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Wales consider home-selection policy

04th September 2013 10:19


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WRU chief executive Roger Lewis has revealed that Wales will consider only selecting players at home to stop the exodus abroad.

With a number of leading Welsh internationals including Jamie Roberts, Mike Phillips and Dan Lydiate now playing in France, Lewis is under pressure to keep the country's best players plying their trade for one of the Welsh regional outfits.

With the club game in Wales suffering due to the best talent moving abroad, Lewis has revealed that talks have taken place discussing the possibility of a new policy to encourage players to stay in Wales.

The concept is one Lewis agrees with "in principle", despite insisting that the right conditions must be in place beforehand.

"We have to make sure we have created the right environment, both financially and in rugby terms, to retain those players in Wales in the first place," said Lewis to the BBC.

"We are talking together, but it's not just talk. We met again a week last Saturday at the Millennium Stadium, with the chairmen of the four regions, and the key thing is how we can plan together sustainable futures for regional rugby in Wales."

"We have a clear sense of the talent in Wales. We are identifying the pool of players we need to secure for the long-term future.

"We have committed to putting £6.6m into the regions this year, and at the heart of that is to help them keep Welsh talent in Wales."

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