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.