A verdict of accidental death has been recorded at the inquest in Cardiff of the Neath scrum half, Gareth Jones.
The 28-year-old died at the University Hospital of Wales two months after being seriously injured playing for his club team against Cardiff in a Principality Premiership fixture on April the 20th 2008.
The inquest heard how Jones was injured at a ruck by what Coroner Mary Hassell described as a 'tragic accident.'
Gareth Jones was a product of Coed-y-Llan Comprehensive School and grew up in Glyncoch where he played for the local youth team and senior side before moving to Beddau, Pontypridd and then Neath.
He helped Pontypridd win the Konica Minolta Cup while a Sardis Road player and helped Neath achieve the Principality Premiership crown in his first season at The Gnoll.
Nearly 40 players were involved in the first Wales Under 18 training session of the season. WRU National Performance Manager Gethin Watts is excited at the potential shown by the group and expects the Regional Under 18 Championship to hone their skills even further.
The WRU officially unveiled the new pitch today in time for Wales to take on Australia in the first of the Dove Men Series autumn international matches this Saturday. Head Groundsman Lee Evans and colleague Craig Campbell reflect on the 15-week project and look ahead to a pitch perfect future at Millennium Stadium.