David Moffett: The Gwent clubs will get their say at Blackwood debate

First published in Gwent Rugby

DAVID Moffett is pledging a "full, frank and open discussion" when he hosts a debate at Blackwood RFC as part of his bid to return to the helm of the Welsh Rugby Union.

The former WRU chief executive has returned from New Zealand and expressed a desire to become chairman of the governing body.

He has pledged that he could sort out the spat between the four regions and the WRU over competitions and funding in 10 days but believes the problems facing the sport in this country run much deeper.

Moffett has organised a debate in each of the four regions plus north Wales in a bid to find out the views of those that are at the coalface of Welsh club rugby.

The first of those is at Blackwood's Glan-yr-Afon Park next Wednesday and he has pledged that all present will get their say.

"My aim is to do something that's not done enough, which is to engage at a meaningful level with the grassroots of rugby," said Moffett, who also had a short spell as the chief executive of Regional Rugby Wales.

"I want a full, frank and open discussion about the future of Welsh rugby – regardless of whether people agree or disagree with me, like or dislike me.

"It all starts with the clubs, as they are the Welsh Rugby Union, and I hope to provide them with a voice.

"There is a great deal of concern at the moment, not just for professional rugby but for club rugby.

"There is another restructure of the leagues coming next season – how can you plan for the future with that happening?

"The clubs are looking for stability, to ease the financial burden and for some real leadership."

The Blackwood debate starts at 7.30pm. Entrance is free and places are available on a first come, first served basis.

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2:23pm Wed 29 Jan 14

blackandamber says...

Well I for one don't want you in Wales Mr Moffett. You are the one who created this mess in the first place. And rugby in Wales should have nothing to do with you.
Well I for one don't want you in Wales Mr Moffett. You are the one who created this mess in the first place. And rugby in Wales should have nothing to do with you. blackandamber
  • Score: 10

3:57pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Charles Street says...

If you can't make it, just put on the Life of Brian and find the 'What have the Romans ever done for us' scene. I wonder if the guy from Llanhilleth who thinks they should have a say in the running of the pro side will go along? Good luck with the Judean People's Front Brian/Mr Moffett. Follow the gourd! Blame Newport, that's always a crowd pleaser at these kind of things.
If you can't make it, just put on the Life of Brian and find the 'What have the Romans ever done for us' scene. I wonder if the guy from Llanhilleth who thinks they should have a say in the running of the pro side will go along? Good luck with the Judean People's Front Brian/Mr Moffett. Follow the gourd! Blame Newport, that's always a crowd pleaser at these kind of things. Charles Street
  • Score: 11

3:59pm Wed 29 Jan 14

no1poolerfan says...

He refers to another re-structure of the Leagues next season. What is that all about?
He refers to another re-structure of the Leagues next season. What is that all about? no1poolerfan
  • Score: 3

4:03pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Walter Devereux says...

It's a bit rich of Moffett to pander to the clubs when he created this regional nightmare that prevents them playing at the highest level.
It's a bit rich of Moffett to pander to the clubs when he created this regional nightmare that prevents them playing at the highest level. Walter Devereux
  • Score: 12

5:27pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Ollie254 says...

Moffett listening to grass roots rugby........it's a bit late for that his creation has driven the clubs to the wall (and some beyond it )
Moffett listening to grass roots rugby........it's a bit late for that his creation has driven the clubs to the wall (and some beyond it ) Ollie254
  • Score: 7

6:32pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Billybong41 says...

Let's hope after the 5 discussions he get's the feeling that he's not welcome in Wales anymore and gives up his stirring mission, don't feed his over inflated ego.
Let's hope after the 5 discussions he get's the feeling that he's not welcome in Wales anymore and gives up his stirring mission, don't feed his over inflated ego. Billybong41
  • Score: 4

8:53pm Wed 29 Jan 14

kenny john says...

Another day in the loony bin that is Welsh rugby, why is he stirring up an argument he was a prime mover in causing. The leagues should have stayed as they were, each team had its days, Ebbw Vale, Newport, Bridgend all had there time at the top and the cyclic effect of sport ensures each team evolves and has good and bad seasons. A league of 10, with the top 4 gaining entry each year into a European tournament was the best we could have. OK, so it did not have the money of the English structure, but TV money was available and crowds and interest was there, promotion and relegation meant it was competitive for each team.
Still Moffett in his wisdom broke this up, now we have 4 in a meaningless competition with little interest.
Ignore what this man says. Let him pay for the beer and send him home!!!
Another day in the loony bin that is Welsh rugby, why is he stirring up an argument he was a prime mover in causing. The leagues should have stayed as they were, each team had its days, Ebbw Vale, Newport, Bridgend all had there time at the top and the cyclic effect of sport ensures each team evolves and has good and bad seasons. A league of 10, with the top 4 gaining entry each year into a European tournament was the best we could have. OK, so it did not have the money of the English structure, but TV money was available and crowds and interest was there, promotion and relegation meant it was competitive for each team. Still Moffett in his wisdom broke this up, now we have 4 in a meaningless competition with little interest. Ignore what this man says. Let him pay for the beer and send him home!!! kenny john
  • Score: 2

10:21pm Wed 29 Jan 14

silurix says...

Ten/twelve years ago everyone agreed there were not enough quality players to sustain 9 premiership clubs. The quality of Welsh club rugby then was dire. Graham Henry suggested regions might be the answer. Tasker Watkins suggested 6 clubs. The WRU membership rejected it. Various proposals for 4 provinces , followed by plans for 4 regional franchises were discussed and rejected by the premiership clubs. Eventually a compromise was reached which was voted in by the vast majority of the WRU membership ( only 7 against ). David Moffet , as chief executive had the task of implementing the new structure. Unlikeable though he is, he is hardly to blame for implementing what nearly all the Welsh Clubs mandated him to do. The problems in Welsh Rugby are mostly self inflicted , due in large part to the usual parochial idiocy, one-eyed self interest and a lack of sufficient people with the necessary vision and leadership qualities to run things for the greater good of the game as a whole. Everyone's a victim ; nobody accepts responsibility.
Ten/twelve years ago everyone agreed there were not enough quality players to sustain 9 premiership clubs. The quality of Welsh club rugby then was dire. Graham Henry suggested regions might be the answer. Tasker Watkins suggested 6 clubs. The WRU membership rejected it. Various proposals for 4 provinces , followed by plans for 4 regional franchises were discussed and rejected by the premiership clubs. Eventually a compromise was reached which was voted in by the vast majority of the WRU membership ( only 7 against ). David Moffet , as chief executive had the task of implementing the new structure. Unlikeable though he is, he is hardly to blame for implementing what nearly all the Welsh Clubs mandated him to do. The problems in Welsh Rugby are mostly self inflicted , due in large part to the usual parochial idiocy, one-eyed self interest and a lack of sufficient people with the necessary vision and leadership qualities to run things for the greater good of the game as a whole. Everyone's a victim ; nobody accepts responsibility. silurix
  • Score: 6

12:23am Thu 30 Jan 14

Charles Street says...

no1poolerfan wrote:
He refers to another re-structure of the Leagues next season. What is that all about?
Rumours that the leagues 1 and below are to be rejigged along more regional basis. Potential for some real hammerings for some in that. Is there any point, it's not as if teams are being asked to book flights and hotels to meet up in Wales is it? More pointless tinkering with the clubs who, surprise surprise seem to be the last to know. Have we had a season without this? I despair of what's happening to rugby here. The leadership is frightening at times.
[quote][p][bold]no1poolerfan[/bold] wrote: He refers to another re-structure of the Leagues next season. What is that all about?[/p][/quote]Rumours that the leagues 1 and below are to be rejigged along more regional basis. Potential for some real hammerings for some in that. Is there any point, it's not as if teams are being asked to book flights and hotels to meet up in Wales is it? More pointless tinkering with the clubs who, surprise surprise seem to be the last to know. Have we had a season without this? I despair of what's happening to rugby here. The leadership is frightening at times. Charles Street
  • Score: 3

2:36pm Thu 30 Jan 14

East Newport Dave says...

I cannot believe that Moffett has the nerve to set foot back in Wales. His regional rugby creation was poorly thought out and a knee jerk reaction to a financial shortfall. Now Moffett is short of something to do he wants the top job. He has incredible 'front'.
I cannot believe that Moffett has the nerve to set foot back in Wales. His regional rugby creation was poorly thought out and a knee jerk reaction to a financial shortfall. Now Moffett is short of something to do he wants the top job. He has incredible 'front'. East Newport Dave
  • Score: 1

9:48pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Melvyn The Milk says...

A complete lack of knowledge of Welsh culture and the Welsh psyche where he is concerned has led to the farcical, plastic teams we enter each year as cannon fodder in Europe. He has some balls turning up here to address the clubs he condemned to the rubbish bin of rugby. Don't touch him with a barge pole.
A complete lack of knowledge of Welsh culture and the Welsh psyche where he is concerned has led to the farcical, plastic teams we enter each year as cannon fodder in Europe. He has some balls turning up here to address the clubs he condemned to the rubbish bin of rugby. Don't touch him with a barge pole. Melvyn The Milk
  • Score: 0

1:55pm Fri 31 Jan 14

kenny john says...

silurix wrote:
Ten/twelve years ago everyone agreed there were not enough quality players to sustain 9 premiership clubs. The quality of Welsh club rugby then was dire. Graham Henry suggested regions might be the answer. Tasker Watkins suggested 6 clubs. The WRU membership rejected it. Various proposals for 4 provinces , followed by plans for 4 regional franchises were discussed and rejected by the premiership clubs. Eventually a compromise was reached which was voted in by the vast majority of the WRU membership ( only 7 against ). David Moffet , as chief executive had the task of implementing the new structure. Unlikeable though he is, he is hardly to blame for implementing what nearly all the Welsh Clubs mandated him to do. The problems in Welsh Rugby are mostly self inflicted , due in large part to the usual parochial idiocy, one-eyed self interest and a lack of sufficient people with the necessary vision and leadership qualities to run things for the greater good of the game as a whole. Everyone's a victim ; nobody accepts responsibility.
Not disputing the facts you put forward, however regional rugby has not worked for anything below 'Team wales'. A successful national team, with a structure underneath that is decaying by the season. Where do we end? Probably like the English cricket system, a national team that is generally successful (forgetting the recent Australia trip) with pub teams below.
[quote][p][bold]silurix[/bold] wrote: Ten/twelve years ago everyone agreed there were not enough quality players to sustain 9 premiership clubs. The quality of Welsh club rugby then was dire. Graham Henry suggested regions might be the answer. Tasker Watkins suggested 6 clubs. The WRU membership rejected it. Various proposals for 4 provinces , followed by plans for 4 regional franchises were discussed and rejected by the premiership clubs. Eventually a compromise was reached which was voted in by the vast majority of the WRU membership ( only 7 against ). David Moffet , as chief executive had the task of implementing the new structure. Unlikeable though he is, he is hardly to blame for implementing what nearly all the Welsh Clubs mandated him to do. The problems in Welsh Rugby are mostly self inflicted , due in large part to the usual parochial idiocy, one-eyed self interest and a lack of sufficient people with the necessary vision and leadership qualities to run things for the greater good of the game as a whole. Everyone's a victim ; nobody accepts responsibility.[/p][/quote]Not disputing the facts you put forward, however regional rugby has not worked for anything below 'Team wales'. A successful national team, with a structure underneath that is decaying by the season. Where do we end? Probably like the English cricket system, a national team that is generally successful (forgetting the recent Australia trip) with pub teams below. kenny john
  • Score: 0

1:56pm Fri 31 Jan 14

kenny john says...

silurix wrote:
Ten/twelve years ago everyone agreed there were not enough quality players to sustain 9 premiership clubs. The quality of Welsh club rugby then was dire. Graham Henry suggested regions might be the answer. Tasker Watkins suggested 6 clubs. The WRU membership rejected it. Various proposals for 4 provinces , followed by plans for 4 regional franchises were discussed and rejected by the premiership clubs. Eventually a compromise was reached which was voted in by the vast majority of the WRU membership ( only 7 against ). David Moffet , as chief executive had the task of implementing the new structure. Unlikeable though he is, he is hardly to blame for implementing what nearly all the Welsh Clubs mandated him to do. The problems in Welsh Rugby are mostly self inflicted , due in large part to the usual parochial idiocy, one-eyed self interest and a lack of sufficient people with the necessary vision and leadership qualities to run things for the greater good of the game as a whole. Everyone's a victim ; nobody accepts responsibility.
Not disputing the facts you put forward, however regional rugby has not worked for anything below 'Team wales'. A successful national team, with a structure underneath that is decaying by the season. Where do we end? Probably like the English cricket system, a national team that is generally successful (forgetting the recent Australia trip) with pub teams below.
[quote][p][bold]silurix[/bold] wrote: Ten/twelve years ago everyone agreed there were not enough quality players to sustain 9 premiership clubs. The quality of Welsh club rugby then was dire. Graham Henry suggested regions might be the answer. Tasker Watkins suggested 6 clubs. The WRU membership rejected it. Various proposals for 4 provinces , followed by plans for 4 regional franchises were discussed and rejected by the premiership clubs. Eventually a compromise was reached which was voted in by the vast majority of the WRU membership ( only 7 against ). David Moffet , as chief executive had the task of implementing the new structure. Unlikeable though he is, he is hardly to blame for implementing what nearly all the Welsh Clubs mandated him to do. The problems in Welsh Rugby are mostly self inflicted , due in large part to the usual parochial idiocy, one-eyed self interest and a lack of sufficient people with the necessary vision and leadership qualities to run things for the greater good of the game as a whole. Everyone's a victim ; nobody accepts responsibility.[/p][/quote]Not disputing the facts you put forward, however regional rugby has not worked for anything below 'Team wales'. A successful national team, with a structure underneath that is decaying by the season. Where do we end? Probably like the English cricket system, a national team that is generally successful (forgetting the recent Australia trip) with pub teams below. kenny john
  • Score: 0

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