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."
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.