Craig Quinnell's Six Nations season is almost certainly over following a freak training accident. The 26-year-old Cardiff lock, who played for Wales in Saturday's Six Nations defeat by France, suffered a knee injury during a session of touch rugby
on Monday. He underwent a scan in Cardiff yesterday (Wednesday) and the initial predictions that he will miss the next six weeks.
It means the 19-stone second row is poised to miss the remaining Championship games against Italy, England and Scotland.
The news comes just five days after the former Llanelli and Richmond forward capped his 32nd Welsh appearance with the first of three Wales tries in the 37-33 defeat by Les Blues. Cardiff chief executive Bob Norster said, "I am waiting to speak fully to the medical staff but it's obviously of some concern for the player and ourselves. Craig has been playing well for Cardiff and Wales and to suffer an injury at this stage of the season is disappointing for all concerned."
His place in the Wales team for the game against Italy could go to Ian Gough, although coach Steve Hansen might opt for a second row partnership of Chris Wyatt and Andy Moore, providing the former is fit enough to return.
Gareth Thomas, who was axed from the Wales A squad last week, after failing to pitch up for a training session, has been invited to train with the senior squad this week, whilst Brett Sinkinson and Iestyn Thomas are also included in an extended party who will meet up again today (Thursday).
Hansen is likely to name his side for the Italian job on Monday morning and unless there are injuries over the weekend, he is unlikely to make sweeping changes. Spencer John and Robin McBryde could be dropped with Duncan Jones and Barry Williams waiting in the wings. Tom Shanklin is another under pressure but his centre partner Andy Marinos is sure to get a second start.
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'.
Defending champions Coleg Sir Gar reached their second consecutive Millennium Stadium final as they defeated Coleg Gwent in the WRU Wednesday Under 18 play-off. Watch highlights of their narrow 10-8 win here.