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    Melvyn The Milk wrote:
    You should care. As a non-townie like myself, rugby is dying outside of the metropoles. No funding, Premier League football and the attraction of other sports are just some of the causes. Do you want to have the option of Newport RFC or nothing?
    Your reference to 'metropoles' is a laughable as your pithy dismissal of NRFC's history - from founding to advent of regional rugby in 2003 - which more than eclipses Pooler's trading on its famed front row (yawn). True, Brown awakened a sleeping giant, but locally, a giant it always was and the team that those born north of the M4 (even before the M4 was constructed) gravitated to.

    NRFC is the only local brand (forgive me) that succeeded in the pro era and by that I mean crowds, community outreach, season ticket sales. In that respect, we exceeded any other Welsh club, not just any other south-eat Wales outfit, and STILL put NGD in the shade.

    'Regionalism' was Moffett's window-dressing that many like yourself fell for. It was never, ever going to be thus: 2003 was about culling the number of teams for financial expedience NOT refashioning rugby along Irish / NZ provincial lines. It was the WRU that duped you, not NRFC.

    You want regional rugby? Fine, go and find yourself a ground and all the necessary infrastructure rather than expecting someone to provide it for you, and gratis at that."
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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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