Welsh Rugby Union CEO Roger Lewis proclaims Welsh rugby team are under attack

Last Updated: 06/12/12 7:29pm

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WRU concerned by exodus of players from Welsh rugby like Mike Phillips (pictured)

WRU concerned by exodus of players from Welsh rugby like Mike Phillips (pictured)

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Welsh Rugby Union CEO Roger Lewis has launched a scathing attack on the "vultures" who are recruiting Wales' top players.

Lewis' anger follows Wales flanker Dan Lydiate's announcement that he would be leaving the Newport Gwent Dragons at the end of this season with his likely destination being a Top 14 club.

Lydiate will shadow fellow Wales internationals Mike Phillips, James Hook, Lee Byrne, Luke Charteris and Huw Bennett in moving to France, and in all likelihood centre Jamie Roberts who is set to join Racing Metro.

"These are tough economic times in Wales and Welsh rugby is under attack. The vultures have been circling for months."
Roger Lewis

Lewis said Welsh rugby was under attack, with big-name players being picked off "like pieces of meat."

Exodus

He said the exodus will be one of the main issues tackled by a new organisation set up by the WRU and the four regions to administer the game in Wales.

The Professional Regional Game Board (PRGB) was established to oversee professional rugby in the wake of a report into the regional game by an accounting firm.

"These are tough economic times in Wales and Welsh rugby is under attack," Lewis told Walesonline. "The vultures have been circling for months.

"The announcement by the WRU and the four regions of the creation of the PRGB means that we will work together to tackle this issue.

"I am particularly concerned about the role played by agents in this player-drain from Wales."

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