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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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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