Edwards drops exit bomb on Dragons

Fri, 28 Feb 2014 13:49
Large darren edwards

Newport Gwent Dragons' head coach Darren Edwards has left the region with immediate effect.

Newport Gwent Dragons' head coach Darren Edwards has left the region with immediate effect.

The former Wales international began his career at the Dragons in June 2009, when he joined as backs coach under Paul Turner.

In 2011 the 39-year-old became head coach of the region after the departure of Turner.

Previous to this he was a member of the 2003 Wales squad and won representative honours with Wales A, Sevens, Under-21, Students and Under-18.

He also played for Gwent premiership side Newport RFC and made over 21 appearances for the club. He also made more than 100 appearances for London Irish and played for Bedford and London Welsh ending his career at Leeds Carnegie.

On leaving the men of Gwent, Edwards commented: "After five seasons my time with the Dragons has come to an end. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here working with some fantastic players.

"In professional sport it is important that you continue to challenge yourself and develop and I have decided that now is the time for me to do that.

"In agreement with the Dragons I am leaving at this stage of the season, as it will enable me to spend time with my wife and young sons before moving onto my next challenge.

"It is good to see the Dragons in a healthy place and having a great win at Rodney Parade last Sunday."

Director of Rugby Lyn Jones added: "It's a shame to see Darren leave the region after his long tenure here. As a former Newport RFC player he has brought a lot of experience to the role of head coach at the Dragons.

"Being with the club for five years I admire his decision to take a break before his next role.

"Personally I have enjoyed his company and working alongside him, and hope that he keeps in touch."

"Everyone here at the Dragons wishes him well for the future."

Chief Executive of Rodney Parade, Gareth Davies added: "I would like to thank Darren for all of his hard work over the five years he has been here and I wish him all the best in his future ventures."

Western Province vs Boland
sast: 19h10 | local: 19h10

  • 20 | 21
LIVE
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 30 September 2016
Dragons v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 Rodney Parade
Connacht v Edinburgh 18h35 Sportsground
Bristol v Saracens 18h45 Ashton Gate
Northampton Saints v Exeter Chiefs 18h45 Franklin's Gardens
Sat, 01 October 2016
Free State Cheetahs v Griquas 12h00 Bloemfontein
Sale Sharks v Leicester Tigers 13h30 AJ Bell Stadium
Gloucester v Bath 14h00 Kingsholm
South Africa v Australia 15h05 Loftus Versfeld
Munster v Zebre 16h00 Thomond Park
Ulster v Ospreys 17h30 Kingspan Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Leinster 18h35 BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
Treviso v Scarlets 19h05 Stadio Monigo
Sun, 02 October 2016
Argentina v New Zealand 22h10 Ascoli Piceno
Wasps v Harlequins 13h30 Ricoh Arena
Worcester Warriors v Newcastle Falcons 14h00 Sixways
PRO12
MORE LOGS
Team P W D L Pts
Ulster 4 4 0 0 17
Cardiff Blues 4 4 0 0 17
Ospreys 4 3 0 1 15
Leinster 4 3 0 1 14
Munster 4 3 0 1 14
Glasgow Warriors 4 2 0 2 12
Dragons 4 1 0 3 5
Scarlets 4 1 0 3 4
Edinburgh 4 1 0 3 4
Treviso 4 1 0 3 4
Zebre 3 0 0 3 2
Connacht 3 0 0 3 0