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  • "It looks to me as if the Dragons are about to get screwed. There's been a lot of talk about differential payments to the regions based on the number of players they contribute to the national squad. Do the math as they say. It will effectively condemn the region which gets the least support to "Development" status ( see Connacht ). It will also perpetuate that status because the affected region will not be able to compete effectively with the better subsidised regions. Knowing how 'sensitive' the selection process has been to the club origins of those involved in selecting the squad , this may further reinforce or distort who gets what. Its a good ploy to divide and rule and split up the regions' united front. I will be very surprised if it is a genuine offer that satisfies all the regions. I will also be surprised if the discussions reach any satisfactory conclusion before the 31 Jan deadline when the regions have to decide which way they are to jump. Or maybe I'm just too cynical."
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New twist in Welsh rugby row

First published in Sport
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THE row splitting Welsh rugby apart took a new twist tonight as the Welsh Rugby Union revealed it was to offer the four regions a new agreement.

The WRU met today for the first time since the regions missed the deadline of Tuesday night to sign a new participation agreement with the union for next season.

The regions have threatened to join a breakaway league with English clubs while it was thought the WRU would pull regional funding and set up new teams.

But tonight a WRU statement said: “The WRU has today informed the four Regional Organisations that they will shortly be presented with a new agreement in respect of professional rugby in Wales.

“A timetable for discussion has been provided by the WRU.

“The new agreement will further reflect the WRU’s desire to ensure that Welsh player development and the retention of Welsh players is properly recognised. This is in the best interests of all of rugby in Wales, from the grass roots to the international level.”

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