Rio Dyer is likely one of the quickest rugby gamers in Welsh rugby proper now, and we’re about to see much more of him.
The 21-year-old former Wales Underneath-20s flier made simply his third Dragons look of the season on Saturday in his aspect’s 52-32 win over the Scarlets.
The hungry, efficient and really fast winger and former Sevens participant made his Rainbow Cup debut with a strive after 47 minutes, ending off an excellent group effort with assist from Aneurin Owen, Evan Lloyd and Jack Dixon.
Tom Shanklin praised the Academy product, whereas Premier Sports activities commentator Wyn Gruffydd stated: “He is received class, there is not any two methods about it.”
So, who’s the thrilling winger who’s benefiting from Ashton Hewitt’s absence attributable to harm.
Nicely, the teenager from Rogerstone made his skilled Dragons debut in January 2018 in opposition to Saracens within the Anglo-Welsh Cup, adopted by his PRO14 debut a month later.
The previous Wales Sevens participant can even have caught the attention when he clocked up a formidable 34km/hour – or 21mph – at New Zealand Sevens in January 2019.
The 6ft 1in, 13st 3lbs back-three man has made simply 11 appearances for the area because the 2017/18 season, however director of rugby Dean Ryan is eager to make use of him extra within the recently-started Rainbow Cup.
Chatting with Premier Sports activities after the win over the Scarlets, Ryan stated: “I feel getting growth proper means getting some actually optimistic experiences within the early rugby careers of a few of our children. At present might be a key a part of one thing in three or 4 years’ time.
“Rio seems like he is been right here on a regular basis now and that is as a result of we have performed it on the proper occasions during the last six months and never responded to simply making an attempt to get all of them in as quick as we are able to.”
Forward of the conflict, Ryan praised the previous 100m and 200m athlete’s tempo – however that is not his solely promoting level.
“What I favored about when he got here in was we challenged him round a few of the foundations,” the Dragons boss defined.
“It’s extremely tough typically for a growing participant to return in and need to showcase the one space they know is their tremendous power, however the irony being might be as a coach you are most likely on the lookout for the 5 or 6 areas that permits them to be secure.
“What we’re speaking to the growing gamers is, if you happen to can create stability in that senior setting, you get extra safety of being in week after week.
“That is the place you develop your experiences and that is the place you get extra possibilities to point out. Positively, the thrilling factor round Rio’s tempo is one thing we’re eager to get out on the sector.
“Rio’s one which we’d positively see taking part in as many of those video games as attainable.”
It isn’t the primary public vote of confidence that Ryan has given the participant, who Ryan instructed final 12 months he may very well be a celebrity.
Talking after a man-of-the-match show in opposition to the Ospreys, Ryan defined: “I stated to him at the moment: ‘I’ve a sense you’re going to be a celebrity’.
“‘I can see two or three tries in you each time you get close to the ball’.
“We’ve recognized for a very long time how good he’s on the ball and the way fast he’s.
“We additionally recognise he’s a younger man, and typically we have now to do the proper factor in growing younger males, and exposing them was proper. That stated, he has a number of issues to work on and hold transferring.”
The previous Bassaleg Faculty pupil, who performed for Tablet Harriers and Newport Excessive Faculty Outdated Boys, beforehand spoke of taking inspiration from legendary Springbok Bryan Habana.
Dyer beforehand stated: “I’d say I’m an brisk winger – I simply attempt to get my fingers on the ball and run into the area principally!
“I used to love Bryan Habana as a result of he was often called the quickest man in rugby and I needed to be the quickest child on the pitch.”
Like Habana, Dyer is thought for having gasoline and energy. With the proper begin and cautious administration, the sky actually is the restrict for this proficient Welsh teenager.