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SBD Global/April 15, 2013/Franchises

Rugby Side London Welsh Majority Shareholder To Pull Out At The End Of The Season

Premiership rugby side London Welsh's majority shareholder Kelvin Byron "has confirmed that he will pull out his financial support at the end of the season," according to the London GUARDIAN. Byron, who helped save the club from liquidation in '09, "slammed the Rugby Football Union and Premier Rugby for not giving the club enough funding" during its first campaign in the Premiership and then hitting it with a five-point deduction for fielding an ineligible player in Tyson Keats. He also questioned what was the point in continuing to support the club when "there's hardly a Welshman in the side." Byron said, "I'm pulling out, that's absolutely definite, and I've had enough of the RFU and PRL. I've had 20 years with London Welsh, one of the great rugby brands, but everything's been done to get us back out of the division" (GUARDIAN, 4/14).
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