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Scarlets merger with Ospreys “off the table”

The proposed merger between two Welsh rugby union sides as part of a general reorganisation of the game in Wales, is off.

The Scarlets issued a statement on Wednesday that explained the timeline of talks and the proposed merger. The Professional Rugby Board had met on Tuesday to discuss the various reforms to the game that are part of the Welsh Ruby Union’s “project reset“.

According to the Scarlets statement, “terms were agreed and signed by the Ospreys and Scarlets on March 1 on terms we believe our supporters would be happy with. This was to be proposed at a meeting of the PRB on Tuesday afternoon, but we were told at the start of that meeting that the Ospreys had changed their mind”.

The statement stated: “The merger is off the table.”