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Last Updated: Thursday, 7 August, 2003, 11:01 GMT 12:01 UK
Moffett faces further revolt
WRU group chief executive David Moffett
Moffett faces a challenge to his ability to govern the Welsh game
The recently appointed six-man management board of the Welsh Rugby Union is facing a major test of its ability to govern the game in Wales.

The board, led by group chief executive David Moffett, met for the first time on Thursday evening to discuss the problematic area of funding for junior clubs.

At the Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of the Union's 239 member clubs last month, the junior teams threw out Moffett's proposal to reduce their funding from 8,000 to 6,000 per annum.

The management board is believed to have formulated a response to the rebel clubs that defends their proposed cuts and has sent official letters to all involved.

Steve Pike of Llanelli Wanderers has warned that unless the junior clubs are satisfied that all funding options have been explored then they will call another EGM which could undermine the viability of the board's position.

After last month's EGM Moffett threatened to quit his role and pleaded with the junior clubs to be given the power to manage the Welsh game in a professional manner.

If Moffett insists on his funding cut we will have to get the clubs together
Steve Pike, Llanelli Wanderers
But Pike remains to be convinced that the WRU board have looked at all possible measures for reducing costs.

"We asked him to look at other ways of saving money and I hope that Mr Moffett has reconsidered everything from top to bottom," Pike told BBC Wales Sport.

"If he insists on his funding cut (to junior clubs) we will have to get the clubs together to decide on what further action needs to be taken.

"It could be another special meeting (EGM) - if we are not satisfied that he has explored all possible avenues we could go down that route."


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