Dafydd Howells Hopes Dragons Move Will Spark Wales Bid

Dafydd Howells in action for the Ospreys. Pic: Getty Images.

Dafydd Howells Hopes Dragons Move Will Spark Wales Bid

Dafydd Howells wants to re-ignite his international ambitions after joining the Dragons from the Ospreys on a two-year contract.

Howells, 23, played 42 times for the Ospreys, scoring 12 tries over the last five seasons and but joins the Dragons after recent shoulder problems.

The wing – who was capped by Wales as an 18-year-old on the 2013 tour to Japan – said: “I’m hoping I can get going next season, enjoy the environment at the Dragons and push on as I still have Wales ambitions.”
The Ospreys have confirmed that a total of 15 players, including Howells, are leaving the region at the end of the season.

But over in Newport, Dragons head coach Bernard Jackman is also overseeing a big rebuilding job after a campaign that has provided just two victories in the Guinness Pro 14.

Jackman said: “After being first choice for the Ospreys last season playing 22 games, Dafydd’s been unlucky this campaign picking up an injury which has ruled him out of much of the season, but he’ll be back fit and ready to impress for us next year.

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“We’re fortunate enough to have genuine pace through our backline particularly in the back three, but he’s been a great talent from a young age and he’s still young now so he can make a big impact for us.”

The Dragons appear to be building much greater strength in depth for the next campaign and Howells will compete for a back three spots with Hallam Amos, former Springbok Zane Kirchner, Jared Rosser, Ashton Hewitt and Jordan Williams.

Howells added: “I know a number of the players at the Dragons through age grade and Wales Under 20s, but it’s exciting to be joining up with a new squad, so hopefully I can hit the ground running by training hard and playing well to give all I’ve got over the coming seasons.”

“When I met Bernard we talked about how he wants his team to play, and that’s definitely a style that suits me as I want to get my hands on the ball and let loose. I was sat there talking to him and itching to get going, so I’m really excited for what next season has to bring.”


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