‘It reeks of sorting out a balance sheet rather than improving the game’: Alun Wyn Jones slams Welsh Rugby’s proposal to cut the country’s number of professional clubs from four to three, insisting it would not benefit the teams which remain

Alun Wyn Jones has said a Welsh rugby proposal to cut the country’s number of professional teams from four to three ‘reeks of sorting out a balance sheet rather than improving the game’. 

The Welsh Rugby Union’s Professional Rugby Board is discussing a number of ways in which the game in Wales can be improved following recommendations made by a sports advisory group. 

One of the proposals is to go from four to three regions meaning one of Dragons, Cardiff, Ospreys or Scarlets would be put out of business. 

Alun Wyn Jones has blasted proposals to cut Wales’ number of rugby teams from four to three

The Welsh Rugby Union’s Professional Board are weighing up potential improvements

Jones – world rugby’s most capped player and a true great of the Welsh game – told The Good, The Bad and The Rugby podcast: ‘It reeks of sorting out a balance sheet rather than improving the game. 

‘If they got rid of one, those three teams wouldn’t have the extra funding from the one that’s gone.’ 

Cutting a Welsh region was previously raised as an option in 2019 with the prospect of a merger between the Ospreys and Scarlets on the cards until it fell flat. 

Wales Rugby: Alun Wyn Jones slams proposal to cut number of professional clubs from four to three

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