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Newport tie down international duo

Newport Gwent Dragons' Wales pair Toby Faletau and Lloyd Burns have signed contract extensions to keep them with the side until 2014.

Tongan-born Faletau excelled as his adopted country reached the World Cup semi-finals and was previously named as the Magners League's young player of the year for 2010-11, also taking the equivalent awards from the Welsh Rugby Writers' Association and Welsh Rugby Players' Association.

He said: "The World Cup was a great experience but I'm really looking forward to getting back to Rodney Parade. I just love to play rugby and I enjoy being at the Dragons."

Hooker Burns, who like Faletau came through the Dragons' Cross Keys RFC feeder club, was also part of Wales' squad in New Zealand just two years after leaving the semi-professional ranks.

He said: "It was a pretty simple decision for me. The Dragons are my region and I want to stay with my local team.

"The Dragons have been really good to me and it's where I want to be. I'll be back in training next week and am really looking forward to getting back in with the boys and taking on the next challenge."

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