Ryan Jones meets members of the Welsh Guards at Cardiff Arms Park today
Record Wales captain holder Ryan Jones has shown his support for the Welsh Guards who returned home today after a demanding six month tour of Afghanistan.
Soldiers from First Battalion Welsh Guards paraded through Cardiff city centre after a memorial service at City Hall.
The service was held to remember Lance Corporal Lee Davies, Guardsman Craig Roderick, Guardsman Apete Tuisovurua and Warrant Officer Class 2 Leonard Thomas, who were all killed in action during Operation Herrick 16.
Afterwards, soldiers marched through the centre of Cardiff to a reception to celebrate their return at Cardiff Arms Park where the Walk on Wales campaign was also launched.
The campaign will see relay teams walk the Welsh Coast Path to raise £1 million for the Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal and Combat Stress in August next year.
Wales forward Jones took time out of from his preparations for tomorrow's game with Australia to attend the event and support what he sees as a worthy cause.
"I'm going to support the Walk on Wales campaign and I'm also a patron of the Welsh Guards. It's a relationship that has grown over recent months and it's a worthy cause," he said.
"I've got nothing but admiration for what these guys go through and the sacrifices they make.
"When you see all the hard work they put in both abroad and when they get back to Wales it's truly inspiring."
A number of dignitaries attended the parade and showed their support for the troops.
"It's all very well watching it from the TV in your kitchen but when you hear about the sacrifices the soldiers make they deserve all the support they get," added Jones.
"They're the real heroes in Wales and it's something the whole country needs to get behind."
The Webb Ellis Cup visited Lampeter on Monday to recognise the fact that the town is celebrating a major milestone as it is believed the first ever game of rugby played in Wales, was in fact played in Lampeter 150 years ago.
Cardiff Blues U18 Girls will go into Sunday's Gemau Cymru with an extra spring in their step after Welsh internationals Elinor Snowsill and Philippa Tuttiett offered some last minute tips at a training session earlier this week.
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.