European Rugby Challenge Cup Pool 1 leaders Dragons are set to be strengthened for their back-to-back games against Worcester Warriors by the return of three Rugby World Cup internationals.
Wales hooker Elliot Dee, No.8 Ross Moriarty and flanker Aaron Wainwright have yet to play for the Newport-based outfit this season, but director of rugby Dean Ryan has hinted they could return either at Sixways Stadium next Saturday or at Rodney Parade on December 13.
“The next two weeks will be about getting some of the guys back to where we need to be going into the festive derbies,” Ryan told the Dragons’ website.
“It will be tough because we’ve not seen them. Most internationals go back to systems they know at their club, but we’ve got several guys that haven’t been part of pre-season. We’ve got to work out over the next two weeks how we get them back into things in the right way.”
🗨️"The next two weeks will be about getting some of the guys back to where we need to be going into the festive derbies…"
Ryan ready to call on World Cup aces as attention switches back to @ERChallengeCup 👇
— Dragons 🏉 (@dragonsrugby) December 2, 2019
However, Ryan will not rush Wales lock Cory Hill back into action after the leg injury that ruled him out of the Rugby World Cup.
“Cory probably won’t be back this week, possibly the week after, but I don’t want that to be a target. We will just see how he is,” said the former Worcester boss.
Dragons will also have fly-half Sam Davies, wing Ashton Hewitt, back-row forward Ollie Griffiths and prop Leon Brown in contention for the trip to Worcester, after they missed last weekend’s 39-12 home loss to Zebre Rugby Club in the Guinness PRO14, as they were on international duty with Wales.