Friends of Newport Rugby (FoNR) Statement regarding the future of Newport RFC & the assets of Newport RFC
Friends of Newport Rugby are gravely concerned about the future of Newport RFC and the potential sale of its assets. With the recent press articles, social media speculation and comments from Newport RFC & Dragons CEO Stuart Davies, FoNR have requested meetings with Stuart, the Newport RFC Board and most recently the WRU CEO Martyn Phillips & Chairman Gareth Davies. The rejection of a meeting by the CEO of Newport RFC and the lack of reply from the Newport RFC board is worrying, especially when the WRU CEO & Chairman have arranged to meet FoNR. This lack of communication with the club could lead to the assumption that decisions are being made concerning Newport RFC, which are not in the best interests of the club.
FoNR have gifted over £250,000 to support Rodney Parade and Newport RFC over the last decade and the fact that the CEO and board are ignoring the opportunity to discuss the situation is very disappointing.
FoNR will continue to request for the detail of the current negotiations to be shared so that we can act in the best interests of Newport RFC. If required FoNR will seek legal advice on behalf of shareholders and supporters of Newport RFC so that we get the best outcome for our world famous club.
Now is the time for supporters to get behind our club before it is too late. We need to ensure Newport RFC keeps its home, identity and assets. If you would like to become a member of FoNR please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or if you would like to donate please send cheques payable to Friends of Newport Rugby c/o Kevin Jarvis, Rodney Parade, Newport, NP19 0UU.