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Newport-Gwent Dragons v Connacht

Guinness Pro 12 Round 15

Sunday 22nd February 2015 Kick Off 16:00

After successive league defeats at home to Edinburgh and away to Scarlets, Connacht will hope to re-ignite their hopes of a top 6 finish by recording a 5th successive victory over the Dragons. Dragons come into the game on a good run of form having won a difficult Challenge Cup Pool and enjoyed away victories at Cardiff and Leinster in recent league matches.

Other Match Stats
Connacht have won the last 4 meetings between the sides
Dragons last win over Connacht was a 14-3 win in November 2012.

Newport-Gwent Dragons Stats
Founded: 2003 (Setup as a Regional Side)
Ground: Rodney Parade
Capacity: 11,676
Captain: Lee Byrne
Coaches: Kingsley Jones

Guinness Pro 12 League Position 2014/15: 10th Played 14 Points 21
Rabo Direct Pro 12 League Position 2013/14: 9th Played 22 Points 35
European Challenge Cup 2014/15: 1st in Pool 3 Points 25
European Challenge Cup 2013/14: 2nd in Pool 2 Points 14
Anglo-Welsh Cup 2014/15: 3rd in Pool 1 Points 11
Anglo-Welsh Cup 2013/14: 4th in Pool 1 Points 4

Previous Fixtures
Leinster 14-16 Dragons (Pro 12 Round 14)
Dragons 17-13 London Welsh (Anglo Welsh Cup)
Exeter Chiefs 37-32 Dragons (Anglo Welsh Cup)
Dragons 30-19 Stade Francais (Challenge Cup Round 6)
Newcastle 29-40 Dragons (Challenge Cup Round 5)

Next League Fixture:
Sunday 1st March 2015 Zebre v Dragons @ Stadio XXV Aprile. Kick Off: 18:00 (local time) (Pro 12 Round 16)

Challenge Cup (Pool 3) Final Standings
Dragons 25
Newcastle 21
Stade Francais Paris 15
Bucharest 1

Dragons Ins and Outs 2014/15
Players In
Aled Brew from Biarritz Olympique
Lee Byrne from Clermont Auvergne
Rhys Buckley from Moseley
Boris Stankovich from Leicester Tigers
Ian Gough from London Irish
Dave Young from Jersey
Rynard Landman from Free State Cheetahs
Lloyd Fairbrother from Exeter Chiefs
Andy Powell from Wigan Warriors
Brok Harris from Western Province / Stormers

Players Out
Ieuan Jones to Cardiff Blues
Will Harries released
Sam Parry to Ospreys
Dan Evans to Ospreys
Steffan Jones loan to Bedford Blues
Robert Sidoli retired
Jevon Groves released
Darren Waters to London Welsh
Kris Burton released

Previous Meetings

Saturday 6th September 2014 Guinness Pro 12
Connacht 16-11 Dragons

Sunday 23rd March 2014 Rabo Direct Pro 12
Dragons 8-24 Connacht

Saturday 21st December 2013 Rabo Direct Pro 12
Connacht 14-11 Dragons

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