Some hope for 2017

I'm going to write a list, of sorts, of some hopes / dreams / never will come trues for professional rugby in Wales in 2017 and beyond. There are major issues within the game, at all levels, so here are some ideas for going some way to curing them: Split The Pro & Community Games... Continue Reading →

A step backwards

  Martyn Phillips has given Wales Online a pretty in depth article regarding the plans for rugby in Wales up until the 2019 Rugby World Cup and, unfortunately, it contains the same serious flaws and errors that his predecessors have made. There are three major mistakes made: 1) the contract extensions to Howley and McBryde,... Continue Reading →

The cost of Professional Rugby

This week saw the publication of the Annual Accounts of 'Scarlets Regional Ltd', the company that owns and runs the Scarlets. The clue is in the title. The headline figures for the business was that its turnover (i.e. income) was £8,976,506 but it still spent £987,615 more than it earned. That's right, the cost of... Continue Reading →

The Mentality of the Voluntarily Disenfranchised

Mr Geraint Powell, a man famed for holding 'interesting' views on the set up of Welsh rugby and for using multiple logins and aliases to publish them, wrote this regarding the set up of a Cardiff Blues Supporters Trust: https://thevietgwent.wordpress.com/2016/03/31/more-east-glamorgan-hybrid-nonsense-a-supporters-trust-for-a-club-that-is-a-region/comment-page-1/#comment-30 Here is my reply (that he is unlikely to publish): "Geraint, when will you realise... Continue Reading →

It’s a squad game

Much that Danny Wilson does and says is very impressive, so the recent news that there will be fewer contracted players in the seasons to come is well received. Wilson is on the same path that Alec Evans took when he arrived at the time, in that he also recognised there were far too many... Continue Reading →

What’s Happening To The East?

A supporter follows his/her team for many reasons, most of which are intangible but fewer again are sensible, but the tie for many is unbreakable. It is lifelong, through thick and thin but with a huge caveat - as long as the Club followed stays true to the values that first attracted that support. Even if... Continue Reading →

Email-gate

Is this genuine? Mr G Davies Chairman The Welsh Rugby Union Limited The Millennium Stadium Westgate Street Cardiff CF10 1NS 17th May 2015 Dear Mr Davies Welsh representation in the British & Irish Cup in the2015/16 Season Let me clarify the position of Pontypridd RFC, its dispute is not with the Governing Body, it is... Continue Reading →

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