Thursday 24 August 2017

Another controversy for Welsh rugby as LV=Cup first round fixtures clash with Pro12 weekend

Another week, another avoidable controversy in Welsh rugby.

The release of the fixtures for the Anglo-Welsh Lv=Cup have thrown up a major headache for the Welsh Rugby Union and the regions.

The release of the LV=Cup fixtures has revealed that the opening round of games clashes with a round of matches in the Guinness Pro 12.

It shows the Blues and the Scarlets are due to meet in the LV=Cup at the Arms Park on the weekend of October 31-November 2, with the Dragons hosting holders Exeter and the Ospreys travelling to Gloucester.

But on that same weekend, the four regions are supposed to be playing matches in the Pro12.

Munster and Connacht are due in Wales that weekend to take on the Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys respectively with the Dragons in Ravenhill to take on Ulster.

The reason for the embarrassing clash remains unclear.

But LV= Cup organisers the RFU have issued the following statement: “The WRU is currently in negotiations with the regions regarding the Participation Agreement for the upcoming season.

“Once those negotiations have concluded, they will address the potential clash for Welsh clubs in Round 1 of the LV= Cup, the dates of which were agreed by all LV= Cup stakeholders back in April 2014.”

A WRU spokesman said: "The WRU are working with tournament organisers to resolve the issue."

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