Dragons cancel logo vote just 24 hours after launch
May 2, 2014
Newport Gwent Dragons have cancelled an online poll asking fans to vote on a new logo just 24-hours after launching the initiative.
The Dragons had called on supporters to vote for one of three new crests amid a debate on whether the region should include 'Newport' in their name, or rebrand to become simply the 'Gwent Dragons'. The three options all included the region's full name:
However as WalesOnline reports, the naming issue raises such strong feelings among fans that the region have been forced into an embarrassing climbdown, cancelling the 'Your Dragons' poll and issuing a public apology.
In a statement, the Dragons said: "Yesterday we launched the 'Your Dragons' campaign, an initiative aimed at asking you, the supporter, to choose the new Newport Gwent Dragons logo for next season.
"We launched the campaign with the best intentions of providing you with the opportunity to choose the logo you enjoyed the most.
"Yet in light of the vast amount of feedback we have received from the Newport Gwent Dragons community, we have unanimously learned that the logos do not resonate with you in the way in which they were intended.
"As a result, we have decided to withdraw the campaign and will continue to use the current Newport Gwent Dragons logo for next season."
Ben Jeffreys, the Dragon's marketing and commercial consultant also tweeted an apology:
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
Communication error please reload the page.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed he replaced striker Mario Balotelli at half-time in the Champions League clash against Real Madrid for tactical reasons
Caterham's current owners have threatened to withdraw their management and take legal action against previous owner Tony Fernandes after claiming the shares it purchased in July have not been transferred
Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino has rejected claims of a rift with Jan Vertonghen, insisting the Belgium defender remains happy at White Hart Lane
Scott Quigg will defend his WBA World super-bantamweight title against Hidenori Otake on the undercard of the blockbuster Nathan Cleverly-Tony Bellew rematch in Liverpool next month
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has angrily denied influencing provincial selection, rubbishing suggestions he has "blocked" Darren Cave's path back to the national squad