Hooker Steve Jones has been rewarded for some sterling efforts this season with an extended contract.
Dragons and Wales hooker Steve Jones has committed to another two years with the region, which will see him at Rodney Parade until the end of the 2011-12 season.
The Neath-born hooker played for UWIC and Neath before joining the Dragons at the inception of regional rugby and has proven a great servant to the club with both his reliable set-piece and dynamic work in the loose.
Having represented Wales at students, Wales development XV and Wales A level, the 5-times Welsh capped hooker made his senior international debut against Japan in 2001 and went on to feature in Wales' 2007 test squad to tour Australia.
"I've really enjoyed my years at the Dragons and I think this is an exciting time to be involved with the region," said Jones. "We have a strong group of players at Rodney Parade and with a lot of home-grown talent coming through, I'm looking forward to another two years here.
"There is a great atmosphere in the camp and a really strong team spirit."
With captain Tom Willis sidelined with a calf injury for much of the 2009/10 season, Jones grabbed the opportunity, not only to regularly start, but also to captain the Men of Gwent and has proven yet again the value of his experience and expertise.
"We are delighted to have retained the services of Steve for the next two years," said Dragons Rugby Manager Robert Beale. "He is an integral part of our squad and future plans."
Nearly 40 players were involved in the first Wales Under 18 training session of the season. WRU National Performance Manager Gethin Watts is excited at the potential shown by the group and expects the Regional Under 18 Championship to hone their skills even further.
The WRU officially unveiled the new pitch today in time for Wales to take on Australia in the first of the Dove Men Series autumn international matches this Saturday. Head Groundsman Lee Evans and colleague Craig Campbell reflect on the 15-week project and look ahead to a pitch perfect future at Millennium Stadium.