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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Eastern outpost Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 September 2022 at 7:43am
Originally posted by Cofi Cofi wrote:

Not directly to do with the WRU deal but,
disappointed to see that Llandovery Coll have signed a new deal with Cardiff (Blues) enabling a clear player pathway. Does this negate the partnership they had with us?  With numerous scholarships the school is no longer only for the rich, it enabled many north/mid wales players their 1st access to top level coaching and strength and conditioning programmes. I hope they continue to support a player pathway to the Scarlets- Daf Hughes is testament to that success.
That is disappointing news.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Gate12 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 September 2022 at 8:04am
They've got partnerships with the Ospreys and Dragons already so not a surprise, albeit yes very disappointing.

This all feels a bit messy now, the school/college/club game was reasonably well aligned and now you'll have players from other regions blocking the places of people in the region.

If you want areas to buy into their nearest pro team you ideally want a collective backing in the community and this sort of thing doesn't really drive that.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Fscarlet Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 September 2022 at 8:36am
Foxy is now a pundit on the Good the Bad & the Rugby podcast & he was talking about there needs to be better links between the Premiership sides & the regions. He spoke about how regional players need to see it more as pride for representing local club sides than being relegated to their squads. 


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote scarletnut Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 September 2022 at 8:58am
Originally posted by Eastern outpost Eastern outpost wrote:

Originally posted by Cofi Cofi wrote:

Not directly to do with the WRU deal but,
disappointed to see that Llandovery Coll have signed a new deal with Cardiff (Blues) enabling a clear player pathway. Does this negate the partnership they had with us?  With numerous scholarships the school is no longer only for the rich, it enabled many north/mid wales players their 1st access to top level coaching and strength and conditioning programmes. I hope they continue to support a player pathway to the Scarlets- Daf Hughes is testament to that success.
That is disappointing news.
They’ve had deals with all the four Welsh pro sides for the past decade. They’ve never been solely dedicated to the Scarlets development wise 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dic Penderyn Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 September 2022 at 9:00am
Originally posted by scarletnut scarletnut wrote:

Originally posted by Eastern outpost Eastern outpost wrote:

Originally posted by Cofi Cofi wrote:

Not directly to do with the WRU deal but,
disappointed to see that Llandovery Coll have signed a new deal with Cardiff (Blues) enabling a clear player pathway. Does this negate the partnership they had with us?  With numerous scholarships the school is no longer only for the rich, it enabled many north/mid wales players their 1st access to top level coaching and strength and conditioning programmes. I hope they continue to support a player pathway to the Scarlets- Daf Hughes is testament to that success.
That is disappointing news.
They’ve had deals with all the four Welsh pro sides for the past decade. They’ve never been solely dedicated to the Scarlets development wise 

It would be surprising if this wasn't the case.First and foremost,private education is about making money,in spite of tbe charitable status of the schools.Money talks.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote GPR - Rochester Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 September 2022 at 10:28am
In recent years the Scarlets have used Llandovery to tempt good young talent. Brecon provides a similar service. The problem we have of course when comparing with the English systems is that places like Hartbury offer educational opportunities from 16-21 whereas it ends at A level at Brecon & Llandovery I think. 
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I get it from an educational point of view and it gives youngsters more options, it just means that we'll need to work a bit harder to keep/tempt new talent as the route to where they go and end up is increasingly up for grabs.
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