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WRU blitzes vote of no confidence

16th June 2014 08:28


Roger Lewis Welsh RU chief executive 2014

Survived vote: Roger Lewis

The Welsh Rugby Union board emphatically battled past a vote of no confidence at Saturday's extraordinary general meeting in Port Talbot.

With the Welsh domestic game still finding itself in a state of civil war, former WRU boss David Moffett, backed by 39 WRU member clubs and Wales' four professional regions, had called for the EGM, with the two resolutions that the WRU board had not been acting in the best interests of Welsh rugby, and a call for a vote of no confidence in the present board.

However, the governing body survived the proposals in emphatic fashion, with 462 club representatives opposing the vote of no confidence, 18 abstaining and just four backing Moffett and co.

Similarly, 94% of the representative came out in support of the WRU board at the first resolution; only 18 voted against them.

"Today there has been an overwhelming vote of confidence in the Welsh Rugby Union," said WRU chairman, David Pickering.

"The clubs of Welsh rugby have exercised their constitutional right to question the governing body, and we have taken part in a full and frank debate.

"Welsh rugby is continuing to evolve, and now we must work together to make sure we build on our successes of the past and face up to our challenges of the future."

"The incredible support shown for the WRU gives us the confidence to go forward with energy and focus to continue to evolve the game in Wales," said WRU CEO Roger Lewis.

"The discussion in the meeting covered a range of issues, and we will ensure that we will engage fully with our clubs to find the right solutions.

"We now want to focus on the business of running Welsh rugby as both the professional and amateur levels of the game continue to evolve.

"We have all learnt lessons from this debate, and we will ensure the dialogue we have engaged in today continues to help us develop and improve."

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