Welsh regions

  • Welsh Regions To Join Premiership 7s

    Wales will stage the first leg of the Premiership Rugby 7s Series in 2014, with the four Welsh regions to compete in the tournament alongside Aviva Premiership clubs for the first time. The BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park will host the first leg of this year's tournament, now into its fifth year, on Saturday 26 July with two of the regions qualifying for the series final at the Twickenham Stoop on Friday 8 August. Group A sees the four Welsh regions kick off the tournament in Cardiff, with Gloucester...

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  • Welsh Regions Offer Takeover Deal To WRU

    The four Welsh regions have offered the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) the chance to take them over and end the ongoing impasse before 18 July. In a letter from chairmen Peter Thomas (Cardiff Blues), Martyn Hazell (Newport Dragons), Roger Blyth (Ospreys) and Nigel Short (Scarlets), an offer has been made for the WRU to take over all four regions before they are forced to scale back on playing costs and begin to offload players. The regions have set a deadline of 18 July for their offer to be either acc...

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  • PwC questions sustainability of Welsh regions

    The accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers says the Welsh rugby regions are not sustainable in their current form in a report into their finances. The accountants have revealed that income from the WRU has risen but the regions’ annual funding gap has also increased from £2m in 2008 to £5.2m in 2011, although that is forecast to fall to £3.8m for the financial year ending in April 2012. Revenue reportedly went up by £5m between 2008 and 2011 but the PwC report claims that “poor managemen...

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  • Welsh Regions Deal Heineken Cup Blow

    European Rugby Cup Ltd (ERC) has been dealt a major blow after the four Welsh regions revealed that they will back plans by their English and French counterparts and play in the proposed Rugby Champions Cup tournament. It is bad timing for the ERC, with the governing body of the Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup due to stage a board meeting in Dublin today to try to broker a peace deal to ensure that their tournaments continue next season. After a meeting with Mike McCafferty, the Premier Rug...

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  • WRU At Odds With Regions

    The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) and the country’s four regions are at loggerheads over the remit of the Professional Regional Game Board and the situation regarding centrally contracted players. A lengthy statement from the WRU released on Sunday 31 March has precipitated a feisty exchange of messages between the regions and the governing body in the media, which demonstrates just how wide the gulf between the two parties currently is. The initial WRU statement accused the regions of interpreting...

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  • WRU sets up new professional board

    ... independent chair who is yet to be appointed. Each of the regions has agreed to produce a detailed five-year business plan and the PRGB will conduct formal quarterly reviews.   Click here to read about PwC's report questioning the sustainability of the Welsh regions

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  • Welsh Regions Salary Cap Up To £4.5m

    Wales Online has reported that the Welsh regions (Scarlets, Ospreys, Cardiff Blues and Dragons) will have greater spending power next season after agreeing to raise their salary cap by £1m each. Wales’ four regions have agreed to increase their wage cap from £3.5m to £4.5m per team. The £3.5m cap was self-imposed by the regions back in 2011 in response to the difficult economic climate at the time. It was felt that belts had to be tightened and wage bills reduced, which inevitably made it...

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  • Welsh Premiership Could Be Set For Expansion

    Discussions are underway about the possibility of expanding the Welsh Premiership from 12 teams to 16, according to reports from across the Severn Bridge. The potential move is partly in response to the decision taken by the four Welsh regions to field regional A sides in the British and Irish Cup next season instead of one Premiership club from each region but that change is yet to be ratified by the WRU. Leinster, Munster, Ulster and Connacht all already enter their second string sides into th...

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  • BT Sport Agrees Deal To Sponsor Welsh Regions

    ... Shirt sponsorship for the Blues was not available for the 2014-15 season but their home at the Arms Park will now have BT Sport in its title. Regional Rugby Wales acting chief executive Mark Davies said: "It's a time to celebrate the strides that the Welsh regions are making to take the game forward in Wales with real unity, a common purpose, shared philosophy and commitment to ensuring that our businesses are sustainable. "This is a clear vote of confidence in the Welsh regions and we are deli...

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  • Judgement Day III Breaks Ticket Sales Record

    Ticket sales for the third edition of Judgement Day, the Guinness Pro12 regional double header involving all four Welsh regions, have surpassed the record set in 2013. The inaugural Judgement Day fixture at the Millennium Stadium in 2013 attracted a 36,000 strong crowd, the highest to date, but that record will be broken this year with over 37,500 fans having already purchased their tickets for the event on April 25. Welsh Rugby Union chairman Gareth Davies has issued a rallying cry to fans to...

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