Belfast Telegraph

Friday 21 November 2014

Burton to join Dragons

Kristopher Burton has won 21 caps
Kristopher Burton has won 21 caps

Newport Gwent Dragons have announced the signing of Italy Test fly-half Kristopher Burton.

Australia-born Burton, who has won 21 caps and featured in this season's RBS 6 Nations, will move to Rodney Parade from leading Italian team Treviso.

The 32-year-old is among four new recruits revealed by the RaboDirect PRO12 side following their recent acquisition of Wales scrum-half Richie Rees from Edinburgh. Joining Burton next season will be lock Martin Muller, who currently plays for South African side the Cheetahs, ex-Worcester number eight Netani Talei and Stade Francais prop Francisco Chaparro.

Burton, though, is the headline signing and Dragons head coach Darren Edwards said: "Any team that has played against Kris knows how influential he can be on a game with his goal-kicking and tactical awareness.

"Alongside the recruitment of Richie Rees, we now have a good blend of young and experienced half-backs.

"It gives us the opportunity to generate competition and allows us to create combinations that can be influential and exciting for the team."

Muller is a former South Africa Under-21 player, his fellow 30-year-old Talei, who has captained Fiji, is currently at Edinburgh and 23-year-old Chaparro was recently capped by Argentina against France and Italy.

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