Wales delay Six Nations squad announcement amid potential strike action

Wales have delayed their squad announcement ahead of taking on England in the Six Nations on Saturday amid ongoing uncertainty of potential strike action.

The row surrounds player contracts, with players saying they do not have long-term certainty as part of a new deal from the Professional Rugby Board.

The squad announcement was due to take place on Tuesday at midday and the reason for the delay is unclear.

Welsh Rugby Players Association (WRPA) represents Welsh players and has criticised Wales rugby bosses, saying its players “feel let down” and “have had enough” amid delays over new contracts.

It added that the delay is having a “profound effect” on players, particularly those out of contract, and is “placing unacceptable strain on mental health and overall wellbeing”.

The PRB, which is made up of representatives from the five professional entities in Welsh rugby: the WRU, Scarlets, Ospreys, Cardiff Rugby and Dragons, said that “clubs have been paying salaries that their businesses cannot afford”.

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