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    davidjohnedwards wrote:
    This again is a board being taken over by the valley commandos... I am sure that the powers that be will only want one thing anyway and that is to remove the only marketable name from the team name. Just like in Europe, if they don't get the right answer from the "market research" and it shows that Newport as a more prominent name is found to be what the majority want they will simply lose the data and wait a little while to do more "market research" until they get the answer they want.

    Gwent as a concept for a team is absolutely ridiculous and the Dragons nicname is so overused I wouldn't know whether I was supporting an Australian rugby side or a firm of taxis!!!

    If they have any business acumen between them (and ir's clear they don't) they would simply rebrand to the proper Newport RFC branding and watch supporters come back.

    Haven't watched a professional match at RP for 7 years (used to go to all the matches even when I lived up North) and will never go again until they sort out this plastic mess and revert to the only real brand that could work...
    Lets be honest, the only ones who should have a voice in this are the fans, and fans of the club/regional game who make a commitment, not the keyboard warriors or the Team Wales sequin-hat aficionados.

    Why don't NGD invite each and every one of their current season ticket holders, and all the 'Gwent' semi-pro equivalents, to participate in a simple ballot. Dual season ticket holders one vote. Invite season ticket holders from all 'Gwent' clubs for seasons 2001-02 and 2002-03 (to take into account the many who have been alienated by 'regionalism' and departed the scene) and - hey presto! - you have a pretty reliable, quantifiable evidence base on which to inform, for example, a choice of two options: a "Gwent' team in suitable attire touring all grounds, or the RP-based Newport Black and Ambers (or Bowmen: historically pertinent, and makes space for that sponsorship with Strongbow!! Same colours remember!).

    We have continuation of the status quo, or we can put this issue to bed once and for all, and fairly.

    But no decision is going to be taken, is it? Too obvious."
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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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