On a Saturday afternoon in February 2003 I turned on the television shortly before the kick-off in an international rugby game and, in the space of ten minutes, was confronted with two short statements about change that came from very different sources. Neither context was positive. The first was with reference to changes that were then being instigated by the chief executive of the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU), David Moffat. There was at the time little doubt that, in order to survive, Welsh rugby needed to be restructured, but there appeared to be a stalemate. The suggestion that nine Premier clubs regroup to become five regional sides had not been welcomed. According to the Welsh rugby pundit reporting for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), ‘nobody likes change’.
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