David Pickering calls for Welsh unity
May 7, 2014
David Pickering - 'We must not shoot ourselves in the foot, we must work together' © Getty Images
Welsh board chairman David Pickering has again called for peace in the ongoing row between the WRU and the regions, revealing there are more talks planned for later this week.
The often bitter dispute has overshadowed much of the season, with the board under constant fire for its handling of the domestic teams.
"We must not shoot ourselves in the foot, we must work together … all of us," Pickering said. "We;ve settled the European Cup and the Pro12 competitions, and we will do everything we can to resolve the issue with our regions."
Unlike the often vitriolic exchanges which have been a hallmark of the row, Pickering was at pains to show a conciliatory approach. "People … have invested a great deal of money in the regions and Welsh rugby. We want to do a deal with the regions and will do everything we can to facilitate it. It's very important to us because they are an integral part of our structure.
"We want all our regions to be competitive but the one thing we can't do is bankrupt the union. We are only a small country and there's only a certain amount of money here."
Turning to the challenge to his leadership by former chief executive David Moffett, Pickering said: "Before I became chairman we hadn't won anything for 27 years. My record speaks for itself. I have delivered that over the past 10 years. Look at my record - the debt is reduced by some £50 million and we have won the Grand Slam and [Six Nations] championship four times."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
Communication error please reload the page.
British bantamweight Paul Butler overcame Ismael Garnica with a 10-round decision at Liverpool's Echo Arena
Stephen Bunting stunned four-time winner Phil Taylor in one of the matches of the year to book his place in the quarter-finals of the European Championships in Germany
The Scarlets claimed a first win of their European Champions Cup Pool Three campaign with a gutsy triumph over Leicester Tigers in an error-strewn Anglo-Welsh clash at Parc y Scarlets
Luke Campbell sealed the biggest win of his professional career by stopping Daniel Brizuela in five rounds
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said Mario Balotelli had "worked very well and very hard" after watching his side held to a 0-0 draw by Hull at Anfield