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    The People's Republic of Newp wrote:
    Dai Trying wrote:
    The People's Republic of Newp wrote:
    Back to the future, and quick smart too. The shower that is the rugby administration in this country waxes lyrical about maximising revenues and sustainable futures, and its about time they grew a pair and did something about it: back to a 'brand' (ugh) that worked, Newport RFC.

    Whether you agree with me or not, one thing is certain: this schizo confection cannot continue. This debate has lasted 11 years, its highly likely it'll last for the foreseeable.
    The Newport brand works no better than many others Pontypool RFC, Cross Keys RFC, Bedwas RFC are just some of many examples.
    Disingenuous and deluded.

    What preceded NGD? What the were the average attendances? What of the season ticket numbers? Nothing in the professional age has come close to matching what Newport RFC had in place from 1998 onwards, and, historically, no club in Gwent has come close to matching our history, accomplishments, reach and profile. Fact, fact, fact and fact.
    Newport, Ebbw Vale, Pontypool, Crosskeys, Bedwas, Caerphilly preceded NGD.
    At that time Newport RFC were generously funded by Mr Brown.
    At that time there was economic prosperity.
    At that time they played in competitions that were less competitive than those which NGD compete in.

    It's no surprise that Newport did better and therefore attendances increased. Those conditions no longer apply. To assert that merely changing the name back to "Newport" would restore the former success of Newport RFC could also be classed as disingenuous and delusional.
    You have no right to expect Mr Brown to keep pouring his personal wealth into the region and without that wealth , the region is unlikely to emulate the relative success of Newport RFC.

    Nobody is denying the prominent role of Newport in Gwent Rugby history and their importance to the region. In the absence of the level of funding formerly available to Newport RFC it makes sense to widen the support base within the region. NGD are in a hell of a difficult position - spouting glib solutions creates more heat than light."
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Dragons pull logo campaign

Dragons pull logo campaign

STAYING: The current logo

BINNED: Option one

BINNED: Option two

BINNED: Option three

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NEWPORT Gwent Dragons have decided to abort their supporters’ vote for a new crest less than 24 hours after it began.

The Rodney Parade region have pulled the campaign in an embarrassing climbdown after receiving negative feedback.

There have been 2,234 votes since the yourdragons.co.uk website went live at 6pm yesterday but the current logo - which has been on the jersey since 2003 - will remain next season.

The idea opened up a can of worms, firing up the rival factions that argue for a return to just Newport or for the region simply to called the Dragons.

A statement to supporters reads: “Yesterday we launched the ‘Your Dragons’ campaign, an initiative aimed at asking you, the supporter, to choose the new Newport Gwent Dragons logo for next season.

“We launched the campaign with the best intentions of providing you with the opportunity to choose the logo you enjoyed the most.

“Yet in light of the vast amount of feedback we have received from the Newport Gwent Dragons community, we have unanimously learned that the logos do not resonate with you in the way in which they were intended.

“As a result, we have decided to withdraw the campaign and will continue to use the current Newport Gwent Dragons logo for next season.

“Your feedback is always highly valuable to us and we hope that our swift response demonstrates our commitment to your thoughts.”

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