Newport Gwent Dragons renamed to Dragons after WRU takeover

Bernard Jackman was last week named Dragons head coach
Bernard Jackman was last week named Dragons head coach

Newport Gwent Dragons has been officially renamed to Dragons following Welsh Rugby Union's (WRU) takeover of the Pro 12 side.

Former Ireland hooker Bernard Jackman has already been appointed as head coach of the team by the WRU and the Leinster star will begin his stint from 1st July.

Wales and British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland will help the Dragons with pre-season coaching while WRU head of rugby Geraint John heads the list for the recruitment process with an intention to promote the young talents in the country.

Dragons have also announced their short term plans that includes naming a successor for chairman Martyn Hazell, installation of new pitch at Rodney Parade and further emphasis on improved player's welfare and spectator experience. The club is also aiming to have predominantly Welsh qualified players by the end of 2020.

Jackman, who has worked with Grenoble as both forwards and head coach is confident of a long-term success with the revamped club.

"We will be taking the team out to the region at large and ensuring we are visible amongst all of the clubs in Gwent," he said.

"We will be ensuring we are accessible to supporters, clubs and players throughout the region.

"Producing home-grown talent is a primary ambition for any successful sports team and it will be vital to the long-term success of the Dragons."

Newport Gwent Dragons managed to finish 11th in the 2016/17 edition of Pro 12.