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Charteris signs new Dragons deal

HEINEKEN CUP POOL FIVE
Venue: Rodney Parade Date: Saturday, 13 December Kick-off: 1430 GMT
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Luke Charteris
Luke Charteris made his Wales debut against South Africa in 2004

Wales international Luke Charteris has signed a new three-year contract with the Newport Gwent Dragons.

The 25-year-old lock, who won his ninth Welsh cap against New Zealand last month, has signed on at the Rodney Parade region until the summer of 2012.

Charteris said: "I was delighted to sign for another three years and am confident there's good times ahead."

The 6ft 9ins second rower will make his 89th appearance against Toulouse in the Heineken Cup on Saturday.

Dragons coach Paul Turner is elated Charteris has committed his long-term future to the Gwent region.

"We feel we have a nucleus of players that will serve the region in years to come," said Turner.

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"And Luke is a major part. Luke has been consistently good for the region and continues to impress in the boiler house of the second row.

"He's a great line-out weapon with huge potential and we're thrilled to have him here for a further three years.

"It's the time of year where recruitment talks are being held and hopefully we will add to Luke's signing in the near future."

The Dragons are unlikely to progress to the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup from Pool Five.

But Charteris said: "It has been a good season for the Dragons and I believe that we've started to show signs that we're moving in the right direction.

"I enjoyed a great month with the Wales team and was pleased with the opportunity to build on that performance against Toulouse last weekend.

"While we put in a good performance away from home as a team we will be looking for a victory this weekend on our own patch."

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