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.
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland and captain Sam Warburton say their first prioirty on Sunday in the opening game of the World Cup is to win against Uruguay and not get overly concerned with points difference.
With only days to go until the biggest rugby competition in the world begins, rugby fans visiting Cardiff this autumn will be able to enjoy a special display at National Museum Cardiff as part of the celebrations surrounding the Rugby World Cup.