Wales Under 20 centre Owen Williams has been forced to withdraw from Friday afternoon's Under 20 Six Nations clash with France Under 20 (Cardiff Arms Park, 3.30pm) after sustaining an injury in training. He will be replaced in the starting line-up by Ospreys academy and Aberavon centre Ben John.
Wales Under 20 head coach Phil Davies said, "Ben has been involved with our squad since the start of the season and has trained well. Along with Lloyd Peers, he captained Wales Under 18 last season and although it's disappointing news for Owen, I'm confident Ben will step up to the plate on Friday."
Tickets for Wales Under 20 home games, at Cardiff Arms Park, are available now at £5 for U16s and £10 and £12 for adults. Tickets are on sale at the Cardiff Arms cafe / store, no 8 Westgate Street, online via www.wru.co.uk /tickets and from Ticketweb on tel 08444 771000.
Tickets are also on sale at Cardiff Arms Park shop 10am - 3pm and on matchday from the ticket office, Cardiff Arms Park Angel entrance.
Wales Under 20 side v France: (Friday 26 February, Cardiff Arms Park, 3.30pm)
Dan Fish (Blues); James Loxton (Blues), Ben John (Ospreys), Scott Williams (Scarlets), Kristian Phillips (Ospreys); Matthew Jarvis (Ospreys), Rhys Downes (Blues); Dan Watchurst (Dragons), Rhys Williams (Blues), Simon Gardiner (Scarlets), Macauley Cook (Blues), Lloyd Peers (Ospreys), Morgan Allen (Pontypool), Josh Navidi (capt, Blues), Toby Faletau (Dragons)
Replacements: Ieuan Davies (Glamorgan Wanderers), Rhodri Jones (Scarlets), James Thomas (Dragons), Rhys Jenkins (Dragons), Edward Siggery (Llandovery), Gareth Davies (Scarlets), Dean Gunter (Blues) Travelling reserve: Trystan Davies
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.