Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) National Bowl

Cardiff University Rugby Club was extremely disappointed to receive a letter advising that the club is not able to feature in the WRU National Bowl final at the Principality Stadium on Sunday 29 April 2018. We dispute the decision and the reasons given. The University has written to the WRU seeking a response.

The University rugby club was invited by the WRU to compete in the competition again this year. Only upon reaching the final have we been informed that we, along with all other universities who competed, were ineligible to do so. The University rugby club has competed for over 46 years in WRU cup competitions and has always upheld the integrity of those competitions.

In addition, the club has evidenced in a meeting with the competition management committee that dispensation had been provided on a number of occasions to enable students studying at the University to compete in WRU competitions. We were subsequently written to and advised by the committee that we could continue in the competition and so were surprised and disappointed to receive the letter from the WRU.

We believe we should be able to take our place in the final of the competition and are seeking immediate clarification.