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Wales National rugby coach Warren Gatland says that Dwayne Peel will not fall foul of his selection policy that is designed to keep Welsh players playing in Wales.


Llanelli Scarlets announced on Tuesday that Wales scrum-half Peel would join English side Sale Sharks next season so he could have fallen foul of Gatland.


Gatland however says that Peel will be exempt because Peel was in negotiations before Gatland made the ruling.


“I will not penalise any of our current internationals who will not have been aware of the proposed new strategy until last week,” said Gatland.


“It would be unfair, as we are aware that Dwayne’s negotiations were already well advanced when we made our statement.


“Obviously it’s very disappointing from our point of view that he’s decided to leave Wales and it’s one of the reasons we’ve tried to encourage players to stay.


“It is, however, important that all young Welsh rugby players know that we want to invest in them with the aim of realising that investment on the field for Wales.


“The structures and systems are being built here in Wales and we know we can nurture and develop the talent fully


“We will do all we can to help the regions flourish.”


The selection policy is however not in full force yet and still has to go before the full WRU board for approval and that will happen on the 24th of January.

 

 

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