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The ‘biggest worry’ Bradley Davies has over strike threat in Wales

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Wales international Bradley Davies believes player strike action would be the last option amid an ongoing contracts freeze in Welsh rugby. It is understood that a meeting will take place during the next week between Welsh Rugby Players’ Association officials and players. Players going on strike is thought to be one possibility and it comes as Wales continue preparations for their Guinness Six Nations clash with England in Cardiff on Saturday week.

The situation has been magnified due to recruitment being on hold and next season’s playing budgets not yet being finalised for Wales’ four professional regions of Cardiff, Ospreys, Dragons and Scarlets.

A new financial agreement between the regions and the Welsh Rugby Union has still to be confirmed in writing, sparking concern that a sizeable number of players whose contracts expire at the end of this season will head away from Wales, with a huge sense of uncertainty currently engulfing them and their families.

Ospreys lock Davies, who won the last of his 66 Wales caps in 2019 and was part of three World Cup campaigns, said: “It [strike action] is obviously an option in any job, but none of the boys want that. They don’t want to strike. Boys want Welsh rugby to get better again. They want this to stop and for us to move forward.

“Boys playing international and regional rugby don’t know if they have got a job in four months, it is always going to be difficult.”


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