The Welsh Rugby Union Board has today approved requests from the four Regional Organisations for financial assistance, in the form of interest free loans totalling £660,000, to help their cash flow as a result of the recent decision of the ERC Board not to release financial distributions to participants in ERC's tournaments.
In a statement on Wednesday 5th February 2014, ERC explained that the unanimous decision to postpone financial distributions followed preliminary professional advice received by the ERC Board and was taken in the best interests of ERC.
Robin McBryde and son Billy are set to represent Wales on either side of the globe over the coming weeks with Robin travelling to New Zealand as Wales assistant coach and Billy competing at the World Rugby U20 Championship (Manchester, June 7-25). WRU TV caught up with the pair and captured a unique perspective into the factors that produce such a high-achieving rugby family.
Wales assistant coach Robin McBryde is predicting a tough battle against England on Sunday despite the fact they may not be considered to be at full strength. Players will be out to impress Eddie Jones which makes England a dangerous proposition, he says.
Forwards coach Robyn McBryde says tomorrow's RBS 6 Nations clash against Italy gives Wales an opportunity to finish second in the tournament after having the wind knocked from their sails last week against England.
Nigel Owens will take charge of his 71st Test match this weekend and Welsh Rugby Union head of referees Nigel Whitehouse has taken the opportunity to hail the achievements of world rugby's most experienced man-in-the-middle.