The Welsh Rugby Union is preparing to call an Extraordinary General Meeting of member clubs after today receiving a sufficient number of written applications.
Forty three of the applications are from member clubs of the WRU, with four of that total from the Regions. These applications appear on initial examination to be valid. Eight further nominations for an EGM from non WRU member clubs are not valid under the constitution of the governing body.
The WRU welcomes the opportunity to address the issues raised by the clubs through an open and well informed debate. The proposed league restructure appears to be the primary issue in the nomination letters. The WRU is determined to provide all the information the 43 member clubs require within the EGM forum.
Under the constitution of the WRU the governing body will give member clubs notice of an EGM within 21 days ensuring that date gives clubs a reasonable time to brief delegates to attend on their behalf. The meeting itself will take place no later than 28 days after the clubs are informed of the date and venue.
Although all the applications were received in the same delivery today, the WRU will accelerate the verification process to ensure the EGM date and venue can be confirmed as soon as possible.
The last Extraordinary General Meeting of the WRU took place in 2007 and focused on league qualification issues.
Nearly 40 players were involved in the first Wales Under 18 training session of the season. WRU National Performance Manager Gethin Watts is excited at the potential shown by the group and expects the Regional Under 18 Championship to hone their skills even further.