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Last Updated: Friday, 10 June 2005, 15:33 GMT 16:33 UK
Celtic League relations thawing
The Celtic League's future will become clearer next week when the Welsh, Scottish and Irish unions meet.

The tournament collapsed last week over Welsh plans to enter their four regional sides in an Anglo-Welsh Cup.

Irish and Scottish officials have written to the WRU severely criticising the Cup, but have also indicated they are willing to negotiate a compromise.

That is likely to involve financial compensation from the WRU in return for acceptance of the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

Wales are understood to be in line to gain 900,000 from the new tournament, and Ireland and Scotland will seek a share of that in return for the disruption caused to the Celtic League fixture list.

Without the league, a proposed Irish-Scottish tournament is unattractive to players, fans and broadcasters, while the Welsh would face a serious fixture shortage.

Given that, a compromise seems inevitable, and the three unions will all be represented in Cardiff on Tuesday for next season's Heineken Cup pool draw.

They are likely to take the opportunity to thrash out their Celtic League differences, while another meeting has been scheduled for Friday (17 June).




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