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.
WRU International Skills Coach Jason Strange is a busy man, combining the new role with that of Wales Under 20 attack coach, Ebbw Vale head coach and continuing to teach at Ebbw Fawr Learning Community.
Warren Gatland and Sam Warburton look ahead to this week's crunch RBS 6 Nations tie against France, where the Wales skipper in particular is keen to make his mark, as Paris has proved a bleak place for him in the past.
Following their historic win over England, Wales Under 20 suffered a narrow, 36-34 loss to their Scottish counterparts last weekend, despite outscoring them by five tries to three. Watch the match highlights and reaction.
WRU TV go behind the scenes with the Wales squad as they put the final touches in place ahead of the clash against Scotland at Murrayfield. Follow the squad on their captain's run, the kickers visit to Murrayfield and Neil Jenkins' press conference