/ News

Welsh dispute rumbles on as season looms
ESPN Staff
July 9, 2014

Newport Gwent Dragons' chief executive Gareth Davies has said the bitter and long-running dispute between the WRU and the Welsh regions needs to be resolved before the start of the new season.

The two parties have yet to come close to agreeing a replacement for the Participation Agreement which guarantees income levels as well as details such as the terms of the release of international players.

"I don't think we are particularly looking at deadlines at the moment," Davies told the BBC. "I think we are always getting nearer. Perhaps some of that is imposed by timescales. The season is upon us really - six-seven weeks away.

"I think the only thing we can say: is discussions are ongoing and we'd like to think we can come to a conclusion fairly soon. The deadline I suppose is the start of the season, although there are obviously financial pressures that will perhaps kick in way before that.

"Each region is looking at its own business plan, I suppose what you could call a survival plan now. It's no different to what we have been doing since last October when some of the European funding was stopped. We have been in this sort of survival mode for the last seven, eight, nine months.

"That will continue for a while yet. I hope it's not too long because I think I would be diverting my energy and time doing more constructive things."

All parties agree that it is in everyone's interests to find a solution before the start of the new season, but despite Davies' guarded optimism that seems to be no closer than it has been at any stage this year.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd

Live Sports

Communication error please reload the page.

  • Football

  • Cricket

  • Rugby

    • Days
    • Hrs
    • Mins
    • Secs

    F1 - Australian GP

  • OtherLive >>

    Boxing - Frampton v Avalos
    Boxing - Fury v Hammer
    Boxing - Eubank v Chudinov
    Golf - Joburg Open
    Golf - Honda Classic
    Tennis - Dubai Championships
    Tennis - Mexican Open
  • Latest
  • Most Viewed
  • News
  • Features
  • Rugby

    Complacent Western Force need to start again

    Western Force coach Michael Foley admits his team's round-one win over the Waratahs may have lulled his players into a dangerous sense of complacency

  • Rugby

    Cheetahs inflict further pain on winless Blues

    The Blues have made their worst start to a Super Rugby season after conceding a controversial late penalty to lose 25-24 to the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein

  • Rugby

    Reds pleased with O'Connor's first outing

    James O'Connor's impressive Queensland Reds debut was just a taste of what is to come from the rejuvenated former Wallaby, coach Richard Graham says

  • Golf

    'P***** off' McIlroy set to miss Honda Classic cut

    Rory McIlroy's 2015 US debut ended quickly at the Honda Classic, where he was projected to miss the cut on Friday after shooting rounds of 73-74 at PGA National

  • Tennis

    Azarenka rallies to beat Venus and reach Qatar final

    Victoria Azarenka reached the final of the Qatar Open on Friday after recovering from one set down to beat Venus Williams

  • News
  • Features
Sponsored Links
Make Huge Income from your Home
Download your Free Guide And Learn How To Increase Your Monthly Income
Make $170 in 60 seconds!
Google Vs Facebook, 60 sec. knock out! Choose a champion, Become a Winner!
Make $25 in 1 Minute!
Start trading with the biggest broker! Register now to receive $25 for FREE!