Former Scottish skipper Andy Nicol, who skippered the Bath side to victory in Bordeaux in 1998, was ERC's first Heineken Cup final ambassador last season when the final was held in Edinburgh. Now the tournament organisers have recruited two of Welsh and European rugby's legends to help push this season;s final - and added a touch of beauty to their promotional team in the shape of Claire.
Evans, who was in the Bath team that beat Brive in 1998, played six times in the tournament, scoring two tries in two appearances for Llanelli Scarlets before transferring to Bath, while Howley is still the leading try scorer in the competition for Cardiff Blues with 10 in 31 games. He played in the 1997 semi-final with the Blues before switching to London Wasps.
He made a further seven Heineken Cup appearances for Wasps, including a try scoring contribution in the 2004 final at Twickenham when the English side pipped Toulouse.
The 22-year-old Claire Evans, from Aberystwyth, also has a strong sporting pedigree and is a Welsh cross country international. Her dream is to represent Wales at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in the marathon.
Having scooped the Miss Wales 2005 title, Claire will be jetting off to China next month to take part in the Miss World contest. Before she goes, one of her first tasks as an 'ERC Ambassador' will be to accompany Ieuan Evans in climbing to the top of Snowdon with the Heineken Cup.
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.