Pontypridd appear to have lost their captain for the remainder of the season. Paul Matthews has been suffering with a shoulder problem that required corrective surgery. And the prognosis is that he is unlikely to return to action for up to eight months. Matthews, who won Wales Under-19 caps in 1996 and was in his first season as skipper, faces an operation to repair a severed tendon connecting the muscle to the shoulder joint. His place as club captain will be taken by New Zealand-born 34-years-old lock forward Dale McIntosh who led the club last season and who won two caps for Wales in 1996-97.
Nearly 40 players were involved in the first Wales Under 18 training session of the season. WRU National Performance Manager Gethin Watts is excited at the potential shown by the group and expects the Regional Under 18 Championship to hone their skills even further.