The Welsh Rugby Union has wished the record Wales cap holder Gareth Thomas well in his planned switch to rugby league next season with the Celtic Crusaders team.
WRU Group Chief Executive, Roger Lewis, said: "Gareth Thomas holds a special place in the history of Welsh rugby as the first international to win one hundred caps for his country and he takes this step forward into a new sport with all our best wishes.
"I want to thank Gareth for everything he has contributed to the union game over the past two decades through his talent and his dedication.
"He not only achieved the honour of 100 caps but captained Wales 21 times and also skippered the British and Irish Lions and continues to have the respect of Welsh rugby fans as a Cardiff Blues player.
"Gareth has achieved what many would term a full career to the union game but his incredible dedication to fitness and conditioning means we can all be assured he has plenty more to offer in the new sporting challenge he has set himself."
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.