Wales lock Alun Wyn Jones will undergo surgery tomorrow on his elbow which will see him in recovery for six to 12 weeks, ruling him out of the rest of the RBS 6 Nations championship.
Jones picked up the injury to his arm around the 36th minute mark of Wales' climactic victory over Scotland at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday, but after being assessed and treated at half time was able to continue and make a full contribution for the remainder of the game.
However, further investigation to the elbow has revealed a chipped bone and ligament damage which means surgical intervention is the best course of action.
"Alun experienced some swelling to the joint the day after the game and was sent for a scan, after receiving those results and after further consultation with surgeons today, it has been concluded that the chipped bone needs to be removed and the ligament to be repaired in order to ensure a stable joint," said Wales physio Mark Davies.
"The necessary period of recovery will be six to twelve weeks ruling him out of the rest of the six nations and allowing him to target an end of season return for the Ospreys."
Jones will not be replaced in the Wales squad meaning head coach Warren Gatland and his team of coaches will now train with a squad of 34 players as they prepare to face France at the Millennium Stadium a week next Friday night (26th February, Kick-off 8pm).
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
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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'.