Regions reject WRU talks

The group representing Wales' four regions, Regional Rugby Wales, has refused talks with the WRU, and said it is looking to take the disagreement to independent arbitration.

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WRU: We hope talks can be held 'around the board table'

The WRU say that they hope that discussions with Regional Rugby Wales can be held 'around the board table.'

Their statement comes after the body that represents the four Welsh rugby regions said they would not attend talks with the WRU.

The WRU welcomes the desire of the Regional Organisations to continue discussions on how best to secure a winning future for professional rugby in Wales and retain the best Welsh talent.

The WRU will outline, to the four Regional Organisations, a strategy for the professional game in Wales and would welcome input from all four Regional organisations.

The Board of the WRU, for the third time, offers the four Regional Organisations the opportunity to address them.

– Welsh Rugby Union statement

Regional Rugby Wales refuse talks with WRU

The group that represents the four Welsh rugby regions has pulled out of talks with the WRU. Speaking at a press conference in Cardiff, Stuart Gallagher from Regional Rugby Wales said that he was embarrassed by the propaganda coming from the WRU.

Gallagher said that they had now decided not to go to talks with the Welsh Rugby Union as 'communication has broken down.'

He said that the body was now looking to take the disagreement with the WRU to independent arbitration.

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Reports: Scarlets' George North signs for Northampton

George North has already won 31 caps for Wales Credit: David Davies/PA Archive

Wales Online and the Telegraph are reporting that Scarlets and Wales star George North has signed for English Premiership side Northampton Saints.

The 20-year-old winger's transfer has sparked a major row between the WRU and Wales' four regions.

The union accused the Scarlets of trying to sell North behind his back, a claim which the Llanelli club denied.

The WRU has called talks with the regions over the possible introduction of central contracts, to try to keep players in Wales.

Senior Wales players including Mike Phillips, James Hook and Luke Charteris have left to play their club rugby in France in recent years.

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WRU to meet with Regions after row

The Welsh Rugby Union say they are hoping to meet with representatives of the four regions at their next board meeting to diffuse the ongoing rows over the future of the game.

Both the union and the regions have released public statements over the past few days accusing each other of mishandling discussions over who should employ Welsh internationals. A matter neither seem able to agree on.

WRU invite regions for central contract talks

The Welsh Rugby Union has called for talks with our four professional regions over central contracts for players.

It comes after the clubs rejected claims by the union over the weekend, which included the suggestion the Scarlets held transfer talks over winger George North without him knowing.

The WRU asks the four regional organisations to put aside their agreement not to play centrally contracted players and work with the Union to help secure the future of our young players in Wales.

– Statement from the WRU

The union will write to the Blues, Ospreys, Scarlets and Dragons today.

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Andy Moore: George North is "a world star"

Former Wales international Andy Moore says rugby winger George North is a "world star".

He was talking to ITV News just before the Scarlets issued a statement saying they are "astonished" and "disappointed" at yesterday's Welsh Rugby Union comments on George North's future.

The WRU claim that the Scarlets tried selling him to another club before telling him first. The Scarlets have strongly denied the claims. But Andy Moore says North is "hot property".

Scarlets "astonished and disappointed" by WRU

The Scarlets have responded to the WRU's claims over George North's future.

The club says it has a policy of not being drawn into "individual discussions" about the contractual status of its players and staff.

The Scarlets are astonished and disappointed that the governing body of Welsh rugby has chosen to speak about an individual player from within our region publicly in this fashion.

We must therefore clarify, that at no time has the WRU made any proposal to us to help retain any player international or otherwise within our region.

Any contract discussions involving George North have only taken place within the last two months including the Scarlets offer of a three-year contract extension that was the very best offer that the club could make.

As is usual business practice, any contractual discussions regarding players take place with their agent or representatives responsible.

As the Scarlets have publicly stated, it has been our wish to retain George North within our Scarlets squad and the region has put forward a substantial offer to keep him in West Wales – an offer which still stands.

We also recognise, George is a player of immense talent and has many options available to him in his future playing career.

– Scarlets statement
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