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)
Wales 7s Manager Steff Thomas believes Luke Treharne has all the attriubutes to be a top class captain. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie hears his reasons why as the squad prepare for the opening two legs of the new World Series in Dubai and South Africa.
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.