Wales may cut a region
WRU chief executive Roger Lewis has hinted that Welsh rugby might be cut from four to three sides as the country looks to stop a recent player exodus.
The departures of Mike Phillips, Gethin Jenkins and Luke Charteris and future exits of Dan Lydiate and Jamie Roberts are a real cause for concern.
Financially the Scarlets, Cardiff Blues, Dragons and Ospreys have been behind their Top 14 rivals in terms of spending power, which recently has brought growing concern over whether they can keep hold of their stars. And Lewis is apparently looking at different proposals to halt the drain.
"The minimum to me must be three teams," Lewis revealed to the <i>Sunday Times</i>. "Two is far too few and four is preferable."
It would be likely that the Dragons are many peoples' and pundits' choice as first on the list after being the basement Welsh region in the previous seven seasons in the Celtic League.
Lewis continued: "The Welsh Rugby Union has to take a far greater responsibility and therefore control over professional rugby within Wales."
"This is no criticism of the regions; this is merely my view. A successful Wales playing at the Millennium Stadium drives rugby."