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 Tuesday, 10 December, 2002, 13:02 GMT
Clubs reject Moffett's proposal
Glanmor Griffiths, David Moffett and David Pickering
The WRU have set the lead with reform proposals

The Welsh Premiership rugby clubs have rejected the WRU's provincial proposal after a two-hour meeting in Bridgend Rugby Club on Tuesday.

The clubs had planned to put together an alternative plan to take to a meeting with the WRU on Thursday.

The Premier Division clubs have unanimously rejected the Union's proposals

Derrick King
But Premier Clubs chairman Derrick King admitted that there was no new proposal sorted out yet, although their idea would be based on five clubs from the south Wales area.

The WRU last week set out a blueprint for four regional teams, including one based in north Wales.

We will discuss the steps needed to create five regional sides, based in south Wales, from the existing clubs

Derrick King
King said: "The Premier Division clubs have unanimously rejected the Union's proposals for the future of Welsh rugby.

"We will discuss the steps needed to create five regional sides, based in south Wales, from the existing clubs.

"All the clubs agree that a new structure is essential and urgent."

The clubs seem to agree that five 'superclubs' would be preferable, but appear divided on who merges with who.

There are two plans which the clubs have been arguing over. The first sees Pontypridd standing alone, the second Llanelli.

Option 1:
Pontypridd; Llanelli/Swansea; Neath/Bridgend; Cardiff/Caerphilly; Newport/Ebbw Vale

Option 2:
Llanelli; Swansea/Neath; Bridgend/Pontypridd; Cardiff/Caerphilly; Newport/Ebbw Vale

In each case Cardiff would merge with nearby minnows Caerphilly, whilst Newport's proposed merger with Ebbw Vale would also be seen as more of a takeover by the larger club.

The major problem with option two is thought to be the attitude of Neath, who do not wish to join forces with Swansea.


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