Jason Leonard has saluted Warren Gatland's powers of persuasion to talk Martyn Williams out of retirement.
British Lions and Wales flanker Williams hung up his Test playing boots after last year's World Cup in France. But England legend Leonard reckons it's a stroke of genius by Wales coach Gatland to coax Williams back into the national set-up to win his 77th cap in the Six Nations opener at Twickenham tomorrow (Sat).
Leonard said: "For Warren and Wales to get Martyn Williams to come out of retirement and play is fantastic. "I still thought he had a few years left in him but he probably thought it was a great time to retire after the World Cup.
"But I'm sure when Martyn saw Warren, Rob Howley and Shaun Edwards coming in, he thought 'I've done it too quick'. It will be interesting to see what Warren can achieve with Wales but the players speak highly of him and he's got a proven track record."
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.