Eight Llanelli Scarlets players have been laid low by a sickness bug three days before their Heineken Cup quarter-final against Biarritz on Friday evening. Robin McBryde, Iestyn Thomas, Dwayne Peel, Simon Easterby, Matthew Watkins, Chris Wyatt, Adam Jones and Gareth Bowen had to be quarantined after picking up the virus on the trip to Scotland last weekend.
Coaches Gareth Jenkins and Nigel Davies responded by rejigging the schedule for the week, cancelling a planned training session yesterday and substituting an in-depth video analysis session in its place.
''Some of the boys have been feeling low but we think it is just a 24-hour bug that spread when we travelled back on the plane from playing Borders,'' said Davies.
''We were in a confined space and that obviously provides more scope for viruses to be passed on.
The Scarlets have a crunch match against Biarritz Olympique on Friday night at Stradey park, and disruption to preparations is a distraction coach Jenkins could well do without.
The Welsh region, currently top of the Celtic League, are under immense pressure to perform in the Heineken Cup after disappointing exits in recent years.
They were eliminated at the quarter-final stage to Perpignan last season in their previous guise as Llanelli RFC.
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.