Wales head coach Warren Gatland was honoured last night with a special award at the prestigious Rugby Expo Awards at Twickenham.
Gatland picked up the award of 'Outstanding Contribution' to rugby in a year which saw him guide the British & Irish Lions to a memorable Test series victory over Australia.
Gatland, who is busy preparing for this weekend's Dove Men Series clash with Argentina at Millennium Stadium, said: "It's a great honour to win the Outstanding Contribution award at the 2013 Rugby Expo Dinner & Awards.
"The award means a great deal and to follow the previous winners is a great honour. I have worked in some great set-ups and I would like to thank all those I have worked alongside and thank the committee for the award."
The evening proved a double success for Wales as the WRU Group also received the award for Marketing Campaign of the Year.
The winning 2012 Dove Men Series 'Our Land, Our Way' campaign used leading players Dan Lydiate, George North, Rhys Priestland and Leigh Halfpenny to capture the spirit of Wales and Welsh Rugby.
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.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.