Contract dispute puts Wales Rugby Sevens Commonwealth challenge in jeopardy?

Wales' Nicholas Griffiths runs with the ball during the rugby match between Wales and Georgia at the 'Seven's Grand Prix Series' rugby tournament at the Matmut Stadium in Lyon on June 9, 2013.
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A contract dispute between the WRU and RRW may result in a number of the Wales Rugby Sevens squad withdrawing from the forthcoming Commonwealth Games.

A contract dispute between the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) and Regional Rugby Wales (RRW) may mean that a number of the country's players will be unable to compete in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, according to a report.

Although many of the players announced in the rugby sevens squad have contracts with the WRU, they also have playing deals with their respective regions.

Wales Online reports that players from Cardiff Blues, Newport Gwent Dragons, Ospreys and Scarlets will be unable to represent their country in less than a fortnight, with the RRW threatening to withdraw its players.

The two Unions previously had a participation agreement, worth £6.7m, which was shared among the regions in return for releasing players for international duty. However, the deal expired last month and no subsequent contract has been signed.

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