WRU denies secret payments gag order

THE Welsh Rugby Union have denied attempting to hush up alleged secret payments to players to join the South African Centenary tour in 1989.

The South Africans recruited 10 Welsh players to join their World XV squad.

A report commissioned by the WRU into how the players and six administrators were recruited for the tour concluded that players might have been paid.

''At least one of the players received at least GBP30,000 and others as much or comparable figures,'' the inquiry team reported. But they added they could not fully substantiate their suspicions.

WRU secretary Denis Evans said that with no concrete proof the players were paid to join the centenary tour, the WRU was not in a position to take any action against them.