Ospreys and Scarlets set to merge ahead of next season

Ospreys v Scarlets in action in the Pro14

Ospreys v Scarlets in action in the Pro14

Welsh Pro14 sides Scarlets and Ospreys are set for a dramatic merger with Welsh rugby finally closing in on their widely touted overhaul.

The two west based clubs could join and begin operating as one as early as next season, according to the BBC.

The potential merger will be a focal point of talks held by Wales' Professional Game Board on Tuesday.

Wales team to face Scotland: Williams (Saracens), North (Ospreys), J Davies (Scarlets), Parkes (Scarlets), Adams (Worcester); Anscombe (Cardiff Blues), Davies (Scarlets); Evans (Scarlets), Owens (Scarlets), Francis (Exeter Chiefs), Beard (Ospreys), Jones (Ospreys, capt), Navidi (Cardiff Blues), Tipuric (Ospreys), Moriarty (Dragons).

Ospreys, who play at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea, now lie fifth in the PRO 14's Conference A, while Llanelli-based Scarlets are fourth in Conference B.

A win against Scotland at Murrayfield would give Wales the chance to go for the Grand Slam a week later when they host Ireland in Cardiff.

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So-called Project Reset is being played out against a back-drop of Wales chasing this season's Six Nations title and a possible Grand Slam. Victories in both games would secure a first Six Nations clean sweep since 2012.

The merger represents contractual chaos in Wales with key Test players, like captain Alun Wyn Jones, and 2017 Lions man of the series Jonathan Davies now playing for Ospreys and Scarlets.

Senior Wales players did meet with the governing body last week, though, to discuss a number of issues on the future of regional rugby.

"There is a lot of frustration, not only for the best players in Wales, but for their mates in the regions".

Although they lost to Scotland in Edinburgh on their last visit two years ago, Wales won the four previous Murrayfield encounters.

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