Shane Williams was not the only Welsh rugby talent to be recognised by the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year awards show last night - name-sake Cliff, volunteer and chairman with Pontyclun Rugby Club, walked away with the show's Unsung Hero accolade.
Cliff Williams has given up his time in the name of amateur sport for a period of more than 30 years and worked in both boxing and rugby helping young people to improve their lives through sport.
Wales coach Warren Gatland welcomed the award to Williams for all the support he has given to grass roots rugby during a lifetime as a volunteer in the sport.
"It's people like Cliff who make my job easy," said Gatland.
"By the time I get hold of players they have been through the system, the Shane Williams's and Ryan Jones's of this world all starting somewhere with someone like Cliff giving up their time to encourage them and show them the ropes.
"It's at that level that all the real hard work is done and I can't praise Cliff and the many hundreds of people like him highly enough."
A feeder club for the Cardiff Blues, whose notable former players include Tony Rees (4 caps) and Cliff Jones (13 caps), Pontyclun play in Welsh rugby's Division Five South East
Williams is now in contention for the UK Unsung Hero award made at Liverpool's Echo Arena on Sunday 14 December.
"This is a proud moment for me, but there are so many of us who volunteer our time because we love sport and who work hard for young people and I'd like to accept this award in the good name of each and every one of them," he added.
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.