Ospreys coach Sean Holley says he has the personel to compete in regional rugby behind the scrum, despite losing two top-rated number nines in the space of a week.
Holley thought he had struck gold with the signiture of Kiwi hot-shot Jamie Nutbrown at the start of this season.
But the All Black scrum half is sidelined for the next seven weeks with a foot injury, and to make matters worse, it has been confirmed muscular Mike Phillips will miss the start of the Heienken cup with on going knee troubles.
However, Holley says that his two young guns, Rhys Webb and Rhodri Wells have the abilities needed to dictate a game from behind the scrum.
He told the South Wales Evening Post: "The two youngsters are doing okay and don't look out of place in regional rugby.
''That augurs well and sometimes when young players are given a chance to have game time they show what they can do.''
That said, Holley belives it might be necessary to bring in additional cover for the forthcoming weeks. ''We will see whether we should try to bring in someone else. We will assess how long Mike is going to be out, but going into a phase of the campaign when we play EDF Energy, European and Magners League matches, we need three scrum-halves."
Holley also has the option of switching Shane Williams to the pivot position. Williams is a former nine but would be missed on the wing where his talents are best employed
ERC player registration passed last weekend, however, teams may nominate an additional player to their squads in each round of the Pool Stage, providing they also de-register a player to retain a maximum squad size of 38.
Wales 7s captain Luke Treharne may have only played once on the World Series, but he has full confidence in his side as they prepare for the opening two rounds of this year's series in Dubai and South Africa, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
Wales 7s Manager Steff Thomas believes Luke Treharne has all the attriubutes to be a top class captain. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie hears his reasons why as the squad prepare for the opening two legs of the new World Series in Dubai and South Africa.
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
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.