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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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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

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