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    WRU heavily critical of Welsh rugby regions
    Union accuses Scarlets of trying to offload George North despite offer of financial aid


    Sun, Mar 31, 2013, 14:55




    The Welsh Rugby Union has launched an incendiary attack on the four professional regions and accused the Scarlets of actively seeking to offload star wing George North without first informing the player.

    The relationship between Regional Rugby Wales, the body which represents the four teams, and the WRU, has been strained in recent years but the governing body’s decision to openly criticise the regions through a strongly-worded press release marks a new low.

    The regions have called on the WRU to help them fight the drain of Welsh talent to the financial might of clubs in France and England.

    North looks set to join the likes of James Hook, Mike Phillips, Paul James, Dan Lydiate and Jamie Roberts in playing outside the principality, after his agent claimed the Scarlets and Northampton had held talks over a move for the giant three-quarter. But the WRU claims the Scarlets, rather than seeking to keep North, had touted the 20-year-old to clubs in France last summer.

    “The WRU is aware that the Scarlets opened discussions to transfer the player with clubs outside Wales and the UK late in 2012,” said the statement. “George North informed the WRU shortly after the Wales v Ireland RBS 6 Nations international on February 2nd, 2013, that he had then been told of the transfer proposal.

    “George refused to consider France, but reluctantly conceded he would be prepared to move if the Scarlets wished.”

    The WRU has asserted it offered to help the Scarlets retain North’s services by offering him a central contract with the union, only to discover the regions had an agreement in place not to field any player under a central contract.

    The statement continued: “The WRU first tabled an offer to discuss centrally contracting Welsh qualified regional players in August 2012 and has renewed that proposal. No meaningful response from the Regions has been received by the WRU.

    “The WRU revisited the issue of George North and agreed to consider assisting in a financial model to retain him in Wales with one of the four Regions.

    “The WRU has recently discovered that the regions signed an agreement which precludes any of them playing an individual who is centrally contracted to the Union.

    “The WRU urges all four regions to abandon this stance and return to the negotiating table."

    The statement also called on the regions to "abandon the practice of selling Welsh qualified senior players for profit before their contracts are concluded" and to inform each other and the WRU when they are seeking to sell or release any Wales players.

    The WRU also laid the blame over the delay in establishing a Professional Regional Game Board firmly at the door of the regions. The proposal came in the wake of a critical independent report by PriceWaterhouseCoopers into the finances and management of the regions, but the body has yet to meet.

    The WRU put this down to the regions altering their interpretation of the agreement to form the PRGB.A new proposal was presented to the regions last week but has not been responded to as yet, according to the WRU.
    On the internet, you can be anything you want. It always amazes me why so many people choose to be stupid.

    #2
    It seems that the player didn't want to leave but the Scarletts wanted him off the wage bill despite the financial aid off the WRU. The wales region has turned into a disgrace for offloading players instead of retaining their homegrown talent. I know in some cases players wanted to leave for more money but its great to see someone off Halfpenneys stature signing on for the near future, thats what welsh rugby need.

    With Scarletts eagerness to get rid of North (who i don't see as a negative influenece in the dresssing room), i'd wonder have they located another top class winger to replace him?

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      #3
      Mod edit
      Yorn desh born, der ritt de gitt der gue,
      Orn desh, dee born desh, de umn bork! bork! bork!

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        #4
        Seems to me like a real shot across the bows from WRU. Wonder will the RRW's response will be equally public?
        On the internet, you can be anything you want. It always amazes me why so many people choose to be stupid.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Woggas View Post

          “The WRU has recently discovered that the regions signed an agreement which precludes any of them playing an individual who is centrally contracted to the Union.

          “The WRU urges all four regions to abandon this stance and return to the negotiating table."
          .
          How could they only recently discover this?
          The only difference between me and a madman is that I'm not mad.
          - Salvador Dali (1904-1989)

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            #6
            Thats not the only thing going on.


            http://www.sportsmole.co.uk/rugby-union/ospreys/news/welsh-regions-eye-english-premiership-link_76898.html


            Wales's four rugby regions have held fresh talks with English clubs over the possibility of joining the Aviva Premiership.

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              #7
              I wonder why drop kick they wouldn't be in it for too long
              I am one of the 5 clowns woo hoo

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                #8
                Originally posted by DONC View Post
                I wonder why drop kick they wouldn't be in it for too long
                The English voting them in would be like turkeys voting for christmas. The regions don't have the money to bring to the table. As well as that it looks very bad for them in the eyes of their Pro12 partners.

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                  #9
                  Thank God Irish rugby isn't in the state that Welsh rugby is in

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Woggas View Post
                    Seems to me like a real shot across the bows from WRU. Wonder will the RRW's response will be equally public?
                    And here it is....
                    On the internet, you can be anything you want. It always amazes me why so many people choose to be stupid.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Armin Tamzarian View Post
                      Thank God Irish rugby isn't in the state that Welsh rugby is in
                      Depends who you ask
                      I am the million man.

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                        #12
                        wru plan regional summit to centrally contract top welsh stars

                        http://www.walesonline.co.uk/rugbyna...1466-33099815/
                        The axe that cuts the tree can easily forget, but the tree thats been cut will not forget.

                        Originally posted by the plastic paddy
                        Gwan the Welsh

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                          #13
                          Please don't let North go to the Stains, anyone but that bunch of thugs.

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                            #14
                            Apparently the WRU and the four regions are meeting in the Millennium today for negotiations...

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by the plastic paddy View Post
                              Please don't let North go to the Stains, anyone but that bunch of thugs.
                              Not that I know anything about the Scarlets and their business, but unless something happens today it sounds like a done deal.
                              This summit as they are calling it, is going to be a shouting match, they may as well put it on the schedule.
                              The axe that cuts the tree can easily forget, but the tree thats been cut will not forget.

                              Originally posted by the plastic paddy
                              Gwan the Welsh

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