True, the issue with Cardiff is that they can't attract any more support as they defiantly will not rename themselves and the parochial that is ruining Welsh rugby will not support a Cardiff team.Ah, the annual Taffies want to rearrange the deckchairs story.
Yeah, they do have only half the absolute population of Ireland, but that's not the entire story either. The population density around Newport, Swansea and Cardiff would be equivalent to Limerick and Belfast I'd reckon. [Lets leave the Dubs out of it as they are a shower anyway.]
Yet its Llanelli that has pretty much the best attendances of the 4 regions.
They've never really bought into the regions. Continual stories running the league (that they are seldom actually competitive in) down doesn't help. Nor does the continued espoused thing about attendances being bigger if they played the English clubs. If locality is the issue - how come the Welsh derby attendances are still ****?
Looking at the numbers, its clear that it is the biggest population centre that is the weakest link. Will they get rid of Cardiff Blues? Will they f**k. So what is the point?
We have to start to realise professional sport is about money and if Cardiff is the team for that area then so be it.
Same for Newport and the fact that they had to keep the Newport name in the ***le.
If the WRU could attract money, then they would start again with the teams and offer them out to private finance to run as franchises.
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