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‘We will get this right’: WRU chair vows to tackle racist, homophobic and sexist bullying

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Welsh Rugby Union chair Ieuan Evans has vowed that a taskforce that includes “external expertise” will be established to help tackle allegations of racist, homophobic and sexist bullying within the governing body.A number of former WRU employees took part in an investigation by BBC Wales – which was screened on Monday night – with accusations about their time at the organisation.Charlotte Wathan, general manager of women’s rugby until her resignation last February, claims offensive comments by a colleague left her in tears and feeling sick, while another unnamed contributor says she was left contemplating suicide by her experiences of bullying and sexism at work.Incidents of racism and homophobia are also alleged.It has sparked calls from fans for WRU chief executive Steve Phillips to be sacked, while major sponsors of the game in Wales have expressed grave concerns during the damaging fallout.Asked specifically about Phillips’ future, former Wales captain Evans said: “I have total confidence that we will get this right.“That includes Steve.

He is the chief executive of the Welsh Rugby Union. We will get this right.“I can only sincerely and heartfelt apologise to all affected.“As a father of two young women, I found it deeply distressing, and I can only apologise to all affected by this.“The WRU is an iconic institution in Wales that relies on a huge amount of goodwill.“You work hard to get that goodwill, but goodwill needs to be replenished, and people are now craving reassurance.

We will address the issues, drive the changes and bring that trust and faith back.“It is not about individuals, this is a collective.

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