CHRIS KIRWAN: Welsh rugby uncertainty isn't just harming the players

Adam Jones (4648920)

Adam Jones (4648920)

First published in Sport

ON-FIELD consequences dominate when considering the spat between Regional Rugby Wales and the Welsh Rugby Union.

Where will Sam Warburton, who has signed a central contract with the governing body, play next season?

Will it force Adam Jones to become the latest Test player to head over the border to the Aviva Premiership?

How will the members of the Commonwealth Games Sevens squad that have regional contracts be affected?

Will the WRU be forced to scramble around for players to fulfil their fourth autumn international against South Africa?

Amid all the rumblings it's easy to forget that there are a group of office workers at four businesses who are naturally worried about their jobs after being caught in the crossfire, who read of 'scaling back' and big decisions having to be made if no accord is signed.

The uncertainty of the situation must be making it incredibly hard for them to get on with the 9 to 5 at a crunch time of year.

Last week the Guinness Pro12 fixtures were released with Newport Gwent Dragons enjoying home advantage three times in the first month of the campaign.

It's a key time for the region – they want to push season ticket sales and drum up interest given that a fifth of their Rodney Parade encounters will take place before October.

Their second game of the season is the visit of the Ospreys; one of just two Welsh derbies that will be held in Newport in 2014/15 (presuming Judgement Day survives the RRW/WRU wrangling).

The Dragons, with a revamped commercial department, need it to be a packed house so that they can make revenue and show off their business to existing and prospective sponsors.

The build-up to the second weekend of September has already begun and any company needs punters to have confidence in them.

Five businesses (the regions plus the Union) have got used to operating amid uncertainty because of the saga over European rugby and the negotiations over the participation agreement.

And there are plenty of folk at Rodney Parade hoping that chief executive Gareth Davies will soon be bringing them some good news, and finally some certainty.

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