Former policeman Steve Hansen will come up against one of his former cadets when France arrive in town later this week - Kiwi born centre Tony Marsh.
Marsh will win his fifth cap - his first away from home - when Les Bleus come in search of a second successive Six Nations Championship victory on Saturday. But the 29-year-old Montferrand centre knows only too well what lies ahead for him and his French team-mates - one of the best coaches in world rugby. Marsh said, "Steve and myself were policemen back in New Zealand in the early nineties and when I came out of police school he coached me in the New Zealand police team.
"He coached the side for a couple of years and in both years we won the New Zealand Combined Services competition.
"We met up again after that when I played for Canterbury although by the time Steve took over as coach there, I had left the province to go and play in France.
"It is strange that Steve was a back but now coaches the forwards. Having said that, he must be pretty good at his job because after those successes with the police team he went on to lead Canterbury to the Super 12 title in 1999.
"It will be good to see him and say 'G'Day' on the Test match stage. "Marsh also played under Graham Henry, albeit briefly, when he flirted with the Auckland side in the mid nineties." He said, "He was a well respected coach in New Zealand and Wales will miss him. His strength is that he is always very well prepared and meticulous in his preparation. However, Steve is too, so there might not be too much change.
"It's sad how things have turned out for Graham - he started his reign in Wales with 10 wins in a row and then it went wrong."
Wales 7s captain Luke Treharne may have only played once on the World Series, but he has full confidence in his side as they prepare for the opening two rounds of this year's series in Dubai and South Africa, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
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.