A foot injury will put Gethin Jenkins out of service when the Cardiff Blues' take on Newport Gwent Dragons on Friday in the Magners League
The British and Irish Lions prop is a confirmed absentee but there are also doubts over Wales flanker Martyn Williams (ribs), hooker Gareth Williams (shoulder) and former New Zealand centre Casey Laulala (knee) are also doubts for the Blues.
Dragons wing Aled Brew is a doubt as he bids to recover from an ankle injury.
While lock Adam Jones and flanker Dan Lydiate are out for the season but centre Ashley Smith could return.
Dai Young's men will also be without Wales duo scrum-half Gareth Cooper and centre Tom Shanklin due to injury.
And Wales wing Tom James is definitely out injured for the Blues while number eight Andy Powell has recovered from a calf injury.
While Blues lock Deiniol Jones is set to break the Magners League appearance record as his 118th league game would eclipse Dragons prop Adam Black's record.
The Blues hope to extend their winning run over the Dragons to seven games although the Rodney Parade region have only lost once at home this season - to another Welsh region Llanelli Scarlets.
The Cardiff side are bidding for their fifth successive victory and hoping to extend their impressive form of six successive wins in all competitions.
The Dragons and Blues have already qualified for the Heineken Cup next season but both are chasing an outside spot for the top-four end-of-season play-off.
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.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
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'.