WRU and regions in new deal

A NEW professional body is being established by the WRU and the four Welsh regions to strengthen and develop professional rugby in Wales, both on and off the field.

The Professional Regional Game Board (PRGB) is being formed following an independent review into the regional game.

It is the result of lengthy talks between the WRU and the regions (the Scarlets, Ospreys, Dragons and Blues).

It will have eight key objectives:

  • To underpin, support and maximise performance of the national teams;
  • improve the overall financial management of the regions;
  • help retain senior Welsh internationals playing in Wales where appropriate;
  • develop Welsh international players;
  • achieve four regions which can effectively compete at the top of European rugby within five years;
  • support the Principality Premiership;
  • ensure the continued support and development of the community game;
  • ensure the continued sustainability of the Millennium Stadium.

The new board, made up of four members of the WRU, four members of the regions and an independent chairman, will be supported with additional resource from the WRU.

The distribution of current funding to the regions from the WRU under the terms of the existing Participation Agreement will be monitored and overseen by the PRGB.

The talks between the regions and the WRU were based on the findings of an independent report into regional rugby in Wales by accountants PwC.

WRU group chief executive Roger Lewis said: “The PRGB will play a significant role in helping regional rugby make real progress, on and off the field.

“The PwC report confirmed to all of us in uncompromising detail that we have to act very differently, so we have worked hard in a spirit of unity to forge a structure that can provide workable and meaningful solutions.

“It is abundantly clear that we have to forge a strong and collaborative working partnership going forward.”

Speaking on behalf of the four regions, the chief executive of the Scarlets, Mark Davies, said: “The PRGB is the result of a period of constructive dialogue, with the WRU and the four regions committing to deliver on clear and agreed objectives over time, as the first step towards securing a healthy future for the professional game in Wales.”

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12:26am Wed 5 Dec 12

Robert Shillabeer says...

No one I think expected instant solutions to all the problems facing Welsh rugby, but another talking shop has been created. Or that's what seems to be the case. The PRGB is what has been recommended, but what about fiscal support to stop the current crop of players going abroad to play? Wales just played four home internationals using regional payers so when is some f the money they took going to be put back into regional rugby? How much will this new body consume a year and what will it really achieve? Four from the WRU and one each from the regions means a win win for the WRU and sod the regions as only one region or the so called independent chair needs to vote with WRU for it to hold way on every decision. Divide and conquer comes to mind (again) .
No one I think expected instant solutions to all the problems facing Welsh rugby, but another talking shop has been created. Or that's what seems to be the case. The PRGB is what has been recommended, but what about fiscal support to stop the current crop of players going abroad to play? Wales just played four home internationals using regional payers so when is some f the money they took going to be put back into regional rugby? How much will this new body consume a year and what will it really achieve? Four from the WRU and one each from the regions means a win win for the WRU and sod the regions as only one region or the so called independent chair needs to vote with WRU for it to hold way on every decision. Divide and conquer comes to mind (again) . Robert Shillabeer
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1:12am Wed 5 Dec 12

corpardguy says...

Its at least a start, they are talking. But make no mistake they had better get it right this time and keep the East / West politicking out of it.
There will not be another chance unless some "Daddy Warbucks" comes in with a couple of Billion to sort the mess out.
Central contracts are a must, and best youngsters to weakest regions (like the American draft from College) keeps the strength from concentrating all in one or two rich regions and after a couple of years makes for a more level playing arena.
Its at least a start, they are talking. But make no mistake they had better get it right this time and keep the East / West politicking out of it. There will not be another chance unless some "Daddy Warbucks" comes in with a couple of Billion to sort the mess out. Central contracts are a must, and best youngsters to weakest regions (like the American draft from College) keeps the strength from concentrating all in one or two rich regions and after a couple of years makes for a more level playing arena. corpardguy
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3:04pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Dai the Milk says...

All this after the horse has bolted. The WRUin is very very worried about this mess it has created. Now even the pink hat brigade is falling in numbers.
All this after the horse has bolted. The WRUin is very very worried about this mess it has created. Now even the pink hat brigade is falling in numbers. Dai the Milk
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9:49pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Keith Barnett says...

Jaw jaw delays war war
Talking shop that will lead to 2 regions
Jaw jaw delays war war Talking shop that will lead to 2 regions Keith Barnett
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10:13pm Wed 5 Dec 12

corpardguy says...

Unless we get central contracts and draw the English teams into meaningful leagues this will be a death march for celtic team and /or regional rugby.

RFU and WRU better start talking sense, and quickly or after the next world cup there will be no Scots or Welsh international talent to speak of.
Unless we get central contracts and draw the English teams into meaningful leagues this will be a death march for celtic team and /or regional rugby. RFU and WRU better start talking sense, and quickly or after the next world cup there will be no Scots or Welsh international talent to speak of. corpardguy
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