BBC Sport rugbyunionwelsh


Related BBC sites

Page last updated at 06:43 GMT, Friday, 28 August 2009 07:43 UK

Welsh rugby bosses in fresh talks

Welsh rugby

Wales' four regions and the Welsh Rugby Union have re-opened talks, offering hope that their scheduled High Court battle next month can be avoided.

The two sides are due to face each other in court on 9 September in a bitter dispute over player release for the New Zealand Test on 7 November.

If the High Court agrees with the regions the match could be in doubt.

But BBC Sport Wales understands that fresh moves aimed at settling the dispute have been made.

The regions, through umbrella body Regional Rugby Wales, say they are not obliged to free players for that game, arguing it falls outside the International Rugby Board Test match 'window'.


The WRU has already sold out the game at the 74,500-seat Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

The relationship between Wales's four professional sides and Welsh rugby's governing body has recently been at an all-time low.

Despite almost two years of talks they have failed to agree on a new Participation Agreement, a document which it is hoped would formalise the relationship between them.

The regions want more money per season from the governing body, arguing that it is vital to help them keep Wales stars playing in Wales.

Print Sponsor

see also
Wales' 28,000 win bonus revealed
29 Jul 09 |  Welsh
Lions props set to stay in Wales
23 Jul 09 |  Welsh
Wales player row heading to court
23 Jul 09 |  Welsh
Gallacher takes regions' WRU role
20 Jul 09 |  Welsh
NZ player row 'part of deeper problem'
06 Jul 09 |  Wales AV lives
Regions vow players' tour release
20 Nov 08 |  Welsh
WRU's High Court player-row win
24 Oct 08 |  Welsh
Coming up next on Scrum V...
27 Oct 08 |  Welsh
BBC Sport Wales coverage
03 Oct 11 |  Wales
Wales' rugby fixtures
26 Jun 07 |  Welsh

related bbc links:

related internet links:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2020 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.