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    Euwan Usami wrote:
    I think the RRW has out maneuvered the WRU and forced a compromise from them. I don't expect that weasel to act like an adult for a moment but I do hope he suprises me yet. A new PA with extra cash is obviously what's required. The new Euro comp is the way to go and the right to negotiate there own TV money. I am not so sure that the Dragons will get sacrificed. The regions have got this far by acting as a united force, I think they all know that the WRU will get the upper hand if they break ranks and while the weasel remains in charge, they should be careful to give him nothing. It's a sad state of affairs but, be under no illusion, RL is to blame for it. His management style has often been described as unfortunate. For someone who claims to have comunity rugby in his heart, he should be ashamed. I truely hope his days are numbered or he is pushed sideways to go count beans and leave the politics to people who know what they are doing and can see beyond their own ego.
    I think the "weasel" is quite capable of surprising you but not , perhaps , in a pleasant way. I wouldn't underestimate him. How far the WRU Board are prepared to support him will be critical I think. If you look at the latest move by the WRU to contact all 320 clubs ( see BBC site ) the accompanying picture has "weasel no 2" ( Pickering ) in the foreground and "weasel no 1" at the back. How much you can read into that is debateable. In the days of the Soviet Politburo , relative position in group photographs was an indicator of relative influence within the regime. I just hope that RRW has the brains to follow up with a circular of their own providing counter-arguments and clarifying their position. They will need to have the clubs on their side if it comes to a general assembly vote. I hope that your take on events is nearer the truth than mine , but I have my doubts. We shall soon see."
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New twist in Welsh rugby row

THE row splitting Welsh rugby apart took a new twist tonight as the Welsh Rugby Union revealed it was to offer the four regions a new agreement.

The WRU met today for the first time since the regions missed the deadline of Tuesday night to sign a new participation agreement with the union for next season.

The regions have threatened to join a breakaway league with English clubs while it was thought the WRU would pull regional funding and set up new teams.

But tonight a WRU statement said: “The WRU has today informed the four Regional Organisations that they will shortly be presented with a new agreement in respect of professional rugby in Wales.

“A timetable for discussion has been provided by the WRU.

“The new agreement will further reflect the WRU’s desire to ensure that Welsh player development and the retention of Welsh players is properly recognised. This is in the best interests of all of rugby in Wales, from the grass roots to the international level.”

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