WRU must get future of game sorted out quickly
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.