Martin Roberts has made an instant impact with the Scarlets this season.
Scarlets scrum-half Martin Roberts is determined to keep his feet on the ground after his shock inclusion in the Wales autumn squad announced earlier this week.
The 22-year-old received a text early on Tuesday morning to be named as one of five uncapped players in the 32-man squad selected by Warren Gatland. After recovering from the initial shock of his selection, the former Neath scrum-half is now looking forward to working with former Wales and British Lions star Robert Howley.
"To be given the opportunity to work with someone of Rob Howley's calibre is a really exciting prospect," he said. "I'm still trying to keep my feet on the ground to be honest but I just want to pick up as much knowledge and experience as I can during the autumn internationals. Working with someone like Rob can only help my game."
Roberts moved to Stradey Park in the summer after he found games hard to come by with the Ospreys but his quick passing game has made an immediate impression on Scarlets head coach Nigel Davies.
"I'm delighted for Martin - he's been playing really, really well for us. He has come in and shown his worth. He plays a type of game which suits our style. He is still developing but he's definitely heading in the right direction," explained Davies.
Roberts has been capped at Schools, Under 16, Under 19 and Under 21 level and has no regrets about crossing the Loughor Bridge to play for the Scarlets.
"I wasn't getting much opportunity at the Ospreys and if I had not made the move I wouldn't be in this position now. I have had chances to start at the Scarlets this season, and I've got to thank Nigel (Davies) for that. Hopefully I have taken those and I suppose the Welsh management must have seen something in my performances to pick me."
Howley has been keeping a watchful eye on Roberts since Wales returned from their summer tour in South Africa.
"The management sat down after the South African tour as we didn't want to be in a position whereby if Dwayne Peel and Mike Phillips were injured again, where would we be for scrum halves?" said Howley.
Each of the regions provided their up and coming No9s for several clinics and Howley was suitably impressed with the Neath College product.
"Martin has been top of the tree which was a good indicator," he said. "He's played in the Heineken Cup for the Scarlets and acquitted himself well. Now he's got a chance to go up to the next level."
Principality Stadium will host the UEFA Champions League Final in six weeks' time. WRU chairman Gareth Davies, Football Association of Wales chief executive Jonathan Ford and Ambassador Ian Rush joined young sports fans at the trophy arrival at the venue to celebrate the magnitude of the event on Saturday 3rd June (kick-off 19.45).
British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton is looking forward to bringing together players from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales for the biggest challenge of their careers - a series against world champions, New Zealand.
For the fifth year running, Wales referee Nigel Owens will be in charge of proceedings at Judgement Day V at Principality Stadium. It promises to be 'extra special' for the Wales' favourite ref, as he will be making his 150th appearance in the league.
There will be no shortage of inside knowledge from Bowl Finalists Caerphilly and Amman United when they face each other on Sunday at National Finals Day. Caerphilly hooker Rhys Cleverly knows the Principality Stadium pitch better than most as a matchday groundsman, while Amman United can look to Wales' record try scorer Shane Williams for some helpful advice.
Two hundred and 40 teams competed in the inaugural Urdd WRU 7s held at Pencoed last week with Welsh internationals Steff Andrews and Jasmine Joyce impressed with the talent on display, as was Urdd chief executive, Sioned Hughes.
The countdown is on for Judgement Day V as tickets for the big day at Principality Stadium soar through the 50,000 mark. Players and coaches alike are bursting at the seams to play in the double header with Dragons coach Kingsley Jones claiming there is a 'real buzz' about the event.
WRU TV went behind the scenes when the four regions got together to test their skill set for the BBC's Scrum V Live rugby show, at the WRU National Centre of Excellene in the build up to Judgement Day V. Blues' Matthew Morgan was one of the stars of the show while the Dragons' Cory Hill proved a surprise package...the full set of results will be revealed on tv screens on matchday
Wales assistant coach Richie Pugh is confident his side can cause a few headaches in the Hong Kong Sevens this weekend. In a tough group, Wales kick off their campaign against New Zealand on Friday before playing Japan and Fiji, who are chasing their third consecutive Hong Kong title, on Saturday.
Bedwas had to overcome a stubborn Carmarthen Quins side before winning the Foster's Challenge Cup final in Bridgend with a 23-18 victory. Bedwas captain Nicky Griffiths pays tribute to his side who have claimed the club's first piece of silverware in the modern era.
Team coach Brett Davey is aiming to keep his unbeaten run in cup finals at Principality Stadium intact when his side take on Amman United in the WRU Bowl final, after he guided Caerphilly to a 20-14 win against Cilfynydd in the semi-finals.
Penallta are hoping to go one step further than last season when falling to Bedlinog in the WRU Plate Final. After a titanic struggle against Nant Conwy, they have given themselves a great chance, after a hard fought 18-13 semi-final victory.