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    And, as ever with this kind of drivel, not one sentence on how to pay for it.

    This is a childlike analysis of a professional sport, written by a man pumped full of entitlement and completely empty on any financial acumen.

    First rule of business, Robins: money. Where is the money in your analysis? Do you want your “member owned” Regions to mean that those members cover any financial losses? This is what happens in New Zealand, after all.

    If that’s what you want, you can bet your bottom Kiwi dollar that NO club would ever want to be part of your set up.

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    David Thomas

    Owen has a very odd perception of “Unity” – the kind which continues to fracture support bases and turn fans away from the structure, in favour of his own ideas about what he prefers to see in Professional Rugby. Unsure about the clubs “owning” the WRU – although that’s perhaps why the game is in such a mess at the moment because amateur people, involved in amateur clubs, with amateur ideas are telling the Professional game how to do it’s job. “Tail wagging the dog syndrome.” I’m interested in how all this is to be funded too. Labour has the slogan “For the many not the few” – Does he believe that this is genuinely in that bracket? Have the “many” stayed away for so long simply because of a name issue? I could go on. Apart from these and a lot more issues, this is a well thought out, well-structured, thought provoking article.

    Now, I’ve a beanstalk to climb, perhaps I could get some of those magic beans Jack was given as well. They’ll come in useful.

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    Mike Thomas

    A very interesting read. It does seem with the retirement of benefactors like Tony Brown and Peter Thomas that we are moving towards another model. Lots of talk of New Zealand doing the rounds in clubhouses. We will certainly need to embrace more fans and sponsors if only to offset the loss of benefactor money. Gareth Davies and Martyn Phillips seem to have a plan. We just don’t know about it yet! All change in Newport next season and I am excited over the Dragons. Haven’t felt like that for a few years now. Hope we find a way to get valleys fans engaged with professional rugby again.

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    Dan Pearce

    How on earth can this man be taken seriously when he’s openly stated he will never watch any regional side play at the Arms Park?

    Option 1 is debunked by the fact it includes a Valleys region which doesn’t currently have any stadia capable of pro rugby and offers no explanation of how this, or any of the regions would be paid for.

    Option 2 has a South Wales region which would have to be based at the Arms Park which the author has stated he’ll never go to, directly contradicting his statement that the ideas will allow Welsh rugby to move forward in a ‘unified way’. Oh, and there’s still nothing on how this would be paid for.

    What this is is a hypothetical Owenins personal dreamworld which is completely financially unviable, and not worth even publishing, let alone reading.

    While Welsh rugby should be focused on re-organising the WRU and moving far away from an archaic district system, there are clearly done still stuck in the 1970s and think they should have the power.

    Get with the times Owen, hasn’t been around since 1996.

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    Hi Owen. How much money is each WRU member club going to contribute to the running of their region? Thanks in advance

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    Q – Why is Dai-Sport now the mouthpiece of the bitter and financially illiterate?

    Q – Who cares about districts?


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