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Jones heads for Bristol with Dragons’ blessing

Guinness PRO12 Editor

27 Jan 2012

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Dragon's Jason Tovey kicks a penalty - the fly-half finished with 10 points

Matthew Jones leaves Newport Gwent Dragons for Bristol with the blessing of the Welsh side, according to rugby director Robert Beale.

Fly-half Jones, 27, has found first-team opportunities in the RaboDirect PRO12 hard to come by this season with Jason Tovey ahead of him in the pecking order.

Indeed Jones has made just seven appearances for the Dragons this term and instead will turn his attentions to helping Bristol into the English top flight and Beale was quick to wish him well.

He said: "We would like to thank Matthew for his contribution at the Dragons and wish him luck for the rest of the season and the future."

Bristol are currently top of the English Championship and Jones is relishing his new challenge on the other side of the Severn.

"I'm pleased to be joining Bristol Rugby," said Jones. "The club are enjoying a strong season and there seems to be a fantastic team spirit.

"I'm looking forward to competing in the Championship and challenging for a spot in the first-team."