Central planning, central contracts and government intervention is required. The present system is producing players at the professional level required, but we can’t emulate the English by having club rugby because we simply don’t have the money to expand the franchises. The issue in Wales is not really the professionalism of players or limiting how many games they play. No its why can’t Welsh rugby profit from our present international success. The Cardiff Blues for example moved into the Cardiff City Stadium because they wanted the extra capacity in that stadium to expand but that didn’t happen. Instead we had arguments about staying in the city centre at the old Arms Park ground which is only about 12,000ish capacity at tops, rather than asking the real questions. Questions like how has the marketing teams in all the regions, apart from maybe the Scarlets, failed to improve the fan base of these regions at a time that Wales have won 3 grand slams in 7 years, a semi -final in the world cup and have produced an exciting young international team.
The biggest question is not can we produce good professional rugby players, but how can we get the fans through the gates of the stadiums to watch the regions. At the moment we should have a 'feel good' factor, but these marketing people are unfit for purpose and have failed to connect with the fans. Its not as if they have to search out a new market, we have a massive international fan base so its about connecting these fans to our regions. More work is required connecting these regions with their natural fans, and that is why we must also have a region in the valleys and north Wales but that maybe too much in the present economic climate.
Last edited by 100%Welsh.II; 16th April 2012 at 11:35 AM.
Come On Wales