A new £60million participation agreement between the four Welsh rugby regions and the Welsh Rugby Union has been signed. The six-year deal marks the end of months of dispute and uncertainty in the Welsh game.
In a joint statement, the WRU and regions say that new 'National Dual Contracts' for key players will help to ensure a 'core of leading Welsh international players' stay in Wales with the four regions. Players to be offered a National Dual Contract will be chosen by the national Head Coach and will be WRU employees.
A 'Senior Player Selection Policy' means that players based outside Wales in future will not be eligible for selection subject to a number of exceptions at the discretion of the Head Coach. There is also a limit of six foreign players in each of the regional squads.