Former Welsh international back rower Richard Parks has been forced to retire from rugby following a shoulder injury.
Parks, who joined the region two years ago from current French Top 14 leaders Perpignan, has also played for Newport, Pontypridd, The Celtic Warriors and Leeds Carniege.
His international career saw him earn four caps, as well as representing Wales in the 2001 sevens World Cup in Argentina, he has also played for the Barbarians
Despite battling against an injury to his knee last season and this season's shoulder injury, Parks has been a key player for the Dragons since his arrival to Rodney Parade, notching up 29 appearances in two seasons.
"It's very frustrating as I returned home from Perpignan in order to add to my Welsh caps, an ambition I had never given up on," he said. "I had almost agreed terms to see me stay in Wales at the Dragons as well.
During his career, Parks won the Principality Cup with Pontypridd and the Powergen Cup with Leeds.
"Obviously I'm bitterly disappointed to finish my career in this way, but I am truly grateful for the career that I have had. I've been privileged to play alongside and against some of the best players in the world and I have a lot of great memories and have made some great friends.
"I have been very fortunate to have been able to experience life in several different clubs and countries. I enjoyed a fantastic spell in Leeds - winning the Powergen Cup and got to experience life in the south of France with Perpignan. My fondest memories will be of my time at Sardis Road with Pontypridd with whom I won my Welsh caps and The Principality Cup.
"Apart from having my 'Grogg' made, winning the Principality Cup with Pontypridd, playing in the sevens World Cup with Wales in Argentina and going unbeaten for the last 8 games during my first season with Leeds to avoid relegation and win the Powergen Cup rank as some of the high points of my career.
"As I started my professional career with Newport, it seems ironic that things have come to an end back at Rodney Parade. I would like to thank the Dragons for all of their support over the last two years; players, coaches and staff alike. I'm also very grateful to my parents for their support.
"We have a great bunch of players at Rodney Parade and it's been a real pleasure to play alongside them. Although the other regions might get more of the spotlight, there are a many young players here who have big careers ahead of them. I believe that the region as a whole has a huge amount of potential.
I would like to thank the Dragons fans who have been outstanding and given me a lot of support over the last two seasons."
Dragons Chief Executive Gethin Jenkins said "Richard has had a great presence at the Dragons both on and off the field. He has been a valuable member of our side and we wish him all the best in the future."
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.