It seems that within the WRU set up money and nepotism will buy you anything.
Merthyr RFC is reportedly to receive a substantial injection of cash to improve their ground and buy in players and good luck to them. The money comes from multi-millionaire Sir Stan Thomas whose plans – if the media are to be believed - include an artificial pitch and the buying in of several past internationals. Sir Stan is the brother of Peter Thomas who is, of course, the chairman of the Cardiff Blues.
This is where it starts to get interesting. It appears from comments that have been made that one of the reasons behind this is a desire to somehow get one over on Pontypridd RFC.
He is quoted as saying that “Cardiff Blues give them (Pontypridd) a number of players and then you get all this disrespect in the papers…… Why are they so against Cardiff?”
Just a few days later we read that there are plans afoot to increase the number of teams in the Premiership from 12 to 16, and lo and behold one of the teams benefitting from not having to qualify is Merthyr.
This move comes on the back of an announcement that the regions have decided they don’t want any of these pesky Premiership teams playing in the British Irish Cup but instead want to field Regional A teams. This has caused anger at Pontypridd who have an impressive record thus far in that competition.
As Pontypridd fans we are often accused of being bitter and of failing to embrace the joys of regional rugby. Is it really any wonder why? It appears there are concerted efforts by the Blues region and indeed the WRU to put us back in what they see as our place, subservient to Cardiff. If they think that somehow this is going to make us realise the error of our ways and start backing the regional team then they really have not been paying attention.