Biarittz Olympique the French side has lost the services of their Samoan international Pelu Taele ahead of their clash with the Ospreys
While the Ospreys are hoping their Wales and British & Irish Lions lock Alun Wyn Jones may recover in time from surgery to face Biarittz Olympique in the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup next week, the French side has lost the services of their Samoan international Pelu Taele.
The 6ft 6in tall New Zealand-born forward is set to sit out the next six weeks after damaging the medial ligament in his knee in last weekend's Top 14 victory over Toulouse in San Sebastien.
Taele has formed a highly effective second row pairing with Biarittz skipper Jerome Thion this season and has yet to lose in the Heineken Cup having played in five victorious Pool matches this season since joining the French outfit from Overmach Parma.
He injured his knee in the seventh minute of the 26-10 morale boosting victory over the three-times Heineken Cup winners. He was replaced by Manuel Carizza, the Argentinean international who played against Jones in the Invesco Perpetual Series match between Wales and the Pumas.
The 24-year-old Jones chipped a bone in his left elbow and damaged ligaments tackling Sean Lamont in Wales' bruising 31-24 win over Scotland in Cardiff in the RBS 6 Nations. That ruled him out of the remainder of the Championship and left him facing a race against time to be fit for the Estadio Anoeta showdown on 10 April.
"He underwent surgery to repair the ligament damage and remove some debris from the joint and is pushing hard to be available. But this is very much a 'best-case' scenario and we will assess his chances," said Ospreys physio Chris Towers.
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.
With only days to go until the biggest rugby competition in the world begins, rugby fans visiting Cardiff this autumn will be able to enjoy a special display at National Museum Cardiff as part of the celebrations surrounding the Rugby World Cup.