The Welsh Rugby Union has confirmed that all relevant RFU Premier Division clubs have been informed of Wales squad training requirements for forthcoming internationals including the 2009 RBS Six Nations Tournament and the summer tour of the USA and Canada.
Release of players from the four Welsh Regions is subject to contract through the current Participation Agreement and through IRB regulations when relevant.
No formal agreement exists with RFU clubs and all Welsh players have been advised that the club they are contracted to is a factor taken into consideration for Wales squad or team selection.
Speculation regarding the release of England based Wales squad players for the forthcoming international against Australia on November the 29th is currently the subject of discussions involving Wales national squad management, WRU officials and relevant parties.
The WRU notes that similar issues involving all the home nations have been resolved in recent past seasons through meaningful negotiation with club representatives.
In the case of Dwayne Peel from Sale the WRU has been told by his club that his release for the Australia international is not an issue, but the PRL has informed the Welsh Rugby Union he will be needed for club duties. The WRU is currently seeking clarification.
The Wales team management is fully aware of the club priorities involved and, in all cases, are anxious for meaningful discussions over player release to take place.
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