Wales players are considering strike action ahead of their Six Nations clash with England next weekend (Saturday, February 25).

The strike action comes amid concerns around a new contract freeze in Welsh Rugby Union.

The situation has been magnified due to recruitment being put on hold for Wales’ four professional regions of Cardiff, Ospreys, Dragons and Scarlets.

It is understood a meeting will take place between Welsh Rugby Players’ Association officials and players before Wales host England in the Guinness Six Nations Championship, and it is believed possible strike action could be discussed.

A new financial agreement between the regions and the Welsh Rugby Union has yet to be confirmed in writing, sparking concern many players whose existing contracts expire at the end of this season might head away from Wales.

This has generated a huge sense of uncertainty for players and their families, and a player exodus from Wales cannot be discounted.

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One player, described as a Six Nations squad member, said: “I can’t believe I’m five months away from the end of my contract and eight months away from the World Cup and my future isn’t certain yet.

“I can’t apply for a mortgage and I’m on antidepressants. I’m also one big injury away from not having a job in July, yet I’m starting for Wales every week and the WRU is making tens of millions from international matches.”

WRU and WRPA have been contacted for comment.