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    Robert Shillabeer wrote:
    Many arguments have very valid points, the name shouldn't matter that much really, Newport Dragons, or Gwent Dragons doesn't really matter to the quality on the pitch. It does however make a huge difference to the attraction of players worth thier salt on the pitch. We now have four prem clubs who can with some honest management all produce real Gwent players. Next season will see the return of Aled Brew, the addition of Lee Berne, and return of Goughy. Those alone will bring a wealth of experience to pass on to our promising youngsters. The future is not all roses but any improvement is most welcome. A win on Saturday will show a marginal improvement on last years position, not brilliant but an improved finish (by one place). I will be getting my season ticket ordered soon because I believe the only way us up. Are the other posters going to put thier money where thier mouths are I wonder?
    Not me, because sporting allegiances comprise identification with colours, identity and history, not something as ephemeral as whether that team wins or loses. Players, management, even owners, all come and go: its what remains that's most important. And my loyalties are not transferable."
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Logo debacle won't prompt Newport Gwent Dragons name change

First published in Sport

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons do not intend to change their name despite a can of worms being opened up by the fiasco over a new logo, writes Chris Kirwan.

The Rodney Parade region made an embarrassing climbdown yesterday, closing a web vote to choose a crest just 14 hours after it started because of negative feedback.

Over 2,250 votes were cast on but the current badge – which has been on the jersey since 2003 – will remain next season rather than any of the three prospective options.

While the attempt to engage with supporters was laudable, the "brand refresh" idea merely sparked the age-old debate over the name.

The vote fired up rival factions with some arguing for it to be just Newport and others calling for the region to be known simply as the Dragons.

Not only that, the vote wasn't exclusive to rugby supporters in the region – people could have their say even if they had never heard of Rodney Parade let alone stepped through its turnstiles.

The embarrassing episode mere served to highlight the problems facing the region – choosing a new crest featuring Newport Gwent Dragons was akin to giving the radiator a fresh lick of paint and ignoring the crack in the living room wall.

Members of the board are frustrated at the debacle and while they acknowledge the need to establish a proper direction over their identity they feel the time is wrong for that particular debate.

They believe there are more pressing matters, namely the attempts of Regional Rugby Wales, the body representing them along with the Ospreys, Cardiff Blues and the Scarlets, to thrash out a new participation agreement with the Welsh Rugby Union.

Nor do they intend to make any hasty moves in what is, and always has been, a delicate situation.

They are keen to attract support from all over Gwent to Rodney Parade but are well aware that the majority of their season ticket holders hail from Newport.

Detailed market research about what route to go down could happen in the future, but it does not appear to be imminent.

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