Welsh Rugby Could Be Set For A Major Overhaul With One Club Ceasing To Exist
While things are going rather well for the national side at the moment, with Warren Gatland’s men on course for a Six Nations Grand Slam following their win over England on Saturday – the same can’t exactly be said for the four professional clubs.
Ospreys, Scarlets, Dragons and Cardiff Blues have all had mixed seasons in Europe and the PRO14, with no team really challenging on either end as the Welsh Rugby Union looks to overhaul their entire structure.
According to WalesOnline, the WRU have tabled plans in recent weeks to cut one of the current regions and form a new professional side in North Wales. Then proposal could mean the disbanding of a club, with Ospreys apparently the team that are fighting for their lives. Mergers between two of the existing clubs have also been mentioned.
The WRU originally hoped to have their new set-up in place by next season, but after failing to come to an agreement with the current clubs, plans have now been shelled until the following season, with all four clubs now unsure of their futures beyond the summer of 2021.
And now Wale’s Six Nations stars have held crunch talks with the WRU to demand some clarity amid the unrest, but even after that say they are still “in the dark about what was going to happen.”
It’ll be interesting to see how this one develops and if it’ll affect Wales’ quest to win the Six Nations with crucial games against Scotland and Ireland still to come for Gatland’s side.