Wales
Wales quartet pen dual contracts
ESPN Staff
March 18, 2015
Alun Wyn Jones has signed a dual contract © PA
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Four more of the Wales squad have penned dual contracts taking the total number on the deals to 12.

British & Irish Lion lock Alun Wyn Jones, Wales backs Scott Williams and Dan Biggar and uncapped fly-half Gareth Anscombe have all penned the deals which are joint funded by the Welsh Rugby Union and their respects region.

They join Rhys Webb, captain Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues), Dan Lydiate (Ospreys), Jake Ball, Samson Lee, Rhodri Jones (all Scarlets) and Tyler Morgan and Hallam Amos (both Newport Gwent Dragons) on the contracts.

Wales head coach, Warren Gatland, said: "Alun Wyn, Dan, Scott and Gareth represent a cross section of experience, but each one of them is a player of proven talent. Within the group of twelve we have signed a mixture of emerging talent and players who have secured reputations for excellence through their appearances for their Regions, Wales and the British & Irish Lions.

"The strength of the group is of great benefit to professional rugby in Wales and we are looking forward to working closely with the Regions and these players in the years ahead."

The Group Chief Executive of the WRU, Roger Lewis, added: "We have achieved our ambition of securing some of our most talented players under the umbrella of National Dual Contracts.

"This is a landmark moment for Welsh rugby and serves as evidence of our ambition to protect and develop regional rugby while ensuring the national squad can remain competitive in the top tier of the international game. I want to thank everyone involved in the process from the Regions, within the WRU and of course the players themselves for helping us embark on this journey."

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