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Call for Assembly scrutiny of Welsh rugby financing

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The Leader of the Welsh Conservatives has written to the Chair of the Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee calling for an independent inquiry into the future of Welsh regional rugby governance and financing.

Andrew RT Davies has called for a general overview and examination of process following recent differences between the four Welsh rugby regions and the Welsh Rugby Union, over the signing of a participation agreement.

Mr Davies plays veterans rugby and is chair of the National Assembly’s rugby club.

He said:

“While I appreciate the current deadline both sides are working towards – and the urgent need to resolve the current issue – this latest disagreement demonstrates the wider difficulties associated with the way Welsh rugby is run.

“The economics of regional rugby in Wales remain complicated and – while it would be inappropriate for the Welsh Parliament to intervene in any way – the need for an independent inquiry is now very clear.

“This is why I have written to the chair of this committee, calling for a broad inquiry into the governance and financing of Welsh rugby, in the new year.

“In particular, the Welsh Parliament should look closely at the repeated disagreements and complications, and their impact on grassroots sport.

“This committee has the potential to act as an honest broker on what appears to be a deteriorating situation.

“I believe it is now time to look very closely at the economic position our regions and union find themselves in – particularly when compared to other clubs and unions across the UK, and the rest of the world.”

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