Warren Gatland's squad assembled at their Vale of Glamorgan base yesterday in preparation for this season's RBS 6 Nations campaign. The 35-man squad includes four uncapped players, Tom Prydie, Kristian Phillips, Richard Rees and Rhys Gill.
Back row: (left to right): Rhys Gill, Paul James, Deiniol Jones, Ian Gough, Luke Charteris, Brad Davies, Alun Wyn Jones.
Middle row: (left to right): Gareth Williams, Adam Jones, Eifion Lewis Roberts, Jonathan Davies, Lee Byrne, Jamie Roberts, Jonathan Thomas, Andy Powell, Gethin Jenkins, Dan Lydiate, Sam Warburton, Matthew Rees, Tom James, Martyn Williams, Huw Bennett.
Sitting: (left to right): Kristian Phillips, Leigh Halfpenny, Gareth Cooper, Richard Rees, Shane Williams, Stephen Jones, Ryan Jones, James Hook, Tom Shanklin, Tom Prydie, Martin Roberts, Andrew Bishop, Dan Biggar.
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.