Updated: Thursday, 09 January 2014 02:18 | By Agence France-Presse

Wales duo turn backs on France for Newport

In a reversal of recent trends, Wales duo Lee Byrne and Aled Brew are set to return from French club rugby to join Newport, the Welsh side announced Wednesday. 

Wales duo turn backs on France for Newport

Clermont's Wales fullback Lee Byrne scores a try during the European Cup rugby union match ASM Clermont-Auvergne vs Harlequins at the Marcel Michelin stadium on October 20, 2013 in Clermont-Ferrand, central France

Full-back Byrne will join at the end of the current season on a two-year deal from Clermont, with Biarritz wing Brew returning on a three-year contract.

Byrne, capped 46 times by Wales and a tourist with the 2009 British and Irish Lions in South Africa, is currently sidelined with a shoulder injury.

"I am excited to be returning to Wales to play again. I hope to bring my experiences from France back to the Dragons," former Ospreys star Byrne, 33, said in a Newport statement.

The 27-year-old Brew, who has won three Wales caps, added: "I have really enjoyed my time in France and would like to think I've learned a lot during my time in Biarritz and that I've become a better player because of it. I have no regrets at all about my time in French rugby. It has been a fantastic experience, but I feel it's the right time to come home for me and my family." 

Newport rugby director Lyn Jones said: "I am absolutely delighted to sign someone of Lee's experience and calibre.

"He has proved himself in Britain and France as a top-quality number 15. 

"It's a significant signing for us, a player who is going to help the growth of our Gwent side while helping to develop Hallam Amos as a future Welsh 15. 

"Aled has shown a desire to come back to his natural home of Newport Gwent Dragons, where he was extremely popular with the supporters in the past and proved to be an excellent try-scorer." 

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