Millennium Stadium chief executive Paul Sergeant today ruled himself out of contention for the recently advertised Welsh Rugby Union Group chief executive role...
In response to media speculation that Sergeant could apply for the job, the specialist stadium boss has declared his current interests lie in maintaining the burgeoning reputation of Wales' national stadium on the World stage.
"I'm sure the head-hunting firm Odgers Ray & Bernstein will find the correct applicant for the position and I look forward to working with the successful candidate in the future, to continue taking the business from strength to strength," said Sergeant.
"The Stadium industry is a very specialist business and I'm currently looking forward to seeing the results of a lot of hard work from the vibrant team we now have.
"We have a tough year ahead and my time needs to be focussed on our increasing success. This is a time for stability after three years of upheaval and I'll be concentrating on maintaining our burgeoning reputation.
"If I was the correct person for the position I would've been approached by now, I haven't and I will not be applying. I have my work cut out at the Millennium Stadium in what looks to be a very busy 2006/2007 period.
"Odgers are a well respected global head-hunting firm and they will find the right candidate for this challenging role and we will, soon, all be looking forward to working together."
Porthcawl recently received a WRU facilities grant and funding from Natwest RugbyForce in order to give their changing rooms a facelift. This came after receiving £10,000 in a WRU facilities grant last year to tarmac their car park. The improvements have already helped to make the club more accessible, not only for their own members and players but for the whole community.
The Welsh Rugby Union has launched a new, accredited Safeguarding and Protecting Children course - funded by the WRU and delivered in partnership with Sport Wales and the NSPCC - fo rugby club volunteers around Wales.
The SWALEC semi-final draws threw up some mouth-watering clashes in the Cup, Plate and Bowl as the 12 teams aim for the Millennium Stadium Finals Day. All the semi-finals are to be played on the weekend of April 12.
Welsh whistler Rhys Thomas continues to scale the heights of the game as he prepares to be an official in this weekend's Hong Kong Sevens tournament, undoubtedly the showpiece event on the World Series calendar.
Wales International Ian Evans and Wales and Lions legend Scott Quinnell swapped rugby balls for paint pots at Tonna during the RBS 6 Nations. They surprised club players with a special clubhouse makeover to launch NatWest RugbyForce 2014 - a programme developed in partnership with the WRU to make rugby clubs stronger businesses by improving and renovating their facilities with the support of volunteers and the local community.
Fresh from claiming the Bowl honours in Tokyo last Sunday, the Wales Sevens squad have settled into their routine as they prepare for this weekend's Hong Kong tournament where Iolo Evans is aiming high, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
The Welsh Rugby Union has recently teamed up with Prostate Cymru to help the charity launch its latest campaign to raise awareness of the disease. Members of the Wales squad helped produce a short video and promotional material for the campaign titled 'The Best Defence - is to know the FACTS'.