Dragons boss Gareth Davies: I want to spearhead change at the WRU

Newport Gwent Dragons Chief Executive Gareth Davies (1141816)

Newport Gwent Dragons Chief Executive Gareth Davies (1141816)

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NEWPORT Gwent Dragons chief executive Gareth Davies has stressed his bid for a spot on the board of the Welsh Rugby Union is not a land grab by the regions.

The former Wales and Lions fly-half has put himself forward for a role as national representative along with WRU chairman David Pickering, Llanelli stalwart Anthony Buchanan, Cefneithin's Dennis Jones and Newtown's Dai Davies.

Davies has been at the Rodney Parade helm since last summer and will continue in that role if he wins one of two spots on the governing body's 18-strong executive board.

However, in a letter to clubs he writes that he is seeking election "as a Welsh rugby supporter; distinct from my links with regional rugby and independently from Regional Rugby Wales".

The 58-year-old states that his former teammate Gerald Davies' decision to step down from the role prompted his bid for election.

"In putting my name forward, there is a clear motivation – the need for change," he writes.

"We have to ensure that we focus on our strengths and rebuild our reputation as a united rugby nation at all levels within the game.

"We have to care for the wellbeing of the game, to protect and nurture its future – again at all levels – this is the most important driver now.

"We also have stakeholder groups of investors, sponsors, supporters and communities across Wales who are very concerned with the current state of the game."

Davies highlights his previous role as chairman of the Sports Council for Wales, a job that he believes showed him the necessity of helping the community game thrive in order for the national team to succeed.

"I am keen to really hear and listen to what the grassroots of the game is saying, to better understand what the challenges are, and to use my experience and knowledge to make a difference," he continues.

"We need proper consultation, more listening within the governing body and stronger partnerships throughout the game."

Voting closes on Friday, September 12 and the elected pair will take up their positions at the governing body's AGM in October.

The position of chairman is appointed annually at the first board meeting following the AGM. They must be a member of the board.

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6:50pm Wed 13 Aug 14

silurix says...

Amen to that Gareth. Change is essential.
Amen to that Gareth. Change is essential. silurix
  • Score: 8

9:19pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Euwan Usami says...

We all know who, sorry, what, the problem is. Sooner that problem is removed from any interaction or negotiation and left to count beans in the background the better. Less ego more adults please.
We all know who, sorry, what, the problem is. Sooner that problem is removed from any interaction or negotiation and left to count beans in the background the better. Less ego more adults please. Euwan Usami
  • Score: 4

10:39pm Wed 13 Aug 14

SWBorderer says...

If things don't change they will stay as they are
If things don't change they will stay as they are SWBorderer
  • Score: 3

11:27am Thu 14 Aug 14

maindeeboy1 says...

Gareth has the perfect Rugby background and experience in all aspects for in his endeavour.the job in hand - to initiate change throughout Welsh Rugby.
I wish him "good luck"
Gareth has the perfect Rugby background and experience in all aspects for in his endeavour.the job in hand - to initiate change throughout Welsh Rugby. I wish him "good luck" maindeeboy1
  • Score: 3

11:30am Thu 14 Aug 14

maindeeboy1 says...

Gareth has the perfect Rugby background and experience in all aspects for the job in hand - to initiate change throughout Welsh Rugby.
I wish Gareth "good luck" in his endeavour.
Gareth has the perfect Rugby background and experience in all aspects for the job in hand - to initiate change throughout Welsh Rugby. I wish Gareth "good luck" in his endeavour. maindeeboy1
  • Score: 1

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