Wales coach Graham Henry has invited 36 players to attend a pre-Lloyds TSB Six
Nations Championship training camp at the Vale of Glamorgan Hotel from
Sunday, 13 January, to Thursday, 17 January.
The official squad for the Championship, which sees Wales kick-off against Ireland in Dublin on Sunday, 3 February, will be announced later in the month.
"It is vital that we get the players together for this period before the
Championship starts," said Henry.
"It will be the first time that Steve
Hansen, our new forwards coach, will have the opportunity to work with the
Welsh players and there is much ground to be covered.
"There are some notable ommissions from this training group and I have had
personal contact with each and every one of them to explain the reasons
The group contains four uncapped players - Cardiff wing Craig Morgan, Newport centre Andy Marinos, Pontypridd hooker Mefin Davies and Neath No 8 Nathan Bonner-Evans.
Kevin Morgan (Swansea)
Rhys Williams (Cardiff)
Dafydd James (Bridgend)
Mark Jones (Llanelli)
Gareth Thomas (Bridgend)
Craig Morgan (Cardiff)
Shane Williams (Neath)
Jamie Robinson (Cardiff)
Mark Taylor (Swansea)
Allan Bateman (Neath)
Stephen Jones (Llanelli)
Andy Marinos (Newport)
Iestyn Harris (Cardiff)
Lee Jarvis (Neath)
Gavin Henson (Swansea)
Dwayne Peel (Llanelli)
Gareth Cooper (Bath)
Robert Howley (Cardiff)
Scott Quinnell (Llanelli)
Martyn Williams (Cardiff)
Colin Charvis (Swansea
Gavin Thomas (Bath)
Nathan Bonner-Evans (Neath)
Brett Sinkinson (Neath)
Chris Wyatt (Llanelli)
Andy Moore (Swansea)
Ian Gough (Newport)
Nathan Budgett (Bridgend)
Craig Quinnell (Cardiff)
Chris Anthony (Newport)
Spencer John (Cardiff)
Iestyn Thomas (Ebbw Vale)
Duncan Jones (Neath)
Robin McBryde (Llanelli)
Barry Williams (Neath)
Mefin Davies (Pontypridd)
Porthcawl recently received a WRU facilities grant and funding from Natwest RugbyForce in order to give their changing rooms a facelift. This came after receiving £10,000 in a WRU facilities grant last year to tarmac their car park. The improvements have already helped to make the club more accessible, not only for their own members and players but for the whole community.
The Welsh Rugby Union has launched a new, accredited Safeguarding and Protecting Children course - funded by the WRU and delivered in partnership with Sport Wales and the NSPCC - fo rugby club volunteers around Wales.
The SWALEC semi-final draws threw up some mouth-watering clashes in the Cup, Plate and Bowl as the 12 teams aim for the Millennium Stadium Finals Day. All the semi-finals are to be played on the weekend of April 12.
Welsh whistler Rhys Thomas continues to scale the heights of the game as he prepares to be an official in this weekend's Hong Kong Sevens tournament, undoubtedly the showpiece event on the World Series calendar.
Wales International Ian Evans and Wales and Lions legend Scott Quinnell swapped rugby balls for paint pots at Tonna during the RBS 6 Nations. They surprised club players with a special clubhouse makeover to launch NatWest RugbyForce 2014 - a programme developed in partnership with the WRU to make rugby clubs stronger businesses by improving and renovating their facilities with the support of volunteers and the local community.
Fresh from claiming the Bowl honours in Tokyo last Sunday, the Wales Sevens squad have settled into their routine as they prepare for this weekend's Hong Kong tournament where Iolo Evans is aiming high, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
The Welsh Rugby Union has recently teamed up with Prostate Cymru to help the charity launch its latest campaign to raise awareness of the disease. Members of the Wales squad helped produce a short video and promotional material for the campaign titled 'The Best Defence - is to know the FACTS'.