Here you have the latest rugby news for Thursday 15th December.

Incursion into English clubs

Welsh rugby is now at risk of losing up to eight Welsh internationals to the English Premier League in the coming weeks.

Welsh stars Aaron Wainwright, Rio Dyer, Leon Brown, Tomos Williams, Rhys Carré, Corey Domachowski, Keiron Assiratti and Nicky Smith have reportedly held talks with English clubs as they decide their futures in the near future. There is also interest in some foreign players.

There is a lot of movement behind the scenes as players look to decide their futures before the start of the New Year, with a number of Welsh players out of contract. While the money on offer in France and Japan is seen as a major threat, English clubs are also finding room in their budgets to offer big deals to Welsh players facing potentially weak offers at home, as budgets in the four regions are reduced.

Welsh teams are trying to secure players within the parameters of their limited £4.5m budget for next season, but face real challenges as all four teams struggle on the pitch to varying degrees.

It is a real concern that many of the targets will not reach the 25 caps required to play international rugby if they leave Wales. They include props Carre, Domachowski and Assiratti, plus Flying Dragons winger Rio Dyer, of whom Warren Gatland is a fan. Now he plays 14 games.

Wales legend Shane Williams said of Dyer: “He’s still young, he’s still developing and learning. A lot of the credit goes to the Dragons because he’s been there a while and was young.

“It is important to keep all these quality players because they are also on the bench. Dai Flanagan and the Dragons now need to keep these players, but that’s easier said than done.”

“The better it gets, the more expensive it gets and I’m sure Rio knows that too. There will be clubs looking for a player of his quality, whether in France or across the bridge in England. We want our players to leave Wales but unfortunately we are in this situation and it’s a double-edged sword, isn’t it? The better your player is, the more other teams will want him, unfortunately.”

Several Wales stars, including Louis Rees-Zammit, Tommy Raffel, Callum Sheedy, Nick Tompkins, Dafydd Jenkins and Joe Hawkins, are already playing for England, with the latter now ineligible to play Test rugby after leaving the Ospreys for Exeter .

Battle Peel talks to fans

Scarlets coach Dwayne Peel has addressed the club’s disgruntled fans as anger spreads across the region following a shock start to the season.

The Scarlets’ difficult campaign reached its nadir last weekend when they lost 27-3 at home to Georgian Black Lion in Europe. This led to a public demand for change from the official supporters group and put Peel’s job under pressure ahead of the Boxing Day derby against the Ospreys.

Peel knows the game is huge and has told his fans he listens to them.

“I understand their (fans’) anger and it’s important to note that we as a team, our team and collectively as a club understand that. Everyone is working hard to make a difference and I’m sure we will.

“I have supported this club since I was three or four years old. We’ve been through bad times before and I know how great our fans are and support us 100%.

“They are obviously disappointed at the moment and I understand their frustration, but as head coach I am extremely proud of what they are giving us.”

Peel hopes the injury problems that have complicated his struggles in recent months will be resolved soon. In the second row, Sam Luzi will play his first game of the season on Boxing Day, while prop Vin Jones and center Joe Roberts could also return.

Captain Josh McLeod and Wales midfielder Sam Costelow are also close to recovering from injuries.

The English Premier League star announced the diagnosis

Exeter’s South African striker Aidon Davies said he needs cancer treatment.

The 29-year-old defender was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and is undergoing chemotherapy to treat the disease.

“I recently received the news that I have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma,” Davies told Exeter’s official website.

“Although I still feel fit and healthy, I will have to undergo chemotherapy and will not be eligible for selection for the next few months.

“I will continue training as long as treatment allows and will be with the team as much as possible.

“The doctors and I are very optimistic about the treatment and the results it will bring.

“I want to thank my wife for being by my side every step of the way, and my family and friends, especially my Chiefs family, the players, the coaching staff, the medical staff and everyone in the organization for being by my side . my. help me. and be very understanding.”

In March 2022, Davies, who can play as a winger or eight, joined Gallagher Premiership club Exeter.

He previously played for Eastern Provincial Kings, Southern Kings and Chets in his native South Africa, as well as Toulon and Bayonne in France.