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WRU criticised for lack of Welsh
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Language activists say the WRU's website makes 'no use' of Welsh
A Welsh language pressure group criticises the Welsh Rugby Union for what it says is a lack of use of Welsh on the sporting body's website.

The Welsh Language Society said it was "intolerable" and wanted the WRU to give the language more "respect".

But the WRU said it planned to increase its use of Welsh and its website would use more of the language.

The criticism came as the Wales rugby team meets England at Twickenham in the 2008 Six Nations opening match.

The language society said it planned to write to bosses at the WRU outlining its concerns at what it sees as a "lack of commitment to the Welsh language."

The society is holding its AGM in Aberystwyth on Saturday. Administrative officer Dafydd Morgan Lewis said members were aware their meeting was on the same day as the rugby international.

"Our main concern is that no use is made of Welsh on the WRU's official website, although there are many other language issues that are also a cause for concern," he said.

"What makes the situation intolerable is that rugby union is one of the few examples of where Wales as a nation is represented on an international level.

"One would expect, therefore to see the Welsh language respected."

But in a statement to BBC Wales, a WRU spokesman said that it was reviewing its website and would be having more Welsh on the site.

The spokesman said it was part of the WRU's campaign to increase its use of the Welsh language.



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