Time to halt Wales' 'ridiculous' player exodus
December 3, 2013
Ian Evans ... another one on his way out of Wales © Getty Images
Ospreys coach Steve Tandy has called for something to be done to halt the ongoing "ridiculous" exodus of players from Wales to France and, to a lesser extent, England.
Tandy knows he will lose Ian Evans to Toulon in the summer and he is acutely aware that the Lions pair of Alun Wyn Jones and Adam Jones are out of contract at the end of the season and there for the taking.
Although the WRU has made £1 million available to the regions to keep top players in Wales, Tandy says that is not good enough.
Welshmen in exile
"In the current financial climate, it is getting really difficult [to keep players]," he said. "We need solutions and there has been a lot bandied around about a million pounds, but when you have a lot of British Lions and you give us £250,000 it doesn't go far between four Lions. If it's a one-off payment and the figures are there and you cannot hide behind them."
Tandy said that losing Evans was a blow. "It is something we would have like to have dealt with a little bit better, but some things are uncontrollable. Something needs to be done about it to keep players. The wages of British Lions are up pretty high when you are not financially blessed any more. You can't keep spending money that you haven't got.
"In the financial climate, we just cannot compete but everybody does expect you to compete to keep players. We don't have the money, so we cannot spend it.
"It is something we are working on and we are revisiting all the time, but ultimately something has to be done within Welsh rugby. It's getting a bit ridiculous, it's getting a bit frustrating, but we can only prepare with the hand we are dealt."
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