In a week of controversial changes to rugby across the world, the WRU have chipped in with their own plan to potentially merge the Scarlets and the Ospreys.
In light of these increasing rumours, and the introduction of a region from north Wales, fans have shown their disapproval on Twitter.
This new proposal has seemed to anger fans for many reasons, as a huge number has flocked to express their outrage.
One major reason why fans are up in arms is because of the success of both the Scarlets and the Ospreys.
Those two sides have been the most successful in Wales in the professional era, with the Ospreys winning the Pro14 four times and the Scarlets winning it twice, compared to both the Cardiff Blues and the Dragons who have not won it at all. The fact that the Dragons were not part of the merger has confused many fans across Wales, as they have clearly been the least successful region.
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Very few fans see the new set up being successful at all, as there were waves and waves of fierce criticism, highlighting the Scarlets’ long and proud history that will be in tatters.
The amount of criticism is so vast that it cannot be boiled down to a few tweets, however, there is one element of this potential merger that has confused the fans a lot, and that is the timing.
Wales are days away from their penultimate game of this year’s Six Nations against Scotland, with a potential Grand Slam on the horizon. After their heroic win over England in the last round, Wales are the only unbeaten side in the Championship. This news could seriously curtail Wales’ progress, in what is Warren Gatland’s final Six Nations before he leaves.
This is what the fans have said:
WRU are nuts to announce a #Scarlets #Ospreys merger, days before Wales head back to 6 nations, fighting for a Grand Slam. Hopefully the boys from Scarlets and Ospreys can keep their focus, because this is a money saving exercise and people will lose jobs. pic.twitter.com/xsHOyw4LdC
— Richard Davies ??????? (@kryptonknight83) March 5, 2019
Unreal banter merging the Ospreys and Scarlets when the country's on the verge of winning a Grand Slam pic.twitter.com/PDZD4FdPjo
— Alex Roberts (@alexj_roberts) March 5, 2019
Great time for all this merger business to surface, midway through a grand slam campaign ?
— Osian Davies (@Osian_Davies) March 4, 2019
— Ian Andrew Lewis (@ianlew17) March 5, 2019
2 games away from a Grand Slam and in a World Cup year, we get ourselves in this mess ????
— Nick Jones (@Klaus_88) March 4, 2019
This is such poor timing, the welsh team are flying high and the WRU do this. Shocking ?
— gareth kilburn (@KilburnGa) March 4, 2019
The timing is idiotic, with another two games for the national team with a strong possibility of a grand slam, and the World Cup coming up? Are the PRB 5th columnists??
— Jackie Phillips (@JeffPhillips6) March 5, 2019
Shambles. Takes the shine right off a potential grand slam. Cost cutting at the WRU again
— Andy (@AndyYanited) March 4, 2019
Why is this being discussed at such a critical point of the season and in a World Cup year? WRU need to stop with all of this distraction and get behind the boys fully ???????
— julie murray (@juliemurray21) March 4, 2019
Wales are two games away from a Grand Slam and the WRU decide to announce that the Scarlets and Ospreys are merging. The timing, the disruption, the fallout, its absolute lunacy! Im speechless! The union is run by invalids #wales #projectreset #sixnations #scarlets #ospreys
— Andy Thomas (@andy_thomas89) March 4, 2019
Questionable timing about the Scarlets/Ospreys merger from the WRU. Imagine Gatland is chuffed at the timing with two massive games coming up ?
— Alex Owen (@alexowen28186) March 5, 2019
In a World Cup year, in the middle of a Grand Slam campaign, the WRU decides to tell most of our players their teams are being shut down.
I’ve been trying to find any positive from this but it’s a total nonsense decision and the WRU are idiots.
— Rhydian Elis Fitter (@RhydianFitter) March 5, 2019
It seems as if the WRU are actively trying to derail this Grand Slam. What on earth are they playing at announcing probably the most disruptive news in the last 15 years of Welsh rugby 5 days before a huge match against Scotland?
— Elis Williams (@ElisWilliams2) March 5, 2019
This is a proposal that has received universal criticism and condemnation across Wales, in what is one of the most radical changes in years.
Many will say that this is a move that had to happen and could not be avoided, but the timing of the announcement is what has irritated this particular set of fans.
Wales travel to Edinburgh on Saturday and will hope to extend their unbeaten run to 13 matches, while setting up a showdown with Ireland in Cardiff the week later with the hopes of securing Gatland’s third Grand Slam. All Welsh fans will hope that these announcements have not been to detrimental to the national team.
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