Welsh rugby’s focus on grassroots proves ARU has got it wrong

By Sam Ryan The Welsh Rugby Union has released impressive financial and performance figures, following a record investment in grassroots rugby. After announcing a £38.1m (A$62.5m) surplus in their annual report, the WRU confirmed it has reinvested £33.1m (A$54.3m) back into the game, with £9.5m (A$15.6m) given to the grassroots level of the sport. Of the £9.5m (A$15.6m), £7.9m (A$12.97m) was spent directly on grassroots rugby, with a further £1.6m (A$2.6m) given to semi-professional clubs. “Our clubs, the community game and all the players, coaches and other volunteers at that level are the lifeblood of our national sport,” WRU chief executive Martyn Phillips said. “We are proud to be able to say that all the Group’s revenues have been re-invested back into the game and that investment is at record levels in each of the Regional, Premiership and Community game, as well as on an overall basis. “This is pleasing as the percentage growth in the re-investment in rugby
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