The Dragons Rugby Trust Senior Chwarae Teg Award for December breaks new ground with the winner being appointed from the coaching side of the game for the first time since the Fair Play Campaign's inception in 2000.
Former Welsh Captain Gwyn Jones in his capacity of selecting the monthly senior award winner felt it appropriate to select Mike Ruddock, Head Coach of Ebbw Vale RFC due to his ability to put events off the pitch into perspective.
Gwyn said: It has been predicted that Ebbw Vale will be discarded by the so-called Welsh rugby elite and in difficult circumstances Mike Ruddock has had to fight for the future of his club and players this season. Win or lose he is always prepared to talk honestly about the issues of the day and his smile having beaten Cardiff recently spoke volumes."
On receiving his award, Mike said: " I am personally delighted. The award is a reflection of the coaching team and staff at Ebbw Vale.
"There are a lot of young players coming through that are showing great potential. It's not just about me, the whole club has been positive."
The main objective of the campaign, the brainchild of WRU Director of Rugby Terry Cobner, is to restore the balance between the desire to win and the moral values of the Game, in. The target of Chwarae Teg/Fair Play is age group rugby, where a 'win at all costs' mentality has become widespread.
It is hoped that Chwarae Teg will promote positive attitudes in the Game, as well as encourage players to develop respect for their opponents, for match officials and the rules of the sport.
The campaign strapline 'Play Hard, Play Fair' encourages players to be competitive within the confines of the Laws of the Game.
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.