A bitter year long dispute between the WRU and Welsh Regions looks set to end next week with a new participation agreement expected to be signed soon.

Whilst an agreement had looked close on a number of occasions earlier this year, it seems a new announcement is imminent next week that will put to bed the protracted saga. It will also mean Wales captain Sam Warburtion will be able to play for Cardiff Blues with the dispute previously having kept him out of contention.


Warburton will be among a number of players on dual contracts, along with Alun-Wyn Jones, Taulupe Faletau, Alex Cuthbert, Gethin Jenkins, Scott Williams, Liam Williams, Dan Biggar, Ken Owens and the New Zealander Gareth Anscombe, who has signed for Cardiff Blues and qualifies for Wales through his mother.

Adam Jones, the tighthead prop who signed for Cardiff Blues in a shock move last week after losing patience waiting to sign a contract offered by the Ospreys that was conditional upon a resolution between the WRU and the regions, will not be among that number.


Dual contracts are thought to involve a 60-40 WRU-region split, with £3.3  million being set aside in addition to the core £6.7 million funding that the regions received previously from the WRU.

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