The Newport Gwent Dragons scrum-half returns to the Welsh team - winning his 23rd cap - for the first time since the final game of the Six Nations against Italy in March. Cooper came on as a replacement against Romania - scoring a try - and then in last weekend's epic encounter against New Zealand.
But while Japan may be some way below the All Blacks in the world rankings, Cooper insists Wales must focus just as intently. "There's a good feeling in the camp. The boys were pretty happy with the way they performed but obviously gutted that we lost - especially by just one point," said Cooper. "The biggest danger this week is that we become complacent. Last weekend was a great game to watch and be a part of but it has gone.
"We have to focus on a different challenge now because we are in a no-win situation. We are expected to win but we still have to deliver." Cooper won his second and third caps when Wales last met Japan during their tour to the Far East in 2001. Wales won both Tests but are not taking their opponents lightly. "
Japan love to throw the ball around. They were involved in some of the best games of the World Cup but it looks as if they have left some guys back home and brought a new-look team," said Cooper. "But we will not take Japan lightly.
Even though they lost heavily to Scotland, they looked good in the first 20 minutes after scoring an early try. So we will have to play the same way we did against Romania and be clinical straight away."
Wales Under 18 captain Callum Bradbury is delighted to have seen his side claim a narrow 18-17 victory against a strong SA Schools 'A' side to end the three-match Under 19 International Series in South Africa on a high note.
The Wales U18 squad spent an emotional day in the drug-riddled townnship of Hout Bay. Hout Bay Warriors President Fred Johannes said the visit was 'the talk of the town' and will dream about the day everyday for the rest of his life.
RGC 1404's new head coach Mark Jones is hoping to build 'something special' in north Wales and is already looking forward to the development region participating in the Principality Premiership for the very first time.
A joint venture between the WRU and Admiral saw hundreds of children enjoy the Admiral Festival of Rugby held at the National Centre of Excellence at the weekend where Welsh internationals Sam Warburton, Scott Williams and Rob Evans were in attendance.
Wll Jones leads Wales U18s into battle this afternoon against Italy where the Welsh side will be seeking to bounce back from their narrow defeat to SA Schools in their opening clash of the U19 International Series
All four regions attended a successful training camp staged last weekend at the WRU National Centre of Excellence. It was a chance for new Wales Women's head coach Rowland Phillips to deliver his key messages to players and coaches as he prepares for the new season.
Wales U18 Team Manager Gethin Watts believes the next couple of weeks will be 'extremely beneficial' to the future of Welsh rugby as his side prepare to take part in the Under 19 International Series being staged in South Africa.
The WRU is searching for 12 new rugby development apprentices following a successful first year of its WRU Coach Core programme. Craig Duncan and Jess Hancock have flourished in the first year of the programme which has given them a real direction in their lives.
The WRU signed TV comedian Rhod Gilbert up to a 'Coaching Children Level 1' course before letting him loose on an U8s side at Whitland Junior Borderers - we went behind the scenes to film the making of 'Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience' see the results here.
Llandovery are aiming to make it three titles in a row in this year's Foster's National 7s being held at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday 28 August. Drovers assistant coach Simon Davies and Lee Rees assess their sides chances
A pioneering strength and conditioning programme has been delivered to more than 8000 boys and girls at hub schools throughout Wales this season, helping to develop stronger, more flexible athletes for rugby and other sports.
The Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series returns to the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on July 22nd when all four Welsh regions go head to head. Scarlets skills coach Dai Flanagan and Blues Elite Performance Pathway Manager Richard Hodges along with current Welsh squad members were at the launch of this season's event