Newport snap up Charvis as cover for injured Owen

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Newport-Gwent Dragons have signed the former Wales captain Colin Charvis on a one-year deal. Charvis, 34, was released by Newcastle at the end of last season and was snapped up by the Dragons after Michael Owen was ruled out for three months with a shoulder injury.

The Dragons coach, Paul Turner, said: "It was important that we secured the signing of a world-class forward and Colin fits that description. He is a big, strong forward and is a huge boost for the region. He is a proven leader and has a vast amount of experience.

"It's a huge statement of intent and ambition. I've been talking to Colin over the last two months and I was impressed with his ambition both at regional and international level."

Charvis, who has won 84 Test caps, had seemed set to retire when he was released by the Falcons.

Glasgow Warriors will return to Hughenden for the new season. The Scottish Rugby Union had launched an extensive search for a new home, which included the Falkirk Stadium, Burnbrae and Anniesland after playing home games at Firhill - home of Partick Thistle - for the second half of last season.

The Warriors left Hughenden after a disagreement over ground usage with Hillhead/Jordanhill RFC, who own the ground, but that has now been resolved.

The Scottish Rugby Union's chief executive, Gordon McKie, said: "I am delighted we have been able to overcome the previous long-running difficulties between Scottish Rugby and the club and thus put the relationship on a new basis which we can now build upon for the Warriors and their supporters.

"We are also determined to listen carefully to our supporters and the clear message was that Hughenden is their preferred venue for The Warriors. So we hope today's decision will prove popular with the rugby community in the city."

Glasgow will make their competitive return to Hughenden on 1 September when they host Newport-Gwent Dragons in the Magners League. The Warriors head coach, Sean Lineen, said: "The players and coaches have been concentrating on our pre-season training which is going well. We have had every faith that the matter of where we play this season would be settled in time for the first game."