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Dragons release eight
ESPNscrum Staff
March 8, 2012
The Dragons' Martyn Thomas dives over to score a try, Dragons v Scarlets, Anglo-Welsh Cup, Rodney Parade, Newport, Wales, February 6, 2011
Martyn Thomas is among the eight players to be released by the Dragons © Getty Images
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Newport Gwent Dragons have announced the release of eight players from their squad for next season.

Martyn Thomas, Tom Riley, James Leadbeater, Rhys Buckley, Gethin Robinson, Royce Cadman, Rhys Jenkins and Hugo Ellis will not be offered new contracts. Thomas is the highest-profile depature - the 24-year-old fullback was on the fringes of the Wales squad a few years ago before suffering a shocking leg break.

"The decision not to offer contract extensions to these players has been reached after discussions with head coach Darren Edwards and his coaching team, based on future business plans and the direction the management team and squad will follow," Dragons rugby director Robert Beale said.

"The players concerned have been formally thanked for their efforts while representing the regional team."

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