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.
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'.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland and captain Sam Warburton say their first prioirty on Sunday in the opening game of the World Cup is to win against Uruguay and not get overly concerned with points difference.