European Challenge Cup: Clermont Auvergne v Dragons
Venue: Stade Marcel-Michelin, Clermont-Ferrand Date: Sat, 15 Dec Kick off: 13:00 GMT
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Dragons have held talks with Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards over succeeding Bernard Jackman.

Ex-Ireland hooker Jackman, 42, abandoned the Welsh region this week and Edwards is in line for the job until atleast the end of this 2018 19 season.

The 52-year-old would keep on dealing together with Wales before end of the 2019 worldcup in Japan.

Edwards has agreed to take over as head coach of football league side Wigan Warriors in 2020 after the worldcup.

Moving to Dragons wouldn’t impact Edwards’ function to the 2019 Worldcup with Wales in their build-up or the 2019 Six Nations.

His assistant coaches Rob Howley and Robin McBryde also have deals based on the Wales national team.

When Edwards is supposed to be with Wales dragons play with three matches during the Six Nations.

Jackman abandoned his second season in control, together with forward coach Ceri Jones carrying the reins for Saturday’s European Challenge Cup match at Clermont-Auvergne.

Edwards was expected to become part-time member of the Dragons coaching team under Jackman in the summer being a consultant, but the move fell through.

Former Great Britain rugby league scrum half Edwards joined Ospreys instead, having spent the 2017 18 season in a major job at Cardiff Blues.

Former Wales prop Jones says Dragons staff and players have been told to anticipate a successor to Jackman to be appointed.

“[Chairman] David Buttress came in on Tuesday and told there will probably be a few news from next Monday, but that’s up to I understand,” said Jones.

Jones said he”was disappointed” for Jackman.

He added:”He’s been doing a great deal of very great preparation for this particular region.

“We have just got to focus on the week beforehand. It’s been a week.

“I can not read the board’s mind but we have to do is concentrate on the week beforehand for Clermont.

“We’ve had some disappointing news nowadays and what we have to try and perform now could be gel to your weekend.

“Clermont away is really a gigantic game and we must provide the best performance we can. Iam here to best prepare this collection “

Leaders Clermont lead the task Cup set with a max 15 points.

Players’gutted’ from Jackman exit

Dragons captain Cory Hill says his and Jackman’s departure disappointed his playing colleagues.

“It was a huge shock to me and that I was very amazed. Bernard transferred forward and kicked us has been doing much good in your community.

“Personally I think I’ve come on leaps and bounds and off the field under Bernard.

“Results of late never have gone our way, however he had been doing substantial things away from the pitch and throughout the region.

“We’re a tight set and moving to something special. It is a time for people as well as every one else.

“We have to proceed and focus on the task ahead this Saturday.”

Dragons is likely to undoubtedly be without hooker Richard Hibbard and back-rower Harrison Keddie after head knocks pushed them off against Northampton, whilst flanker Ollie Griffiths looks set to miss a number of this xmas Pro14 programme because of a knee injury.


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