When the Welsh Rugby Union outlined their plans to the change the current rules surrounding Welsh foreign-based players representing the national side, many predicted that it would lead to the retainment of Welsh talent in the country and also to the return of some of their top players who ply their trade abroad.
That certainly seems to be the case as we know that both Ross Moriarty and George North will play in Wales next season. It’s been confirmed that Moriarty will play for the Dragons, which is a huge coup by Bernard Jackman and everyone involved with the club.
However, when North announced his departure from the Northampton Saints at the end of the season, it was to be to a yet to be determined Welsh club. No doubt, all of the Welsh regions will be vying for his signature but it seems that one club, in particular, is doing everything it can to land the 25-year-old, and again, it’s the Dragons, according to WalesOnline.
According to the report, it is understood that the club has already met with North and have outlined their ambitious plans over the next three years where they aim to be the top club in Wales. This, in addition to their ambitious transfer plans [it is understood Jackman wants to sign up to 14 new players] is hoped to sway North’s thinking and ultimately get him to commit to the Dragons.
There is definitely a lot more positivity surrounding the Dragons at the moment, they will also bring in Rhodri Williams from Bristol for next season and they are playing a better brand of rugby too so it may just be enough to convince North that his immediate future lies at Rodney Parade.