New twist in Welsh rugby row

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THE row splitting Welsh rugby apart took a new twist tonight as the Welsh Rugby Union revealed it was to offer the four regions a new agreement.

The WRU met today for the first time since the regions missed the deadline of Tuesday night to sign a new participation agreement with the union for next season.

The regions have threatened to join a breakaway league with English clubs while it was thought the WRU would pull regional funding and set up new teams.

But tonight a WRU statement said: “The WRU has today informed the four Regional Organisations that they will shortly be presented with a new agreement in respect of professional rugby in Wales.

“A timetable for discussion has been provided by the WRU.

“The new agreement will further reflect the WRU’s desire to ensure that Welsh player development and the retention of Welsh players is properly recognised. This is in the best interests of all of rugby in Wales, from the grass roots to the international level.”

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7:18pm Thu 2 Jan 14

fedupjon says...

Well done the WRU for screwing up rugby in Wales.
This article woud suggest they are about to present a new agreement but at the same time introduce a timetable for discussion. Why dont they sit around a table again and then present an agreement based on what will benefit both parties
Well done the WRU for screwing up rugby in Wales. This article woud suggest they are about to present a new agreement but at the same time introduce a timetable for discussion. Why dont they sit around a table again and then present an agreement based on what will benefit both parties fedupjon
  • Score: 10

7:33pm Thu 2 Jan 14

countyjim says...

Not a fan of the Egg Chasing but why isnt it like Cricket the Country comes first you dont see Counties moaning when players are taken from them etc because its all built towards the Test team
Not a fan of the Egg Chasing but why isnt it like Cricket the Country comes first you dont see Counties moaning when players are taken from them etc because its all built towards the Test team countyjim
  • Score: -8

8:17pm Thu 2 Jan 14

silurix says...

It looks to me as if the Dragons are about to get screwed. There's been a lot of talk about differential payments to the regions based on the number of players they contribute to the national squad. Do the math as they say. It will effectively condemn the region which gets the least support to "Development" status ( see Connacht ). It will also perpetuate that status because the affected region will not be able to compete effectively with the better subsidised regions. Knowing how 'sensitive' the selection process has been to the club origins of those involved in selecting the squad , this may further reinforce or distort who gets what. Its a good ploy to divide and rule and split up the regions' united front. I will be very surprised if it is a genuine offer that satisfies all the regions. I will also be surprised if the discussions reach any satisfactory conclusion before the 31 Jan deadline when the regions have to decide which way they are to jump. Or maybe I'm just too cynical.
It looks to me as if the Dragons are about to get screwed. There's been a lot of talk about differential payments to the regions based on the number of players they contribute to the national squad. Do the math as they say. It will effectively condemn the region which gets the least support to "Development" status ( see Connacht ). It will also perpetuate that status because the affected region will not be able to compete effectively with the better subsidised regions. Knowing how 'sensitive' the selection process has been to the club origins of those involved in selecting the squad , this may further reinforce or distort who gets what. Its a good ploy to divide and rule and split up the regions' united front. I will be very surprised if it is a genuine offer that satisfies all the regions. I will also be surprised if the discussions reach any satisfactory conclusion before the 31 Jan deadline when the regions have to decide which way they are to jump. Or maybe I'm just too cynical. silurix
  • Score: 15

10:38pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Euwan Usami says...

I think the RRW has out maneuvered the WRU and forced a compromise from them. I don't expect that weasel to act like an adult for a moment but I do hope he suprises me yet. A new PA with extra cash is obviously what's required. The new Euro comp is the way to go and the right to negotiate there own TV money. I am not so sure that the Dragons will get sacrificed. The regions have got this far by acting as a united force, I think they all know that the WRU will get the upper hand if they break ranks and while the weasel remains in charge, they should be careful to give him nothing. It's a sad state of affairs but, be under no illusion, RL is to blame for it. His management style has often been described as unfortunate. For someone who claims to have comunity rugby in his heart, he should be ashamed. I truely hope his days are numbered or he is pushed sideways to go count beans and leave the politics to people who know what they are doing and can see beyond their own ego.
I think the RRW has out maneuvered the WRU and forced a compromise from them. I don't expect that weasel to act like an adult for a moment but I do hope he suprises me yet. A new PA with extra cash is obviously what's required. The new Euro comp is the way to go and the right to negotiate there own TV money. I am not so sure that the Dragons will get sacrificed. The regions have got this far by acting as a united force, I think they all know that the WRU will get the upper hand if they break ranks and while the weasel remains in charge, they should be careful to give him nothing. It's a sad state of affairs but, be under no illusion, RL is to blame for it. His management style has often been described as unfortunate. For someone who claims to have comunity rugby in his heart, he should be ashamed. I truely hope his days are numbered or he is pushed sideways to go count beans and leave the politics to people who know what they are doing and can see beyond their own ego. Euwan Usami
  • Score: 11

8:16am Fri 3 Jan 14

high x boy says...

the four must stick together to the end.
or 2 stay and the other 2 go with England.
the four must stick together to the end. or 2 stay and the other 2 go with England. high x boy
  • Score: 2

8:46am Fri 3 Jan 14

Vox Dei says...

If they abandoning WRU competitions then why stick with the artificial regions that the WRU made up in the first place? Put real Newport, Cardiff, Swansea, &c. teams in a proper British competition.
If they abandoning WRU competitions then why stick with the artificial regions that the WRU made up in the first place? Put real Newport, Cardiff, Swansea, &c. teams in a proper British competition. Vox Dei
  • Score: 6

11:46am Fri 3 Jan 14

blackandamber says...

Time for Newport to kick this whole sorry mess into touch and join the English league.
Time for Newport to kick this whole sorry mess into touch and join the English league. blackandamber
  • Score: 1

10:34am Sat 4 Jan 14

Frankfurt says...

blackandamber wrote:
Time for Newport to kick this whole sorry mess into touch and join the English league.
The trouble is that the English have relegation.
[quote][p][bold]blackandamber[/bold] wrote: Time for Newport to kick this whole sorry mess into touch and join the English league.[/p][/quote]The trouble is that the English have relegation. Frankfurt
  • Score: -1

11:15am Sat 4 Jan 14

silurix says...

Euwan Usami wrote:
I think the RRW has out maneuvered the WRU and forced a compromise from them. I don't expect that weasel to act like an adult for a moment but I do hope he suprises me yet. A new PA with extra cash is obviously what's required. The new Euro comp is the way to go and the right to negotiate there own TV money. I am not so sure that the Dragons will get sacrificed. The regions have got this far by acting as a united force, I think they all know that the WRU will get the upper hand if they break ranks and while the weasel remains in charge, they should be careful to give him nothing. It's a sad state of affairs but, be under no illusion, RL is to blame for it. His management style has often been described as unfortunate. For someone who claims to have comunity rugby in his heart, he should be ashamed. I truely hope his days are numbered or he is pushed sideways to go count beans and leave the politics to people who know what they are doing and can see beyond their own ego.
I think the "weasel" is quite capable of surprising you but not , perhaps , in a pleasant way. I wouldn't underestimate him. How far the WRU Board are prepared to support him will be critical I think. If you look at the latest move by the WRU to contact all 320 clubs ( see BBC site ) the accompanying picture has "weasel no 2" ( Pickering ) in the foreground and "weasel no 1" at the back. How much you can read into that is debateable. In the days of the Soviet Politburo , relative position in group photographs was an indicator of relative influence within the regime. I just hope that RRW has the brains to follow up with a circular of their own providing counter-arguments and clarifying their position. They will need to have the clubs on their side if it comes to a general assembly vote. I hope that your take on events is nearer the truth than mine , but I have my doubts. We shall soon see.
[quote][p][bold]Euwan Usami[/bold] wrote: I think the RRW has out maneuvered the WRU and forced a compromise from them. I don't expect that weasel to act like an adult for a moment but I do hope he suprises me yet. A new PA with extra cash is obviously what's required. The new Euro comp is the way to go and the right to negotiate there own TV money. I am not so sure that the Dragons will get sacrificed. The regions have got this far by acting as a united force, I think they all know that the WRU will get the upper hand if they break ranks and while the weasel remains in charge, they should be careful to give him nothing. It's a sad state of affairs but, be under no illusion, RL is to blame for it. His management style has often been described as unfortunate. For someone who claims to have comunity rugby in his heart, he should be ashamed. I truely hope his days are numbered or he is pushed sideways to go count beans and leave the politics to people who know what they are doing and can see beyond their own ego.[/p][/quote]I think the "weasel" is quite capable of surprising you but not , perhaps , in a pleasant way. I wouldn't underestimate him. How far the WRU Board are prepared to support him will be critical I think. If you look at the latest move by the WRU to contact all 320 clubs ( see BBC site ) the accompanying picture has "weasel no 2" ( Pickering ) in the foreground and "weasel no 1" at the back. How much you can read into that is debateable. In the days of the Soviet Politburo , relative position in group photographs was an indicator of relative influence within the regime. I just hope that RRW has the brains to follow up with a circular of their own providing counter-arguments and clarifying their position. They will need to have the clubs on their side if it comes to a general assembly vote. I hope that your take on events is nearer the truth than mine , but I have my doubts. We shall soon see. silurix
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