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Last Updated:  Wednesday, 19 February, 2003, 08:18 GMT
EGM more important than England
Steve Hansen
Hansen says Wales must look to the next generation
Wales v England. It is traditionally the highlight of the rugby calendar, certainly for fans on the western end of the Severn Bridge.

But this year Wales coach Steve Hansen says that the match is of secondary importance compared to yet another Welsh Rugby Union meeting.

On Sunday the WRU will hold its Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM), where its 239 member clubs will vote on group chief executive David Moffett's plans for reform, including the introduction of four regional sides for Celtic and European competition.

Hansen told BBC Wales: "Sunday's meeting is undoubtedly more important (than the England game). You can't build a high-rise building without foundations."

The Wales coach seemed to dismiss the possibility of meaningful results from the current crop of players, talking about a 'lost generation' of Welsh talent and hoping to bring youngsters through the new system.

It's like someone in your family doing something stupid and as a parent you're disappointed
Steve Hansen
The New Zealander, tired of the in-fighting in Wales, hoped that the warring factions could put aside their differences for Sunday's meeting.

"Everyone says they want change, but when the crunch comes we all get a bit selfish and look after our own interests.

"Now the time has come - if they want success they need to change and they need to do it together."

If Hansen is looking long term, the pains of the current generation are all too clear. The Kiwi says that the damage from the loss in Italy cut deep.

"It's like someone in your family doing something stupid and as a parent you're disappointed," he said.

"We've worked on it on the training field and done everything we can to dump that baggage."

There will be a special show on BBC Radio Wales to reflect on events at the EGM on Sunday, 23 February, 1700 GMT

David Moffett and Stuart Gallacher will then be special guests on an extended Scrum V, BBC Two Wales and 2W, 1845 GMT





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