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No resolution throws in doubt Welsh rugby's future

The regions praised Warren Gatland for trying to reach an agreement.

Welsh rugby was reported to be in crisis on Friday after Regional Rugby Wales announced the participation agreement proposed by the Welsh Rugby Union was "completely unacceptable" after "indescribably tortuous" negotiations.

The four regions which form RRW - the Blues, the Dragons, the Ospreys and the Scarlets - released a statement claiming every time progress was made "two steps back" followed.

The participation agreement, which ended on June 30, covers issues such as the competitions the teams play in, payment for international player release, overseas player quotas and the fourth autumn Test match.

No resolution to talks throws into doubt the future of the regions and, potentially, professional rugby in Wales.

The WRU said it was "saddened and surprised" that Regional Rugby Wales had chosen to publish a statement which i"s highly critical of the process aimed at concluding a new Rugby Services Agreement "

The WRU said it would not respond to the highly emotional content of the document and says the governing body will continue to work on reaching agreement with the four Regional Organisations.

Williams moved to specialist spinal unit after injury

Owen Williams suffered a serious spinal injury while playing for the Blues in Singapore Credit: PA

Cardiff Blues and Wales centre Owen Williams has been moved to the Welsh Spinal Injuries and Neurological Rehabilitation Unit at Rookwood Hospital to continue his 'long-term recovery, the club has said.

The 22 year old suffered a 'significant spinal injury' while playing for the Blues in the World Cup 10s in Singapore last month.

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Gerald Davies' letter to WRU member clubs

In a letter to WRU member clubs, Gerald Davies said he made his decision not to stand for re-election to the board "with considerable sadness".

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'On and off the field I hope I have demonstrated my passion and commitment to the game at all levels and I have endeavoured at all times to bring my lifetimes experience and knowledge to help contribute to the well-being of the game and all those who are involved in it throughout Wales as well as on the International stage.

I have always believed and stated that as rugby changes so its organisation must also change anD develop for the common good of all.

I do not wish to sever my ties completely with rugby and will constantly look for opportunities to encourage and support the game that is so dear to my heart.

I will watch with interest how the WRU meets the many challenges ahead."

– Gerald Davies

Gerald Davies won't stand for re-election to WRU board

Former Wales international Gerald Davies has written to Welsh clubs confirming he will not stand for re-election to the WRU board when his tenure is up.

Davies says he made the decision "with considerable sadness" Credit: PA

The 69-year-old gave an impassioned speech to club delegates and fellow board members at last month's Extraordinary General Meeting of the Welsh Rugby Union in which the current regime overwhelmingly survived a vote of no confidence brought upon them after a campaign by David Moffett.

Owen Williams returns home to Wales

Cardiff Blues have confirmed that Owen Williams has returned home to Wales following a serious injury playing in Singapore.

The Blues and Wales centre suffered "a significant injury to his cervical vertebrae and spinal cord" playing in the World Cup 10s on June 22.

Owen Williams' family thanked well-wishers for "overwhelming messages of support" Credit: PA

More: Warburton 'has fingers crossed' for injured Williams

Williams was flown back by air ambulance and is now being assessed and monitored at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.

"Cardiff Blues and the Williams family would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to all the staff and specialists at Tan Tock Seng Hospital in Singapore for their care and support for Owen following his injury", a spokesperson said.

They also thanked well-wishers for "overwhelming messages of support".

Warburton 'has fingers crossed' for injured Williams

Wales captain Sam Warburton told ITV News that "everyone is devastated" at the news of Cardiff Blues teammate Owen Williams' injury.

The region confirmed today that the 22-year-old centre suffered "a significant injury to his cervical vertebrae and spinal cord" playing in the World Cup 10s in Singapore on Sunday.

Read More: Owen Williams has operation in Singapore hospital after spinal injury

Warburton said: "We're absolutely gutted for him and his family. All of us are keeping our fingers crossed - and hopefully he comes back home safe and sound."

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Owen Williams has suffered 'significant spinal injury'

Cardiff Blues have confirmed that centre Owen Williams has suffered a "significant injury to his cervical vertebrae and spinal cord."

The 22-year-old, who has played four times for Wales, was injured playing for Cardiff Blues at the World Cup 10s on Sunday.

The region said that he underwent an operation on Monday to stabilise a fracture and is currently recovering in hospital in Singapore.

Owen Williams has impressed for Cardiff Blues in recent seasons. Credit: PA

His family and Blues staff are with him in hospital, and arrangements are now being made to arrange his safe transfer home "at an appropriate time."

The region and Williams' family have also thanked hundreds of people who have offered messages of support.

Owen Williams' brother thanks well-wishers after injury

Owen Williams' brother has tweeted his thanks to those offering messages of support, after the 22-year-old Cardiff Blues and Wales centre was injured in Singapore.

Williams' family flew out to be by his side in hospital, after he sustained what is thought to be a serious neck injuries playing in the World Club 10s on Sunday.

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So emotional reading all the support. It's overwhelming. In the hospital next to my brother - He's a warrior #StayStrongForOws @owilliams91

Hundreds of messages of support have come in from Wales, and also rugby stars like Australia's David Pocock.

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Thoughts with @cardiff_blues player Owen Williams after neck injury at #wc10s. Thoughts with Owen + family and hoping for a full recovery.

Few details on Owen Williams' injury in Singapore

Very little is known about the nature or extent of Owen Williams' injury, sustained whilst playing for Cardiff Blues against Asia Pacific Dragons in the World Club 10s on Sunday.

The Blues released a statement yesterday, saying: "Owen Williams is to remain in hospital in Singapore after sustaining an injury at the World Club 10s. Cardiff Blues will issue further updates when they are available."

Williams has four caps for Wales - and scored his first international try against Tonga last autumn. Credit: PA

Blues teammate Macauley Cook also tweeted yesterday to say he was at the hospital with Williams, waiting for his family to arrive.

The WRU said 22-year-old Williams has not travelled home with the rest of the Blues squad.

Messages of support after Wales centre suffers injury

Messages of support from around the Welsh rugby community have been posted on Twitter, for Cardiff Blues and Wales centre Owen Williams, who suffered a serious injury at the World Cup 10s in Singapore.

The 22-year-old is believed to still be in hospital in Singapore, after being injured in the tournament on Sunday.

There is very little detail about the nature or extent of his injury.

Goodwill messages have come in this morning from Wales legend Shane Williams, Alun Wyn Jones - who captained the side in South Africa, and Regional Rugby Wales, which represents the four Welsh regions.

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Sending our best wishes to @cardiff_blues player Owen Williams @owilliams91 and his friends and family - you're very much in our thoughts

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