The ‘frightening’ potential of the unluckiest man in Welsh rugby


Ollie Griffiths’ potential has been described as “horrifying” because the injury-plagued Welsh worldwide makes his newest return to motion.

The Dragons again rower has arguably been the unluckiest participant in Wales in recent times.

There was a constant theme to his profession path.

He regains health, produces a sequence of excellent performances to place himself within the Wales body, after which he will get crocked once more.

There was a list of points: hamstring surgical procedure, a leg harm, a damaged jaw, bicep surgical procedure, hamstring once more, ankle operation and, most just lately, bicep as soon as extra.

All of it means he has been restricted to only the one Wales cap, as a substitute in opposition to Tonga at Auckland’s Eden Park in June 2017.

It’s been massively irritating, not least for him, as he has a lot to supply together with his work over the ball and his dynamic carrying.

However now he’s able to get on the market once more, as he begins on the openside flank in opposition to the Ospreys in Sunday’s Rainbow Cup conflict at Rodney Parade.

Dragons director of rugby Dean Ryan is delighted to have him again and feels the sky’s the restrict when it comes to what the 26-year-old from Newbridge can obtain.

“The horrifying factor is how good may Ollie be,” he mentioned.

“I don’t assume we’ve ever seen him in a extremely constant run to have the ability to develop off the again of issues he’s performed.

“I need to get him in a state of affairs the place he’s enjoying usually, so we may also help him get higher.

“I don’t assume there’s any query over his potential to play on the highest stage.

“He’s absolutely conscious he must get that rhythm going of enjoying video games.”

Ryan continued: “Everyone shares the need to see him persistently play.

“The issue while you’ve obtained a poor harm file is each time you get a bump everybody thinks it’s very severe.

“He was in all probability match every week in the past and we didn’t decide him. So this week he’s determined to get on the market.

“Now we have seen the affect he can have on video games getting back from harm.

“His efficiency out in Ulster [in October], given the time he had been away, was phenomenal and that’s the kind of participant he’s.

“Everyone would want him some stability from week to week.”

With Griffiths returning, the Dragons discover themselves actually well-blessed within the again row, with the likes of Aaron Wainwright, Ross Moriarty, Taine Basham, Harrison Keddie, Dan Baker and Ben Fry additionally vying for choice.

“I’ve by no means in 18 months picked from a full again row, however I get near that,” mentioned Ryan.

“Now we have obtained nice expertise in that space and I believe they’re driving one another on to greater and better performances.

“Aaron and Ross have been excellent for the final couple of weeks.

“It will likely be Ollie’s flip now to indicate the extent of efficiency he can flip up with.”

In the meantime, Wales and Lions hooker Richard Hibbard is match once more to face his former area.

That’s well timed with Elliot Dee sidelined by a calf downside and Rhys Lawrence banned for 3 matches following his sending off in opposition to Cardiff Blues final weekend.


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