Other winners include his fellow Welshman Gareth Edwards, Mervyn Davies, JPR Williams, Jonathan Davies and Robert Norster as well as super stars; David Campese, Jonah Lomu, Jonny Wilkinson and England's World Cup captain Martin Johnson, a three-time winner and former England captain Lawrence Dallaglio. The award is presented by the Rugby Union Writers' Club and named after the famous Pat Marshall. The Scrum-half, who toured South Africa in 1997 (had to fly home early due to a broken collar-bone) and Australia in 2001 with the Lions and won more than 50 caps for Wales, was forced to retire earlier this season because of a serious wrist injury. He had hoped to be apart of next years Lions tour to New Zealand. He will receive the award at next month's annual Rugby Union Writers' Club dinner in London.
Members of the WRU Board were invited to attend a training session where sumo wrestlers were being put through their paces and as WRU President Dennis Gethin reveals, the Tokyo visit will live long in the memory.
Representatives from the WRU and the Welsh Assembly government were invited to meet some of Japan's leading businesses. WRU chief executive Roger Lewis and Wales head coach Robin McBryde were among the guests.
Following Wales Under 20's second win of the Junior World Championship over Scotland, a lot of hard work is still required ahead of the Pool decider against Argentina on Thursday. WRU TV took a look behind the scenes.
Wales Under 20 coach Danny Wilson, captain Ellis Jenkins and winger Owen Jenkins give their post match reaction after recording a comfortable win over Samoa in the opening game of the Junior World Championship in France.