Despite the exceptional and welcome success of the Welsh national team, professional rugby in Wales is still subject to enormous challenges.
These challenges impact upon the financial well being of the game, its long term sustainability and its connection with the supporter base within Wales.
It is realistic to say that the existing Regional structure has had limited success to date, and there continues to be a need to develop and improve the offering to rugby supporters throughout Wales, in order to further engage supporters of our national sport.
This document and its schedules provide a proposal for a new Region within the WRU structure.
The proposal is also intended to engage with the supporters of rugby in the Valleys who currently appear to be disenfranchised with the existing concept, and also to reach out and attempt to assist the WRU with the development of professional rugby in North Wales.
This paper is presented as an outline document, but should be considered as a proposal from which to launch a new Region that is both financially viable and closely aligned with, and owned by, its supporter base.