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Last Updated: Sunday, 6 May 2007, 18:59 GMT 19:59 UK
Beddau & Bonymaen denied by WRU
Welsh rugby
The Welsh Rugby Union say that League One East and West champions Beddau and Bonymaen will not be promoted to the Welsh Premiership next season.

The WRU wrote to them in the autumn outlining ground criteria that have not been met, but the clubs say that they have not been given sufficient time.

The pair are considering calling an Extraordinary General Meeting and legal action to have the decision overturned.

"There'll be no promotion, but we need to talk," said WRU boss Roger Lewis.

"Everyone is being dealt with in as fair and proper a manner as possible in difficult circumstances.

We're not just fighting for our own team, but for every Welsh club that wants to have a Cinderella story

Bonymaen chairman John Hague

"We can't retrospectively address these issues, the clubs should have raised it in the autumn.

"Now they need to sit around a table with us and we will work out a way forward.

"Arguing is not good for Welsh rugby and opens us to ridicule."

The decision seems to have safeguarded the Premiership future of bottom side Llandovery, and of Bedwas who finished four places above but would have been first to be relegated because their ground does not meet the WRU's criteria.

"It's disgusting, we weren't given the criteria until mid-way through the season, but we can get everything in place this summer," said Beddau coach Brett Davey.

"The WRU are hypocrites. They talk about clubs improving, but what's the point when you can't get promoted to the top division?

"We've worked hard all season to beat teams who are paying big money, and we deserve our place with the big boys.

"If we don't go up I'll never coach in Wales again. I'm sick of it."

Bonymaen chairman John Hague added: "We're not just fighting for our own team, but for every Welsh club that wants to have a Cinderella story."

Former Wales hooker Garin Jenkins, speaking as a pundit on BBC Wales' Scrum V rugby show, said: "My sympathies are with the clubs, but there's a grey area over how the issue was handled.

"As Roger Lewis says, both sides need to get together and talk around a table."

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