olaf the fat wrote:Wales may be more of a problem than Italy or Scotland.
They seem to look longingly at the AP. If only they could or would compete in the Hcup/CCup they may get some traction for their clubs. At the moment they seem mildly interested in the PRO12.
We see 2 Pro12 clubs in the last 4 in Europe - others see it as 2 IRFU teams
To be fair the WRU is committed to the Pro12, they don't look for scraps off the English table, its the regional sides that do that. However with dual contracts and 50% ownership of Dragons (perhaps more now) the WRU are in control, that was not the case 2 years ago. The WRU won the civil war, that's a major positive for the Pro12.
Any ejit can see that there is no room for anything other than the English sides in Aviva Premiership, in fact there is not even enough room. The shareholders in AP are 14, not 12. They either have to axe 2 shareholders or extend the season, hence the move to reduce the 6N and expand the club calendar. They cannot scrap relegation until they sort this. English championship rugby will be set adrift. What fool thinks they are going to make room for 4 welsh regions. Not a chance, turkeys voting for Christmas.