Wales 'can support five professional teams'
April 28, 2014
Moffett would like to see a fifth team join the likes of Scarlets in Wales © Getty Images
Welsh rugby can support five professional teams rather than the four it currently has, according to former Welsh Rugby Union chief executive David Moffett.
Moffett, who is campaigning hard to succeed David Pickering as chairman of the WRU, ruled out a return to the days of 12 professional clubs before the move to regional rugby, he insisted there was at least space for two teams in one region.
"You could have two professional clubs in one region," he said. "In my manifesto, Pontypridd, for example, by 2020, could make an application to become a professional club."
While he admitted he had made mistakes in the drive towards regional rugby in 2003, Moffett was bullish about the state of Welsh rugby.
"There is no way Wales could ever have 12 professional teams again, but it could have five," he said. "If we all work together and get everything in the right order then I believe we could have another team. I want to see method in everything we do.
"I keep hearing about tribalism in Wales but that is everywhere. I want to turn it into a positive in Wales."
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