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.
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.