The Cardiff and Wales player Iestyn Harris has asked the WRU to issue the following statement on his behalf in which he totally refutes reports that have appeared in a Welsh newspaper today (Thursday, 14 February) claiming there is a vendetta against him. Iestyn states that the remarks attributed to him in the article are untrue.
IESTYN HARRIS SAID -
"I want to make clear my views in relation to a recent story that has appeared about me in the Welsh Mirror newspaper.
"Firstly, I deny ever saying there is a vendetta against me. That is not the
"I am naturally disappointed to have been left out of the Welsh team for this weekend's international, but I fully understand the coaches' reasons for putting me on the bench.
"As I have made clear many times, these are still very early days for me in rugby union and I have always believed there is a lot for me to learn.
"The Welsh public have been very supportive of me and I feel they understand the difficulties that I have faced in making the switch to rugby union.
"I can assure all Welsh rugby fans that I am determined to be a success in
rugby union and I am looking forward to working with my coaches to enable me to fulfil my potential."
A spokesman for the Welsh Rugby Union said: "Iestyn has already made a major impact on the Welsh rugby scene since he first played for Cardiff in October and he has a big future ahead of him in his new game. The WRU is completely behind him."
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