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)
The Half a Game initiative is currently sweeping across Wales and proving a major success. The scheme aims to give every young player at least half a game every weekend. WRU TV recently visited a festival in Narberth where clubs have fully embraced the initiative.
Both Bargoed and Swansea were seeking their first win of the Principality Premiership season this afternoon. It proved a fruitful day for the hosts - not only did they win, but Bargoed claimed a try bonus point.
Cardiff managed to keep their unbeaten record at home intact, but only just as Bridgend made them work extremely hard before the Blue and Blacks secured a hard fought Principality Premiership win at the BT Sport Arms Park last night.
Former Wales back row Andy Powell gives a guided tour of The Wern, home of Merthyr RFC, who are determined to prove a lot of people wrong and make their mark in their first season in the Principality Premiership.
Wales Sevens head coach Gareth Williams looks back on the Rio Sevens success where he helped GB win silver. He believes the successful campaign is a huge boost to his Welsh squad as they prepare for another World Series, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers
British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland will be heading back home to take on the All Blacks next year where for him, success for 2017 is all about going to New Zealand and winning a Test Series.
Last week all roads led to Eugene Cross Park where defending champions Ebbw Vale hosted this season's launch of the Principality Premiership. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie was there to capture the thoughts of Damien Hudd, captain of Ebbw Vale, and WRU Head of Performance, Geraint John.
Llandovery made it three in a row when they defeated Aberavon in the final of the National Foster's 7s at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday. On another eventful day of sevens, Newport claimed the Plate and the Dragons won the women's crown
Last week saw Cardiff welcome players from around the world for the 21st Golden Oldies Festival. The tournament features players over 35 years of age, and this year's event saw a select few represent the WRU in a 'friendly' against the Wooden Spoon.
Wales Under 18 captain Callum Bradbury is delighted to have seen his side claim a narrow 18-17 victory against a strong SA Schools 'A' side to end the three-match Under 19 International Series in South Africa on a high note.
The Wales U18 squad spent an emotional day in the drug-riddled townnship of Hout Bay. Hout Bay Warriors President Fred Johannes said the visit was 'the talk of the town' and will dream about the day everyday for the rest of his life.
RGC 1404's new head coach Mark Jones is hoping to build 'something special' in north Wales and is already looking forward to the development region participating in the Principality Premiership for the very first time.