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Newport RFC approves WRU takeover

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The Welsh Rugby Union's takeover of the Newport Gwent Dragons has been overwhelmingly approved by Newport RFC shareholders at a crucial vote on the future of the rugby in the region.

A majority of 81% voted in favour of the proposals at a meeting at Rodney Parade.

The vote means the WRU will also purchase the Rodney Parade site from Newport RFC as part of the £3,750,000 deal.

This is an important day not just for rugby in Gwent, but for Welsh Rugby and we will be doing everything possible to ensure the long term success of the Dragons, but the hard work starts now.

All parties recognise that from a Dragons perspective significant improvement is required on and off the pitch and that now is the time for a new approach.

Our investment is equally designed to safeguard Newport RFC and its rich history at Rodney Parade.

We have put together the very best package we can for rugby in Gwent. Initially we will focus on consolidating a high performance environment for the players and on ensuring high quality coaching. We recognise however that this will take time and will focus in the initial two to three years on laying solid foundations.

– Martyn Phillips, WRU chief executive

This is a huge moment in the history of Newport Gwent Dragons. The decision is the result of two years of hard work and we must express our gratitude to everyone involved in the process. We now look forward to a bright future for the Dragons, as well as Newport RFC, and the continuation of rugby at this historic venue.

– Stuart Davies, Newport Gwent Dragons and Newport RFC CEO

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Michael Flynn appointed as Newport County AFC Manager

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Newport County AFC has announced Michael Flynn as the team's new first team manager and will start immediately.

Michael Flynn had been acting as Caretaker Manager since Graham Westley's departure in March. The club says he has been 'instrumental in one of the greatest relegation escapes in Football League history.'

I’m delighted to have been named manager of the club. Nothing makes me prouder than to take charge of my hometown Club. I made no secret that I wanted this job.

When I took over as Caretaker Manager in March, I said I felt ready for the challenge and that’s still true now because I know this is a challenge.

What we’ve achieved with this group of lads in the last few weeks has been unbelievable but I never want this club to be in that situation again.

The challenge now is to get away I’m ready to push on now and take this team forward with the help of Wayne Hatswell and Lennie Lawrence as well as the board.

The fans have been through some really tough times this season. We want Rodney Parade to be like it was on the last game of the season every week and I’m hoping we’ll give them more to cheer about next season. They deserve that for sticking by us all this time.

– Michael Flynn

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