Byrne to captain Dragons

31st Jul 2014, 09:06

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Captain: Lee Byrne

Captain: Lee Byrne

The Dragons have announced that Lee Byrne will captain the side in the upcoming Guinness PRO12 season, replacing Andrew Coombs.

The Dragons have announced that full-back Lee Byrne will captain the squad in the upcoming Guinness PRO12, replacing Andrew Coombs.

Byrne, who joined Rodney Parade from Clermont in the off-season, said "it is probably one of the best pieces of news that I have ever had."

"Throughout my rugby career I have had both highs and lows, and this for me is right up there in the highs," he told the Dragons' website.

"Becoming captain of the Dragons will be a massive challenge for me, but now it's time for us to make sure that we deliver as a team. We have been given the best of everything this season, including the squad, coaches and the new training facility.

"I want to lead by example and I hope that the youngsters can learn from my attitude and the experience that I have gained through my international career and through playing in France."

Director of rugby, Lyn Jones added: "Lee's ability as a player is outstanding; he has great leadership skills and has a lot of experience behind him."

"Andrew Coombs captained the side very well last season, but I feel that this is a season that I need apply change throughout which will also allow Andrew to focus on his international career."