Proposal to cull region set to be ditched as PRB commits to Dragons and rivals

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DITCHED: The proposal to cut one of the Dragons, Cardiff, Ospreys and Scarlets is to be thrown out
DITCHED: The proposal to cut one of the Dragons, Cardiff, Ospreys and Scarlets is to be thrown out

THE Dragons' future appears to be safe after a commitment by Welsh rugby chiefs to ensure "all four regions" play key roles in the professional game.

The Professional Rugby Board, which features representatives from the Dragons, Cardiff, Ospreys, Scarlets and the Welsh Rugby Union, met on Wednesday to discuss a report by consultants Oakwell Sports Advisory.

One of the ideas floated was to cut one of the pro quartet from the 2023/24 season but a four-team approach is set to stay after an update from the PRB.

A statement stopped short of guaranteeing that the regions will remain in their current form, with a variety of funding models up for discussion.

“The Professional Rugby Board met on Wednesday to continue discussions to further develop its strategy for a sustainable and ultimately successful professional game in Wales,” read a statement.

“The PRB is committed to working together to ensure all four regions continue to play important roles in the professional game.

“We will meet further over the coming weeks to ensure the strategy protects and grows our game and remain committed to communicating further progress to all as soon as appropriate.”

Dragons chairman David Buttress, who is the region’s representative on the PRB, will meet with fans before tomorrow’s derby against Cardiff to provide an update.

A 15-minute Q&A will take place at 5.45pm in Rodney’s Bar with supporters who have valid match tickets able to enter through gate seven from 5.30pm.

Dragons director of rugby Dean Ryan stressed it has been business as usual as talks take place.

"Nothing changed for us, I didn't need reassurance,” he said. “I am in constant conversation about the direction that David and the PRB are taking.

“It's an important step for Welsh rugby to keep four regions, and I have said that for a long time.

“I am a strong advocate of four regions to enable development and a strong advocate of four regions having a clear strategy, direction and finance."

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