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Vultures are nothing new in Welsh rugby; & COMMENT DEBATE YOUR LETTERS TO THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER OF WALES.

SIR - I was highly amused, greatly bemused but also absolutely delighted to read the piece in which Roger Lewis is reported as having "launched a scathing attack on the vultures picking off Wales' star players ("Lydiate off to France as WRU bemons 'vultures'", Dec 6).

If Mr Lewis had spent his whole working life, as I have, in the principality, he would have realised that the vultures, as he calls them have been circling for more years than anyone alive today could possibly remember.

I've been a member of Pontypridd Rugby Club for the best part of 60 years and I can tell Roger Lewis that although it's a bitter pill to swallow, you can get used to the ever present vultures swooping and carrying off some of the more promising players.

Like all Welsh rugby fans, I would love to see all our better players playing in club rugby in Wales but as Roger Lewis chose to pursue his career outside Wales, so it is unrealistic and unreasonable to complain about our star players going elsewhere to play.The career of a rugby player is comparatively short so they are entitled to make the most of any opportunity to secure a better future for themselves and their families. It will continue until the WRU or some Russian billionaire can provide sufficient funds to compete with clubs in France and elsewhere.

As a pupil in Pontypridd Grammar School I absolutely idolised the captain of the very good school XV, one Russell Robins. As a Lion in South Africa in 1955 Russell made more appearances than any other player on the tour.

A couple of years later,I thought my world was coming to an end when it was announced that Russell was going north to join the paid ranks of Rugby League.

My world didn't come to and end and while I shall always admire Russell, we all had to accept the inevitable. I have a feeling that Mr Lewis is beginning to appreciate what many supporters of certain clubs have felt for years.

If that is the case I'm afraid that he will have to accept the bitter pill that he is finding difficult to swallow. If he managed to keep our players at home we should all applaud him but it might well prove impossible even for a man of his ability and commitment.

Many international soccer teams, not forgetting the rugby teams of Argentina and Samoa, seem to do quite well with players plying their trade all over the world so why shouldn't our players be able to do likewise? Good luck to all those who chose to move away to better themselves, just like Roger Lewis did himself. I hope, however, that he finds the cash to keep them at home and I hope one of the "homes" might be Sardis Road!

PAUL WESTON Pontypridd, RCT
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Dec 12, 2012
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