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Last Updated: Saturday, 1 April 2006, 12:47 GMT 13:47 UK
Welsh clubs seek Ruddock answers
Former Wales coach Mike Ruddock
Ruddock's departure continues to make waves in Welsh rugby
The Welsh Rugby Union's clubs have insisted that the controversial departure of coach Mike Ruddock is a major reason for the current crisis.

Twelve 'rebel' teams have demanded an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Union's 245 member clubs.

The Union board claim issues over the WRU's governance, not Ruddock's exit, are the reason, but that is disputed.

"Ruddock's situation hasn't left the mind of any Welsh rugby watcher," said Premiership clubs chairman Chris Clark.

If someone puts their hand up at the EGM and admits they made a mistake they would be respected for that
Chris Clark

WRU chairman David Pickering said on Friday: "I don't believe that the EGM is about Mike Ruddock's departure, people have largely accepted that and we've moved on, the core issue is the governance of the Union."

But Cross Keys secretary Clark - who stresses that his club is not one of the 'rebel' teams - does not go along with this assessment.

"People who care deeply about Welsh rugby are concerned about the general management of the WRU and the mistakes that have been made," he said.

"The biggest mistake was over Mike Ruddock. Everyone I have spoken to believes that Mike was shabbily treated.

We're only after the truth, we don't believe that's what we've been given
Resolven RFC secretary Gwyn Bishop

"We are all human and make mistakes, if someone puts their hand up at the EGM and admits they made a mistake they would be respected for that.

"At the moment nobody within the WRU are admitting a problem."

Resolven RFC secretary Gwyn Bishop, whose club is one of the 12 'rebel' sides to demand an EGM, believes that their motion has much more widespread support.

"There are a lot of clubs that feel the same way as us, the Union's 'Red Zone Roadshow' didn't clarify anything," Bishop told BBC Sport Wales.

"We're only after the truth, we don't believe that's what we've been given."

Bishop says that his club's major concern is the criticism they received from the Union on their distribution of tickets and the way they only found out about the problem through the media.

But he also listed Ruddock's departure as a major grievance felt by members at Resolven.




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