Pontypool RFC tell of 'disappointment' at court verdict

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Pontypool RFC told of their disappointment at today’s High Court decision which will see them relegated from the Welsh Premiership.

"In a statement, the club said: “It is clearly a disappointing decision for Pontypool RFC and its supporters but in a number of areas of the case the club’s arguments were upheld by the judge and credence given to the club’s views.

“Pontypool RFC now has the unenviable task of trying to prepare for the new season lumbered with a huge financial burden. In addition to the huge legal costs, relegation means the club’s central funding will be cut by almost 95 per cent.

“The directors would like to publicly thank everyone who contributed to the club’s legal fund in such short notice. To raise in excess of £80,000 during the first week of asking is phenomenal, and shows the passion for and the high regard with which so many people hold this great club. In an age of austerity and with the sport as a whole struggling financially, this was a monumental effort.

“Regional and club rugby in Wales is fighting a losing battle for people’s attendance and sponsorship, so closing the door on such a well-supported, financially sound, historic club that met the criteria for participation in the Premiership when it appears others did not and within the original time-scales set out by the WRU is baffling.

“We hope the changes to the Premiership will vastly improve the playing standards as per the WRU’s wishes. We all want a high-quality and financially viable semi-professional game in Wales. "In the meantime, Pontypool RFC is currently considering its position in the light of the judgment including the possibility of an appeal.

"It also remains possible that in view of the judge’s interpretation of the criteria that Pontypool RFC could still find itself in the Premiership if the WRU’s ongoing investigations show that certain other clubs did not and could not satisfy the criteria.”

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5:32pm Wed 11 Jul 12

Tak523SC says...

Again, what a disappointing result for grassroots rugby. WRU have behaved unbelievably disgusting. If we applied the same criteria to our national team that the WRU applied to Pontypool, they'd never play the likes of Australia, New Zealand or South Africa with the results we've had. Welsh rugby is in steep delcine and I for one will not put my money in the WRU coffers. The future of Welsh Rugby is not in the regions, it's at grass roots level.
Again, what a disappointing result for grassroots rugby. WRU have behaved unbelievably disgusting. If we applied the same criteria to our national team that the WRU applied to Pontypool, they'd never play the likes of Australia, New Zealand or South Africa with the results we've had. Welsh rugby is in steep delcine and I for one will not put my money in the WRU coffers. The future of Welsh Rugby is not in the regions, it's at grass roots level. Tak523SC
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5:33pm Wed 11 Jul 12

gwentexiles says...

Please don't appeal pooler, we need to focus on trying to get a team together for next year now. As it stands the decision to cull us was damaging enough but the decision to fight this has completely devastated us!
Please don't appeal pooler, we need to focus on trying to get a team together for next year now. As it stands the decision to cull us was damaging enough but the decision to fight this has completely devastated us! gwentexiles
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6:19pm Wed 11 Jul 12

dalesman1666 says...

The judges concerns regarding the wru,s policies and practises should be a concern to all clubs in wales at any level. This is a very hollow victory for the governing body who have moved the goal posts at every opportunity. in conflict to earlier reports an appeal is one of the posibilities open to the club. But with the union being monitored regarding the criteria meeting dates of some clubs this may not be required. This has proved yet again that the professional game is being run by amatuers. And remember your club could be NEXT.
The judges concerns regarding the wru,s policies and practises should be a concern to all clubs in wales at any level. This is a very hollow victory for the governing body who have moved the goal posts at every opportunity. in conflict to earlier reports an appeal is one of the posibilities open to the club. But with the union being monitored regarding the criteria meeting dates of some clubs this may not be required. This has proved yet again that the professional game is being run by amatuers. And remember your club could be NEXT. dalesman1666
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10:17pm Wed 11 Jul 12

CM1 says...

The WRU has pulled up the drawbridge. Any club cut off beneath the premier league now has no hope of reaching that level. Even if you meet the criteria, you will not be able to afford a team to compete, given the funding gap. If it looks like you might just get there, the WRU will change the rules whenever they fancy to ensure that you do not succeed. Is there any point??
The WRU has pulled up the drawbridge. Any club cut off beneath the premier league now has no hope of reaching that level. Even if you meet the criteria, you will not be able to afford a team to compete, given the funding gap. If it looks like you might just get there, the WRU will change the rules whenever they fancy to ensure that you do not succeed. Is there any point?? CM1
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8:56am Thu 12 Jul 12

euclid says...

In the region that needs the most support the WRU have effectively taken a level out of the pyramid in virtually all of Gwent. We are left with Newport, Cross keys and Bedwas. It is another slap in the face for valleys' rugby.
In the region that needs the most support the WRU have effectively taken a level out of the pyramid in virtually all of Gwent. We are left with Newport, Cross keys and Bedwas. It is another slap in the face for valleys' rugby. euclid
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