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Bri (IP Logged)
02 May, 2012 17:52
Crunch meeting

Re: Welsh regions
m0rris (IP Logged)
02 May, 2012 18:04
The Welsh regions will probably be toast in the next couple of years... the player exodus will probably be the first stage in a vicious cycle of decline that will destroy the regions.
It'll leave Welsh rugby in a weird place as a new and better set up will have to be implemented that retains the old allegiances but also allows these clubs to compete at the top level.

Re: Welsh regions
PhilHallFan (IP Logged)
02 May, 2012 22:31
So the future of the Celtic league looks bleak.

Re: Welsh regions
Old Bathonian (IP Logged)
03 May, 2012 05:51
A lot of Welsh collegues at work said this would happen as soon as the "Regions" arrived.

The teams that people had followed for years disappeared overnight and the fans never took to the new set up.

The same happened in Scotland.

It is a problem of the WRUs making and a lession the RFU
should heed if they ever fancy going dowm the "Franchise" route.....

Re: Welsh regions
Rampant (IP Logged)
03 May, 2012 09:55
The main mistake that the WRU made was to decide to stay in limboland between central contracts and independent clubs rather than decide on one strategy.

They tried to please everyone which was always going to fail.

I suspect they will need to follow the the SRU route and reduce the number of Regional Pro teams due to lack of funds. Dragon's being the most likely to go. Then focus on strengthening links between the Regions & Clubs.

Its not all bad strategy though as the SRU are now in a much better financial place and as well as increasing playing budgets at the EDN & GLA, there is talk about creating another Pro team in Aberdeen.

Re: Welsh regions
PhilHallFan (IP Logged)
03 May, 2012 11:33
What fans on both sides of the Severn would like to see is a league which recognises the history of English and Welsh club rugby. Some hope!

Re: Welsh regions
Rampant (IP Logged)
03 May, 2012 12:04
Problem is Phil, that league involves a complete restructuring of the AP and Pro12 leagues to make it happen.

The only option is an improved LV Cup, maybe into a British Cup. But yet again, the politics are huge

Re: Welsh regions
comedowner (IP Logged)
04 May, 2012 01:33
Bring back the Anglo welsh league. Blood guts passion and no touch judges. Lol

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