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Last Updated: Friday, 7 April 2006, 15:37 GMT 16:37 UK
Welsh clubs lodge fresh EGM call
Welsh rugby
Welsh rugby clubs have made a second attempt to force the Welsh Rugby Union board to face a vote of no confidence.

The WRU, under fire since the exit of national coach Mike Ruddock, rejected the first call for an Extraordinary General Meeting on a technicality.

The Union received letters from 13 clubs, but said only nine contained the common motion.

But a 10th letter was delivered to the WRU on Friday, bringing the number of requests for an EGM to the required 10.

"I've taken a fresh club form this morning and registered it with the Union," said Chepstow Rugby Club official Howard Watkins.

"They now have the necessary documents as far as I'm concerned to push forward to convene a meeting."

The WRU board will meet on 18 April to consider the latest request from the clubs.

"Without pre-judging the decision to be taken on 18 April, it is possible we could stage two EGMs on the same day next month," said WRU chairman David Pickering.

"We were not in a position to accede to the club's initial request for an EGM because only nine of the 13 requisitions presented to us supported the proposed motion.

"Now that that error has been addressed the board will reconsider the clubs' request.

"The board has to hold a board meeting within 21 days of receiving a formal request for an EGM and then, if the request is valid, set a date for the EGM within 28 days after that.

After rejecting the first call for an EGM, the WRU said it would press ahead with its own EGM - which was called last month - and would discuss all issues raised by the 13 member clubs.

Pickering indicated that the Union will hold that meeting - to discuss the role of group chief executive vacated by David Moffett - on 14 May and may consider holding the two meetings at the same venue on the same day.

As well as discussing the WRU's failure to replace Moffett as group chief executive, concerns over ticketing will also be raised.

Ruddock quit citing family reasons midway through the defence of the Six Nations title this season.

But a BBC Wales investigation revealed that contractual differences played a greater part in his departure, leading several member clubs to demand a general meeting.

A WRU statement released on Thursday evening said: "It has become apparent there is insufficient support for a motion of no confidence.

"The board, however, recognises that there are specific concerns that warrant debate.

"As a result, the board has decided to put back its own EGM from 23 April to 14 May so that the president, Keith Rowlands, will be available to chair the meeting.

"The agenda for that meeting shall include the four items of concern raised by clubs in their recent correspondence with the union."

  • Meanwhile, former South Africa and Stade Francais coach Nick Mallett rejected suggestions that he may be interested in coaching Wales.

    "I have not been contacted (by Wales)," said Mallett.

    "At the moment I have got a two-year-restraint of trade in respect of coaching until 2007.

    "At the moment I am committed to Western Province and focusing on doing the job properly."

    Ruddock steps down as Wales coach
    14 Feb 06 |  Internationals


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