Justin Tipuric and Sam Warburton are two contenders for a back-row spot against the Wallabies
Graham Rowntree has paid a glowing tribute to British & Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton.
The Wales flanker reportedly faces a battle to earn Test selection with fellow countryman Justin Tipuric in red-hot form.
But Rowntree, who is also England's forwards coach, has sung the praises of Warburton ahead of tomorrow's clash with NSW Waratahs.
"I have been very impressed with Sam," said Rowntree.
"He is very professional. He is certainly not showing any signs of stress or pressure.
"Like all the other players, he goes about his business. I have been really impressed with him as a person.
"He is a doer, and a lot of guys are following his lead in terms of his attitude to training, his diligence.
"It is not getting any easier in terms of selection. There are a lot of guys putting their hands up.
"We will get tomorrow out of the way, and then Tuesday (against the Brumbies), and then we will pick a Test team. That is the truth."
The Lions lineout miss-fired at times during last Tuesday's 64-0 victory over a Combined Country XV in Newcastle, and the Waratahs have been boosted by the inclusion of Dave Dennis, who has faced Warburton and Wales four times.
"Dave Dennis coming back in will bolster their lineout for tomorrow. He's a good player, he has got some Test experience," added Rowntree.
"We had a few issues in the lineout on Tuesday night. We dropped three from 16, but a lot of that was just personnel that hadn't played a lot together.
"That's what you get on a tour like this. You take it on the chin and move on.
"I actually thought they battled very well as a pack on Tuesday night. They didn't really get enough credit for the performance they put in."
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.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.