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    Dai Trying wrote:
    Well said. Now lets start talking and come to an agreement.
    The clubs took legal advice long ago and as have been reported are ready for a fight in the courts. The IRB decision comes as no surprise and quite frankly they're dinosaurs with no understanding of professionalism. The clubs have been prepared for this for ages! I fully support the clubs to breakaway from the WRU and to fight against the IRB decision. New European competition and anglo-welsh competition please, plus the freedom to run their own business free from WRU interference not unlike normal business conditions. It's called liberal philosophy based on 'rights' and the freedom from state (WRU) interference. They can still have players playing for the national team, but club/regional business will sink without a proper deal."
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IRB sides with Unions against clubs

First published in Sport

THE International Rugby Board have stressed that they will not back any European competition that does not have the backing of its member unions, writes Chris Kirwan.

Chairman Bernard Lapasset has said that the organisation will work to break the current deadlock in order to have "a genuine European competition that has Europe's top players and fans at heart".

The four Welsh regions – Newport Gwent Dragons, the Ospreys, Cardiff Blues and the Scarlets – have backed English plans for a competition governed by the clubs rather than the unions.

However, the Welsh Rugby Union, along with their Irish, Scottish, French and Italian counterparts, has committed to playing in a tournament run by European Rugby Cup next season.

Lapasset said: "In order to reach an outcome that is in the best interests of rugby globally, the IRB will work actively with its Unions towards the goal of achieving a unified and acceptable outcome for all stakeholders involved.

"In the interests of the global game, the IRB reaffirms that it will not support any cross border competitions that are not approved by the Unions of any participating clubs, rugby bodies and host countries in full accordance with IRB regulations and bye-laws."

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