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."
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
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