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.
Wales and Ospreys back row James King, who came through the North Wales age grade system, nominated North Wales Regional Community Rugby Manager Marc Roberts, in the WRU's 'Diolch' initiative where squad players thanked those who played a part in their rise to the top.
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
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