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 so far published letters sent to clubs by Dai Davies of Newtown RFC and Anthony Buchanan of Llanelli RFC in support of their candidature.
Today it’s the turn of the delighted current chair of the WRU, David Pickering.
I am extremely pleased to confirm that I will be standing again for the position of National Appointed Director and It is with a great deal of enthusiasm and relish that I look to you our clubs to allow me to continue to represent you to the very best of my ability in the world game. With your support I believe Welsh Rugby is in a unique position to maintain its position as a leader in the world game and take advantage of the wonderful opportunities ahead, to ensure a sustainable future for our clubs.
As Chairman I have driven a policy of reducing our debt and delivering a profitable Uni8on – our business performance has been excellent and I am proud to announce that our net bank debt will stand at a new low of £15m at year end. A reduction from £72m in 2002 which represents incredible business performance.
During the past decade we are proud to have achieved incredible success on the national playing field, as a keen Sevens player I have been delighted to drive WRU policy on international Sevens. This has been done with great help and support of Welsh Government whose constant support demonstrates the high esteem in which our Government holds Welsh Rugby. This key policy development resulted in Wales winning the Rugby World Cup Sevens title in 2009. It is my ambition to lead the Millennium Stadium’s bid to host the RWC Sevens in 2018, a truly global event.
As one of the five Rugby World Cup directors, I am delighted that Wales once again will play host to RWC 2015. The organisers have seen fit to hold a significant part of this most prestigious tournament in Cardiff, reflecting the high esteem and wonderful business relationship that we have with the RWC board and IRB.
I ask you to support me again, so that I can help to deliver the best REWC 2015 for rugby, Wales and the world.
Over the past 18 months I have worked hard with Sir Peter Sutherland (Chairman of Goldman Sachs) to produce a governance review for the IRB. It is a critical time for this report and it is essential for Welsh rugby’s future that Wales has a strong and experienced voice to drive its case – please support Welsh Rugby and myself on this key issue.
I have asked Sir Robert Owen to produce his report on Governance changes for the WRU. Several key members of the Union have helped to produce this report, which is necessary to advance and modernise our game. This report will be sent to all clubs for consultation and opinion as soon as possible, to ensure all clubs can participate in future reform for the benefit of the game. I ask for your support to help me to drive these necessary changes for the benefit of Welsh Rugby.
The grass roots game is close to my heart from my rugby days as a player in Briton Ferry RFC as a young boy. Rugby has been a pathway for life, a hub in all our communities.
This year I launched visits to all Districts by myself, our President and our CEO so that the leaders in Welsh rugby could meet and engage with every rugby club officer. This is now an annual policy which will ensure a direct link between all clubs and Regions remains a constant each year.
With this in mind I am delighted that on top of our core funding and facilities grants initiatives this year, we have been able to identify £750,000 for a new Participation Points Scheme, with a pledge form myself to listen and speak to you all every year. A policy that our leading officers will pursue to ensure our grass roots clubs are kept fully informed and consulted by senior officers of the WRU.
I have a huge amount of enthusiasm and optimism for the future, I hope I can rely on your support in order to help me continue to bring success to Wales and ensure Wales remains stable, strong and successful at al levels.