Wales backrow man Micheal Owen says he wants his the Dragons to be back where they belong – at the top table of European rugby.

When Overmach Parma surprised them in a Heineken Cup final play-off at the tail end of last term the Dragons found themselves in the draw for European Challenge Cup for the first time since the 1999-2000 in the days before regionalisation.

But the gloom of that rainy evening has made way for spring sunshine and the Gwent side are fighting for their Heineken Cup spot on two fronts – and have got their eyes on the main prize.

They are in the final eight of the European challenge cup where victory would mean an automatic entry into the Heineken, and they are battling their regional rivals for a berth via the Magners League.

The Dragons are already a point ahead of the Scarlets in the Magners League table and victory over Glasgow will guarantee them sixth place, and breathing down the necks of the Ospreys and Blues.

“We were very disappointed not to qualify for this year’s Heineken Cup but the Challenge Cup has been very good for us and we’ve got a big quarter-final to look forward to. However the Heineken Cup is where we want to be competing,” said Owen.

“People wrote us off at the start of the season but things are rarely as bad as people make out and we are playing some good rugby.

“You look at the table and there is so little to choose between top and bottom so we’ll just keep fighting to the end.”


In such a competitive league, home advantage has proved crucial to the Dragons’ improved form this season, having gone five months unbeaten at Rodney Parade.