Richmond boycott row

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Richmond's seven-strong contingent of Welsh internationals look certain to boycott the opening international match of the season against Romania at Wrexham on August 30.

Lions Scott Quinnell, Allan Bateman and Barry Williams, along with fellow internationals John Davies, Andy Moore, Adrian Davies and Craig Quinnell, are urgently seeking a meeting with the Welsh Rugby Union to discuss the terms of their playing contracts for the new season following a club v country conflict of interests.

The Romania fixture clashes with Richmond's second Allied Dunbar Premiership match of the new campaign, the London derby against Saracens at Vicarage Road on Sunday, August 31.

A spokesman for the players said: "We all think it's very important that Richmond get off to a good start in the league. We owe it to our team- mates to make ourselves available to Richmond. The Romania match shouldn't have been arranged on an English League weekend."

The WRU contract requires squad members to attend training in Cardiff each Wednesday during the season and for a whole week before an international. Terry Cobner, Wales' director of rugby, reminded all squad players of their contractual obligations last week.