Lee Byrne has today confirmed he will lodge an appeal to Heineken Cup organiser ERC against the sentence he received after pleading guilty to Misconduct during an independent Disciplinary Committee hearing on Friday.
Byrne was banned from rugby for a period of 2 weeks - ruling him out of Wales' RBS 6 Nations opening clash with England at Twickenham on Saturday 6th February - after Misconduct complaints were brought relating to the round 6 Heineken Cup match between Ospreys and Leicester Tigers.
The player has been taking legal advice based at national team headquarters, the WRU National Centre of Excellence at the Vale Resort in Hensol, and will lodge the necessary documents for the appeal no later than next Monday.
The Wales team announcement ahead of the clash with England was also re-scheduled today as Head coach Warren Gatland awaits the outcome of the appeal.
A new time and date for the team announcement and further details of the appeal will be issued when appropriate, but no further comment will be made on the subject until the hearing has taken place.
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'.