All Blacks fixture under threat

Wales’s four regional clubs insist they will not release their players for the New Zealand Test in Cardiff on 7 November.

According to rugbyheaven.co.nz, the clubs will take court action against the Welsh Rugby Union.

Regional Rugby Wales (RRW) assert that the WRU have no right to expect players to be released for the All Blacks match which falls outside of the IRB’s official Test window for November.

However, the WRU is adamant that the release of players for the additional fixture is covered by a renewed Participation Agreement it has with the regional group.

An RRW spokesman told UK media ‘despite months of protracted talks, at which very little has been achieved, a revised participation agreement has yet to emerge’.

An WRU statement responded: ‘The WRU is very surprised at the suggestion that the negotiations between the WRU and the four regional organisations have, in reality, not only stalled, but failed.’

The WRU is adamant negotiations have proceeded ‘in good faith’.