Trouble in Wales?

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  1. dullonien

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    I think that the WRU have basically given the regions ‘enough rope to hang themselves’ and once no one can come to an agreement on how to consolidate 4 M4 regions into 3, the WRU will step in and dictate how it’s gonna be.
     
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    Based on the Scarlets timeline of events though, it doesn't sound like it was the WRU who initially proposed the reduction to 3 M4 regions + north wales, but a response to the ospreys wanting a merger.

    Very different from the anti WRU statements from the ospreys yesterday which seemed to make out that it was the WRU forcing them to merge or be disbanded.
     
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    It's hard to tell where this is coming from.

    Been well known for a while that WRU have had a long term plan / agenda for setting up a team in north Wales, but is this just them using the (potential) demise / merger of the Ospreys to get that team set up?

    There's been a lot of talk about the north Wales fanbase and investors being there and waiting (think Mark Jones at RGC was quoted saying something similar) so the WRU have clearly done some initial planning / research.

    Could be the WRU putting the pressure on the Ospreys from the start, causing them to look into the mergers?

    All in all, unsurprisingly, this is a mess...
     
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    So the Ospreys f**ked up and are now looking to blame everyone else?



    [edit: Everyone (myself included) is always very quick to blame "the suits" or "the blazers", but quite often majority fault can be found elsewhere.]
     
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    It's difficult to know exactly what's happened/happening here as all parties involved have their own agendas and each one will try and spin it in a way to make themselves seem least accountable.
     
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    It does look rather embarrassing for the Ospreys, I can't work out why they went so guns blazing yesterday when the truth would have come out eventually.
     
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    Ospreys now issue a new official statement and it's quite frankly embarrassing. How they let this go out as statement from the club is beyond me.


    “There are three stark realities. Firstly, the concept of an Ospreys-Scarlets merger is dead and the clock is ticking.

    “Secondly, Wales was promised a comprehensive review with nothing off the table, but nothing has yet been put on the table.

    “Thirdly, the PRB cynically left it to the regions to have a shoot-out for survival with the clear direction that a region in the West should go and make room for a fourth in the North. We are now where we are as a result.

    “It’s hard to look at this situation and not conclude that a stitch-up of convenience has just unravelled before us all. There isn’t a ‘plan B’, because there was never a ‘plan A’.

    “Even the PRB has said a western merger was central to their planning, which is frankly mind-boggling. Wishful thinking is not an acceptable replacement for responsible decision-making.

    It’s now time for the grown-ups to get back in the room. It’s time for experienced strategic planning, robust consultation and a methodical process to emerge that is transparent, timely and carries with it the full range of the sport’s stakeholders.

    “And this is what I will be discussing with Union and PRB officials over the coming days."
     
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    Its becoming awfully bitter like the Western force stitch up by Australia. But this makes even less sense because Wales will retain four teams. How a rugby community can slowly mutilate itself at the same time as the national side has its most successful run of victories in history is mind boggling.
     
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    Maybe the Ospreys can take part in Global Rapid Rugby.......
     
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    Or merge with Scarlets and call themselves Western Force and share hosting games with Perth. So obvious when you come to think of it. :p
     
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    I think you've misunderstood my comparison - it is the same in that Cardiff maintained a large amount of it's identity and the die hard Ponty fans wouldn't support that once the Warriors became unviable, much as if the O's or the Scarlets fans would have difficulties supporting a team that retained their previous identity over the other. Not happening now anyway, but the whole things has been remarkable.

    The problem still is with the 5 big clubs idea is which clubs, and who had the money to fund them at the time. The WRU were asking private business men to fund Welsh rugby, and we got what they paid for because no one else would or could. We are where we are, but what is clear is we need to reduce the number of teams. How that looks, who knows.
     
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    They weren't them enough though. They shouldn't have changed it, we ended up with the worst of both worlds.

    Anyway no point arguing about the past.
    It seems now that there wont be another change. I'm glad as an NW team would be a disaster.
     
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    WHAT THE ACTUAL ****!
     
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    The most risible aspect of this whole debate is when people blame the regions for Wales' failings, limitations and public disaffection (both in terms of playing numbers and viewing numbers), as if the 1990's never happened. While the lack of success in the HC has certainly been disappointing, and I am sure those who originally set up and proposed the regions were expecting better, apart from the utterly useless Dragons they have all had their fair share of silverware, and have provided players with a much more competitive environment than the crumbling and impoverished clubs that so many apparently miss and linger for.

    Lest we need to be reminded, the final years of the blessed clubs in the 90's saw rapidly falling attendances at both club and country level, embarrassing defeats such as losing to Canada at home in 1993, and those record losses of 51-0 and 96-13 to France and South Africa respectively in 1998. All of these were, of course, bookended by those home losses to Samoa in the 1991 and 1999 World Cups. Quite simply, the old system had to go. Change was going to come. Since the creation of the regional teams, Wales have won four 6Ns (three of them with Grand Slams), reached a World Cup semi-final and four years later got out of the Group of Death by beating the host nation to reach the quarter-final in the next one.
     
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    Yep - those harking back for the "good old days" or wanting to centralise professional units around 4 clubs* that would struggle to pull in a combined 10k through the gates every weekend need their head examined.

    *and f**k off everyone else in the country.

    [I wonder would there be a correlation with these people and those that voted Brexit...]
     
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    It wasn’t ‘just’ Wales that voted for Brexit... though we had the most to lose from doing so but I digress, if only Wales had voted for, it would have had little impact on the overall results.
     
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    Think you will find that the Moffett plan was, Llanelli/Swansea, Neath/Bridgend, Cardiff, Celtic Warriors and Newport/Gwent.

    This was not accepted, by Llanelli as they wanted the same status as Cardiff, (and Newport, as they wanted nothing to do with the rest of Gwent).
    Clubs putting themselves before the greater good has caused this.

    https://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-news/chronicling-15-years-welsh-regional-14495876

    There is a quote that one of the last games before regionalisation was Swansea, Pontypridd and it had a crowd of 932!!
    People have got to realise that professional sport is a business, looking for our hard earned cash.

    The WRU got it wrong by allowing some clubs to take over the idea of franchising.
    They should now ask for tenders from Clubs with sound business plans as franchises for the Welsh in the Pro14.
    They need to include minimum standards on stadia, revenue streams and projections on income.
     
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    Oh no, thats not what I meant.

    I meant that those who would want to go back to the club scene where somehow in the midsts of time they've forgotten the standard was actually quite crap are likely to be of the same ilk as those that voted Brexit. [Not that Brexit voters consist exclusively of irrational, illogical Welshmen from Pontypridd that forgot their club was pretty much just whipping boys outside of Wales in the past 30 years.]
     
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    As opposed to the rampant Dragons eh!

    You genuinely think that with the professionalism the clubs wouldn't have erm professionalised?? The regions were/are meaningless, Ospreys is not the Welsh equivalent of Ulster ffs.
     
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