NEWPORT RFC have been boosted by the return of livewire full-back David Richards for the upcoming Premiership campaign.

The 20-year-old impressed for the Black and Ambers last season, making 18 appearances in the back three and scoring four tries.

Richards played club rugby in New Zealand over the summer but has returned to train with Newport as they build towards their league derby opener against Ebbw Vale at Eugene Cross Park on September 7.

Head coach Ty Morris said: “I’m really pleased that we have secured the skills of Dai for the coming season.

“He’s been heavily involved with the Dragons Academy set-up and has recently been playing in New Zealand developing his game.

“Dai has huge potential with his electrifying pace and ability to beat defenders giving us an extra threat.”