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WRU NATIONAL APPOINTED DIRECTOR CANDIDATES – ANTHONY BUCHANAN

There are five candidates for two National Appointed Director positions on the WRU Board.  The two successful candidates will be announced at the forthcoming WRU AGM.

We’ve been able to secure copies of the letters sent out to clubs by some of the candidates.   Yesterday, we published the letter sent by Dai Davies of Newtown RFC in support of his candidature.

Today it’s the turn of an Ystradgynlais and Llanelli stalwart who, unlike a certain bejacketed committee chair who keeps claiming credit for other peoples on-field successes, has actually played at a Rugby World Cup and won a Triple Crown.

This is Anthony Buchanan’s letter to clubs:

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To all WRU member clubs, secretaries, chairman, committee members and Welsh rugby supporters.

I feel very honoured in putting my name forward to stand for the position of National Appointed.  Before my name went forward I gave the position a lot of thought and asked myself what I could do to help move Welsh rugby forward.  I am very much a rugby person and my experiences in rugby vary from the top end of the game, from managing the Scarlets during the transition from amateur to professional.  In 2007 I took up an appointment at Ystradgynlais Division 5 West as technical advisor i.e. coach and organiser.  I as then asked to take the role of Head of rugby at Llanelli RFC where I have been for the last 5 years.  These roles are varied and have given me the opportunity to cover all the spectrums from the top of the game down to the community game at division 5 west.

My rugby career started at Ystradgynlais and led on to my playing for Llanelli.  My career at Llanelli spanned over 10 years and there is no doubts that it was due to the opportunity that Ystradgynlais gave me.  This allowed me to go on to play for Wales where I was extremely proud to represent my country in the first world cup 1987.

After I finished playing, another opportunity was presented to me take on the role of Team Manager with Llanelli Scarlets where there was no doubt I gained huge amounts of experience watching the change into the professional game.  There were mistakes made during those early years and this I feel allowed me to gain the knowledge that carried me through a 15 year span as team manager in the professional game.

In my current role at Llanelli is to develop and mould the next generation of young welsh players that will hopefully go on to play for Wales through our professional pathway.  I have been active in representing the Premiership to push on and continue to deliver the players for the future.  I believe the Premiership has a vital role in the success of Welsh rugby.  I also believe the community game needs far more support and understanding of the issues that are presented to them on a weekly basis.  My intention is to be a voice for all those that participate in this great game of ours that we support and respect in the good for Welsh rugby.

I am a director of a business based in Neath where we employ 24 people and run many contracts with companies based in South Wales.  The company has grown over the last 5 years and there is no doubt that the reason that this is possible is the dedication and commitment from the management and employees which proves to me that it is about team work and not individuals.

I can only promise if I am considered for this position I will give it 100% effort and do my very best, I am under no illusion that the task in hand is for change and unless we stand up for the rugby players, committees and the welsh rugby supporter who seem to be forgotten in all of the ongoing discussions.  I do believe there is a huge challenge in front of us and I hope that if I am fortunate enough to secure the position that I will not be there on my own and that people will start to put their names forward and we can then look to a brighter future as a partnership.  I am sure some of my views will not sit well with everybody but I can assure you that due to my experience at all levels of the rugby I will aim to bring a very balanced view to the position.

Yours faithfully

Anthony Buchanan

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