Canadian legend Al Charron is poised to quit international rugby following Canada's miserable start to the World Cup.
The 37-year-old captain made a remarkable comeback from total knee reconstruction four months ago to make his fourth World Cup tournament, but the one-time back-row blockbuster was a passenger during his side's 41-10 collapse to Wales on Sunday.
And though the Canucks without Charron would be like England without Martin Johnson or South Africa without Corne Krige, it appears to be a prospect they will soon have to face after he admitted Test rugby is leaving him behind.
"It is up to the selectors but personally I am not happy with my game. International rugby is getting faster and faster but unfortunately I'm getting slower and slower," he said.
"I did my best against Wales and that is all I can ask of myself but it's getting to the point where it's not enough and I seriously think I will have to re-look at my role in this team.
"It was difficult to come back to Test rugby after so long out and I was under duress out there. I'm not getting any younger."
The immediate future holds no salvation either for Charron or Canada who face the All Blacks in Melbourne on Friday night, and a decision will need to be made over whether their talisman is more important than a combative flanker.
"We are certainly going to be up against it and we know that we are going to spend most of the time defending," said Charron. "So we will need to show the traditional strong values of Canadian rugby to get through it."
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.
Dodgy tattoos, carthorses, Avatar and soft chins are revealed by Wales Sevens players Tom Williams and Sam Cross as they profile the Wales Sevens squad taking part in Hong Kong this weekend in the latest round of the HSBC Sevens World Series.