Dragons coach Darren Edwards looking for overseas recruits

Darren Edwards

Darren Edwards has revealed plans to add overseas recruits to his Newport Gwent Dragons squad.

The Dragons coach admits he is already looking for players to boost his injury-hit squad.

The Men of Gwent already have 10 players sidelined due to injury, with the Pro12 campaign only two games old.

"I am looking everywhere, wherever we can find a player, but it's important we add some quality players," said Edwards.

"Our squad was stronger than last year, particularly in the back-row, but we have already lost two players with long-term injuries.

"Then we you lose Dan Lydiate and Toby Faletau [to Wales duty], that is four players missing in just one area of the team and that hurts us and is why we need to strengthen."

Edwards was happy with his 38-man squad at the start of the new season but his side have been hit by a number of injuries.

Tonderai Chavhanga (knee), Wayne Evans (back), Rob Sidoli (calf), Joe Bedford (shoulder), Andrew Coombs (knee), Matthew Pewtner (hamstring), Darren Waters (knee), Mike Poole (knee), Dan Watchurst (leg) and Jamie Smith (ankle) are all sidelined with injury.

Wales flanker Dan Lydiate, who missed the Dragons' 45-25 defeat to Leinster, has trained this week and is expected to be available for selection for the visit of Cardiff Blues to Rodney Parade on Saturday.

Edwards has pinpointed the Dragons' foray into Europe in the Amlin Challenge Cup as a real concern for his side.

Under European Rugby Cup Limited tournament rules, every side has to nominate a squad of 38 players, with a minimum of 10 front-row players, to be registered with the club and respective union on Sunday, 16 September.

"I think we have to [recruit] at the moment," said Edwards.

"We are going into Europe soon and our squad was 38 players before the start of the season.

"With injuries we have had, we need to make sure we fulfil our fixtures list, we need to make sure we have a 38-man squad."

The Dragon open their Amlin Challenge Cup campaign against London Wasps at Adams Park on 13 October.

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