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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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FT: Ospreys 24-10 Ulster

Ospreys broke a four-game losing streak to beat Ulster at home this afternoon.

Brendon Leonard added a try to the first half tally for the Ospreys in the closing minutes of the game, with another conversion from Dan Biggar making it 24-3. Ulster had kept pressure on the home side throughout the second half, but it was only in the closing minutes of the game Jacob Stockdale was able to make it over the whitewash.

Final score Ospreys 24-10 Ulster.

HT: Ospreys 17-3 Ulster

Ospreys are hosting Ulster in the PRO12 at the Liberty Stadium with a play-off place at stake.

Tom Habberfield opened the scoring for the homeside with Dan Biggar converting. Paddy Jackson gave Ulster their first points on the board.

A break from Tyler Ardron gave the Ospreys their second try and put them comfortably in the lead at half time.

Half time score Ospreys 17-3 Ulster.

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