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Dragons secure their own triple triumph

Elliot Dee is one of three internationals to re-sign for Dragons

Dragons secure their own triple triumph

Hot on the heels of Wales securing a Triple Crown last weekend, the Dragons have secured their own triple triumph by securing the services of international trio Leon Brown, Elliot Dee and Aaron Wainwright on new contracts.

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Tight head prop Brown was the final piece in the contractual jig-saw for Dragons rugby director Dean Ryan as her followed in the footsteps of hooker Dee and back row man Wainwright this week in putting pen to paper on long-term deals.

“It’s great to see our Wales internationals all commit to their home region,” said a delighted Ryan.

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“Leon is a big talent who has a huge desire to get push himself to get better and bring success to the Dragons, while Elliot is passionate about playing for us and determined to play a big role in our future success as a region.

“He has aspirations for the future, both for Dragons and Wales, and we’re pleased that he feels our environment is the best place for him to achieve those goals.

“It’s also pleasing to see Aaron has signed a long-term deal. It’s great to retain homegrown talent and I’m delighted that he sees us as the ideal platform to help him achieve further international honours.”

Brown is all set to make his 50th appearance for the Dragons when he breaks camp with the Welsh camp having made his debut back in 2016. Now 24, he has won 15 senior Welsh caps to date.

“I am pleased to be staying at Dragons for another three years. It’s a place where I enjoy playing, which is a big part in my decision, I am excited to see where we can now take the region,” said Brown.

The 26-year-old Dee already has 100+ games under his belt with the Dragons and over the course of his 35 appearances for Wales can boast being part of a team that delivered the Grand Slam in 2019, a World Cup semi-final appearance the same year and a Triple Crown in 2021.

“I grew up watching the Dragons, it’s close to my heart and I’m proud every time I pull on the jersey. As a kid I used to sit in the stand at Rodney Parade and dream about playing for the Dragons,” said Dee.

“The dream was to play once so to get 100 last season was a special moment. Now I can look forward to many more to come.

“I’m proud to be from Gwent and grew up with the likes of Ollie Griffiths, Jack Dixon and James Benjamin. We all came through the system together and want to bring success here.

“We have some fantastic talent at the region, the likes of Leon Brown and Aaron Wainwright who are part of the Wales set-up, and it’s great to see so many young lads coming through the system.

The 23-year-old Wainwright, who has also enjoyed Grand Slam World Cup and Triple Crown success with Wales during his 28 cap career, is one of three back row internationals at the Dragons with Ross Moriarty and Ollie Griffiths.

“Dean is definitely guiding us in the right direction and I want to be a big part of what he’s doing here,” said Wainwright.

“Champions Cup rugby and the prospect of pushing higher in the league really excites me and I believe we can do well in both competitions. We’ve signed some quality players this past season and I’m looking forward to now taking to the field with them.

“It’s been nearly a year without a crowd at Rodney Parade and there’s not many things I’m looking forward to more than running out into a packed stadium and hearing the fans in the stands.”

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