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.
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
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