Forward George Nott has revealed how he has been ‘hit full force’ by the passion of the Rodney Parade faithful – revealing his contagious the atmosphere is for home games.
Nott, a summer recruit from London Irish, has featured in both home games with Munster and Cell C Sharks.
The 26-year-old has been bowled over by the passion on show at Rodney Parade and the impact it has on homegrown players.
And he believes that home factor will be important as the BKT United Rugby Championship season continues.
"I am new to the environment and have been hit full force by it," he said.
"It was my first league home game against Munster and I experienced how loud and passionate the fans are.
“That translates onto the pitch, that passion is contagious. We are all here representing the shirt.
“One of the big differences between the Premiership and here is that the majority of the players are from the area.
“They have that connection to the shirt that you cannot buy. The Dragons have a big percentage of the squad from the area and they will bleed for the shirt. That makes us others want to as well.”
Reflecting on the narrow home defeat to the Sharks, Nott believes the team are ‘making strides’ in the right direction.
“The boys were pretty gutted after the game,” he admitted.
“You saw the pride in the performance and the amount of effort that went in, so it is a shame we only got one point.
“It is mixed emotions. We are disappointed but there is a lot to take forward as a club,” he added.
“We are making strides with each week, not just in games but in training too, and now we have another game to look forward to.”
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The passion is contagious... We are all here representing the shirt and you can see that in the crowd too... It spurs us on...