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Welsh regions refer dispute to MPs
ESPN Staff
December 19, 2013
Simon Easterby - 'The next couple of weeks will be pivotal in terms of planning our future' © Getty Images

Wales' four regions are writing to local MPs and Welsh assembly members to get political support in their increasingly bitter dispute with the WRU.

The regions have a deadline of December 31 to agree to a new four-year deal with the WRU but with no meeting scheduled between now and then, and with both sides seemingly intransigent, a last-minute compromise by either appears unlikely.

"The next couple of weeks will be pivotal in terms of planning our future," said Scarlets' head coach, Simon Easterby. "There are a number of people involved in the regional game: players, coaches, support staff and those who work at the grounds.

"There is more to this than the political side and perhaps that has been forgotten. So there is a lot riding on the next couple of weeks and it is important that the time is used to resolve matters."

Cardiff Blues' director of rugby Phil Davies echoed those views and said the crisis was as serious as any he has experienced. "[It's] the biggest issue since the game went professional, there is no getting away from that. There's a solution out there, one which would benefit the national side, the four regions and the Welsh Premiership underneath us. We are not a big country and we need to work together.

"Everyone is in this together and there is enough rugby and commercial ability in both the WRU and the regions to sort this out."

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