Williams wants action on player exodus

by Setanta Staff , 25 April 2012

Shane Williams feels it is time that Welsh Rugby Union stepped in to try to prevent more players leaving to play overseas.

A number of high-profile players have quit their Welsh clubs to seek employment elsewhere, with England and France the preferred destination for the majority of stars.

Players of the calibre of James Hook, Mike Phillips and Lee Byrne have already made the move across the English Channel and Blues prop Gethin Jenkins, Ospreys hooker Huw Bennett and Dragons lock Luke Charteris will join them for the start of next season.

It is all down to money, with Welsh clubs unable to match the cash on offer at their French counterparts.

Stephen Jones has left the Scarlets to sign for London Wasps and Williams, who has played for Ospreys for the past nine years, believes enough is enough.

"I do think there has to be some involvement with the Union," he said. "At the end of the day, we want to keep our players in Wales.

"There needs to be some kind of commitment from the Welsh regions and the WRU.

"There needs to be a happy medium because as far as supporters are concerned, we just want to see Wales successful as a national side and the regions doing well in Europe and the RaboDirect PRO12."

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