Sam Warburton

Sam Warburton will not be available for the Cardiff Blues’ friendly against Exeter on Friday, 15 August, because of the ongoing dispute in Welsh rugby.

The Wales captain, 25, is the only player on a central contract with the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU).


He has been training with the Blues, but they say he will not be selected as the regions and the WRU have yet to agree a new participation agreement.

The previous deal covering player release and funding ended in June.

Cardiff Blues backs coach Paul John said the region had no choice over the matter.


“Unfortunately we haven’t been able to pick Sam,” he said.

“But he’s been a big part of training . . . and fingers crossed they will hopefully get it sorted and he can start playing.”

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