Former Welsh international David Weatherley is one of four players Ebbw
Vale have cut from their playing squad for next season.
The move, in response to the club's financial crisis, comes a few days after the Steelmen announced they would be axing seven administratvie staff.
The versatile Weatherley, who won his only cap against Zimbabwe four years ago, has been released from his contract with Ebbw Vale assisting him to find a new club.
Wing Andrew Wagstaff has transferred to Newport and prop Andrew Clatworthy
has joined Aberavon.
In addition, the Samoan international back row forward Daniel Ferani will not now be taking up his option to join the Gwent club.
"The small number of players who have left the club as a result of the recent crisis is a direct reflection of the Board's determination to maintain a highly competitive and motivated squad," said a club spokesman.
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.