Today’s rugby news as ‘superstar’ Welsh rugby signing falls through at last minute in major blow

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Here are the latest rugby headlines on Wednesday July 26.

Welsh rugby signing falls through at 11th hour

The Dragons’ move to sign South African second-row Deon Slabbert has fallen through at the 11th hour, according to reports.

The 23-year-old lock for Currie Cup runners-up the Pumas had agreed a three-year deal but is now unable to join the Rodney Parade outfit for family reasons, The South Wales Argus reports. Opting not to rush into making a replacement signing, the Dragons are said to be biding their time to see if he can join them at a later date if his situation changes.

“We’ve gone about our recruitment a little differently and have been statistic-led to try and find some golden nuggets who can kick on to enhance us and themselves,” said head coach Dai Flanagan.

“We’ve never had the big budget to go out and find a ‘rock star’ player but we had identified someone who we felt has the potential to be a superstar in the future. We were nearly there but it hasn’t happened because he needs to stay where he is at the moment.”

While Wales giant Will Rowlands is no longer a Dragons player, as he is headed for French side Racing 92 post-World Cup, the Gwent side are not short of second-row options. World Cup hopeful Ben Carter is available along with stalwarts Joe Davies and Matthew Screech, while lock/flankers George Nott, Sean Lonsdale and up-and-coming Ryan Woodman are also at Flanagan’s disposal.

“We are happy with what we have got – we are in a strong position at lock – but felt we had made something of a steal,” said Flanagan. “That signing hasn’t happened for this summer but it doesn’t mean the move won’t happen in the future if circumstances change. As the season progresses we will keep our ear to the ground, whether it be that individual or another player.”

The Dragons are also said to be close to signing a loosehead prop from overseas.

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