WRU and regions plan talks
THE four Welsh regions will meet with Welsh Rugby Union chiefs on Saturday as the continuing uncertainty surrounding the regional game continues.
The Professional Regional Game Board, made up of representatives from the Ospreys, Scarlets, Blues and Dragons and the WRU, will sit down to discuss the impending end of the Heineken Cup as well as what lies in store for the domestic game next season.
The regions have been accused of staying silent over the issue, especially in the wake of WRU chief Roger Lewis's comments on BBC's Scrum V programme on Sunday, where he called on the regions to sign up to a new participation agreement or face a bleak future.
The regions, in turn, are holding fire on signing anything until they know what competitions they will be involved in next term.
In a statement issued by Regional Rugby Wales (RRW), a spokesperson said: "The WRU has made it clear in its media statement last week and in a subsequent interview that as the governing body in Wales it is responsible for resolving any agreements on a new European Cup competition on behalf of the regions and the WRU says it remains 'confident' that the situation can be resolved.
"We're not, therefore, in a position to comment further as the matter is clearly in the hands of the Unions as the shareholders of both ERC and the Pro12 league.
"The Welsh regions are united in their view that the PRGB, which the WRU has established, is the right forum for these issues to be discussed and worked through professionally under an independent chairman.
"Our views and contributions as regions will be given fully and clearly at these meetings.
"Until there is any agreed detail to release on the topics currently being discussed, we will continue to maintain our position that we wish to conduct our conversations and give our views in private, as laid out by PRGB policies."