Apr 1, 09:00 AM

Charteris to take over kicking duties for the remainder of the season.

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Sources in the Dragons have revealed that, due to Jason Tovey’s slight dip in form with the boot, that head coach Darren Edwards has been looking at alternative kickers to ease the burden on the young No 10’s shoulders for the end of season’s run of games. The testing throughout the squad has revealed that the giant lock is the most accurate kicker, and has an impressive range, slotting them over from beyond the halfway line with an impressive 88% success rate.

Tovey remained pragmatic, and has admitted that his form change had been a part of an attempt to change his style slightly “I was trying to change something. It’s not broken, now it’s slowly coming back together,” he said.

Charteris practicing kicking earlier this week.

Luke Charteris, who began his career as an outside half, but progressed first out into the centres, then the backrow, and finally lock, as he lost his pace whilst gaining in size and bulk, said “Whilst it’s a big honour to be asked to step up, it’s a daunting task to take on the responsibilities with the boot. It’s not a unfamiliar position for me, having played most of my youth rugby at 10, and been the team kicker in the early part of my career at Camborne RFC. Darren (Edwards) has made it clear that Jason will still be first choice in the future, but for the season run in he felt it was a good idea to let Jason concentrate on the tactical kicking and getting the backs moving in attack and to take the pressure of him, starting this weekend at Treviso”

Goodluck Luke, from all at Dragged Up.