Wales Rugby: Alun Wyn Jones refutes the proposal to reduce the number of professional clubs from four to three

“It stinks of tidying up the balance, not improving the game”: Alun Wyn Jones criticizes Welsh Rugby’s proposal to cut the country’s professional clubs from four to three, saying it would not benefit other teams

  • Welsh Rugby Union is considering possible improvements
  • One of the proposals is to reduce the number of professional regions from four to three
  • This means you would have to cut one of the dragons, Cardiff, Ospreys or Scarlet
  • But the great Welsh Alun Wyn Jones says it would be a purely financial move

Alun Wyn Jones said the Welsh rugby union proposal to cut the number of professional teams in the country from four to three “would rather sort out the balance sheet rather than improve the game”.

The Professional Rugby Council of the Welsh Rugby Union discusses many ways to improve the game in Wales, as recommended by the Sports Advisory Group.

One of the proposals is to move from four to three regions, meaning one of the Dragons, Cardiff, Ospreys, or Scarlet would be out of business.

Alun Wyn Jones blew up a proposal to reduce the number of rugby teams in Wales from four to three

Alun Wyn Jones blew up a proposal to reduce the number of rugby teams in Wales from four to three

The Professional Council of the Welsh Rugby Union is considering potential improvements

The Professional Council of the Welsh Rugby Union is considering potential improvements

Jones – the world’s most restricted rugby player and a true Welsh big game – told The Good, The Bad and The Rugby podcast: “It stinks of tidying up the balance sheet rather than improving the game.

“If they got rid of one, these three teams wouldn’t have the extra funding for the one that disappeared.”

The Welsh region cut-off was previously raised as an option in 2019 with the prospect of a merger between Ospreys and Scarlets on the cards until it collapses.

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