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Bristol could find themselves sharing a ground with Newport Dragons next year while their own ground goes through redevelopment. The Memorial Ground, home of Bristol Rovers, will be transformed into an 18,500 all seater stadium which is set to cost 36m. The work is hoped to be completed in December 2009.

BBC Wales Sport have said they understand talks have been held between the Bristol and the Celtic League club but that they are still only at an early stage as both clubs need to have the move approved by their home unions.

Rodney Parade, home of the Dragons, is also to undergo a facelift that will cost 40m but it is thought that the Dragons will not have to vacate the ground during the period of redevelopment. The work is to start in 2009 and is hoped to be completed by the start of the 2010/11 season as Newport hosts the Ryder Cup in 2010.

Another option that could well be seen as a preferred option by many is a move to Ashton Gate where club and international rugby has been played before. Bristol Rugby are now tenants of the ground they once owned as League One football side Bristol Rovers bought the ground from Bristol Rugby when the club where facing financial problems in 1998. It is thought Bristol Rovers could move to Cheltenham Town FC.

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