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    Calon_Lan wrote:
    Actually I think you are being rather economical with the truth there Mr Republic. As I remember Newport’s money bags – Tony Brown was the first to walk away in a childish dispute over the name, leaving Ebbw Vale to set up the side and progress it to the start of the season. Ebbw Vale raised concerns over the WRU’s commitment to the region from the start, particularly as the business model proposed was fundamentally flawed and the regional sides were in effect setting themselves up for failure. Rather than being associated with a company that was doomed to go bust Ebbw Vale RFC withdrew and Tony Brown returned and blew millions of pounds of his own cash before finally declaring that the business was effectively bust in 2003. He wouldn’t listen to Ebbw Vale then but it’s true what they say “A fool and his money are soon parted”.
    NGD have carped and complained about the WRU investment ever since and the business model is still doomed to failure whilst the team on the field have achieved absolutely nothing.
    Really! How much more data does Davies need????
    So you would expect a businessman such as Brown to cede investment (and thereby control over it) to a partner not responsible for liabilities, nor the for the infrastructure on which that enterprise is then based? You forget that thanks to Rodney Parade Ltd if NGD does fold, then so too, theoretically, might NRFC. Any other club taking such a risk with their assets?

    Russell walked away when Moffett backed him over the name and the abortive Gwent Dragons sold somewhere in the region of 30 odd season tickets. He knew, as well as anyone else in their right mind did / does that RP was and remains the only ground capable of hosting games and that Ebbw, Cross Keys and Pooler fans - and a variety of other Gwentists - wouldn't get on board with such a state of affairs."
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Ebbw Vale experiment shelved while Newport Gwent Dragons canvass opinion on region's future

First published in Sport

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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