There is no doubt Rob was an integral part of a prized group of players who formed the backbone of the National team over the past decade. Ieuan Evans, Robert Jones, Neil Jenkins and the two Scotts, Gibbs and Quinnell, and Rob were the ones who sustained Welsh Rugby`s world profile during that period.
To be bracketed with them is just as much an honour for Rob as it is for them to be talked of in the same breath as him.
Having toured with the Lions, represented and captained his country with distinction, he has achieved everything within the game. More than just a world rated scrum half, he remains a superb athlete and natural footballer.
The fact he is leaving the international scene is obviously a major blow and he will be missed by his fellow Welsh players. But we respect his decision; thank him for his immense contribution and wish both himself and his family the very best for the future.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
WRU TV: Hear from inside the Wales camp as Neil Jenkins discusses this weekend's clash with South Africa and how the squad are looking to put in a strong performance to round of the 2016 Under Armour Series