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Former Wales international Ryan Jones knows a thing or two about big Welsh derbies and says Saturday’s Euro quarter-final at Rodney Parade will be a huge occasion and great profile for regional rugby in Wales.

Jones said: “First and foremost you have to recognise the magnitude of this fixture and what it means to the players, supporters, all those working with the two Regions and Welsh pro rugby as a whole. There hasn’t been a Welsh derby in Europe like this for more than a decade. We shouldn’t underestimate its significance.

“Hosting a high profile European quarter-final in our backyard is great for the game in Wales and on top of that we’ve just come out of a thrilling 6 Nations; so we’re going to see some of Wales’ best players of this generation coming out to contest a European semi-final place on one field in Wales.

“To see Wales’ best players – Sam Warburton, Toby Faletau, Matthew Rees, Alex Cuthbert and others in their regional jerseys in a fiercely fought sell-out rugby fixture is just great for the regional game. You can feel the excitement building already.

“It’s a knock-out derby and the way these two teams are playing and how they’re coached will make for a good rugby spectacle – I don’t think either side will be afraid to go out there and play – grab the game and a win.”

Ryan Jones, now with Bristol RFC, will be part of the commentary team for BT Sport on Saturday afternoon at Rodney Parade and started his rugby career at Newport RFC playing one game before moving to Bridgend, the Celtic Warriors and then to his career club, the Ospreys.

The 75-cap Wales international who played 150 games for the Ospreys, said: “It’s a hostile place Rodney Parade when it’s packed so the atmosphere will lift both sets of players; the Dragons will be buoyed by being at home and it will be a very physical game.

Jones added that it was important to have big occasions in the regional game as the season comes to a finale: “It’s what you want at this time in the season – big games like this one. We’ve then got the four Welsh Regions meeting for the Judgement Day double derby at the end of the month – it’s exciting for supporters who want to see their teams get one up on their neighbours and rivals.”

It will be Ryan Jones’ first outing with BT Sport and he’ll be joined by former Ospreys colleague Shane Williams on Saturday afternoon.

He said: “It’ll be good to catch-up and work alongside Shane of course – not being involved directly with Welsh rugby now doesn’t make it any less emotional watching it’s just I can follow all four more closely than I have before.

“I’m looking forward to being part of the BT Sport team. They all seem to really enjoy what they do and are bringing something different to rugby coverage and it’s great to have that variety.”

Welsh Pro Rugby’s main sponsor BT Sport will help make it a Welsh derby day to remember for thousands of rugby supporters with the creation of a new BT Sport Family Village at Rodney Parade at the big European quarter-final.

The BT Sport Village will host a central 1,000 capacity Supporters Zone marquee on the green outside Rodney Parade with BT Sport studio for live interviews and analysis pre and post match with Sarra Elgan, Ben Kay, Ryan Jones and Shane Williams. There will be a live band and a range of fun activities for children with inflatables, fun-fair, face-painting and rugby skills games together with supporters bars and hospitality outside the ground.

Newport Gwent Dragons take on Cardiff Blues in the quarter-final of the European Rugby Challenge Cup at 12.45pm on Saturday 4th April.

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