Dragons as new regime

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in the hunt for a place in the quar­ter-fi­nals.

“They’re big men and pro­vide a dif­fer­ent kind of chal­lenge. They favour a slower game, but we want it to be high-tempo and run them off the pitch,” he de­clared.

The Dragons have named the youngest half-back part­ner­ship in the his­tory of Euro­pean com­pe­ti­tion as Dan Ba­bos and Ar­wel Rob­son pre­pare to make their Chal­lenge Cup de­buts.

At just 17, scrum-half Ba­bos im­pressed in the thrilling 32-32 draw with Ul­ster last week­end as he be­came the first player who was born in this mil­len­nium to start a Guin­ness PRO14 match.

And he will claim an­other record tonight when he lines up along­side out­side-half Rob­son, who is 20. Dragons: A O’Brien; P Howard, A War­ren, J Dixon, J Rosser; A Rob­son, D Ba­bos; T Davies, L Belcher, L Fair­brother, J Davies, R Land­man, A Wain­wright, J Ben­jamin, O Grif­fiths. Subs: G El­lis, L Gar­rett, S Hobbs, J Sheekey, B Roach, O Leonard, G Hen­son, R Blake. Eni­sei-STM: R Gaisin; R Kingi, D Kachar­ava, S Tr­ishin, F Gilib­erti; I Kushnarev, A Scherban; A Po­li­valov, S Sel­skii, I Zykov, U Saulite, E El­gin; V Orlov, D Kro­tov, M Gachechi­ladze. Subs: S Magome­dov, V Moro­zov, V Po­drezov, A Ru­doi, A Budy­chenko, K Uzunov, D Si­monov, M Gar­galic. Ref­eree: Alexan­dru Ionescu (Rom)

> Lloyd Fair­brother on the charge dur­ing Dragons’ 32-32 draw with Ul­ster last week

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