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Moffett hands over to Gallacher

David Moffett
Moffett left his role of WRU chief executive in 2005

David Moffett is to leave his role as Regional Rugby Wales chief executive and departing Scarlets boss Stuart Gallacher will take his place.

A RRW statement confirmed Gallacher will take over as Moffett's six-month fixed term ends.

The pair blame the Welsh Rugby Union for what they say is a failure to reach a new WRU-regions participation deal.

"Welsh rugby still does not have the certainty of a solution it so desperately needs," said Moffett.

The statement read: "Gallacher... will take over the reins to continue the regions' negotiations with the WRU regarding a revised participation agreement that has so far failed to materialise."

Moffett says he is leaving due to business commitments in New Zealand that existed prior to his return to Welsh rugby as RRW interim head.

Moffett was WRU boss before leaving that role to be succeeded by current chief Roger Lewis.


Moffett returned to Wales in October 2008 and waded straight into a confrontation with the WRU over the release of players for Wales international training sessions.

That row ended with the union winning a High Court ruling forcing the regions to release players for training ahead of the opening Autumn Test against South Africa.

Controversy continued with Moffett questioning the position of his successor Lewis.

Moffett was seen by the four regions as the man to see through protracted negotiations with the union over how the professional game is run and funded.

But, as yet, no fresh agreement has been reached over the long term structure of the game in Wales.

Moffett said: "It is inconceivable that a revision to the participation agreement has still to be agreed by the union.

"As I said at RRW's launch last year, a deal with the Union could have and should have been reached by the start of the Six Nations at the latest.

"However, an agreement looks highly unlikely anytime soon, especially as the WRU is still attempting to re-present the majority of its failed draft that was unanimously thrown out by the regions before Christmas.

"Regrettably, I simply cannot delay attending to my other business obligations any longer."

Gallacher, who quits his Scarlets' role on Thursday 21 May, said: "It is a matter of deep regret to all of us that this issue has dragged on for as long as it has.

"It will soon be three years in total since the issue of a revised participation agreement was first discussed.

"Matters have progressed little in that time and the conditions being attached by the union to any form of revised agreement remain as unrealistic as they have ever been.

"This is a disappointingly far cry from the partnership model we had envisaged might now be in place, running the professional game in Wales to the mutual benefit of all.

"Discussions with the union will, however, continue, at least for the time being."

A WRU spokesman said: "The WRU will continue to work in the best interests of all of Welsh rugby with our primary focus on the development of Welsh players playing in Wales.

"As regards all other matters we will continue to maintain a dignified silence in public."

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