Wales receive Ross Moriarty boost after successful Dragons comeback

Ross Moriarty played 67 minutes in Dragons' game against Benetton
Ross Moriarty played 67 minutes in Dragons' game against Benetton
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Wales back row Ross Moriarty is backing himself to be fit for the opening round of the Six Nations tournament against Ireland to be played on 5th February.

The 27-year-old made a successful comeback for Dragons as he captained them to a 13-13 draw against Benetton at Rodney Parade on Friday where he played for 67 minutes.

It was also his first outing since he was sidelined with a shoulder injury that he sustained during the autumn nations opener against New Zealand in October.

"Yes, I am always going to back myself and it’s tough, a lot of boys have not played [because of coronavirus postponements], he said.

“I will mark myself on training next week and I will push everybody as hard as I can.”

Moriarty's career has been hampered by injuries in the last two years during which his appearances for Wales were restricted to just eight games. He is now looking forward to reach the 50-Test milestone during the clash against Ireland after reaching 40-mark at the end of 2019.

"I should have had it two years ago but I have been injured a lot. It's been a long time coming but hopefully next week I can get on the pitch,” said Moriarty.

“The Six Nations is a special time and with fans back as well. The first game out in Ireland is going to be a big one and I am sure all the boys are looking forward to it after a good week's training.”