Mike Ruddock has paid tribute to the ten Wales Grand Slam stars who earned themselves selection for the 2005 British & Irish Lions squad.
Gavin Henson, Stephen Jones, Shane Williams, Tom Shanklin were among seven Welsh backs to be rewarded for the attacking style that claimed the RBS Six Nations crown. The collection of fleet-footed backs also included both scrum-halves, Dwayne Peel and Gareth Cooper, as well as skipper Gareth Thomas who was joined by his successor Michael Owen in impressing Sir Clive Woodward with his leadership qualities. Cardiff Blues pair Gethin Jenkins and Martyn Williams made up the ten-man haul for Wales.
"We're obviously delighted that ten members of the Wales squad have been selected to tour New Zealand with the Lions this summer," said Ruddock. "Obviously I would love to have seen the entire squad being selected but I'm sure those who were selected will be the first to thank the rest of the players for the performances during the RBS Six Nations that will have boosted their chances.
"Having ten British Lions is testament to the hard-work and determination of the players, the management and the regional teams. Knowing those players as I do, they will all be aiming now to claim a place in that Test team to face the All Blacks."
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.