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Wales RL takeover Scorpions

Wales Rugby League, the sport's National Governing Body, have agreed to take over the running of South Wales Scorpions for the 2014 season after their founder and inaugural chairman Phil Davies stepped down.

Davies founded the club in late 2009 following the old Celtic Crusaders' decision to move north and has been at the helm of the only professional rugby league club in South Wales for four seasons in Championship One.

Work and personal commitments now mean Davies is unable to continue with the running of the club, however he will remain supportive of the sport in Wales.

"We have known for some time of Phil's wish to step down and following Friday's WRL Board meeting it was unanimously agreed that the NGB would run the club in 2014," said Chris Thair, chief operating officer of Wales Rugby League.

"The RFL have been notified of our intentions and whilst we recognise there are still a number of formalities to go through before we are officially running a club in Championship One, with the season beginning in March it is in everyone's interest that this happens.

Investment

"The WRL Board wish to thank Phil Davies for his time, energy and investment into the sport in Wales and he leaves a legacy of having given many young welsh players their first opportunity as a semi-professional rugby league player.

"During his tenure in charge many players who played for the Scorpions have progressed onto getting full-time contracts at other clubs such as Rhodri Lloyd and Gil Dudson at Wigan Warriors and Lloyd White at Widnes Vikings.

"Wales Rugby League now wish to continue with this legacy of providing opportunities for young Welsh players and this certainly has a good strategic fit to our new performance plans.

"We now wish to engage with as many people as possible who can support this new venture and should anyone feel they have something to offer then we would be delighted to hear from them."