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.
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.
WRU TV: Hear from inside the Wales camp as Neil Jenkins discusses this weekend's clash with South Africa and how the squad are looking to put in a strong performance to round of the 2016 Under Armour Series