Welsh rugby at crossroads says WRU chief Roger Lewis
Welsh Rugby Union group chief executive Roger Lewis has said the game in Wales is at a "crossroads."
Wales' four regions are enduring a difficult time with dwindling crowds and star players joining French clubs.
But Lewis believes co-operation between the Union and the regions will be beneficial for the game's long term future.
"We are at a fundamental crossroads in the history of Welsh rugby," said Lewis.
"We are at a critical stage and that's what is so exciting because if we get this right we will come up with something in world rugby that will be the envy of the world.
"We've got to think differently. We cannot think we've just got to fix what's gone on before.
"We've got to come up with something that's far more radical and is far more sustainable that will take our game forward."
While the national side are on a high after winning the Triple Crown and on course for a third Grand Slam in seven years, the regions have endured a difficult time.
The four regions - Cardiff Blues, Newport Gwent Dragons, Scarlets and the Ospreys - have
announced a salary cap of £3.5m
which will begin at the start of the 2012-13 season, a move welcomed by the WRU.
Amid concerns over "tough economic challenges", the regions hope the cap will ensure greater financial security and allow them to continue to develop young players.
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