The Welsh rugby family is mourning the passing of one of its brightest young stars following the death from cancer of Gareth Jenkins.
The Ospreys and Wales Under 18 prop finally lost his battle against the disease last week. His funeral is due to take place at Christ Church, Oystermouth Road tomorrow (Tuesday, 2 December) when mourners have been asked to wear rugby jerseys to the service.
The Swansea College student had played rugby from the age of 10 and had been in representative sides throughout his career - West Wales Under 11, Swansea Schoolboys and Wales Under 18.
An only child, he lived at home in Swansea with his parents, Clyde and Carolyn. He attended Bishop Gore School before moving on to Swansea College.
He learned his rugby at school and at Bonymaen RFC before capturing the attention of the Ospreys and joining their junior set-up. He made his Wales debut against England as a replacement on 2 March and won five caps in all.
He made one start for his country, in the 43-10 victory over Italy, and played a part in four Welsh victories in five matches.
Gareth was diagnosed with a form of bone cancer called Ewing Sarcoma in April and is likely to have played for Wales while suffering from the problem. That demonstrated his dedication to the cause and his commitment to his country.
"This is a terrible tragedy for Gareth's family and his friends and I offer the deepest sympathies of everyone connected with Welsh rugby to them," said WRU chief executive Roger Lewis.
"There is little doubt that Gareth had a big future ahead of him in the professional game and that one day he could have fulfilled his dream of representing Wales at the Millennium Stadium."
Donations can be made to children's cancer charity Clic Sargent as a mark of respect for Gareth's life.
Despite drawing with Ireland in the opening round of the RBS 6 Nations, Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards believes the championship 'is still in our hands' as he prepares his side to face Scotland at Principality Stadium tomorrow.
Meet the members of the WRU's inaugural Youth Board - after an online selection process which saw a host of high calibre candidates submit video applications the WRU has made its first 15 appointments.The board is made up of individuals aged between 16 and 21, and will meet for the first time at Principality Stadium on Monday 15th February.
The Wales Women's team headed to Dare Valley Country Park on a team bonding exercise as the entire squad got together for the very first time in preparation for this season's Six Nations championship which kicks off on Saturday with a clash against defending champions Ireland, in Donnybrook.
Wales Head Coach Warren Gatland discusses his team selection for the opening round of the RBS 6 Nations where he leads his side against Ireland, on Sunday. As WRU TV's Luke Brodley discovers, Gatland is fully aware of the challenges the defending champions pose