The National Team Coach Graham Henry has announced his squad to face Ireland in the opening game of the Lloyds TSB Six Nations Championship in Dublin on the 3rd February 2002. He announced his 22 man squad at the end of a four-day preparatory training camp held this week.
The Cardiff wing Craig Morgan is the one new name to rugby at this level. An injury on the summer tour of Japan prevented him from winning his first cap back in June. The other uncapped player is Newport's Andy Marinos, although he has played in an uncapped game and has sat on the replacement bench.
At the end of a tough and very rewarding weeks work with a group of 38 players Henry said, "We spent a very profitable week together and with the players having given so much I felt that it was only right that they went away knowing exactly where they stood. Having seen all of them work at close quarters during the week and watched them playing over the last few months I am comfortable with the fact that we have selected from strength. Craig Morgan is rewarded for his return to fitness and form and around him we have a nucleus of players who have grown in confidence as the club game has upped its tempo over recent weeks."
Kevin Morgan (Swansea)
Dafydd James (Bridgend)
Rhys Williams (Cardiff)
Craig Morgan (Cardiff)
Jamie Robinson (Cardiff)
Andy Marinos (Newport)
Iestyn Harris (Cardiff)
Stephen Jones (Llanelli)
Robert Howley (Cardiff)
Dwayne Peel (Llanelli)
Scott Quinnell (Llanelli)
Martyn Williams (Cardiff)
Nathan Budgett (Bridgend)
Brett Sinkinson (Neath)
Chris Wyatt (Llanelli)
Craig Quinnell (Cardiff)
Ian Gough (Newport)
Chris Anthony (Newport)
Duncan Jones (Neath)
Spencer John (Cardiff)
Robin McBryde (Llanelli)
Barry Williams (Neath)
British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton is looking forward to bringing together players from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales for the biggest challenge of their careers - a series against world champions, New Zealand.
For the fifth year running, Wales referee Nigel Owens will be in charge of proceedings at Judgement Day V at Principality Stadium. It promises to be 'extra special' for the Wales' favourite ref, as he will be making his 150th appearance in the league.
There will be no shortage of inside knowledge from Bowl Finalists Caerphilly and Amman United when they face each other on Sunday at National Finals Day. Caerphilly hooker Rhys Cleverly knows the Principality Stadium pitch better than most as a matchday groundsman, while Amman United can look to Wales' record try scorer Shane Williams for some helpful advice.
Two hundred and 40 teams competed in the inaugural Urdd WRU 7s held at Pencoed last week with Welsh internationals Steff Andrews and Jasmine Joyce impressed with the talent on display, as was Urdd chief executive, Sioned Hughes.
The countdown is on for Judgement Day V as tickets for the big day at Principality Stadium soar through the 50,000 mark. Players and coaches alike are bursting at the seams to play in the double header with Dragons coach Kingsley Jones claiming there is a 'real buzz' about the event.
WRU TV went behind the scenes when the four regions got together to test their skill set for the BBC's Scrum V Live rugby show, at the WRU National Centre of Excellene in the build up to Judgement Day V. Blues' Matthew Morgan was one of the stars of the show while the Dragons' Cory Hill proved a surprise package...the full set of results will be revealed on tv screens on matchday
Wales assistant coach Richie Pugh is confident his side can cause a few headaches in the Hong Kong Sevens this weekend. In a tough group, Wales kick off their campaign against New Zealand on Friday before playing Japan and Fiji, who are chasing their third consecutive Hong Kong title, on Saturday.
Bedwas had to overcome a stubborn Carmarthen Quins side before winning the Foster's Challenge Cup final in Bridgend with a 23-18 victory. Bedwas captain Nicky Griffiths pays tribute to his side who have claimed the club's first piece of silverware in the modern era.
Team coach Brett Davey is aiming to keep his unbeaten run in cup finals at Principality Stadium intact when his side take on Amman United in the WRU Bowl final, after he guided Caerphilly to a 20-14 win against Cilfynydd in the semi-finals.
Penallta are hoping to go one step further than last season when falling to Bedlinog in the WRU Plate Final. After a titanic struggle against Nant Conwy, they have given themselves a great chance, after a hard fought 18-13 semi-final victory.
The unique jeopardy of Judgement Day V has been described by stars from Cardiff Blues, Ospreys, Scarlets and Newport Gwent Dragons who will face each other in the annual double-header at Principality Stadium on 15th April.