Shane Williams last night won the public vote for BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year 2008, just days after being named as the world player of the year by the IRB.
The Ospreys and Wales wing beat off tough opposition from boxing world champion Joe Calzaghe and Olympic gold medal cyclist Nicole Cooke.
The Williams trophy cabinet for 2008 now totals no fewer than five major awards with the BBC statue joining the IRB trophy, the RBS Six Nations triple crown and Trophy and the EDF Energy Cup he lifted with the Ospreys - not to mention various man-of-the-match awards along the way and the James Bevan Cup awarded for the defeat of Australia in November.
Williams says the award crowns a particularly memorable year in rugby, but promises there is more to come from him, his Ospreys colleagues and his international team-mates in the season ahead.
"Every accolade is just as much for the players around me as it is for me, I just happen to be on the end of the moves scoring the tries, but it does mean a lot to get this kind of public recognition nonetheless," said Williams.
"We have a tough season ahead of us with a Six Nations title to defend with Wales and the Heineken Cup still very much a target for the Ospreys, all culminating in a Lions tour at the end of the season which is obviously every players dream to be involved in.
"All I can do is continue to work hard on my game, I know I can get better, we are all learning all the time and trying to improve. I'm lucky in that I have a great bunch of players around me at both regional and international level and I owe everything to them as well as the coaches I have worked with."
Williams, a diminutive back from the Amman Valley who started out his rugby career as a scrum-half and was famously criticised as being too small for rugby in his early days, has set the rugby world alight this year and was instrumental in Wales winning the RBS Six Nations Grand Slam, during which he became Wales' all-time record try scorer.
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.
A joint venture between the WRU and Admiral saw hundreds of children enjoy the Admiral Festival of Rugby held at the National Centre of Excellence at the weekend where Welsh internationals Sam Warburton, Scott Williams and Rob Evans were in attendance.
Wll Jones leads Wales U18s into battle this afternoon against Italy where the Welsh side will be seeking to bounce back from their narrow defeat to SA Schools in their opening clash of the U19 International Series
All four regions attended a successful training camp staged last weekend at the WRU National Centre of Excellence. It was a chance for new Wales Women's head coach Rowland Phillips to deliver his key messages to players and coaches as he prepares for the new season.
Wales U18 Team Manager Gethin Watts believes the next couple of weeks will be 'extremely beneficial' to the future of Welsh rugby as his side prepare to take part in the Under 19 International Series being staged in South Africa.
The WRU is searching for 12 new rugby development apprentices following a successful first year of its WRU Coach Core programme. Craig Duncan and Jess Hancock have flourished in the first year of the programme which has given them a real direction in their lives.
The WRU signed TV comedian Rhod Gilbert up to a 'Coaching Children Level 1' course before letting him loose on an U8s side at Whitland Junior Borderers - we went behind the scenes to film the making of 'Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience' see the results here.
Llandovery are aiming to make it three titles in a row in this year's Foster's National 7s being held at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday 28 August. Drovers assistant coach Simon Davies and Lee Rees assess their sides chances
A pioneering strength and conditioning programme has been delivered to more than 8000 boys and girls at hub schools throughout Wales this season, helping to develop stronger, more flexible athletes for rugby and other sports.