When the Ospreys and Leicester Tigers clash in Round 6 of the Heineken Cup at the end of January, England scrum half Harry Ellis will be watching from the sidelines.
Ellis today received a six-week ban an independent Disciplinary Committee in Dublin as a result of a citing arising from the Round 4 Heineken Cup Pool 3 match against Perpignan at Stade Aime Giral on Sunday, 14 December, 2008.
The citing lodged by the Citing Commissioner for the match, Iain Goodall (Scotland) was for an alleged dangerous tackle on Perpignan player Dan Carter (No 10) in contravention of Law 10.4 (e).
Ellis admitted he was guilty of foul play in that he had committed a dangerous tackle, and as the offence was judged at the top-end of the level of seriousness for a dangerous tackle,will be sideline for period of six weeks up to and including Sunday, 25 January, 2009.
The Ospreys and Tigers are locked at the Top of Pool 3 in the Heineken Cup. Both sides have 15 points after four rounds, and both can still qualify for the quarter-finals as Pool winners, or one of the two best-runner-up spots.
They meet at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday, 24 January, in what could be a Pool decider.
Wales and Ospreys back row James King, who came through the North Wales age grade system, nominated North Wales Regional Community Rugby Manager Marc Roberts, in the WRU's 'Diolch' initiative where squad players thanked those who played a part in their rise to the top.
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
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