English Premiership and Welsh rugby chiefs in talks over internet hosting historic double header at Principality Stadium that includes Bristol vs Gloucester and Cardiff in opposition to Scarlets
- Bristol wish to host their conflict with Gloucester on the Principality Stadium
- It comes as sides look to draw larger audiences amid monetary uncertainty
- The Cardiff venue has a 74,500 capability in comparison with Ashton Gate’s 27,000
Talks are underway over British rugby’s two rival leagues internet hosting what could be an historic double header of fixtures at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.
Gallagher Premiership facet Bristol are near agreeing a deal to play shut rivals Gloucester on the house of Welsh rugby on December 2.
On the identical day, Cardiff are slated to host fellow Welsh area Scarlets within the United Rugby Championship and MailSport understands enjoying the 2 matches back-to-back is being mentioned. Whereas a deal is but to formally be signed off and is complicated given the variety of stakeholders concerned, there may be hope it should quickly be accomplished.
WRU interim chief govt Nigel Walker has mentioned it’s crucial rugby should discover new methods of elevating income as the game continues to battle monetary hardship.
Within the season simply completed, English rugby noticed three Premiership sides in Worcester, Wasps and London Irish fall out of existence.
Bristol are near agreeing a deal to play rivals Gloucester at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium
It comes because the Premiership facet look to spice up attendances amid ongoing monetary uncertainty
In Wales, the nation’s 4 areas are additionally tight for money.
‘It’s most likely the worst-kept secret on the planet there are ongoing conversations. It’s not a finished deal but,’ mentioned Walker.
‘Welsh rugby wants to take a look at methods of accelerating the revenues coming into the sport with out harming something of the present infrastructure and cloth of the sport.
‘These conversations might be held throughout the cloth of these parameters. We’re eager to boost income as a result of that goes again into Welsh rugby.
‘If we hold doing the identical issues, we’ll hold getting the identical outcomes. If I discuss Welsh rugby, there are some challenges. These challenges aren’t peculiar to Wales.
‘We have got to consider doing issues in a different way. What we aren’t going to do is be reckless.‘We aren’t going to introduce issues which can destroy the material of Welsh rugby however we do want to think about methods of elevating revenues. I’m assured we’ll give you an answer that can please most, if not the entire people who find themselves fascinated about Welsh rugby.’
Bristol play their house video games on the 27,000 capability Ashton Gate however are eager to go to Principality Stadium to boost further ticket income.
The house of Welsh rugby can maintain 74,500 followers.
Each Harlequins and Saracens have held earlier house video games at large venues like Twickenham and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
MailSport understands Cardiff have been requested to maneuver their scheduled Scarlets match – which might usually be at Cardiff Arms Park – however have been reluctant to take action.
That’s the reason a double header is now being mentioned. The prospect of Bristol enjoying Gloucester and Cardiff assembly Scarlets at Principality Stadium could be the primary time the Premiership and URC have held matches on the similar venue back-to-back.
Query marks stay although over how income from the occasion could be cut up as a double header would seemingly imply Bristol and Cardiff because the ‘house’ sides must share the cash.
Elsewhere, Walker has confirmed he received’t be the brand new WRU’s everlasting CEO and can as a substitute take up a brand new position as its govt director of rugby.
The Principality has a 74,500 capability, whereas Ashton Gate holds simply 27,000
Walker grew to become interim CEO after the resignation of Steve Phillips following a sexism and misogyny scandal on the WRU and needed to cope with off-field turmoil.
The WRU plan to nominate a brand new boss within the coming weeks.
URC broadcaster Viaplay has confirmed it’s pulling out of sport in the UK in what’s a giant blow to the league’s bold plans for progress.Viaplay additionally present Scottish soccer however will now give attention to their work within the Nordics and Netherlands.
It means the URC is now and not using a principal broadcaster because the 2023/24 rugby season approaches.