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Radio Cymru had Gareth Charles and Simon Williams discussing his legacy. Neither was gushing, and Simon Williams echoed most of the posts on here in that he'd ruined everything under the national side.
Where will he go next? The Irish aren't looking for a CEO are they?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (2) Thanks(2)   Quote KID A Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 February 2015 at 9:49am
Originally posted by Ffidel Bennett Ffidel Bennett wrote:

Radio Cymru


So far, on their phone in, BBC Radio Wales have had:

-Martyn Thomas, Roger's friend who stood up for him on scrumv
-David Pickering, Roger's right hand man in his tenure
-Graham Clutton, a journo who writes the WRU programme notes and who's wife still works for the WRU
-Gerry Toms, the former Millennium Stadium manager

All gushing over how wonderful Lewis was.
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who next and what changes do we want are the big questions?

for me we need to really start to invest in schools and youth rugby, that;s the future

we also need to sit down with all 4 regions and target future WQ players to come into the regions.


If the regions and WRU can work together in the same way the IRFU do then things will improve very quickly
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote reesytheexile Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 February 2015 at 9:53am
Moffat is very happy on twitter! 
"I'd rather have been a judge than a miner.Being a miner,as soon as you are too old and tired and sick and stupid to do the job properly,you have to go.The very opposite applies with judges!"P.Cook
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Originally posted by reesytheexile reesytheexile wrote:

Moffat is very happy on twitter! 



Speaking of men who are only intrested in themselves and could care less about the game in wales.

Moffat has had his chance and blew it , he should stay out of the game in wales
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all the old boys brigade from grass roots,chairmen or ex stadium guys ,but 1 final minute on the regions.well done again WRBBCU
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Good news
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Sosban bach Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 February 2015 at 11:05am
Happy days! Who's going to take over? Investment needed in youth and schools and some propaganda to deter them from football!
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Wales team announced, no Jake Ball?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Gate12 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 February 2015 at 12:54pm
Wonder if Steve Phillips will follow.
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whats welsh for YABADABADOOOOOOOOOOO [<:o)]
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Originally posted by Sosban bach Sosban bach wrote:

Happy days! Who's going to take over? Investment needed in youth and schools and some propaganda to deter them from football!


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Hope he takes his schoolmate Alan Phillips with him. Nobody bit when i said he would be missed. !
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I thought I'd feel more exuberant when this day came, as it had to. Perhaps the inevitability reduced the impact.

As is the mark of the man, the announcement of his departure has been perfectly choreographed - in fairness, they've had weeks to prepare and get sympathetic voices lined up for the media, and coordinated it with a Wales team announcement showing more changes than expected (controversially).

Interview with Dai Moff at 8am on BBC Radio Wales came across like a churlish mud-slinger with nothing good to say - despite all the success & Grand Slams Roger personally delivered.

Phone-in with Oliver Hides from 9am started with 10 minutes from Dai Pickering, who even tried to attribute the 2005 Grand Slam to Roger (Lewis started at WRU in 2006 - ed), though he did finish by trying to praise the Regions' management & benefactors, presumably for balance. Hides did also gently challenge him on whether it was necessary to repay Barclays rather than reinvest in the game while interest rates were at record lows, but didn't really push it.

Guests and callers selected for the phone-in hour could have been hand-picked by the WRU PR department (not that they were, of course), including: writer Graham Clutton (writes for the WRU match-day programmes, wife works for WRU - these were not stated on the show, btw) saying that no one could have anything bad to say about Lewis's performance as CEO; professional players' body chairman Rhys Williams who said he had no idea what was happening at grass roots but that Roger had done a pretty good job as far as he was concerned (rather than talking about player welfare for Wales players in Welsh Regions, I noted); various club chairmen who have benefited from WRU investment; a caller who derided Wales' "hand-out" culture. Some tweets from dissenters were read out, but they came across as snide, sniping remarks from social media types, to be honest.

Warren Gatland was asked about Lewis's departure at the Wales presser at 1pm:

"The relationship the national team have had with Roger since I’ve been here has been outstanding.

"There’s no doubt we have the best facilities in the world and when we’ve gone to him for things he’s been outstanding.  I think he’s going to leave Welsh rugby in a healthy state and the challenge is for someone new to come in and make a mark. It will probably impact on my long term future." 

Asked if he would elaborate on that final point, Gatland simParc y Scarletsaid: "No."

Seems to me that he's already evaluating his future After Roger & RWC15 - hope that motivates him to get some great performances from Wales on his CV, starting this weekend. He could do with a bit more pressure.

Tom Shanklin has been singing Rog's praises, largely based on him having recruited Gatland and delivered sustained success on the field & financially.


So that's today's news, done & dusted. The important & exciting thing now is identifying a successor. Maybe Gareth Davies will take this on, but let's just hope it's not another sound-bite politician.

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(Might be an interesting day to revisit this - how we got here:)





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mark davies / Andrew hore would be the early faves in my humble opinion dark horse would be someone like nigel walker.

Whoever it is he will have a better relationship with the regions than Lewis had.



Strange comment from Gats, I can see him heading over to cash rich wasps once the world cup is over.





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