Newport Gwent Dragons no longer 'accept defeat', says Lyn Jones

Newport Gwent Dragons director of rugby Lyn Jones (L) with centre Tyler Morgan (R)
Newport Gwent Dragons director of rugby Lyn Jones (L) with centre Tyler Morgan (R)
European Challenge Cup: Edinburgh v Newport Gwent Dragons
Venue: Murrayfield, Edinburgh Date: Friday, 17 April 2015 Kick-off: 19:45 BST
Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio Wales plus live score updates on the BBC Sport website

Newport Gwent Dragons director of rugby Lyn Jones believes their European Challenge Cup run can reverse the region's culture of "accepting defeat".

Dragons face Edinburgh in only their second European semi-final on Friday.

With Dragons also claiming a first Pro12 double over former European champions Leinster, Jones thinks they are now a genuinely competitive side.

"We understand the long-term plan is one of changing the acceptance of defeat," Jones told BBC Radio Wales.

"We're well on the way to changing that around.

"Things have gone really well for us in this competition [Challenge Cup]."

Much of Dragons' recent success has been built on the impressive performances of their young players.

Number eight Taulupe Faletau, 24, was the only Dragons' player to play for Wales during the 2015 Six Nations.

But Jones believes his squad could produce a number of future Test players.

"We are just probably tomorrow's Welsh international team really in waiting," he said.

"We've got nothing to fear. We've for no pressure on us. We don't have million pounds worth of international players loading our team up.

"Giving great exposure as young boys to higher level rugby is something that lots of young boys just don't get in professional rugby."

Two of those "young boys" are wing Hallam Amos, 20, and centre Tyler Morgan, 19.

Both have been awarded Welsh dual contracts and were included in the Wales Six Nations squad but did not play in the tournament.

The Dragons have won their last four matches in all competitions ahead of the clash against Edinburgh at Murrayfield, including last Sunday's 25-22 win over Leinster.

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