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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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Regional Rugby Wales "bitterly disappointed" by WRU claims

The organisation representing the four Welsh rugby regions has hit back at the Welsh Rugby Union's claims.

The four Welsh regions are united in expressing how staggered and bitterly disappointed they all are with the nature, intent and content of the public statement made by the WRU this morning on a number of issues affecting Welsh rugby.

As the governing body that should lead and set the standards and platform for the profile of the game in Wales, the regions are surprised at the WRU’s seemingly defensive reaction to some of the media reporting particularly given the success of yesterday’s Welsh derby double-header.

The group accuses the WRU of "delaying the process" of establishing a Professional Regional Game Board, stating that a Memorandum of Understanding had been agreed in November 2012.

There are a number of significant comments made within the WRU statement, that the four regions will now need to consider very seriously and with the appropriate amount of time and discussion before making a full and united response.

The four Welsh regions have been committed and open in providing full and detailed information for the PwC report and its recommendations and have been consistent in their aims to work in partnership for successful establishment of the PRGB.

– Regional Rugby Wales spokesperson

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