David Pickering chairs landmark WRU meeting at Eirias
10 February 2012 19:30
By Rob Cole
The North Wales venue hosted the WRU Board meeting
A landmark meeting of the Board of the WRU has been held in North Wales to celebrate a major boost for rugby in the region.
The meeting was held at the Eirias ground in Colwyn Bay before the boardmembers watched the Wales U20 match against Scotland. The WRU decided to hold the meeting in the north to indicate how the initiatives currently taking place in the area are a priority for Welsh rugby.
All three Wales U20 home Six Nations tournament fixtures are being played at Eirias to boost representative rugby in the region. The WRU had the backing of the board to designate North Wales- a development region- in a bid to boost the game.
As part of the initiative the WRU worked closely with the Colwyn council to support a major revamp of the Eirias complex to enable top class rugby to be played at the venue. WRU Chairman David Pickering chaired the board meeting, which was held within the Eirias complex for the first time.
North Wales district director Peredur Jenkins said: "I am delighted to welcome my fellow board members and senior representatives here to North Wales for this meeting. By hosting a Board meeting at Eirias the Welsh Rugby Union is making a powerful statement about its support for the game in the north.
"A lot of people have worked extremely hard to achieve huge steps forward in the development of North Wales rugby. There is a lot more work to do but events like today's meeting and the sell out U20 international prove that the effort is worth it."
The Group Chief Executive of the WRU, Roger Lewis, added: "This is an historic moment in Welsh rugby. By holding a board meeting here in the north we are making an important statement about our commitment to rugby in this part of Wales.
"The incredible transformation of the facility here at Eirias will signal massive opportunities for the game here. From next season it will be the home of RGC 1404 playing in Division One East and that offers great opportunities for player development.
"I want to thank Conwy Council, the Welsh Government and all our WRU representatives in the north for helping us to achieve the progress we have made already. This is all clear evidence of our intention to help develop North Wales rugby in a way which will build on its proud history.
"The people of North Wales have proved they want to see high quality rugby by turning out in their thousands for the U20 international. Everyone involved in the planning and preparation of the game here can take credit for creating a hugely successful event."
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
WRU TV: Hear from inside the Wales camp as Neil Jenkins discusses this weekend's clash with South Africa and how the squad are looking to put in a strong performance to round of the 2016 Under Armour Series