Hadden slams PRL
By Ben Blackmore. Last Updated: 13/02/07 6:38pm
Scotland boss Frank Hadden has expressed his frustration after three of his squad were prevented from joining up for training by Premier Rugby, representatives of the Guinness Premiership's 12 clubs.
Leicester's Jim Hamilton, Northampton's Sean Lamont (pictured) and Gloucester's Rory Lawson have all been held back from squad preparations for Scotland's next Six Nations game with Italy, to be played on February 24.
A full Premiership programme is scheduled for the weekend before, and clubs are determined to hold onto their stars, despite resulting disruptions to international training camps.
"It's very disappointing," Hadden moaned to Sky Sports News.
"This kind of thing can have such a knock-on effect on our preparation for the game against Italy.
"We have so few training sessions at national level compared with the clubs, that every one is precious.
"And to have our only session this week disrupted in this manner is very frustrating indeed."
The Scottish Rugby Union will now look to enforce the International Rugby Board's regulation 9.4, which stipulates that any player selected for international duty who is unable to present himself will be barred from representing their club side for the duration he should have been with his country - plus another 10 days.
"I hope today's situation will be resolved satisfactorily pretty soon," continued Hadden.
"The English clubs have been aware of our training days for a long time, but there was a three-line whip yesterday which caused the players to be told by their clubs that they couldn't train today.
"We have been in discussion with the IRB and our understanding is that the IRB have been in touch with the RFU, and the RFU have contacted the clubs and said that they must comply with regulation nine, and they have chosen not to do so.
"The regulations say you have to give a fortnight's notice. We've given them two months' notice."