Newport RFC are appalled by allegations of discrimination and misogyny at the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU), revealed by a recent BBC Wales investigation.

There is no place in our sport, or indeed anywhere in society, for discrimination of any kind and Newport RFC condemn the reported culture within our national governing body.

Newport RFC acknowledges and supports the calls previously made by WRU chair, Ieuan Evans, to evolve the governance of the organisation to ensure the board are “truly representative” and “skills-based”. The board of Newport RFC now unanimously call upon the WRU and its board to implement this with immediate effect and those who have enabled the existing appalling culture should stand aside or be replaced.

We all have a responsibility to affect positive change and Newport RFC will not tolerate any kind of discrimination.

We reaffirm our own commitment to ensuring rugby is a game for all people, of all backgrounds, genders, abilities and beliefs and we continue to strive to make rugby a safe, inclusive and fair place for all.