A message from Sion
There is undoubtedly a lot of change ahead, some of which we know of, but there are also a lot of unknowns.
Whilst our national team continues to perform well in this year’s Autumn Series, there are a number of areas across our community, grassroots and club game that need addressing, to ensure we have a healthy and vibrant rugby future.
We do know of some changes the club game is facing in Wales, and these are things we can prepare for.
As of next season, the Premiership will be reduced to 12 teams, all of whom will be competing for the title of “best club in Wales”. We know that a minimum of four and maximum of five current Premiership clubs will be facing a future in the Championship, if they are relegated – and with relegation comes a significant change and shift in the financial models and funding that they will receive.
The Premiership also faces changes in the funding it will receive for the 2019/20 season and beyond – pressure will certainly be applied to clubs to generate sufficient funding to keep the club alive and performing, on and off the field. This will, in turn, apply huge pressure on the clubs, competition and quality of rugby on display.
The story so far in North Wales has been, on the whole, very positive, so it’s extremely important that we continue to move forward and positively develop the rugby product coming out of the North Wales Region.
As well as having a healthy rugby product and brand in the Premiership, one area that will require a lot of focus and energy will be our Academy and Age Grade pathway. We need to think BIG as a region, and we need a muscular performance model that rivals any Academy and player pathway in Wales.
Work is currently underway looking at the potential models for creating the best Academy and player pathway for future North Wales talent to be developed – ultimately, we want North Wales to be proudly developing and providing the next George North, playing in fixtures like Wales v South Africa, which I’m sure we will all be watching later on today.
First of all, our attention turns to RGC and our visitors Llanelli RFC, who travel up today looking to secure that all important away win.
Thank you all for your continued support.
Enjoy the match.