WRU must get fu­ture of game sorted out quickly

The Rugby Paper - - European Champions Cup -

THE ON­GO­ING talks be­tween the Welsh Rugby Union and Wales’ four re­gions are a big con­cern.

I must ad­mit the fact that they raise se­ri­ous ques­tions about how the game is go­ing to be run in this coun­try has got me very wor­ried in­deed.

It’s not the first time there have been crunch dis­cus­sions in Welsh rugby and I’m sure it won’t be the last, but as a for­mer player I look at it from that per­spec­tive.

I know there is con­cern among the play­ers. They don’t know how things are go­ing to be run mov­ing for­wards and the de­lay has meant that those who are out of con­tract at the end of the sea­son have no idea where their fu­ture lies.

When you’re a player, con­tract talks can be ex­cit­ing, but they can also be a dis­trac­tion and they can prove com­pli­cated too. I played my whole pro­fes­sional rugby ca­reer at the Ospreys, but at var­i­ous points I was of­fered the chance to leave. Per­pig­nan and then Toulon were both in­ter­ested.

In the end I went nowhere and part of me re­grets that, but what the play­ers in Wales have to do is park what is hap­pen­ing off the field and fo­cus on what re­ally mat­ters – per­for­mance.

I don’t re­ally have any con­cerns that Wales’ best play­ers will be dis­tracted by what’s go­ing on, but my mes­sage to any guys who are out of con­tract is to show your true worth on the field.

As play­ers you can’t con­trol what goes on in the cor­ri­dors of power. So if you’re Rob Evans or any­one else who is out of con­tract, the next few months are your chance to show what you can do. If you per­form to your peak in big games – es­pe­cially the Six Na­tions – you will en­sure there is plenty of in­ter­est in you and you might even get a cou­ple of ex­tra ze­ros on the end of your next con­tract!

All I hope is that it gets re­solved as soon as pos­si­ble be­cause whether you are a chief ex­ec­u­tive, coach, player or fan, un­cer­tainty does no-one favours.

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