Dragons director of rugby Dean Ryan

Rearing Dragons’ kids could be costly for Dean Ryan

DEAN Ryan fears the Dragons may struggle to hold onto their young talent in the long run unless the WRU’s funding model is changed.
The Dragons have the lowest playing budget of the four professional sides in Wales, with the distribution of funding from the Professional Rugby Board (PRB) mainly based on how many players each side provides for the national side.
There were only five Dragons players in Wales’ Autumn Nations Cup squad, and despite having some of the best young players in Wales, director of rugby Ryan worries future wage inflation will make them difficult to retain.
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