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Jones looks forward to Brown return

06/02/2019

Head Coach Ceri Jones is looking forward to prop Leon Brown making a return to fitness in the coming weeks.

Brown has been back with the Dragons this week to continue his rehabilitation, after being released back to the region from the Welsh Six Nations squad.

The 22-year-old is fast approaching a return to action after a thumb injury and Jones acknowledges that will be a big boost for region and country.

However, Jones admits any involvement with Dragons will have to be given the green light by the Welsh coaching team.

“Leon is there or thereabouts and is looking huge. It is nice to see his monstrous frame walking around the place. It would be even nicer to see him back on the field,” said Jones.

“We will have to wait and see with Leon what the Welsh management say. He has been released back to us this week as they thought that would be better that he was with us.

“We will take guidance from them and we will ask the question. If he progresses well I would like to include him, but that would be on the approval from them.”

Meanwhile, Jones admits he is pleased with the front row resources available to him with Ryan Bevington also nearing a return after concussion and young prop Rhys Fawcett – signed on loan from Scarlet – impressing in training.

“We are being conservative with Bevs (Ryan Bevington),” revealed Jones. “He has seen a specialist and is going through the protocols.

“We are not prepared to rush anyone with this kind of injury and the player has got to be completely right to play.

“Rhys (Fawcett) is now with us for the foreseeable future. I have been pleased with how he has progressed so far.

“It was a really tight game against Munster and we went well in the scrum so we didn’t feel it was right to bring him on in that game. It wasn’t a high speed game with the weather conditions so the front row could go further.

“The return of Brok (Harris) and Lloyd (Fairbrother) is a boost and young Josh Reynolds if back too. We are looking healthier on the prop front when you add Nicky (Thomas) and Dan (Suter) into the mix.

“We are looking okay in terms of injuries,” he added. “We have quite a few away with Wales and Wales Under-20s. Selection is a nice problem to have and we managed it well against Munster.”

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Leon is looking huge and it is nice to see his monstrous frame walking around the place. It would be even nicer to see him back on the field...
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