Charteris ruled out of Italian trip
November 8, 2011
The Dragons will have to cope without Charteris until December © Getty Images
Welsh lock Luke Charteris looks set to be out of action until December and will miss Newport Gwent-Dragons' Amlin Challenge Cup clash with Cavalieri Prato on Saturday.
The second-row is struggling with a wrist injury though they will call upon fellow Welsh internationals Toby Faletau, Dan Lydiate, Lloyd Burns and Aled Brew after the quartet were included in the squad for the match. Despite their return, the list of injured Dragons will be a worry for their backroom staff with the likes of Tom Willis (thumb) and Mike Poole (knee) sidelined.
The Dragons struggled in the Celtic league last year and after their poor finish had to settle for a spot in the Challenge Cup. But Burns is looking at this competition as an opportunity to propel them back into Europe's premier competition.
"Of course it is pretty disappointing that we are not in the Heineken Cup but that is the way it is and we just need to get on with things and go out to put in some big performances in the Amlin Challenge Cup and prove we deserve to get back into the Heineken Cup next season," Burns told BBC Wales. "The challenges and competition will still be massive, just like the Heineken Cup, and we certainly will not be taking any of our opponents lightly and be going into the matches with all guns blazing."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
He teed up Obolensky's try, fought in Burma and played cricket for Warwickshire - we Rewind to look at the story of Peter Cranmer
With the World Cup just a year away, Tom Hamilton picks out five matches to ensure you have tickets for
Ahead of November's USA-All Blacks match, America's ESPN Magazine explains rugby to its readers who may not be familiar with the game
Tom Hamilton talks to World Cup-winning captain John Smit about life after rugby, his fears over the South African exodus and the World Cup