Gwyn Rowlands has died in Hertfordshire at the age of 81. Dr Rowlands was a member of the Cardiff and Wales teams that beat New Zealand in the space of five weeks in 1953.
Born and educated in Berkhamsted he had dual qualifications for both England and Wales at international level and played in two trials for England in 1948-49 before accepting invitations to also play in two Wales trial matches the following season.
While on national service he was stationed at St Athan and eventually joined Cardiff in 1951. He quickly established himself as a goal-kicking wing and went on to top 100 points in a season twice - much rarer in that era than it is today - and finished with a career record of 66 tries in 99 matches for the Blue & Blacks as well as the vice-captaincy in 1955-56.
In the club's epic 8-3 victory over the All Blacks it was his cross-kick that set up the first try for Sid Judd, which he then converted.
Shortly afterwards he raced 30 yards up the right touchline for the crucial second try. His performance won him the first of his four Wales caps against the same opposition and again he made a major contribution with a penalty goal and two conversions as Wales triumphed 13-8.
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.
Geraint John has taken up the new role of WRU elite coach development manager having arrived in Wales last week. WRU TV caught up with him at the WRU rugby department's strategy day at the Millennium Stadium.