URC chief Anayi welcomes Ospreys as Welsh play-off qualifier-ZoomTech News

URC chief Anayi welcomes Ospreys as Welsh play-off qualifier-ZoomTech News

United Rugby Championship (URC) chief government Martin Anayi says Ospreys changing into the primary Welsh aspect to succeed in a play-offs in six years will increase the league.

Ospreys completed the common season eighth and can journey to face defending champions Munster within the quarter-finals on Friday night.

“We’re most proud to see all sides from all nations represented within the play-offs,” mentioned Anayi.

“It exhibits the competitors is structurally sound and to get Ospreys by way of as a Welsh qualifier and Benetton from Italy could be very pleasing.”

Scarlets had been the final Welsh winners of the match after they lifted the Pro12 crown in 2017.

The curiosity from the Welsh public within the match will not be rising as a lot as in different nations, however Anayi stays constructive about its future in Wales.

“We positively noticed when the Scarlets had been successful the league attendances had been up,” mentioned Anayi.

“The Welsh viewers need to assist a successful workforce. Once we had Scarlets successful the league we had been in fairly fine condition in Wales and Ospreys are the aspect ranked second with league wins.

“We had good audiences by way of these years so success is an efficient driver in URC with Welsh groups.

“Hopefully the groups are going to be sturdy within the subsequent couple of years and we are going to see that bounce again.

“The curiosity hasn’t truly diminished in Wales, it is nonetheless rising. It is simply not rising as quick within the different international locations, it’s our job to extend that.”

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