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.
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.
Dodgy tattoos, carthorses, Avatar and soft chins are revealed by Wales Sevens players Tom Williams and Sam Cross as they profile the Wales Sevens squad taking part in Hong Kong this weekend in the latest round of the HSBC Sevens World Series.