Wales back row star Gareth Delve has received a boost ahead of the new season.
The Bath player, who missed all of last season through injury visited a specialist surgeon on Saturday and it was decided that he would not require surgery
will not be having an operation on his calves.
Delve developed a condition in his calves called compartment syndrome, where the muscles in his calves become too big for the connecting and surrounding tissue, making the area pressurised and causing pain.
"We could break it down through intensive massage, but the more likely option is for the player to undergo straightforward keyhole surgery," said Mallac last week.
But it seems the massage therapy has worked, and Delve will be touring South Africa with the rest of his Bath Rugby team mates and is in line to make his return against Berea Rovers on Monday 16th August. "It is great news," he said.
"We originally thought that I would be out for around six weeks, but being given the all clear means that I can train as normal and will be able to get some game time on tour. I am really looking forward to playing that first game and getting it out of my system."
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.
The WRU officially unveiled the new pitch today in time for Wales to take on Australia in the first of the Dove Men Series autumn international matches this Saturday. Head Groundsman Lee Evans and colleague Craig Campbell reflect on the 15-week project and look ahead to a pitch perfect future at Millennium Stadium.