Sam Warburton: Wales needs biggest reform in history | “I fear for Wales over the next five years” | Rugby Union News

“To avoid a repeat of the unacceptable defeat by Georgia, we need the biggest reform in the history of the game in Wales. This situation has been brewing for some time. The system is not working. Everything needs to be cleaned up. Unfortunately, I know it will not happen” – Warburton

Last Updated: 23/11/22 14:07

Sam Warburton has spoken of his fears for the future of Welsh rugby

Sam Warburton has spoken of his fears for the future of Welsh rugby

Former Wales and British & Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton has shared his views and fears about the future of Welsh rugby, saying it needs the “biggest reform in history”.

writes for The Times On Wednesday, Warburton was speaking after Wales’ humiliating 13-12 loss to Georgia in Cardiff – a first for Los Lelos.

The loss means Wales have lost to Ireland, England, France, South Africa (twice) and New Zealand in 2022, while losing at home to Italy and Georgia in the same year.

Indeed, their only wins came in the second of a three-Test July series against Scotland, Argentina and a much-changed South Africa. Sky Sports.

A poor year under coach Wayne Pivac saw them finish fifth in the Six Nations, losing seven of 10 Tests after the 2020 season, beating only Italy (twice) and Georgia to finish fifth in the Six Nations. good.

“Georgia need the biggest reform in the history of the game in Wales to avoid a repeat of last Saturday’s unacceptable defeat,” said Warburton.

Wales have lost at home to Italy and Georgia in Cardiff in 2022

Wales have lost at home to Italy and Georgia in Cardiff in 2022

“This situation has been going on for a while, both on and off the pitch. The system just doesn’t work. We need to clean everything up and start fresh. Unfortunately, I know that’s not going to happen. I know he’s going to say these things and in 12 months we’ll be in the same situation.

“I really want the best for Welsh rugby. I’m a Cardiff boy but I would be absolutely delighted if the Scarlets won the European Cup. It would be amazing for Welsh rugby. I want everyone in Wales to succeed.

“I would never let bias against Cardiff get in the way of my decision-making and that’s one of the problems with Welsh rugby, unfortunately: there’s too much parochialism.

“And the amateur game still has a lot to say. Out of 12 directors on the board of the Welsh Rugby Union, eight are community members. It’s like having eight people on the board of a company who only contribute a fraction of it. It’s just too much. there are many.

Warburton won two Six Nations titles with Wales in 2012 and 2013

Warburton won two Six Nations titles with Wales in 2012 and 2013

“There should be a community member on that board. The community game is huge, of course it is, and most of the people involved are well-intentioned, but a company with a turnover of £100m shouldn’t have eight representatives on its board. It’s ridiculous.

“It’s a governance structure that’s stuck in the Stone Age. Unless that changes, little will change.”

“It’s very confusing… I’m really scared for Wales over the next five years.”

In addition to management problems, Warburton indicated that player routes, financial disputes between the four regions – Cardiff, Dragons, Ospreys, Scarlets – and the WRU and a lack of playing depth at the top level also pointed to a bleak future.

Only twice in the professional era (1995, 2010) have Wales had a worse winning percentage than this year.

Only twice in the professional era (1995, 2010) have Wales had a worse winning percentage than this year.

He added: “It’s such a mess. There’s a lack of trust on both sides. I don’t think the WRU trusts the regions with their money and then the regions don’t want to have the WRU because their governance is so old-fashioned and they don’t trust their decisions.

Wales manager Wayne Pivac is under pressure in 2022 after just three wins from 11 games.

Wales manager Wayne Pivac is under pressure in 2022 after just three wins from 11 games.

“I really fear for Wales in the next five years. They simply won’t have the player pool to compete, especially with the bulk of the experienced players retiring.”

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Warburton says he ‘fears for Wales over next five years’

A ‘brutally honest look’ calls out

Speaking as an expert Amazon Prime After Wales’ defeat to Georgia, Warburton reflected on the “fundamental issues” and asked “why are the players not motivated and desperate?”

Before his injury retirement, who played 74 games for Wales between 2009 and 2017, he said a drastic change needed to happen and it had to start with an immediate review.

Warburton was Wales manager under Pivac from November 2019 to October 2020 before stepping down.

Warburton was Wales manager under Pivac from November 2019 to October 2020 before stepping down.

“There needs to be a very honest review at the moment. If I were in charge of the WRU – and believe me I’m not a contender for the job – I’d be talking to everyone in Wales. It’s the regions,” he said.

“I would say, ‘Anonymously, tell me everything, good and bad.’ In order to find the answers, you have to be completely brutal.”

The former back-row captained the British and Irish Lions on two tours: Australia 2013, New Zealand 2017

The former back-row captained the British and Irish Lions on two tours: Australia 2013, New Zealand 2017

Sky Sports has contacted the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) for comment on Warburton’s claims and statements.