Plans to rename the WRU’s North Walian regional franchise from its provisional ‘Gogledd Cymru’ (North Wales) to the arguably less catchy ‘RGC 1404’ have been met with stunned silence and incredulity from the team’s fledgling fan base.
“We had a whole bunch of crowd chants all worked out, and now we have to go back to the drawing board,” commented Euros ap Llewellyn, President of the Rygbi Gogledd Cymru Supporters Association. “Ones like ‘Goggy, Goggy, Goggy, Oi, Oi, Oi’ – all bloody wasted now. Me and Gerallt will have a job composing a new set. This new name sounds like a bloody number plate.”
Media outlets are similarly despondent about the new name, and are expected to struggle to get it right in their listings. Sky Sports, who took a good two seasons to work out the Ospreys had dropped their politically charged ‘Neath-Swansea’ prefix, plan to respond by pretending that North Wales does not in fact exist.
The WRU meanwhile maintain that, rather than sounding like the stocking code for a plywood coving joint, the new name reflects the aspiration and future looking perspective of the team, by incorporating the year over six centuries ago when Owain Glyndwr proclaimed Welsh independence. “You can’t knock Owain Glyndwr,” claimed Dai Pickering at the region’s official launch. “You can get pitchers of SA for £10 each in there, and they even put on a stripper some Friday lunchtimes.”
Sources close to the Canadian Rugby Union believe that the name is based on the suggestion it tabled of ‘1664’, and believe they were given the green light (albeit a botched one) on account of supplying much of the professional playing base for the side’s first few seasons. “Our French Canadian players are all partial to a drop of Kronenberg 1664, and really like that particular year, coming as it did…just before the plague,” quipped an unnamed maple syrup-sucking lumberjack mountie.