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Last Updated: Wednesday, 29 November 2006, 16:11 GMT
Dragons duo face extended absence
Dragons and Wales prop Rhys Thomas
Thomas won his first Wales cap in Argentina last summer
Newport Gwent Dragons prop Rhys Thomas and outside-half Craig Warlow look likely to miss the rest of the season.

Tight-head Thomas, 24, who won his first Wales cap against Argentina in the summer, has a chest problem and must rest for an extended period.

He played the first six games of the season, his last match on 7 October.

Warlow has discovered that he broke a foot in the Dragons' last game, against Edinburgh on 11 November, and he will be in plaster until February.

Rhys is a big loss to us and we're trying to cover that by bringing a player in

Dragons coach Paul Turner

Ceri Sweeney and Mike Hercus can cover Warlow at 10, but the Dragons are short at tight-head with only summer signing Lee Harrison and teenager Jamie Corsi.

"Rhys is a big loss to us and we're trying to cover that by bringing a player in," Dragons coach Paul Turner told the South Wales Argus.

"We're looking at the situation closely in the build-up to two important European Challenge Cup matches against Bucuresti."

Back-rower Joe Bearman's ongoing hip problem also continues to be a source of concern to the Dragons, his participation against Bucuresti already in doubt.

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