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    Euwan Usami wrote:
    stevey wrote:
    Caerleonboy wrote:
    stevey wrote:
    Of course when the crowd are calculated at regional games they add up all the season ticketholders then add the gate numbers to come up with a fictitious figure so 3,800 could be 2,500 in reality.
    Surely they just count how many go through the gates on the day?
    Nope it's as I said, been told from those who know. Don't listen to the propaganda machine that is called Euwan Usami, think he is employed full time by the Dragons and/or Argus.
    Stevey, listen, I will try to make this a clear as I can. I don't know how the attendances are calculated Personally and I don't pretend to. What I do know, From using my own eyes and 1st hand personal experience, is that the attendances at Pro12 games are around 3 or 4 times that of a club game. Simple as. I am not claiming to know the actual attendance figures. I can believe that all ST holders are counted for each game because by buying the tickets to begin would suggest the intent to attend doesn't it. Any single tickets are then over and above the ST holders. So it makes sense from an financial point of view. However, this wasn't the point I was trying to make. Just the difference as a ratio between club and regional games. Let's hope it's a bit clearer for now. ;)
    Euwan listen, I do know how the gate is calculated, don't care about the percentage gate of region v club game. Do know that compared to the English or French game it is PATHETIC, you don't have to b there to see it. Besides I know of ALL the clubs in Gwent are offered FREE tickets and very often they are returned unused, clear as can be to me. So Dragon supporters outnumber Newport supporters? No surprise there."
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Strange turns down tempting Dragons approach

TOP COACH: Ebbw Vale boss Jason Strange

TOP COACH: Ebbw Vale boss Jason Strange

First published in Sport

EBBW Vale boss Jason Strange has reluctantly turned down an approach to join the Newport Gwent Dragons coaching set-up.

The former fly-half has caught the eye by leading the Steelmen to four successive titles and promotion back to the Principality Premiership.

His efforts have impressed the Dragons director of rugby Lyn Jones and assistant Kingsley Jones, a former coach and captain at Eugene Cross Park respectively.

The region have been without a backs coach since Darren Edwards left in February and Strange was sounded out about a role back at Rodney Parade, where he played for Newport between 2001 and 2003.

However, the 40-year-old from Tredegar combines his post with the Steelmen with a job at Ebbw Fawr Learning Community and felt the time was wrong to make the move.

"I did speak to the Dragons but it's not quite right for me at this moment," he said. "I was flattered and I had a big decision to make.

"It was tempting because their recruitment has been excellent and they have some really exciting young players in the squad.

"But with my good job at the school and having put all that work into Ebbw Vale over the last four years (to earn promotion) it would have felt wrong to leave at this time.

"I've got aspirations to coach at the top level and I have had other approaches from English clubs. It's something that I will have to consider more in the future and I will have to take the plunge at some stage, but not quite yet."

Lyn Jones, who is currently in New Zealand watching the Junior World Championship, is poised to continue working with the backs after taking on more responsibility at the tail end of last season.

He has previously extolled the virtues of occasionally bringing in consultant coaches, a model he used at his previous job with London Welsh in the Aviva Premiership.

"Myself and Kingsley are hugely experienced coaches and nothing can happen in rugby that we haven't been through already," he said in March. "We are not experts in every field but we can hire in expertise."

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