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  • "Roger Lewis offers nothing, he cannot guarantee any competitions next season so he dangles the carrot of paying the wages of half a dozen players in the hope that he can appeal to the greed of a couple of regions and split them apart. Be honest, would you buy a second hand car from that man.
    Moffat should have been refused entry at the border, l agree with what he said about central contracts but he dreamt up this mess of so called regional rugby when so many of us new it wouldn't work.
    I can't see the Anglo Welsh as an option because how can we expect to place four teams in a premiere league when we don't have one that deserves to be there. The English clubs as a whole will not accept it and l don't blame them.
    l can only see a revertion to clubs on a semi pro basis in a domestic league with some clubs applying to join the English system and work their way through their leagues. It will be a slow process but our game is rock bottom at the moment and it has to be rebuilt slowly to be sustainable.
    Now we'll win the Grand Slam and prove me wrong ..... l hope."
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Dragons chief confirms Aviva Premiership is an option for regions

TV DEBATE: Newport Gwent Dragons chief executive Gareth Davies

TV DEBATE: Newport Gwent Dragons chief executive Gareth Davies

First published in Sport

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons chief executive Gareth Davies has admitted that playing in an Anglo-Welsh League is an option if no agreement is reached in the dispute between the four regions and the Welsh Rugby Union.

The possibility of participation in such a competition has been rumoured but when pushed during a BBC Wales debate on the crisis in Welsh rugby he confirmed that it was a course of action being considered.

WRU chief executive Roger Lewis, however, told the audience: “The Union will not allow the regions to play in the Aviva Premiership.”

The regions, Dragons, Scarlets, Ospreys and Blues, want to play in a new European competition next season, the Rugby Champions Cup, rather than the Heineken Cup – an initiative being driven by the top English clubs. And they are unhappy with the commercial benefits of staying in the RaboDirect Pro12, unsure of who will sponsor it in the future.

The Union, however, is committed to both the Heineken Cup and the Pro 12.

In a lively debate, in which Davies was also representing the other regions, there appeared to be little sign of the warring parties coming together. Although there are more talks planned for tomorrow.

Both sides agreed that there was a crisis in European rugby with Davies stressing that in terms of finance the French were sprinting ahead with huge commercial deals.

He also stressed that there had to be “collaboration” between the parties for a solution to be found, not the “master and servant relationship.”

On the subject of central contracts, Lewis told the audience that the WRU could find extra money to keep the remaining top talent in Wales, if agreement could be reached. He said the money would come from “our relationship with key partners.”

Former WRU chief executive David Moffett was in the audience and said he could sort out the problem because of his greater knowledge of central contracting.

“You either have everyone on a central contract or no one,” he said.

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