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Beale calls for more optimism

Guinness PRO12 Editor

12 Apr 2011


The Newport Gwent Dragons need a more optimistic approach according to new director of rugby Robert Beale.

Beale, the former team manager at Rodney Parade takes up the new position as part of a new coaching set-up which sees Darren Edwards confirmed as the Welsh region’s head coach.

And he believes the region needs to focus on a more positive outlook.

“For too long everything associated with the Dragons has been pessimistic and its time for optimism,” said Beale.

“We need to lose the ‘what we haven’t got’ tag and focus on what we have got, we have got a young vibrant coaching team, an environment that is changing daily and we need to be positive and that is message we are trying to put across.

“We have a heck of a lot to offer our players, Darren is extremely focused on the region and we know exactly where we intend to be and have plans in place of how to get there.

“The young coaching team here is exciting and their work ethic is second to none and I feel very excited about this announcement and the future of the region.

“Darren’s role is very hands on and he will be coaching and developing the squad.

“Darren is in charge of rugby on the pitch and my role is to support him off the pitch and my focus is the region as a whole.”