Gwent clubs rise up to express discontent over state of Welsh rugby

First published in Sport South Wales Argus: Photograph of the Author by

GWENT rugby clubs are to send a letter to Welsh Rugby Union chief executive Roger Lewis expressing their concern about the way the sport is being run in Wales.

The move has been prompted by talk of downgrading Newport Gwent Dragons to development status but the Argus understands from sources that the state of regional rugby is just the tip of the iceberg.

There is a growing feeling of discontent and clubs want to be more involved in decision making when it comes to rugby in Wales.

They feel that they are being marginalised and that everything is geared towards the international game and developing players rather than helping clubs to thrive.

But the drafting of a letter, which has not yet been sent, was prompted by Lewis’ comments in the Sunday Times in December stating that it is a possibility that at least one of the regions could be downgraded to development status.

He said: “We must ensure a far better Welsh performance in the Heineken Cup and one of the things we should be looking at is funding one or two Welsh regions to a greater extent.

“Instead of an equality of funding, we could move towards a situation where not everyone is equal.”

District A contains 47 clubs in the east of Wales – the biggest in the country – and it was agreed at a meeting last week to express their concerns to the chief executive.

They want to stress their opposition to any moves to cut the amount of funding that the Union gives to the Dragons.

And a vote of no confidence and an emergency general meeting of the WRU remains a possibility given that it could be forced by 29 of its member clubs.

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3:14pm Tue 29 Jan 13

grayham norton says...

Well, Well, Well ! Gwent clubs starting to moan where were you people when Pontypool RFC wanted your support ?District A did not want to know ! It was said from the outset that Pontypool RFC case was not just about Pontypool Rugby Club it was about Welsh rugby and how it was ran! now its affecting the so called region Gwent clubs want to be seen to be doing something ! Well its to late WRU are a ruling body who can do what they want to do reason Pontypool lost there case. WRU are killing the game in Wales and you had your chance in supporting Poolers case in court but District A washed your hands in supporting the case . Well its little to late to start moaning!!
Well, Well, Well ! Gwent clubs starting to moan where were you people when Pontypool RFC wanted your support ?District A did not want to know ! It was said from the outset that Pontypool RFC case was not just about Pontypool Rugby Club it was about Welsh rugby and how it was ran! now its affecting the so called region Gwent clubs want to be seen to be doing something ! Well its to late WRU are a ruling body who can do what they want to do reason Pontypool lost there case. WRU are killing the game in Wales and you had your chance in supporting Poolers case in court but District A washed your hands in supporting the case . Well its little to late to start moaning!! grayham norton
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3:58pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Dai the Milk says...

You are quite right Grayham but it is never too late to show this clown how very wrong he is in running down the game of rugby in what is one of the hotbeds of Wales. Now is the time to unite and make our feelings well known. You cannot build a strong house on sand but he has obviously never tried to build a house.
You are quite right Grayham but it is never too late to show this clown how very wrong he is in running down the game of rugby in what is one of the hotbeds of Wales. Now is the time to unite and make our feelings well known. You cannot build a strong house on sand but he has obviously never tried to build a house. Dai the Milk
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4:48pm Tue 29 Jan 13

gwentexiles says...

Totally agree Grayham! Why is it time to unite now then Dai as opposed to when Pontypool were the victim, is it because a club from Newport is the target!
Totally agree Grayham! Why is it time to unite now then Dai as opposed to when Pontypool were the victim, is it because a club from Newport is the target! gwentexiles
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9:02pm Tue 29 Jan 13

blackandamber says...

Your quiet right Grayham It's an old trick divide and conquer . I'll say it again professional rugby won't prosper while it is run by amateurs.
Your quiet right Grayham It's an old trick divide and conquer . I'll say it again professional rugby won't prosper while it is run by amateurs. blackandamber
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10:46pm Tue 29 Jan 13

silurix says...

As the man put it - "If you want friends, then be a friend". Somebody remind me when this golden age happened in Gwent. There are no innocent parties involved in Gwent Rugby.
As the man put it - "If you want friends, then be a friend". Somebody remind me when this golden age happened in Gwent. There are no innocent parties involved in Gwent Rugby. silurix
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8:15am Wed 30 Jan 13

Euwan Usami says...

It might just be me but I understand the article is claiming that the clubs don't want the regional side to be downgraded to development status and if 29 of them wish it they can force a vote of no confidence on Herr Lewis. I think that's it. I don't see any other issue hiding between the lines. It differs from Pooler struggle because it's the region and not a club. This would then effect all the clubs. That's it. Simples.
It might just be me but I understand the article is claiming that the clubs don't want the regional side to be downgraded to development status and if 29 of them wish it they can force a vote of no confidence on Herr Lewis. I think that's it. I don't see any other issue hiding between the lines. It differs from Pooler struggle because it's the region and not a club. This would then effect all the clubs. That's it. Simples. Euwan Usami
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10:28am Wed 30 Jan 13

silurix says...

As you say Euwan , Simples. Its heartening that the clubs appear to recognise that the future of the region has implications for them.
As you say Euwan , Simples. Its heartening that the clubs appear to recognise that the future of the region has implications for them. silurix
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