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WRU and regions agree new body to boost game in Wales.

THE Welsh Rugby Union and the regions have agreed the terms of the new body designed to improve the fortunes of the domestic game.

The two sides have reached a full agreement on the establishment of a new Professional Regional Game Board (PRGB) to work together to improve the sustainability and competitiveness of regional rugby in Wales.

The body replaces the management board as set out in the Participation Agreement.

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Full terms of reference for the new body have now been agreed by all the stakeholders and it will begin operating immediately.

The agreement on the format and remit of the PRGB were confirmed at its first meeting in the Millennium Stadium on Thursday.

The High Court Judge, Sir Wyn Williams, was installed as the independent, non-voting chair of the body which consists of five members from the WRU, one from each of the four regions and one representative from Regional Rugby Wales.

The agreed remit of the PRGB will include regional player contracts and recruitment policy, academy structures and associated player development, the marketing of regional rugby, collective regional revenue opportunities and resource management and regional financial planning and best practice WRU group chief executive Roger Lewis said: "I am delighted we have reached agreement on the establishment of the PRGB."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jul 19, 2013
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