Statement from The Boards of Cardiff Rugby, Dragons RFC, Ospreys, Scarlets

The four professional regional clubs fully endorse and sympathise with the concern expressed in the statement released by the Welsh Rugby Players Association over the weekend. We recognize the stress uncertainty causes players, coaches, staff and their families.

We regret how long discussions have taken so far but we are pleased to confirm that, as of this morning, we have verbally agreed a new 6 year framework for professional rugby in Wales. It is now incumbent upon all parties to finalise the detail of this agreement in consultation with players, coaches and staff.

The entire game in Wales, both professional and grassroots, faces significant and unprecedented challenges, which require collaboration, a clear strategy and decisive action.

We all want to conclude ongoing PRB discussions as soon as possible to ensure strong professional regional clubs, a successful national team and a thriving community game.