The Current Situation Regarding The Ospreys & Scarlets Merger After A Bizarre Series Of Events
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So what the bloody hell is going on in Wales? Are the Scarlets and Ospreys set to merge in order to make room for a new PRO14 club in North Wales? Trouble is no one quite knows to be honest.
It began with a report by WalesOnline on Tuesday evening that appeared to be well sourced, with the popular platform revealing the two clubs were set to merge in time for next season in one of the biggest stories in the history of Welsh rugby.
But things got a little messy yesterday ahead of a Professional Games Board (PRB) meeting in Wales yesterday that was supposed to confirm the merger. Ospreys chairman Mike James resigned citing the WRU’s “catastrophic mismanagement” of efforts to overhaul the game as a reason for walking away.
Not long after Ospreys broke their official silence stating they are NOT on the verge of a merger with Scarlets, absolutely tearing into the PRB in the process. They said the “players, families, suppliers, commercial partners and those whose livelihoods depend on the regional game, certainly deserve better.”
Then things got even more heated when the PRB released a statement of their own, breaking their silence by revealing that the merger was a central component of their restructuring plans – and that they were under the impression that an agreement was reached between Scarlets and Ospreys to merge on March 1, contrary to Ospreys’ statement.
So what does it all mean? No one really knows to be honest. It appears the PRB want and expected Scarlets and Ospreys to merge, and despite initially agreeing (according to the PRB) – Ospreys are now digging their heels in and fighting for their lives. Scarlets meanwhile have remained completely silent.
Oh and on top of all this the Welsh rugby players issued an unprecedented statement, demanding player representation on the Professional Rugby Board, and branding the current situation as the “most challenging” they have ever faced during their careers.
Chaos. Chaos. Chaos. That’s the current situation. Absolute chaos.