The Welsh Rugby Writers' Association has named Wales and Ospreys centre James Hook as their Welsh player of the year.
Hook is one of three West Walians to receive an accolade from Welsh rugby's top commentators and key opinion formers, with Scarlets hooker and recent international recruit Ken Owens named as most promising player and the title of best Principality Premiership player being awarded to Neath wing Kristian Phillips.
The award tops an impressive year for Owens, who is now understudy to British & Irish Lions hooker Matthew Rees at both Regional and international level and is sure to win his first cap in the Principality Building Society summer test against South Africa at Millennium Stadium on 5 June or on the following tour of New Zealand.
Phillips has also had international recognition this year after being included in Warren Gatland's RBS 6 Nations 2010 squad and he is currently selected on Gatland's standby list for this summer's matches.
Hook will miss the summer games in order to undergo shoulder surgery - although he should be back on the international scene next November - leaving Ospreys team-mate Andrew Bishop, Blues and Lions centre Jamie Roberts and the Scarlets' Jonathan Davies left to fight it out to form a new international midfield partnership against the Springboks and the All Blacks.
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
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