On the eve of the Ireland v Wales Six Nations clash the good news from a Welsh point of view, is that after 12 months of negotiation, Welsh rugby’s leading clubs are believed to have agreed a deal
On the eve of the Ireland v Wales Six Nations clash the good news from a Welsh point of view, is that after 12 months of negotiation, Welsh rugby’s leading clubs are believed to have agreed on a deal about the number of professional clubs.
In today’s Telegraph newspaper Graham Clutton reports that the proposal is that Llanelli and Cardiff retain their current status and that they be joined in a professional set-up by htree merged sides.
This proposal will be further discussed at a meeting of the nine Premier Division teams this morning before representatives meet David Moffett, the Welsh Rugby Union’s chief executive, to put forward their definitive plan.
Unless there is a change of heart from any one of the clubs in question, it seems almost certain that Wales will be represented next season by two stand alone sides in Llanelli and Cardiff, plus three merged sides, Pontypridd/Bridgend,
Having almost accepted that there would be four merged sides next season – a position that had angered Cardiff, Llanelli and Pontypridd – the news will come as a shot in the arm for Moffett, who had feared a major court battle with Llanelli.
On Wednesday, Llanelli issued court proceedings against the governing body on the grounds that a four-team top tier was unlawful – a case that could have cost the union up to #8 million in compensation to its clubs.
Now, it seems almost certain that Moffett will accept the club’s proposal with the only issues remaining being those of finance and who of the five play in the Parker Pen Shield.