Ashton Hewitt: Newport Dragons wing 'puts his hand up' for Wales

Ashton Hewitt in action against Connacht
Ashton Hewitt has also played for Newport RFC and Cross Keys

Newport Gwent Dragons head coach Kingsley Jones has hailed Ashton Hewitt and says the wing is pushing for Wales recognition.

Hewitt, 21, scored two tries in Newport Gwent Dragons' 21-16 win over champions Connacht in the Pro12 at Rodney Parade.

Jones said Hewitt had been on Wales' radar last season and hopes a good run of form will help his international ambitions.

"He's certainly put his hand up," Jones told BBC Wales Sport.

"He did well last season and he might have had a chance to make that tour to New Zealand and got injured.

"It's great to see him back to form and what a wonderful try he scored at the start of the game."

Wales Under-20 international Hewitt, who made his Dragons debut in 2013, scored seven tries during 2015-16 but had his season prematurely ended by a shoulder injury.

Jones says Hewitt is as good a prospect as Ospreys wing duo Eli Walker and Keelan Giles, who have featured in Wales' senior squad.

Walker, 24, who has been limited to one Wales cap because of injuries, has scored two tries for Ospreys this season.

Giles, 18, who has scored eight tries in five matches this season, has this week been training with Wales ahead of the autumn Tests having been called up as injury cover for the New Zealand tour in the summer.

"He's [Hewitt] obviously been reading the headlines with the two that play a similar type of game to him down at the Ospreys," Jones said.

"He's desperate to prove he's as good as them."

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