ARGUS COMMENT: WRU must not paper over Welsh rugby's problems

South Wales Argus: ARGUS COMMENT: WRU must not paper over Welsh rugby's problems ARGUS COMMENT: WRU must not paper over Welsh rugby's problems

YESTERDAY'S extraordinary meeting of the Welsh Rugby Union saw an overwhelming majority of clubs vote against a motion of no confidence in the union.

The EGM was forced through following a campaign led by former WRU chief executive David Moffett.

But only four clubs - including Pontypool - voted in favour of the no confidence motion.

While WRU executives may be patting themselves on the back this morning at the scale of their victory, the problems that beset Welsh rugby remain.

The worst outcome from months of wrangling and rancour would be for those problems to be glossed over as a result of yesterday's vote.

The national game this has huge issues that need resolving.

Wales remains, in general, unable to keep its top stars away from the clutches of French and English clubs.

The regions, in general, remain woefully under-supported on the terraces and are far too reliant on individual benefactors.

And the national team seems unable to compete with the southern hemisphere giants, placing a question mark over the side's ability to progress at next year's World Cup.

The WRU has won itself some breathing space.

But it has to learn the lessons from months of disquiet and commit itself, hopefully in partnership with some of its harshest critics, to finding a way forward at grassroots, regional and international level.

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