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Welsh success 'papering over the cracks'
ESPN Staff
September 4, 2013

Gloucester director of rugby Nigel Davies, a former Welsh international, has told the BBC the success of the Wales national side is "papering over the cracks" in the game at domestic level.

A number of leading players have left Wales, lured by better rewards in England and France, and Davies believes a drastic change is needed to the Welsh board's thinking to stem the exodus.

"One of the policies that England have, which works very, very well, is that you only play for England if you play within England, and Wales could quite simply adopt that policy," he said. "I think it would make a huge difference."

Without that, he said he feared for the future of Welsh rugby. "The game works very well in terms of its development, and you've seen that with the national side. But it doesn't always work well for the regions, and the regions work hard developing those players."

Davies said the problem of big-name players leaving impacted on the clubs and their finances, but added the finances simply did not add up anyway.

"We need those players playing regularly for their clubs. It's vitally important. You have to look at the financial models of the regions as well. They are unsustainable, quite frankly."

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