

A PRO14 statement said: “The player has been reported by the Citing Commissioner in charge for alleged infringement of Law 10.4 (m) – Acts contrary to good sportsmanship.

“A player must not do anything that is against the spirit of good sportsmanship in the playing enclosure.

“The player will face a Hearing Committee via video conference, the Committee will comprise of John Kirk (Chair), Rory Bannerman and Ian Douglas (all Scotland).”

The Dragons face the Ospreys on Sunday and then travel to the Scarlets on Friday before a Challenge Cup double-header with Bordeaux-Begles.