The Welsh Rugby Union has taken an immediate dig back at Regional Rugby Wales, who earlier this afternoon released a statement condemning the way the union has dealt with talks between the two parties to reach a new agreement.
Here is what the WRU had to say:
The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) is saddened and surprised that Regional Rugby Wales (RRW) has today (Fri 11 June) chosen to publish a statement which is highly critical of the process aimed at concluding a new Rugby Services Agreement (RSA).
The WRU will not respond to the highly emotional content of the document and assures all involved with Welsh rugby that the governing body will continue to work with complete focus on reaching agreement with the four Regional Organisations as soon as possible.
Following receipt of a copy of the draft RSA with marked comments by Regional Rugby Wales the WRU responded in writing on Thursday 10 July with comments to the RRW amendments. This is the legitimate, proper and private method adopted within corporate governance for agreements to be negotiated and concluded.
It is extremely unhelpful to the process for emotionally charged statements to be made, either verbally or in writing, to interfere with this process.
The WRU remains determined to conclude an agreement which will ensure the existing four Regional Organisations continue as the nominated teams to take place in all IRB sanctioned competitions for the professional level of rugby involving teams from Wales. The WRU urges RRW to continue to fully engage in this process and has been encouraged by some recent comments from senior RRW personnel confidently predicting a positive outcome soon.
The WRU is confident that the governing body and RRW are in substantial agreement on the total monies contributed by the WRU within the RSA and the governing body will work to ensure the rugby commitments associated to the payments are acceptable to all parties and in the best interests of Welsh rugby.