THE Ospreys have accused the Welsh Rugby Union of continuing to negotiate with Adam Jones and breaking a pledge that they would not compete with them for his signature.
Lyn Jones reportedly gave journalists the impression at the Dragons' press call yesterday that the 33-year-old prop had signed a contract with the union.
But the Ospreys have yet to officially give up on their Lions and Wales tight-head and last night issued a statement pointing an accusatory finger at the governing body.
"We received email confirmation from the Welsh Rugby Union on February 12 that they would not compete with us to sign Adam," said the region's chief executive Andrew Hore.
"We subsequently discovered they were continuing to negotiate with him and have offered him considerably more.
"We are still waiting to hear back from Adam. The ball is in his court."
The WRU are known to contest certain aspects of the region's statement. The Ospreys have been desperate for the situation to be resolved so they can put in place firm budgetary plans for next season, and have previously issued a statement saying the situation couldn't drag on indefinitely.
Further muddying the waters is a legally binding agreement the four regions have in place which prevents them from playing any centrally contracted players.