Huw Bennett, the Ospreys hooker who missed the Triple Crown win over England at Twickenham last Saturday with a calf injury, has confirmed he will play his club rugby next season with French side Lyon.
Bennett, capped 51 times since making his debut against Ireland in 2003, will leave the Ospreys after nine seasons with the region to join a club fighting for their Top 14 survival with just four wins from 18 matches so far this season.
"I am looking forward to my new challenge of playing in France with Lyon," said the 28-year-old battling to prove his fitness for the RBS 6 Nations Championship clash with Italy at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday, 10 March.
"But until then I am fully committed to ending the season on a high and with some silverware for the Ospreys.
"I want to thank the Ospreys and our awesome supporters for a fantastic nine years.
"I have been there from its inception and it will always hold a special place in my heart."
Bennett will join a club who made their debut in Europe this season, finishing third in their Pool in the Amlin Challenge Cup behind Toulon and Newcastle Falcons.
"Huw was someone we wanted to keep hold of but with boys coming out of contract it is not just a rugby decision," said Ospreys head coach Steve Tandy.
"He has been a fantastic servant for the Ospreys and is a big loss for us but I wish him all the best in the future."
Rob Howley and Josh Lewsey addressed more than 250 community club coaches and referees at the first WRU National Community Conference on the weekend. The volunteers benefitted from coaching masterclasses and workshops in a bid to connect all levels of the rugby pathway in Wales.
UEFA has today confirmed the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has been successful in its bid for the Millennium Stadium to host the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 (kick-off: 19.45hrs GMT).
The winners of a filmmaking competition organised by the education charity Into Film and the WRU enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Stadium - and a chance to be photographed with the WRU's fire-breathing, rugby loving mascot, Scorch The Dragon, and Welsh international, Jake Ball.
The Wales Under 20 camp are in a quietly confident mood as they face Ireland in the U20 Championship, with Coaching Co-Ordinator Allan Lewis and full back Dafydd Howells targeting a top five finish in the tournament.