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Last Updated: Monday, 21 July, 2003, 13:35 GMT 14:35 UK
Charvis' future in doubt
Colin Charvis
Charvis will attract interest from English and French clubs
Colin Charvis could be playing his club rugby outside Wales next season after failing to reach an agreement with the new Swansea-Neath regional side.

Neath-Swansea director Roger Blyth told BBC Sport that contract talks had ended between the two parties over "financial and other terms".

And now all the four remaining Welsh regions have said they will not be trying to sign Charvis.

The 30-year-old, one of the four captains in the Wales squad, had decided his future would be with Swansea-Neath.

In his column on this website last April, Charvis wrote: "I've decided that it's best to commit myself to the Swansea-Neath regional team, although there's a few things to be ironed out before I actually sign a contract."

But Charvis now finds himself without a team with a new season fast approaching.

Colin's a very good player. I'm sure a club either in France or England would snap him up
Wales coach Steve Hansen
The Lions backrow man would certainly attract interest from English, French and Irish sides.

But the Wales management are desperately trying to find him a place with one of the new Welsh regions.

Said Wales coach Steve Hansen: "Unfortunately everyone else has spent their budgets in regional rugby and there's no place for him here.

"If we can't change that and secure him a spot then clearly he'll have to go outside of Wales."

Hansen added he thought that Charvis would benefit from a move abroad.

"Colin's a very good player," he said. "I'm sure a club either in France or England would snap him up.

"If he does go overseas he's going to come back with new ideas and enthusiasm that he possibly wouldn't have playing here.

"You've just got to look at it in a positive light."

Wage demands

Gwent Dragons spoke with Charvis at the beginning of Welsh rugby's regional shake-up.

Dragons coach Mike Ruddock, who signed Charvis for Swansea from London Welsh, told BBC Sport he would love to work with the player again.

But he added that the Dragons would struggle to meet Charvis' wage demands.

Ruddock also questioned the value of signing a player who would probably be unavailable to the Dragons during the World Cup and Six Nations campaigns.

Cardiff Blues, Llanelli Scarlets and Celtic Warriors have also ruled out a move for Charvis, saying they are happy with the squad they have put together.

Meanwhile, Ruddock revealed that the Dragons have signed Gerald Arasa from Saracens, but are still waiting on Bristol and Scotland flanker Ross Beattie.

And Ruddock's side now face competition from Bath for the signature of South Africa centre Robbie Fleck.



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