The bit that got me with Llanelli was that when they dug their heels in, the WRU owned stradey. They bought it to bail Llanelli out.Lots to say today!
Firstly i would like to congratulate Argentina on a famous victory well done the Pumas, a brilliant result for the country, and for the Rugby World.
No real surprises elsewhere, well done Scotland and England, i've been a family man today and not watched any rugby, so no idea how the games went. Also disappointed to see the France v Fiji game off tomorrow!
Salarchaser your comments on the regional game is smack on, and i felt from the beginning of forming the regions we got it wrong...my 2 female 1st cousins both married Llanelli RFC fans, they were prepared to sacrifice the embarrassment which was Welsh rugby at the time to keep Llanelli RFC....club before country. (as an aside neither of the 2 Llanelli fans mentioned ever played any rugby, their entire rugby dynasty was lived through supporting a club, proper bar room heroes!) However whats done is done, and during the EU cups i will always support the 4 Welsh Regions, unlike others i have no tribal club commitments.
No idea where Wales go from here: I will say one thing though, some coaches have a talent for looking at the resources they have and able to work out how best to use them to get results, Gattland has that skill, as does Sir Ian McGeechan. Wales will probably always need a coach with that skill....just look at how it worked out for Graham Henry!
Finally Women's Rugby: One of England's Women squad members is fly half is Megan Jones, born and raised in Cardiff, and a fluent Welsh speaker. She was interviewed on S4C recently, Plays for England due to what the professional women's game there can offer her. (cant say i blame her by the way and i wish her well)
In my mind the WRU should have told them to join with Swansea or find somewhere else to play.
WRU bottled it.
As you say, water under the bridge and we are where we are.
Admit to being irritated by fans who talk about the game having never put their bodies on the line.
A shame that female players have to 'sell out' for the money and the fame.
Cant say I blame them over the money, but playing for a country you have no affiliation with........