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Williams welcomes end to Welsh civil war
ESPN Staff
August 26, 2014

Welsh Rugby Players' Association president Rhys Williams has welcomed the news that the Welsh Rugby Union and its four regions are set to sign a new deal, with the announcement expected any day.

"This is the news that everyone has been waiting for, for a number of months now," Williams told the BBC. "It's unfortunate we were ever put in this position but really it was high time that it had been agreed, it shouldn't have been left until the last minute before the start of the season.

"With all the uncertainty that's been going on for several months now, a little bit of certainty and an agreement between our biggest stakeholders in our national game is a positive bit of news."

Details of the deal appear to have been widely leaked with nine players - in addition to Sam Warburton - believed to be signing central deals. "It'll be interesting whether the players have been talked to about this, exactly how [they will be] training, exactly how the agreement will function going forward," Williams said.

He added that he hoped the arrangement would help stem the exodus of talent to England and Wales. "Inevitably as a representative body we're looking after the players' welfare, so the higher profile players we keep in Wales it's better for the national game, the regional game and obviously us."

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