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    Melvyn The Milk wrote:
    Amber in the blood wrote:
    Can I remind you all again 50% is owned by NEWPORT RFC so why would they play outside NEWPORT. I like many others have watched rugby at all the gwent grounds,the only time they get big crowds is when NEWPORT come to town,To suggest that pontypool park has had a crowd of 25,000 is a joke,iv been there many times on a Saturday ans mid week to watch NEWPORT with big crowds and most of them from NEWPORT.
    Just a quick question, of the 25,000 where have you all gone ? ......Melvyn
    Congrats to Lewis Evans Argus player of the year. NEWPORT RFC !!!!!!!!!
    Where have they gone? Football, supporting real regions like the Ospreys (some feel more affinity with them than a (not-so-super) club), allotments, pubs, some continue to develop players for you in the lower leagues, Sky TV, golf, joy-riding, charity work, helping the missus with the house work and shopping......... to name a few.
    The common feeling was that Richie Rees was the deserved POTY by the way.
    That's all perfectly valid, not to mention financial travails, dwindling incomes, the cost of living, even the relation of the extentialist / nillistic futility of even following sport, but if pro-rugby is going thrive in this part of Wales, a decision has to be taken once for all; the 'Gwent Nomads' or 'Newport Black and Ambers.' By un-mixing the bag that is 'region' rugby, we can at least concentrate on one rump of support through the turnstiles, unify matters, build identities and attract meaningful investment - which with this mess this has be to virtually impossible. Revenue is absolutely crucial, more than ever."
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Ebbw Vale experiment shelved while Newport Gwent Dragons canvass opinion on region's future

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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