Welsh government ‘disappointed’ if games are moved

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Wales’ health minister Eluned Morgan has urged the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) not to move matches to England.

According to reports, the WRU are considering taking their home games across the border where there are no coronavirus restrictions.

Should their matches against Scotland, France and Italy not go ahead with supporters in attendance, the governing body stand to lose millions of pounds.

Morgan has stated that they will help financially should Wales’ encounters take place behind closed doors at the Principality Stadium, but may not do so if the WRU continue with their plan to move games out of the country.

Financial consequences

“Obviously we all want to see the rugby happening in Wales and we’d be disappointed if the WRU made that decision (to go to England),” the health minister told the BBC.

“Clearly there would be financial consequences for them and there would be an understanding from the Welsh government that we would have to step in and support them financially if they did have to postpone those matches or to cancel them in some way.

“Obviously, if they did go to England it would be more difficult for us to come up with that financial support.

“We’ll see what happens. It’s early days. The fact is this variant is moving very quickly. What we’re hoping is we’ll reach the peak and come down very quickly after that. I believe two of the matches are due to played in March so we’ll see if we are out of the woods by then.”

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