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Dragons are one of Wales’ four professional rugby union teams, representing the south-east region of Wales. Dragons compete in the Pro14 league and are former semi-finalists of the Anglo-Welsh Cup and the European Challenge Cup. The club, founded in 2003, plays its games at the 8,700-capacity Rodney Parade, Newport.
Dragons were founded in 2003 as part of an agreement to create regional football teams in Wales. The club controversially adopted the name of Gwent Dragons before quickly changing to Newport Gwent Dragons. Competing in what was then known as the Celtic League, Dragons finished third in their inaugural season - the region’s best ever performance – and fourth the following year.
Although Dragons’ league performances in the years since have failed to reach such heights, the club has had more success in European competition, reaching the semi-finals of Europe’s second tier competition the European Challenge Cup in 2007 where they lost to ASC Clement Auvergne. Dragons have also reached the Anglo-Welsh Cup semi-final in 2011, losing to Gloucester.
Many of Wales’ most famous rugby union players have played for Dragons include Michael Owen, who captained Wales to their first Grand Slam in 27 years in the 2005 Six Nations Championship. If you’re looking to catch a quality professional game of rugby union in the south-east of Wales, you can’t look further than Dragons.
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