Breaking rugby

THE SAYING goes ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ Rugby was being played in Wales as an amateur sport for more than a hundred years.

As the national sport of Wales there were a lot of teams that formed a good league in Wales, now only four considered top teams are alive.

And look what is happening now: the four top teams are slowly dissolving; Barry John’s “Wales is becoming a breeding ground for international rugby players” is a fact; the thin end of the wedge is opening.

If it continues, soon all the best players will be playing for French or English club teams: surely this is the start of destruction for a good Welsh team.

Will it come where players will be freelance, go out and make their own contracts?

It’s all about money now and when sport, money and men mix, what hits the fans? Why doesn’t the WRU work on making it equal payment for all the teams in the six nations so that all clubs get a fair deal? I think it is very easy for the WRU to kill what was a great thing in Wales.

Graham Caffyn Alberta Canada

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7:20pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Mervyn James says...

It all went to buggery when they went professional, now it is a living to earn, people will obviously follow the money. But we need to retain our own clubs, or potential world class players won't exist from Wales. It will end up like the football system where only 32% actually are from this country, and the dressing room would put the UN to shame. Rugby would end up with no welsh players of any note. We need to stand up for welsh Rugby. We are being put into a system where England is sidelining the welsh to effect competitions that disadvantage Wales.
It all went to buggery when they went professional, now it is a living to earn, people will obviously follow the money. But we need to retain our own clubs, or potential world class players won't exist from Wales. It will end up like the football system where only 32% actually are from this country, and the dressing room would put the UN to shame. Rugby would end up with no welsh players of any note. We need to stand up for welsh Rugby. We are being put into a system where England is sidelining the welsh to effect competitions that disadvantage Wales. Mervyn James
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