Newport Gwent Dragons have announced that Paul Turner’s employment with the region as Head Coach has “ceased today by mutual agreement”. The region says it would like to express its thanks to Paul for the work he has done in past years and to wish him all the very best in the future.

Turner said: “ I’ve enjoyed my 6 years at the Dragons and am immensely proud to have been involved with developing this Region. I wish all the players and staff my best wishes for the remainder of the season”

Dragons Assistant Coach Darren Edwards will take over as Acting Head Coach until the end of the season.

  • Steve L

    It’s a sad day for Paul Turner and dissapointing that Newport Gwent Dragons didn’t stand with their coach after he stood with them with a small budget & little resources. He had a very small squad to work with and brought younsters through i.e. Ashley Smith, Danny Lydiate, Toby Faletau, Jason Tovey, Martin Thomas, Johnathan Evans, to be regular 1st team members & some are International players. Paul Turner was a Gwent man through & through and did everything possible for the Dragons. He desevedly won the Magners League Top Coach last season, but because he spoke the truth, the Press, (Media) had it in for him. We should stand by our Welsh grown coaches and encourage them towards W.R.U. team coaches instead of employing foreign coaches. I don’t think many coaches would have lasted nearly six years with the finances & Small squad he had to work with.Paul can hold is head up high for what he has done for Gwent Rugby and the Dragons treated him unfairly. I’m sure he will get a coaching job soon and hope it’s not outside Wales and perhaps he would be made welcome at Cardiff Blues or the Ospreys. Our best players are going overseas and England to play & we can’t afford to lose our best coaches to leave as well (we’ve only got a few). The W.R.U. should have a good look at themselves, instead of bringing too many foreign players for the Regions as well as foreign coaches.
    Good Luck Paul for the Future