Gavin Henson was today withdrawn from the Wales squad set to tour Argentina this summer under new coach Gareth Jenkins - in order for him to spend the off-season getting himself fully fit...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."
The Half a Game initiative is currently sweeping across Wales and proving a major success. The scheme aims to give every young player at least half a game every weekend. WRU TV recently visited a festival in Narberth where clubs have fully embraced the initiative.
Both Bargoed and Swansea were seeking their first win of the Principality Premiership season this afternoon. It proved a fruitful day for the hosts - not only did they win, but Bargoed claimed a try bonus point.
Cardiff managed to keep their unbeaten record at home intact, but only just as Bridgend made them work extremely hard before the Blue and Blacks secured a hard fought Principality Premiership win at the BT Sport Arms Park last night.
Former Wales back row Andy Powell gives a guided tour of The Wern, home of Merthyr RFC, who are determined to prove a lot of people wrong and make their mark in their first season in the Principality Premiership.
Wales Sevens head coach Gareth Williams looks back on the Rio Sevens success where he helped GB win silver. He believes the successful campaign is a huge boost to his Welsh squad as they prepare for another World Series, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers
British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland will be heading back home to take on the All Blacks next year where for him, success for 2017 is all about going to New Zealand and winning a Test Series.
Last week all roads led to Eugene Cross Park where defending champions Ebbw Vale hosted this season's launch of the Principality Premiership. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie was there to capture the thoughts of Damien Hudd, captain of Ebbw Vale, and WRU Head of Performance, Geraint John.
Llandovery made it three in a row when they defeated Aberavon in the final of the National Foster's 7s at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday. On another eventful day of sevens, Newport claimed the Plate and the Dragons won the women's crown
Last week saw Cardiff welcome players from around the world for the 21st Golden Oldies Festival. The tournament features players over 35 years of age, and this year's event saw a select few represent the WRU in a 'friendly' against the Wooden Spoon.
Wales Under 18 captain Callum Bradbury is delighted to have seen his side claim a narrow 18-17 victory against a strong SA Schools 'A' side to end the three-match Under 19 International Series in South Africa on a high note.
The Wales U18 squad spent an emotional day in the drug-riddled townnship of Hout Bay. Hout Bay Warriors President Fred Johannes said the visit was 'the talk of the town' and will dream about the day everyday for the rest of his life.
RGC 1404's new head coach Mark Jones is hoping to build 'something special' in north Wales and is already looking forward to the development region participating in the Principality Premiership for the very first time.