DUNCAN BELL has said the ovation he received during Newport Gwent Dragon’s 24-23 victory over Glasgow Warriors on Sunday was one of the best moments of his career.
Lydney’s 39-year-old head coach (inset) made a shock return to professional rugby when he signed for the Dragons last week, covering for an injury and suspension stricken front row for the remaining eight fixtures of the season.
The former England and Bath prop was replaced in the 45th minute to raucous applause which “gave him goosebumps”, while the Dragons were17-10 down.
But a try for Cory Hill saw the Rodney Parade men close the gap before replacement winger Ross Wardle clinched the winner in the last 10 minutes.
It was Bell’s first professional outing since last playing for Bath two seasons ago.
Yesterday, the tighthead tweeted that he is “stiffer than a popadom” and he would like a “new back and a third lung”.