Welsh not giving up fight

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Published: Friday 23rd January 2015 by The News Editor

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London Welsh are refusing to give up their fight to level out revenue distribution in the Aviva Premiership.

The Premiership’s basement club threatened league organisers with legal action earlier this month if they continued to resist the Exiles’ demands.

Chairman Bleddyn Phillips has previously warned Welsh could launch a court challenge against Premiership Rugby’s “closed shop” by the end of January.

The club stepped back somewhat from that stance in a statement released on Friday, but still pledged to keep agitating for change.

“The board of London Welsh voted unanimously on Thursday to emphasise its commitment to securing an appropriate resolution to the issues it has raised with the RFU and PRL,” read a Welsh statement.

“We want to take this forward in a positive and constructive manner to secure an equitable outcome not just for London Welsh but for any club with the ambition of promotion to the Premiership.

“The club will continue to press diligently and purposefully to secure such resolution and looks forward to the meeting with the PRL executive and club chairmen on February 4 where our proposal will be discussed and we understand a formal PRL response will be determined.”

Promoted clubs receive £1.5million from central Premiership funding as opposed to more established sides receiving £4million.

Teams are eligible to apply for the full funding after a year in the top division.

Welsh believe the current system prevents promoted teams from establishing themselves in the division, hence Phillips’ “closed shop” stance.

Published: Friday 23rd January 2015 by The News Editor

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