It was announced this afternoon that the proposed merger between Ospreys and Scarlets is off as talks between the both clubs has broken down.
The two clubs were set to join forces making a new professional team in North Wales. It was a controversial proposal which would have seen the biggest change in the landscape of Welsh domestic rugby since the beginning of the regional clubs sixteen years ago.
The plans looked set to go ahead until the Ospreys pulled out at a meeting of the Professional Rugby Board (PRB) yesterday where Ospreys chairman Mike James resigned, calling for the whole process to be changed again. “Heads of terms were agreed and signed by the Ospreys and Scarlets on 1 March on terms we believe our supporters would be happy with,” Scarlets said in a statement.
On Wednesday the Scarlets released a statement giving a timeline of events. Scarlets claim that they were approached by the Ospreys about the merger in December. “In late December, the Scarlets received a high-level approach from the Ospreys to explore the option of a merger as they had come to the conclusion that their position as tenants at the Liberty Stadium was proving to be challenging”.
“The merger is off the table” was the main message from Scarlets today and it looks like the two most successful clubs in Wales will continue to go solo for the time being.
Written By Ciaron Noble
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