Wales are to send a strong squad to Australia and New Zealand for Rounds 4 and 5 of the IRB World Sevens Series in February.
Manager John Ryan bloods four new players, Llanelli's Gareth Bowen, Darren Berry from UWIC, James Strong of London Welsh, and Gareth Gravell of Newport.
Wales are currently ranked in seventh place after two rounds. The hugely popular tournament runs 11 rounds and reaches its zenith this year in the Millenium Stadium at the end of May.
AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND SQUAD
1. JON THOMAS SWANSEA D/D, C/A
2. ROBIN SOWDEN-TAYLOR CARDIFF D/D ,C/A
3. GAVIN VAUGHAN-EVANS E.VALE D/D
4. DARREN BERRY UWIC
5. GARETH BOWEN LLANELLI
6. SHAUN JAMES PONTYPRIDD C/A
7. GARETH CHAPMAN UWIC. D/D, C/A
8. EMYR LEWIS NEWPORT D/D
9. PHIL EDWARDS UWIC D/D, C/A
10. CRAIG RICHARDS WHITLAND D/D,C/A
11. JAMES STRONG LONDON WELSH
12. GARETH GRAVELL NEWPORT
MANAGER JOHN RYAN D/D, C/A
COACH COLIN HILLMAN D/D, C/A
PHYSIO IONA MORGAN D/D
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.
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.