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    Euwan Usami wrote:
    Couple of truths in all this I think ; you have to follow the money to survive. I agree with Moffat on that. The other less popular idea is there is no way back from a regional system.

    You can revert to the old names and call them super clubs if you want (How this would work with the Ospreys though is anyone's guess!) But there is no way the WRU can support 12 pro sides in Wales.

    The regional /international differences in success are easy to explain also imo, while our best players are playing in the best leagues, the regions are forced to develop youngsters like Toby and Dan. This is all good for the international side. They have the opposite problem in France where there are no opportunities for their home grown talents as all the key positions are held by foreigners, therefor this has a detrimental effect on their nation side. So I think it's perfectly possible for us to have a competitive Welsh team regardless of the state of the regions. The WRU may think this way too.

    One thing is for sure, they need to get RL out of the picture. He is a RP disaster and rubs everyone up the wrong way.
    RP = PR (Makes more sense now) ;)"
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Dragons chief confirms Aviva Premiership is an option for regions

TV DEBATE: Newport Gwent Dragons chief executive Gareth Davies

TV DEBATE: Newport Gwent Dragons chief executive Gareth Davies

First published in Sport

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons chief executive Gareth Davies has admitted that playing in an Anglo-Welsh League is an option if no agreement is reached in the dispute between the four regions and the Welsh Rugby Union.

The possibility of participation in such a competition has been rumoured but when pushed during a BBC Wales debate on the crisis in Welsh rugby he confirmed that it was a course of action being considered.

WRU chief executive Roger Lewis, however, told the audience: “The Union will not allow the regions to play in the Aviva Premiership.”

The regions, Dragons, Scarlets, Ospreys and Blues, want to play in a new European competition next season, the Rugby Champions Cup, rather than the Heineken Cup – an initiative being driven by the top English clubs. And they are unhappy with the commercial benefits of staying in the RaboDirect Pro12, unsure of who will sponsor it in the future.

The Union, however, is committed to both the Heineken Cup and the Pro 12.

In a lively debate, in which Davies was also representing the other regions, there appeared to be little sign of the warring parties coming together. Although there are more talks planned for tomorrow.

Both sides agreed that there was a crisis in European rugby with Davies stressing that in terms of finance the French were sprinting ahead with huge commercial deals.

He also stressed that there had to be “collaboration” between the parties for a solution to be found, not the “master and servant relationship.”

On the subject of central contracts, Lewis told the audience that the WRU could find extra money to keep the remaining top talent in Wales, if agreement could be reached. He said the money would come from “our relationship with key partners.”

Former WRU chief executive David Moffett was in the audience and said he could sort out the problem because of his greater knowledge of central contracting.

“You either have everyone on a central contract or no one,” he said.

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