John Smith returns to the starting line-up for South Africa.
Defending World Cup champions South Africa may not be pre-tournament favourites, but that hasn't stopped Peter de Villiers from naming the most experienced Springboks side ever, when they launch their defence against Wales on Sunday in Wellington.
Coach de Villiers has named a side boasting a staggering 815 Test caps - a tally which just pips the previous record of 810 caps when the Boks face Australia in Durban in August.
John Smit, under fierce pressure from in-form hooker Bismarck Du Plessis, will lead the side into battle in a starting XV which sees five changes to the side that defeated New Zealand 18-5 in Port Elizabeth last month.
Along with the recalled Smit, loose-head prop Tendai Mtawarira, loose forward Schalk Burger and fullback Frans Steyn return while Danie Rossouw replaces Bakkies Botha with the veteran lock sidelined with an Achilles heel problem.
Surprisingly, Villiers has gone for a five-two split on the bench with Bismarck du Plessis, Gurthrö Steenkamp and Willem Alberts dropping out of the starting line-up while Ulster-based lock Johann Muller could make his first appearance since the third Test against the British & Irish Lions in 2009.
The 22 contains 16 players who were part of the victorious 2007 squad, with 11 in the starting 15.
South Africa: Frans Steyn; JP Pietersen, Jaque Fourie, Jean De Villiers, Bryan Habana; Morné Steyn, Fourie Du Preez; Tendai Mtawarira, John Smit (c), Jannie Du Plessis, Danie Rossouw, Victor Matfield, Heinrich Brüssow, Schalk Burger, Pierre Spies
Replacements: Bismarck Du Plessis, Gurthrö Steenkamp, CJ van der Linde, Johan Muller, Willem Alberts, Francois Hougaard, Butch James
The WRU has teamed up with Crawshay's to tour Georgia in June. The side, which will be called the Crawshays WRU President's XV, will play Emerging Georgia twice, in a tour which supports the Welsh Government's efforts to grow relations between the two countries.
Wales Sevens are looking to re-group after a disappointing tournament last time out in South Africa. The next double leg in New Zealand and Las Vegas offers Gareth Williams a chance to redeem themselves.
Wales Women's head coach Rhys Edwards was at Llandovery to see the conclusion of an entertaining Women's Regional championship where any one of three teams were in contention for title glory on the last day of action.
Christmas has come early at Glynneath rugby club, one of a number around Wales who have received an array of merchandise and equipment this December courtesy of the Welsh Rugby Union's £750,000 participation points scheme.
The WRU have been delivering on the scheme - which gives individual clubs access to up to £5,000 worth of supplies and equipment each for the 2014/2015 season - over the last two weeks and today (Friday) were received by a special guest in Glynneath, club president and pitch marker Max Boyce.
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.