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.
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.