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    a465hov wrote:
    The People's Republic of Newp says...

    Where did this "region for Gwent" nonsense come from? Consult WRU and cub statements at he time and you'll find no such references. It was a merger between Newport and Ebbw Vale and nothing else.. and the latter turned tail and scarpered when they realised they'd have to put up (financially) or shut up.

    You've just undermined you're own argument. So Newport alone has two teams playing in roughly the same colours, at the same ground with the same name. How is this possible?? Make your mind up Newport RFC or NGD, one of them has to go surely!!
    Makes perfect sense, my only point was that the first mention of 'Gwent' was when the oh-so-sensitive-and-
    unerringly-intellige
    nt Moffett imposed the moniker.

    I'm not responsible for this mess, and I don't have to make any decisions. We should have had regions proper or super clubs. Had ALL clubs been forced to step down to make way for proper regions - or had a select number of the most economically viable clubs been elevated to super club status - we'd be past this now. Blame the administrators, not me for expressing a viewpoint."
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Ebbw Vale experiment shelved while Newport Gwent Dragons canvass opinion on region's future

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons have put plans to play a game in Ebbw Vale next season on the back burner while they conduct some detailed market research into the future of the region, writes Chris Kirwan.

For the second successive campaign the Dragons explored the possibility of playing an LV= Cup encounter at Eugene Cross Park but have decided to stick at Rodney Parade.

The region release details about 2013/14 season tickets today and don't believe it would be fair to make a decision about playing north of the M4 before canvassing the opinion of punters.

They did explore the possibility of leaving an Anglo-Welsh Cup game off the season ticket, making it an all-pay affair at a venue to be confirmed.

However, the board have opted to hold fire while conducting market research into what direction the region should go in.

It comes after the debacle over a new logo when a web vote was aborted after just 16 hours because of a feisty reaction from those that wanted a heavier Newport emphasis and those that want to be known simply as the Dragons.

"We have no data on anything and that is a weakness of the business," admitted chief executive Gareth Davies. "Over time decisions have been taken – or not been taken – on gut feeling.

"In the next few months we will get proper evidence and conduct proper market research into what people want."

Meanwhile, Davies is encouraged that Welsh Rugby Union chairman David Pickering expressed his wish to support the regions.

The Dragons boss had previously questioned whether the governing body wanted Newport Gwent Dragons, the Ospreys, Scarlets and Cardiff Blues to succeed.

Regional Rugby Wales are yet to agree on a new participation agreement with the current deal expiring at the end of June.

"I'd like to think that David sees this opportunity and this situation as being critical for the future," said Davies. "I'm delighted to have heard him come out with supportive comments."

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