Gatland Targeting 10 Welsh Players for Central Contracts

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Wales coach Warren Gatland has drawn up a shortlist of 10 players he is hoping to sign to dual club and country contacts ahead of the 2014/15 season.

The recent infighting between the WRU and Welsh regions over the participation agreement has left a number of players in doubt about their futures.

Gatland is hoping to take advantage of the uncertainty over some key players as he hopes to tie down 10 key players to the regions in order to guarantee their availability ahead of the World Cup next year.

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The list, revealed in the Rugby Paper, includes Wales captain Sam Warburton, a player who has already signed a deal with the WRU. Gatland wants others to follow Warburton’s lead in signing up to central contracts, with the regions also providing funding for the scheme.

The 10 names on the list are:

Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues)
Alun-Wyn Jones (Ospreys)
Taulupe Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons)
Gareth Anscombe (Cardiff Blues)
Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues)
Ken Owens (Scarlets)
Dan Biggar (Ospreys)
Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues)
Scott Williams (Scarlets)
Liam Williams (Scarlets)

There is also believed to be a secondary list which contains the names of 27 more players Gatland is hoping to sign up in the longer term including four teenagers – the Dragons’ Tyler Morgan, Jack Dixon and Hallam Amos, and the Ospreys’ Dafydd Howells.

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Adam Jones does not currently feature on either list as he is believed to see his future in England despite a move to Bristol, which included Jones being sub-contracted to Sale Sharks, falling through

The WRU are believed to be prepared to put up £2 million to fund the scheme after Wales captain Sam Warburton signed a three-year deal with the WRU earlier this year.

Do you think the WRU should be pushing ahead with central contracts?

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