The regions struggled to meet wage bills at the end of last month when the
Premiership Rugby and the Top 14 clubs in
agreement to play in
The regions approached the WRU at the start of the week and asked for loans if they did not receive the ERC money and threatened to sue the union, under the terms of the current participation agreement, if it did not oblige. The union issued a statement to say the board had agreed to the request, but the regions were last night still waiting for written confirmation.
A fear of the regions is that if they could not pay their squads and staff at the end of the month they would be in breach of contract, leaving players potentially able to look for new employers.
The four went to the WRU reluctantly because, as well as being in dispute with the governing body over a new participation deal - talks have been suspended pending the release of the ERC money - the two sides have been battling to sign up
"I am pleased to have sorted out my future and I can now focus on the Six Nations before returning to the region for what should be an exciting end to the season," said Priestland, who earlier this month turned down chances to join English clubs. "The Scarlets is where I have developed as a player and have been supported since I started playing there by good coaches and experienced players."
Priestland has signed for the Scarlets even though there is uncertainty about what tournaments the region will be playing in next season. The WRU said it was cautiously optimistic that progress made in talks over the future of the Heineken Cup next season would lead to a new accord.
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