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Last Updated: Tuesday, 13 March 2007, 17:36 GMT
Bedwas RFC face relegation threat
Welsh rugby
Bedwas could be relegated from the Principality Premiership at the end of the season after failing an annual Welsh Rugby Union facilities review.

They are the only one of the 13 Premiership clubs to fail the criteria.

They will be automatically relegated, whatever their league position, if the champions of Division One East or Division One West meet the criteria.

Carmarthen Quins, Narberth, Newbridge and Pontypool are the only division one sides to qualify on that basis.

Quins and Narberth currently lie third and fourth in the western division, while Newbridge and Pontypool are third and fourth in the eastern division.

People expect the highest standards in whatever sport they choose to participate in

WRU group chief executive Roger Lewis

The Premiership criteria system was introduced ahead of season 2005/6 to ensure Welsh rugby continues to improve the way clubs are run and that a high standard of facilities are provided for players and spectators at all major grounds.

Clubs seeking Premiership status are checked for the standard of their finances and administration, regulatory compliance, player development programmes and ground facilities.

All clubs within the premier division have to achieve the agreed criteria and all first division clubs seeking promotion also have to score the pass rate of criteria points.

Top class facilities and robust management are expected to be in place to ensure players and supporters can continue to follow and enjoy the game of rugby in Wales.

"These days, people expect the highest standards in whatever sport they choose to participate in and we have to deliver to those standards," said WRU group chief executive Roger Lewis.

We fully support the WRU system now in place

Premier Clubs chairman Chris Clarke

"Great strides have been achieved both in terms of facilities and rugby structures within our clubs and our aim must be to continue that improvement across the game of rugby in Wales."

The chairman of the Premier Clubs in Wales, Chris Clarke of Cross Keys RFC, said:

"We fully support the WRU system now in place to check that our clubs achieve the required standards on and off the field.

"Getting all our standards to where they are today has involved a lot of people and a lot of hard work over the past two years.

"Some great rugby is now being played in the Principality Premiership and the fans and players know that following the game at this level can be a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding experience."

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