Ospreys-Scarlets merger: Wales hooker Ken Owens ‘deeply concerned’

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Project Reset: There would possibly be a ‘minute anger’ over merger talks – Owens

Wales and Scarlets hooker Ken Owens says he’s “deeply concerned” about plans to merge Ospreys and Scarlets.

As piece of ‘Project Reset’ the rival areas are expected to merge, with a brand recent group created in the north of Wales.

It would scramble away some gamers in limbo without a security over their futures.

The controversy has furthermore resulted in the resignation of Ospreys chairman Mike James, who blamed the Welsh Rugby Union’s “catastrophic mismanagement” of revamping regional rugby.

Owens, chairman of the Welsh gamers’ union, talked about: “Right here is doubtlessly the most appealing difficulty that I or arguably any participant has confronted all over our careers.

“I am deeply taking into consideration concerning the exclaim the gamers across the four areas face.”

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In a assertion launched by the Welsh Rugby Avid gamers Association (WRPA), the British and Irish Lion added: “It’s furthermore obvious gamers need to be represented… because they’ll and should always be piece of the solution. With out them there would possibly be not a Welsh rugby.”

WRPA chief govt Andries Pretorius talked about uncertainty would possibly perhaps result in a large amount of gamers being lost to Welsh rugby – and lamented the timing, given Considerable Slam-chasing Wales’ game towards Scotland on Saturday.

“It would furthermore be abominable for gamers, fans and our sport to lose Welsh skill to golf equipment in England or France who’re offering the safety gamers need of their short careers,” talked about dilapidated Wales forward Pretorius.

“We are able to easiest hope ‘Project Reset’ will give a boost to our game in Wales, however it surely has thrown up some distance extra questions than it has answered to this level and would possibly perhaps the timing of all this be any worse?”

Welsh rugby’s newly formed Educated Rugby Board (PRB) will focus on the proposals on Tuesday as piece of their belief to kind doubtlessly the most radical alternate to regional rugby in Wales since 2003.

A merger would possibly perhaps even be confirmed as early as Sunday, with the recent space potentially playing in the Pro14 in the 2019-10 season.

‘Project Reset has change into Project Inept’

James’ fellow Ospreys benefactor Resolve Davies has taken over as chairman on the Swansea-based mostly entirely space.

Ospreys affirm James presented his resignation on the delivery of the PRB assembly.

He talked about later: “None of us doubt that regional rugby requires restructuring in repeat to verify that the prolonged-term sustainability of the game.

“The style through which this has been handled nonetheless is nothing short of chaotic, ensuing in a fatal mixture of uncertainty, conjecture and insecurity now placing over regional rugby’s future.

“To methodically, rationally and impartially plan out the manner forward for regional rugby is one thing, to fatally danger it with an ailing-judged, cavalier activity is yet any other.

“We now occupy the worst of all worlds – a lack of clarity, a lack of transparency and a total lack of capacity to belief forward. Project Reset has change into Project Inept.

“I cannot and have to light no longer be a celebration to this diploma of catastrophic mismanagement.

“Sure wager needs to be restored and rapid. The restructuring activity itself needs to be revisited, with acceptable assessments and balances, self ample oversight and transparency.

“We already occupy so many disadvantages in conserving tempo with the skilled game, we effect not decide extra.”

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