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Thursday, 20 February, 2003, 17:26 GMT
Welsh clubs miss the boat
Llanelli skipper Leigh Davies
The clubs failed to find any common ground
Wales' Premier rugby clubs have failed to agree on a proposal to re-structure the professional game for next season.

The clubs had until Thursday morning to reach an agreement on their plan to create five superclubs to compete in Celtic and European competition.

Welsh Rugby Union chief executive David Moffett will now put two proposals to the union's board of directors on Thursday evening:

  • Moffett's own plan for four provinces,

  • or the nine-club status quo, (ie no change at all).

    The board will then decide which proposal they will put forward to be discussed at an Extraordinary General Meeting of the 239 member clubs.

    That EGM is scheduled for 23 February, where the WRU member clubs will decide to accept or reject the union's proposal.

    Said Moffett: "Staying at nine clubs is not what I or the clubs favour.

    "I don't see the benefit of that."

    Derrick King, chairman of the nine Premier clubs, admitted there were still a number of areas of disagreement among the clubs.

    But he still believes there is time for the clubs to meet and reach an agreement before the EGM vote.

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