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Post by Shifty on Fri 29 Mar 2013, 7:32 am

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/rugbynation/rugby-news/2013/03/27/revealed-new-welsh-rugby-board-not-even-properly-formed-yet-91466-33073217/

The new board set up to solve Welsh rugby’s problems has still not been properly formed nearly four months after it was publicly unveiled.

The creation of the Professional Regional Game Board was announced last December and trumpeted as a new professional body created to strengthen and develop professional rugby in Wales.

It was established by the WRU, Blues, Ospreys, Scarlets and Dragons, following an independent review into the regional game that highlighted deep financial concerns amid a backdrop of top Welsh talent leaving for big-money deals in France and England.

But four months on the organisation has yet to be fully formed and has only met on one occasion.

And Ospreys chief Andrew Hore has admitted the public have a right to know why the new board is still not meeting regularly.

“I don’t believe the legals have been finalised and there are issues around what it can and can’t cover and that has to be resolved,” said Hore.

“Things still need to be converted into a document.

“The public would be right to ask questions why we aren’t meeting regularly.

“I hope this issue can be resolved but you’re best asking the powers that be about that.

“I hope that it occurs and that we can get underway and have those kinds of debates.

“Those debates are healthy, but they’re not being had at the moment and it’s what the board should have been developed for.

“We are here and wanting to meet to resolve these situations.

“We have been positive and upbeat about the formation of PRGB and the positive impact it can have on the Welsh rugby landscape.

“But it needs to ensure it’s not just a talking shop that can’t instigate change.

“I am positive about the future of Welsh rugby if we can get together a group who can confront part of the burning platform that is on fire.

“There are so many issues to be addressed and if they can there is no reason why the sport can’t be vibrant because there is a basis to build on.

“Regional rugby has not been a failure because it has produced trophies and increased the amount of people in our stadiums. We need to build on this and make sure things are not eroded because the foundations are creaking and under stress.”

A WRU spokesman said: “We welcome Andrew Hore’s comments and encourage him to bring them into the appropriate forum of the management board. This was established for discussion between the regions and the WRU, so that collectively we can work to take this forward for the future of Welsh rugby.”
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Post by Shifty on Fri 29 Mar 2013, 7:34 am

I wondered why so little has been said of the running of the professional game in Wales since this big report on Welsh rugby.

It seems that the Union announced the creation of a board, but didn't actually make a board. Erm
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Post by BigTrevsbigmac on Fri 29 Mar 2013, 7:47 am

Appears to be a stagnant mess & storing up problems for the future. Most people realise the structure should be built from the ground up.
A relatively successful national side will only hide what has to be done for so long.

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Post by 2ndtimeround on Fri 29 Mar 2013, 8:29 am

The WRU will not go through with this board as it would mean more input from the regions into the running of the game, anything that does not exactly fit the plans of the power mongers at the WRU will not be allowed to happen.

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Post by wayne on Fri 29 Mar 2013, 10:12 am

This item was on walesonline on Wednesday, there are many responses on the Os website about this, good on Andrew Hore for fetching this out into the public domain, the last public statement on this also came from AH, where are the other clubs in not going public with this? Are they sucking up to the Dodger, certain players are coming out in the press over the George North thing, while the WRU and the Dodger are watching when the Regions burn.

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Post by Stone Motif on Fri 29 Mar 2013, 12:55 pm

wayne wrote:This item was on walesonline on Wednesday, there are many responses on the Os website about this, good on Andrew Hore for fetching this out into the public domain, the last public statement on this also came from AH, where are the other clubs in not going public with this? Are they sucking up to the Dodger, certain players are coming out in the press over the George North thing, while the WRU and the Dodger are watching when the Regions burn.
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Post by Stone Motif on Fri 29 Mar 2013, 12:55 pm

wayne wrote:This item was on walesonline on Wednesday, there are many responses on the Os website about this, good on Andrew Hore for fetching this out into the public domain, the last public statement on this also came from AH, where are the other clubs in not going public with this? Are they sucking up to the Dodger, certain players are coming out in the press over the George North thing, while the WRU and the Dodger are watching when the Regions burn.
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Post by Stone Motif on Fri 29 Mar 2013, 12:56 pm

wayne wrote:This item was on walesonline on Wednesday, there are many responses on the Os website about this, good on Andrew Hore for fetching this out into the public domain, the last public statement on this also came from AH, where are the other clubs in not going public with this? Are they sucking up to the Dodger, certain players are coming out in the press over the George North thing, while the WRU and the Dodger are watching when the Regions burn.
That's the way, slap on the 'One True Region' blinkers when a simple Google search, or anything remotely resembling an interest in Welsh rugby beyond that of the average Team Wales February on the Lash brigader, would throw up numerous examples from Martin Hazell, Dicky Dutch, and even their WRU Turk equivalents criticising Chairman Rog along the same lines...
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Post by wayne on Fri 29 Mar 2013, 7:08 pm

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wayne wrote:This item was on walesonline on Wednesday, there are many responses on the Os website about this, good on Andrew Hore for fetching this out into the public domain, the last public statement on this also came from AH, where are the other clubs in not going public with this? Are they sucking up to the Dodger, certain players are coming out in the press over the George North thing, while the WRU and the Dodger are watching when the Regions burn.
That's the way, slap on the 'One True Region' blinkers when a simple Google search, or anything remotely resembling an interest in Welsh rugby beyond that of the average Team Wales February on the Lash brigader, would throw up numerous examples from Martin Hazell, Dicky Dutch, and even their WRU Turk equivalents criticising Chairman Rog along the same lines...[/qu
They haven't on this topic.

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