Gavin Henson was today withdrawn from the Wales squad set to tour Argentina this summer under new coach Gareth Jenkins - in order for him to spend the off-season getting himself fully fit...
Henson now falls into the category of senior Welsh players missing the tour to concentrate on a full pre-season's training after stating "I need to get my body back into the shape it was before last year's injury".
"After close consultation with Gavin we have concluded as a management group that it is in the player's best interests to stay at home and work on his conditioning this summer, in order to ensure that he is fully fit for a busy season ahead of the World Cup," said Jenkins, whose young Wales side will play two Tests against the Pumas during the three week tour.
"There is an injury component to deal with - a long term troublesome groin which needs managing - but we didn't feel that problem was sufficient to rule him out of the tour and initially decided that the player would benefit from game-time.
"However, after working closely with Gavin in training this week and talking to him and his regional coaches, we have taken the collective decision that he will be more valuable to us next season after a summer off to work on conditioning and to bring his speed and weight back up to his optimum levels.
"Gavin doesn't currently feel that he is at his 'fighting weight' and we have taken a long term view of the situation and believe we have reached a conclusion that will benefit both the team and the player in the end."
Wales team physio Mark Davies and fitness coach Mark Bennett will now liaise directly with Henson's management team at regional level to ensure the player has a full and comprehensive programme of both conditioning and rest throughout June, July and August.
"It is now extremely important for Gavin to spend the time he has been given getting himself right for next season and we will ensure we have the correct structures in place, through our fitness coaches and in consultation with the Ospreys, to achieve that aim," added Jenkins.
A replacement centre is likely to be added to the squad in the next couple of days after the Wales management team have assessed their options in this position.
"I don't feel quite ready for international rugby at the moment, my speed times are down on what they were and I prefer my playing weight to be heavier than it currently is," added Henson.
"Whilst I obviously don't want to let my team-mates or Wales fans down I have talked closely with Gareth, and the rest of the management team, and we have all agreed that the best thing for me to be doing at the moment is getting my body back into the shape it was before the groin injury last year."
On the day the Wales U20 squad for the Six Nations is revealed, WRU Head of Rugby Performance Geraint John discusses the priorities of the Wales U20 programme, and moves being undertaken to make it easier for Welsh Exiles to be part of the WRU pathway - and to help keep Welsh qualified players in Wales
It was a double celebration for Wales and Ospreys scrum-half Rhys Webb when he called at the home of Welsh rugby to help commemorate the first anniversary of Principality Stadium and his return to fitness this weekend ahead of the RBS 6 Nations.
Prior to their departure to Wellington for the next leg of the World Series, Wales trained with England and Ireland. WRU TV caught up with Owen Jenkins who revealed the 'buzzword' which is driving the Wales squad on.
Wales head coach Rob Howley explains his decision to change the captaincy of the national side with Ospreys second row Alun Wyn Jones taking over from Sam Warburton for the forthcoming RBS 6 Nations. Howley is hoping his decision will allow Warburton to rediscover his 'mojo'.
How do you follow a dancing hippopotamus - the Ospreys wheelchair rugby team has just the 'oneness' to do it say the BBC! For a decade the sight of a herd of hippos synchronised swimming around their own private blue lagoon, has lit up our television screens at regular intervals between favourite BBC One shows. But now the nation's most watched channel has relinquished its famous amphibious mammals in favour of a new show-reel which includes the Ospreys wheelchair rugby team.
Head coach Rowland Phillips and key front rower Carys Phillips look ahead to games against Spain and Ireland as Wales Women ramp up their preparations for the forthcoming Six Nations. The two warm-up games are a 'massive opportunity to refine the squad' according to the Welsh camp.
Martyn Phillips has discussed details of the newly published 'Strategy for Welsh Rugby' which puts in black and white terms the plans and direction of the governing body of the national sport in Wales for the next decade.
WRU chief executive Martyn Phillips has urged Welsh rugby fans to follow in the footsteps of their soccer counterparts at last summer's Euro Championship by backing their team to the hilt in the upcoming RBS 6 Nations campaign.
Chief executive Martyn Phillips has highlighted the plans for Wales to become a breeding ground for national and elite club rugby coaches, which are contained in the WRU's 10-year 'Strategy for Welsh Rugby'.
Andrew Coombs is enjoying his new role as Nelson forwards coach. The former Dragons and Wales lock has big ambitions to become a professional coach but feels it's important to learn the ropes in grassroots rugby and where better than his home club Nelson, with friends and family close to hand.
Students at Brynllywarch Hall School, near Newtown, have transformed their own lives, and are now having a positive impact on others through rugby. The sport has had a life-changing effect on the well-being of the students who are now delivering rugby sessions to local primary schools and playing for a new mixed ability side
Wales reached their first semi-final since 2013 in the opening round of this season's HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie recaps on what proved to be an eventful tournament
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.