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Your News WRU calls on Welsh public to 'Shape Our Game'
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The people of Wales are being asked to help

shape the future of rugby. The WRU has today (Monday) launched

nationwide consultation asking people to ‘Shape our Game’ and

provide feedback about Wales’ national sport via an online survey

at www.wru.wales/shapeourgame

 

The consultation will provide the foundation for the most

comprehensive and far reaching review of the male adult and youth

community game since the first official game of rugby was recorded

in Wales 150 years ago.

 

WRU Head of Participation, Ryan Jones, said, “If you have an

interest in rugby we want your input. Regardless of your age or

gender we are looking for insights and opinions from across the

board. Whether you are a player – current or retired - a parent, a

volunteer, a teacher, coach, a community supporter or a

stay-at-home fan your opinion counts. We want to harness the

passion and opinions that we know exist throughout Wales and use

these to help shape the future of our national game.

 

"This feedback is crucial if we are to develop a vibrant

modern game that continues to be an integral part of our

communities and our culture. Nothing is off-limits. We’re looking

at 15-a-side rugby provision, including 1st and 2nd XV rugby, plus

more accessible formats such as Touch Rugby and Sevens. We’re keen

to look at ways to attract and retain more youth and adult players,

particularly 16-24 year-olds, in all forms of the game and are open

to all ideas.”

 

Wales Head Coach, Warren Gatland, said: “For anyone who has ever

sat at home and shouted at the TV with pride or frustration this is

your chance to have your voice heard. We are very lucky to have a

passionate and knowledgeable rugby public in Wales. We always speak

of the three million selectors we have here and this is their

chance to share their views.  No-one knows the club game

better than those that play, coach, referee and support it at

grassroots level and we want to make the most of that

expertise.  A strong national squad is shaped by the community

game which feeds it and that’s why I urge anybody that has an

interest in the game to get involved and help us shape a healthy

future for Welsh rugby.”

 

The male adult and youth participation survey follows a similar

review of the women and girl’s game launched in March 2015. As a

result of that review the WRU has launched a number of key

initiatives to help create a dynamic and inclusive rugby pathway

for Welsh females. This includes enabling girls to play in spring

and summer rather than the bleaker winter months; giving them the

option to play girls only rugby and enabling them to play the

format which suits them be it tag, touch, 7-a-side or 15s. All

moves are designed to have a further positive impact on grass roots

level participation.

 

Shape Our Game, the male adult and youth participation survey is

now live at wru.wales/shapeourgame, CLICK HERE to take a look and give your

views 

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