Pontypridd has issued the following statement regarding its expulsion from the forthcoming Premiership Play-Off semi-final round:
"At a meeting of the WRU Regulatory Committee held on Thursday 6th May, attended by Chief Executive Stephen Reardon and Team Manager Richard Langmead, the club was found guilty of breaching WRU regulations by fielding an ineligible player in the Play-Off match against Llandovery.
"As a consequence, the club has been expelled from the Play-Off competition and will be replaced by Llandovery.
"Pontypridd RFC would like to make it clear that this was a genuine error and not a deliberate deception. The Regulatory Committee of the WRU accepted this but were duty bound to act as the club was in breach of the competition rules".
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.