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Last night (28th October 2014) Pro Rugby Wales officially launched their new name and brand, sponsoring the 40th anniversary Lloyd Lewis Award ceremony and Welsh Rugby Writers’ dinner at the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.

 

Formerly known as Regional Rugby Wales, the organisation renamed as part of its strategy to strengthen the development and performance of the professional game in Wales. Pro Rugby Wales will now replace RRW as the name of the organisation that leads and protects Welsh regional rugby’s interests inside and outside Wales as a clear reflection of its future vision and strategy.

 

The dinner was attended by rugby legends including Phil Bennett, Rupert Moon, Steve Fenwick, Duncan Jones, Mark Jones, Andy Moore, Adrian Hadley and Paul John.

 

Ospreys skipper Alun Wyn-Jones, received the prestigious award for ‘Rugby Writers’ Association Player of The Year’. Jones has been a firm advocate for the battle Pro Rugby Wales has dedicated themselves to over the past year. Mark Davies, Chief Executive of Pro Rugby Wales presented the well-deserved award to Jones and congratulated him on his stellar performance so far this season.

 

Mark said: “Pro Rugby Wales are delighted to sponsor the 40th anniversary Welsh Rugby Writers’ dinner and to honour the great winners of the past, so many of whom are present here tonight. The annual event is an important date in the diary for those associated with rugby and we are pleased to be part of it.”

 

When asked about the re-name, Mark continues: “To our supporters and sponsors we are their clubs; to our coaches and players the jersey they commit to every week. What we actually represent is the professional game in Wales – the four Welsh professional squads who play in the Pro12 league. So Pro Rugby Wales simply describes what we are and what we do. For any potential commercial partner, that’s a clear position to understand.”

 

Nurturing talent both on and off the pitch, Pro Rugby Wales have cemented their commitment to Welsh rugby by setting out a clear statement of strategy and intent on behalf of the four Regions to deliver sustainable and competitive professional rugby in Wales, from the youngest aspiring teenager joining a regional academy, through to a senior professional selected to play for the British and Irish Lions.

 

The newly formed Pro Rugby Wales took the opportunity to paid tribute to the late Chief Executive Stuart Gallacher, who was honoured at the dinner following his death last weekend.