Rees takes on Dragons academy role

Date published: May 21 2015

Former Wales scrum-half Richie Rees will joined the Dragons coaching stuff as academy skills coach from next season, it has been confirmed.

The 31-year-old, who won nine caps for Wales, has joined the management side after two seasons playing for the Men of Gwent.

Rees, who has over ten years of rugby experience, began his rugby career playing for his home rugby team Swansea before moving to London Irish. During his time with Swansea he made appearances for Ospreys and Wales U21s.

After his time with Irish, Rees moved back to Wales as he signed with Cardiff Blues. The scrum-half went on to make over 100 appearances for the Capital City before being called into the Barbarians and scoring a try against Wales.

During the season of 2014-15 Rees combined his role as a player with taking up a position on the U16s academy management team, whilst also making 20 appearances for the region.

Commenting on the news Rees said: "The academy system is thriving and it's great to be joining such a strong team where I believe I can add real value through both my own playing experiences and my academic background.

“The chance to influence the next generation of Dragons players is something that really excites me and I cannot wait to get started. James Chapron (Academy Manager) and Shaun Connor (Backs Coach) have done a very impressive job with the amount of players that have come through into the senior squad and I hope to continue their good work.

"The current academy players have got everything they could ask for to make them the best players they want to be with regards to facilities, coaches and support networks so I look forward to taking on my role within the team and particularly focusing on improving and challenging the players technical and tactical ability so they have to best possible chance to step up to the professional game.

"I am looking forward to working alongside James closely, whilst utilizing Shaun and his experience so that I can learn from him first hand.”