Welsh Rugby Union survives 'no confidence' vote

The Chief Executive of the Welsh Rugby Union says it'll work to improve its image. It comes after the board overwhelmingly survived a vote of 'no confidence' at yesterday's Extraordinary General Meeting in Port Talbot.

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Roger Lewis: 'The WRU has retained its dignity'

"Through the past six months, the Welsh Rugby Union has retained its dignity" said WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis.

"We have not been dragged into the gutter to exchange playground insults with others."

"It's been a dark day, instigated by a very very small minority of people, and the reason I emphasise that, hundreds and hundreds of men and women supported the Welsh rugby union today" he said.

"We only had four people against us in that vote of no confidence, and the rest, hundreds, supported the Union, and that is the true reflection of where we are in Wales today."

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WRU survives vote of no confidence

It's the first EGM held by the WRU since 2007 Credit: ITV News

The Welsh Rugby Union has seen off a vote of no confidence following an Extraordinary General Meeting in Port Talbot today.

Two resolutions voted on were that the WRU board of directors had not been acting in the best interests of Welsh rugby, while a second had called for a vote of no confidence in the current board.

A total of 39 WRU member clubs and Wales' four professional regions had supported calls for an EGM - the WRU's first since 2007 - with the protest driven by former chief exec David Moffett.

Moffett gained sufficient backing for the meeting to be called, but it ended after almost four hours of debate.

Disaffected clubs had claimed the WRU board of directors weren't overseeing Welsh rugby with the best interests of the game at heart.

The WRU has agreed to hold a ballot of all clubs to reach an agreement on whether a proposed new national league structure of the amateur game will go ahead, or whether the existing structure will be kept for next season.

Club representatives arrive for Port Talbot EGM

Members from 43 clubs are expected to arrive at today's meeting Credit: ITV News/Mike Griffiths

The Welsh Rugby Union's Extraordinary General Meeting is underway in Port Talbot.

43 clubs including the four professional regions have called for the meeting to discuss concerns over league structure and WRU finances.

Ex-WRU chief David Moffett is seeking election to the governing body.

A no confidence vote at an EGM could force out elected members.

David Moffett arrives Credit: ITV News/Mike Griffiths
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