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Agreement with WRU labelled unacceptable by regions
Welsh rugby has been plunged into crisis after Regional Rugby Wales announced on Friday that the participation agreement proposed by the Welsh Rugby Union was completely unacceptable after indescribably tortuous negotiations.
The four regions which form RRW the Blues, the Dragons, the Ospreys and the Scarlets released a statement claiming every time progress was made two steps back followed. The participation agreement, which ended on 30 June, covers issues such as the competitions the teams play in, payment for international player release, overseas player quotas and the fourth autumn Test match. No resolution throws into doubt the future of the regions and, potentially, professional rugby in Wales.Continue reading...
Klose says Germany must play at their best to beat Argentina
Miroslav Klose has admitted his elation at breaking Ronaldos all-time goalscoring record at the World Cup finals would be significantly dampened if Germany fail to go on and lift the trophy against Argentina on Sunday.
The veteran forward registered his 16th goal in 23 appearances at the tournament when scoring Germanys second against Brazil on Tuesday, finishing at the second attempt beyond Júlio César to prompt a frenzied spell which yielded four goals in six minutes. Klose had already become the first man to play in four World Cup semi-finals and, having turned 36 last month, has now eclipsed the likes of Ronaldo, Gerd Müller, Just Fontaine and Pelé to establish himself as the competition propers leading scorer.Continue reading...