The Welsh Rugby Union is contacting its four Regions with another official request for them to honour their contractual obligations and release all Wales international squad players for training from Monday 27th October.
The WRU has been informed by the IRB that it considers the current issue of player release for Wales squad members does not fall within their jurisdiction and that the IRB will issue no further ruling or guidance.
The WRU believes the preparation of the national squad for international matches is a top priority for Welsh rugby and that the reasonable requests of the national coaching team must be delivered.
The Regions have a proud history in the modern game of delivering in these circumstances and we thank them for that in recognition of the pressures they are under as a result of the demands we all face in the professional era of rugby union.
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