Fixtures - Top Bar

Dragons hoping for second time lucky

GRhys-Dragons-2808

Newport Gwent Dragons went all the way to the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Final last year – but Geraint Rhys Jones insists the 2015 crop is even stronger than the last.

Dragons have reached Finals Day for the second year running after topping the Welsh group at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on 15 August.

That was despite losing their first match against Scarlets – the other Welsh region who will join them at the Stoop on Friday 28 August.

But Dragons have clear 7s pedigree, having only been defeated by Gloucester Rugby last year, and this time they have star player Elliot Frewen available after injury denied him a finals appearance in 2014.

Jones himself is also a veteran of several Wales 7s tours and the 28-year-old is desperate to right some wrongs.

"We’re very determined we’ve got a strong squad in the tournament because of our disappointment last year," he said.

"We really want to put that right this year and go one step further.

"The Singha 7s is a great platform especially for the young lads coming through. It’s a great opportunity for them to play in front of a big crowd live on TV and show what they’ve got to offer to their clubs and to their regions.

"So it’s a great platform for them to elevate themselves further on into their career.

"It was disappointing to start by losing against the Scarlets in the first game but we hadn’t been together as a team for very long so we put things right.

"We managed to put two good performances together in the second game, luckily winning the group, and we’re looking to take that form and kick on on Friday night now."

But six strong Premiership Rugby sides will be joining the Dragons at the Stoop, with much of the attention directed at a Wasps side packed with stars.

England international Christian Wade lit up the Ricoh Arena group stage by racing away for seven tries, but Jones believes a young Dragons team – who face Sale Sharks first up in their quarter final – won’t be fazed.

"It’s always good to be able to play against English opposition. It’s a good chance for us to test ourselves," he added.

"The English teams are very strong but we’re looking to go out there and perform and do very well.

"We know we’ve got to concentrate and that every game is going to be a very tough game – we’ve got to block out any distraction from the sideline and we don’t need any more motivation when playing against English teams."

The Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series Final is today 28 August. Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for children on the gate at the Twickenham Stoop.
 

Latest News

Aviva Premiership Rugby European Round-up: Gloucester Rugby, Harlequins, Leicester Tigers, Northampton Saints, Wasps, Worcester Warriors

Dai Young hailed his side’s spirit after Wasps fought back to secure a dramatic 17-14 European Cup victory over Toulouse…

(Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Young referees get recognition at packed Franklin’s Gardens

Young referees from the East Midlands were centre stage at Franklin’s Gardens at the start of the New Year, as…

Northampton Saints referees

Bath Rugby contract extensions for front row duo

Bath Rugby is delighted to announce that hooker Ross Batty and prop Max Lahiff have signed contract extensions that will…

Ross Batty

New Laws film as part of Ricoh Rugby Change Series

Global technology company, Ricoh has today launched the third video in their Rugby Change Series. The latest video, Laws, focuses…

New Laws Film

Challenge Cup – Benetton Treviso v Gloucester Rugby: kick-off delayed

The kick-off of today's Challenge Cup, Round 5 match between Benetton Treviso and Gloucester Rugby has been delayed until 17.00…

Aviva Premiership Rugby European Round-up: Bath Rugby, Bristol Rugby and Newcastle Falcons

Todd Blackadder attributed Bath Rugby’s 57-22 victory over league rivals Bristol Rugby to entering the game with exactly the right…

semesarokodoguni17sb1111

Rugby clubs benefit from the Aviva Community Fund

Premiership Rugby is this season immensely proud to have helped raise awareness of the Aviva Community Fund, which offers support…

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25:  Brad Barritt, Captain of Saracens, holds the Aviva Premiership Trophy, as the twelve Captains form a heart shape at the Aviva Premiership Rugby Season Launch at Twickenham Stadium on August 25, 2016 in London. The heart shape symbolises the Aviva Community Fund initiative which launches on 13 September 2016. The initiative lends a helping hand to local communities, including grassroots sports clubs, by offering funding of up to £25,000. during the Aviva Premiership Rugby 2016-2017 Season Launch at Twickenham Stadium on August 25, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images for Aviva)

Jonny May excited by free-scoring Gloucester Rugby’s potential

Gloucester Rugby flyer Jonny May admits the Cherry & Whites side that humbled Worcester Warriors last weekend in Aviva Premiership…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Charlie Walker raring to go for Harlequins’ crucial Edinburgh clash

Charlie Walker admits that every week feels like a must-win game for Harlequins but insists the team are raring to…

Charlie Walker has made two Aviva Premiership Rugby so far this season

Edinburgh 2017 finals kick-off times and key 2017/18 dates

With contenders for European silverware set to emerge from another tension-packed conclusion to the pool stages over the next two…

championscup17sb1111

Nathan Catt looking for 80-minute performance from Bath Rugby

Nathan Catt admits Bath Rugby have got to focus on executing for the full 80 minutes this weekend against Bristol…

nathancatt17sb1111

Tusi Pisi returns for Bristol Rugby

Tusi Pisi returns from a two-week suspension to start when Bristol host Bath in the European Challenge Cup on Friday…

Tusi Pisi returns for Bristol Rugby for their West Country Derby with Bath Rugby

Northampton Saints team news for Castres clash

The Northampton Saints team has been announced for Saturday’s European Rugby Champions Cup clash with Castres (KO 1pm). The Saints…

666710651_tm_0587_58cf7d2591f77d16702582da3f6d26d0.jpg

Tait returns for Leicester Tigers’ clash with Racing 92

Mathew Tait returns from injury to join the Leicester Tigers line-up for the European Champions Cup fixture against Racing 92…

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25:  Tigers player Matthew Tait in action during the Aviva Premiership match between Leicester Tigers and Bath Rugby at Welford Road on September 25, 2016 in Leicester, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Concussion Management Review Group convened

A Concussion Management Review Group panel will convene to examine an incident in the 30th minute of the Aviva Premiership…

Concussion Management Review Group convened

Worcester Warriors name side to face Brive

Joe Taufete'e will make his Club debut when Warriors travel to Stade Amedee-Domenech to take on Brive in the penultimate…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Sale Sharks name side to face Toulon

Sale Sharks have named their side to take on RC Toulon on Sunday at the Stade Mayol in the European…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Exeter Chiefs Side To Face Ulster

Matters in the Aviva Premiership may take a step back for the next month, but for Exeter Chiefs head coach…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Wasps team to play Toulouse at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday

Director of Rugby Dai Young has named his squad to take on Toulouse at the Ricoh Arena this Saturday, in…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Gloucester Rugby make two changes for trip to Treviso

Gloucester Rugby return to European Rugby Challenge Cup action away at Benetton Treviso on Saturday, and make just two changes…

BARNET, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27:  James Hook of Gloucester Rugby kicks a conversion during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Gloucester Rugby at Allianz Park on November 27, 2016 in Barnet, England.  (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)