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Dragons deliver crushing Ashton Hewitt injury update

By Josh Raisey
Ashton Hewitt of Dragons during the United Rugby Championship match between Leinster and Dragons at RDS Arena in Dublin. (Photo By Tyler Miller/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

The Dragons have confirmed that winger Ashton Hewitt underwent surgery on his right knee on Wednesday and is now set for a long spell out of action.

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The 29-year-old picked up the injury to his anterior cruciate ligament ahead of the Dragons’ New Year’s Day win over the Scarlets. This is the second major knee injury of his career, having ruptured his ACL in 2021.

The injury came just days after Hewitt became the Dragons’ joint-second highest try scorer of all time, level with Hallam Amos on 36, seven behind Aled Brew.

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Though a timescale has not been given for the recovery, it is unlikely that the winger will play again this season, which is a damaging blow to the Dragons who sit second from bottom in the United Rugby Championship table.

Head Coach Dai Flanagan said: “We are all devastated for Ashton and it is cruel that a player who has experienced this type of injury before now faces another spell out of the game.

“Ashton has been impressive for us this season, getting back to the levels we know he can produce and being a real catalyst for some of our better performances.

“He has undergone surgery and now starts his journey back surrounded by our medical staff and physios, and with the support and backing of us all at Dragons.

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“I am sure our supporters will join us in sending our best wishes to Ashton and wishing him well with his recovery.”

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Jon 1 days ago
Why Sam Cane's path to retirement is perfect for him and the All Blacks

> It would be best described as an elegant solution to what was potentially going to be a significant problem for new All Blacks coach Scott Robertson. It is a problem the mad population of New Zealand will have to cope with more and more as All Blacks are able to continue their careers in NZ post RWCs. It will not be a problem for coaches, who are always going to start a campaign with the captain for the next WC in mind. > Cane, despite his warrior spirit, his undoubted commitment to every team he played for and unforgettable heroics against Ireland in last year’s World Cup quarter-final, was never unanimously admired or respected within New Zealand while he was in the role. Neither was McCaw, he was considered far too passive a captain and then out of form until his last world cup where everyone opinions changed, just like they would have if Cane had won the WC. > It was never easy to see where Cane, or even if, he would fit into Robertson’s squad given the new coach will want to be building a new-look team with 2027 in mind. > Cane will win his selections on merit and come the end of the year, he’ll sign off, he hopes, with 100 caps and maybe even, at last, universal public appreciation for what was a special career. No, he won’t. Those returning from Japan have already earned the right to retain their jersey, it’s in their contract. Cane would have been playing against England if he was ready, and found it very hard to keep his place. Perform, and they keep it however. Very easy to see where Cane could have fit, very hard to see how he could have accomplished it choosing this year as his sabbatical instead of 2025, and that’s how it played out (though I assume we now know what when NZR said they were allowing him to move his sabbatical forward and return to NZ next year, they had actually agreed to simply select him for the All Blacks from overseas, without any chance he was going to play in NZ again). With a mammoth season of 15 All Black games they might as well get some value out of his years contract, though even with him being of equal character to Richie, I don’t think they should guarantee him his 100 caps. That’s not what the All Blacks should be about. He absolutely has to play winning football.

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