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Moffett returns to Welsh Rugby to head new group


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Former Welsh Rugby Union chief executive David Moffett has returned to Rugby in Wales as the head of a new organisation Regional Rugby Wales Ltd.

The organisation is made up of the four Welsh Regions Cardiff Blues, Ospreys, Dragons and Scarlets with the goal of improving the management rugby and how it is run in the country.

The launch of the group comes at a delicate time for Welsh Rugby as talks have broken down between the regions and the WRU over the release of their players.

Wales coach Warren Gatland wants access to his players but the regions say that they need their players for EDF Energy Cup clashes.

The situation is much the same as what England’s RFU and the Premiership clubs went through over the past few years.

The group say that over the past three months, the Regions and the WRU have had over 14 meetings, where little or no progress has been achieved on an extended participation agreement.

When Moffett was in charge of Wales he implemented regional rugby and will now head the new group which will hold talks with the WRU aimed at delivering a long-term, sustainable solution for the administration of the professional game in Wales

“The establishment of Regional Rugby Wales by the four Welsh regions is a highly positive step and one I am sure the WRU will welcome.” said RRW interim chief executive David Moffett in a published statement.

“The Regions have quite rightly recognised that, like other nations, the key to the future success of the game lies in a professional partnership for the overall success of the game.

“The modern era of rugby requires modern solutions and I firmly believe the time has come for both Regions and Union to embrace the best practice already employed by other nations and arrive at a similar outcome and similar advantage for Wales.

“I have no doubt that with a true partnership effort, by the time of the Six Nations we can have achieved an outcome that will take Wales forwards to ever greater success.”



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